January 1965 Popular Electronics
Table of Contents
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Unless I find one I missed
from my collection of vintage Popular Electronics
magazines, this could be the last Friday electronics quiz for a while. All of the quizzes were created by Robert p. Balin, and range in difficulty
from relatively easy to head scratchers (for typical test takers like myownself). Sometimes
modern readers will be stumped by references to dated drawings and/or terms like vacuum
tubes and CRTs (which are themselves vacuum tubes, of course). This Electronics Geometry
Quiz might require a Millennial handicap on item "E" if you spaz out over the picture, but if you get the other nine correct,
you'll get all ten by default. This is might be the easiest yet (I easily got 10:10). Go ahead and give it a try.
Electronic Geometry Quiz
By Robert P. Balin
Often electronic components and circuits are named after their geometrical form or
their. characteristic behavior curve. Examples are rhombic antennas, cosine deflection
yokes, sine- and square-wave generators, etc. See if you can match the names of the curves
and solids (1-10) at right with the drawings of their applications (A-J).
1 Cardioid ___
2 Catenary ___
3 Cone ___
4 Ellipse ___
5 Exponential ___
6 Helix ___
7 Paraboloid ___
8 Polyhedron ___
9 Toroid ___
10 Trapezoid ___
See answers below.
Popular Electronics published many quizzes over the
years (as did a few other magazines to a lesser extent) - some really simple and
others not so simple. Robert P. Balin created many of the quizzes. This
is a listing of all I have posted thus far.
- Electronics Physics
Quiz - March 1974
- A Baffling Quiz
- January 1968
- Electronics IQ
Quiz - May 1967
- Plug and Jack
Quiz - December 1967
Switching Quiz - October 1967
Angle Quiz - September 1967
Electronics Quiz - July 1967
- Bridge Circuit
Quiz -December 1966
- Diode Function
Quiz - August 1965
- Diagram Quiz,
- TV Trouble Quiz,
- Electronics History Quiz,
- Scope-Trace Quiz,
Circuit Analogy Quiz, April 1973
Test Your Knowledge of Semiconductors, August 1972
- Ganged Switching
Quiz, April 1972
- Lamp Brightness
Quiz, January 1969
- Lissajous Pattern Quiz, September 1963
Quizoo, October 1962
- Electronic Photo Album Quiz, March 1963
- Electronic Alphabet Quiz, May 1963
- Quiz: Resistive?
Inductive? or Capacitive?, October 1960
- Vector-Circuit Matching Quiz, June 1970
Quiz, September 1961
- RC Circuit Quiz,
- Diode Quiz, July
- Electronic Curves Quiz, February 1963
- Electronic Numbers Quiz, December 1962
- Energy Conversion Quiz, April 1963
- Coil Function
Quiz, June 1962
"-Tron" Teasers Quiz - October 1963 Electronics World
- Polarity Quiz
- March 1968
- Amplifier Quiz
Part I - February 1964
Quiz - February 1967
Frequency Quiz - September 1965
Metals Quiz - October 1964
Measurement Quiz - August 1967
Quiz, June 1966
Geometry Quiz, January 1965
Factor Quiz, November 1966
Math Quiz, November 1965
- Series Circuit
Quiz, May 1966
Quiz, March 1966
Analogy Quiz, November 1961
Coupling Quiz, August 1973
- Electronics Analogy Quiz, August 1960
- Audio Quiz, April
- Electronic Unit
Quiz, May 1962
Circuit Quiz, June 1968
- Quiz on AC Circuit Theory, December 1970
- Magnetic Phenomena Quiz, February 1962
- Electronics Geography Quiz, April 1970
Menu Quiz, August 1963
- Electronic Noise Quiz, August 1962
- Electronic Current Quiz, October 1963
- Electronic Inventors Quiz, November 1963
- Resistor Function
Quiz, January 1962
- Electronic Measurement Quiz, January 1963
- Vacuum Tube Quiz,
- Kool-Keeping Kwiz, June
- Find the Brightest
Bulb Quiz, April 1960
Geometry Quiz Answers
1 - J) Cardioid pattern graphically shows typical directional response characteristics
of many good microphones.
2 - C) Catenary curve is the shape assumed by a long-line antenna freely suspended
between two towers.
3 - H) Cone shape is the most common design for loudspeaker diaphragms.
4 - D) Ellipse as seen on the screen of an oscilloscope shows the phase relationship
between two signals that are essentially the same.
5 - G) Exponential curve shows graphically the typical charging rate function
of a capacitor.
6 - E) Helix is the shape of the grid winding in many vacuum tubes. Certain
antennas for telemetry applications also have a helix-shaped element.
7 - A) Paraboloid is the shape of "dishes" used as signal-focusing reflectors
for microwave equipment.
8 - I) Polyhedron is the form of multi-faced solid in which mineral crystals
such as quartz are found.
9 - B) Toroid is a doughnut-shaped coil used in computer magnetic memory cores,
integrated circuits, and other high efficiency applications.
10 - F) Trapezoid as seen on the screen of an oscilloscope can be interpreted
to reveal the percent of amplitude modulation of a carrier signal.
Posted June 1, 2018