Capacitor Function Quiz
March 1962 Popular Electronics

March 1962 Popular Electronics

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This Capacitor Function Quiz appeared in the March 1962 issue of Popular Electronics magazine. You can mentally substitute semiconductor diodes and transistors in place of the vacuum tubes is needed to figure out what role the capacitor plays in the circuits. Many of the configurations and function names are unfamiliar in today's design environment, but with some imagination you can probably figure out most of them. That said, I won't embarrass myself by telling you what my score was.

Capacitor Function Quiz

Capacitor Function Quiz, March 1962 Popular Electronics - RF CafeBy Robert P. Balin


A "mainstay" of electronics, the capacitor is often identified by the function it performs. Can you match capacitor "C" in the circuits below with the functions listed on the right?
  1. Coupling ______
  2. Bypass ______
  3. Filter ______
  4. Trimmer ______
  5. Decoupling ______
  6. Sweep-forming ______
  7. Buffer ______
  8. Padder ______
  9. Neutralizing ______



See answers below.

Quizzes from vintage electronics magazines such as Popular Electronics, Electronics-World, QST, and Radio News were published over the years - some really simple and others not so simple. Robert P. Balin created most of the quizzes for Popular Electronics. This is a listing of all I have posted thus far.

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Capacitor Function Answers

1  E
2  G
3  F
4  A
5  I
6  C
7  B
8  H
9  D



Posted March 1, 2022