Electronics World articles Popular Electronics articles QST articles Radio & TV News articles Radio-Craft articles Radio-Electronics articles Short Wave Craft articles Wireless World articles Google Search of RF Cafe website Sitemap Electronics Equations Mathematics Equations Equations physics Manufacturers & distributors Engineer Jobs LinkedIn Crosswords Engineering Humor Kirt's Cogitations Engineering Event Calendar RF Engineering Quizzes USAF radar shop Notable Quotes App Notes Calculators Education Engineering Magazines Engineering magazine articles Engineering software Engineering smorgasbord RF Cafe Archives RF Cascade Workbook 2018 RF Stencils for Visio RF & EE Shapes for Word Advertising RF Cafe Homepage Sudoku puzzles Thank you for visiting RF Cafe!
Innovative Power Products Combiners / Dividers

Electronic Analogy Quiz
November 1961 Popular Electronics

November 1961 Popular Electronics

November 1961 Popular Electronics Cover - RF CafeTable of Contents

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Popular Electronics, published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

It is common in electronics courses for an analogy to be drawn between electrical and mechanical phenomena. In fact, a lot of circuit analysis methods and equations apply directly to mechanics, and vice versa. An LC (inductor-capacitor) oscillating tank circuit is akin to a spring and dashpot. Resistance of a wire is likened to skin friction of water flowing through a hose. Who among us can forget those lessons? This Electronic Analogy Quiz from the November 1961 edition of Popular Electronics presents a challenge both because some not-so-familiar examples of analogies are offered, and because some are a real stretch. Therefore, don't feel too bad if you don't get a few. That's my way of saying that I didn't get all of them right ;-) Answers and explanations are at the bottom of the page.

Electronic Analogy Quiz

Electronic circuits perform functions similar to many mechanical devices and natural phenomena, and finding an analogy between them often leads to a better understanding of both. See if you can match the numbered electronic circuits on the left with the lettered sketches on the right.

Electronic Analogy Quiz, November 1961 Popular Electronics

See answers below.


Popular Electronics published many quizzes over the years - some really simple and others not so simple. Robert Balin created many of the quizzes. This is a listing of all I have posted thus far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electronic Analogy Quiz Answers

            CIRCUIT                                       ANALOGY

1.  Low-pass filter                                   F. Tunnel
A low-pass filter "clips off" signals above a certain frequency; a tunnel "clips off" objects above a certain height.

2.  Zener diode regulator                        D. Centrifugal governor
A zener diode "resists" changes in voltage; a governor resists changes in speed.

3.  Push-pull circuit                                 H. Two-man saw
A signal is alternately "pushed" and "pulled" in a push-pull circuit; a two-man saw is alternately "pushed" and "pulled" by its operators.

4.  Wave trap                                          A. Drain trap
A wave trap removes unwanted signals; a drain trap "removes" unwanted odors.

5.  Smoothing filter                                               C. Coil spring suspension  
A filter "absorbs" signal "peaks" before they reach the associated circuits; a spring "absorbs" vibration "peaks" before they reach the associated chassis.

6.  Diode clipper                              E. Hedge clipper
A diode clipper "clips" off "peaks" in a signal; a hedge clipper" clips" of "peaks" in a hedge.

7.  High-pass filter                          G. Mountains
A high-pass filter obstructs the passage of signals below a certain frequency; a mountain obstructs the passage of objects below a certain height.

8.  A.C. rectifier                               B. Ratchet-and-pawl
An a.c. rectifier allows current to flow in one direction ; a ratchet-and-pawl allows a shaft to turn in one direction.

 

 

Posted September 20, 2012

Triad RF Systems Rohde & Schwarz RTB2000 Digital Oscilloscope - RF Cafe
QuinStar - RF Cafe
About RF Cafe
Kirt Blattenberger - RF Cafe Webmaster
Copyright: 1996 - 2018
Webmaster:
    Kirt Blattenberger,
    BSEE - KB3UON

RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The Internet was still largely an unknown entity at the time and not much was available in the form of WYSIWYG ...

All trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other rights of ownership to images and text used on the RF Cafe website are hereby acknowledged.

My Hobby Website:  AirplanesAndRockets.com

spacer