November 1966 Popular Electronics
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published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Robert Balin created this
Electronic Factor Quiz for the November 1966 edition of Popular Electronics
magazine. Your challenge is to match the drawing of a particular electronics circuit
or implement with the corresponding "factor." Examples are "current amplification factor,"
"damping factor," "modulation factor," "duty factor," "form factor," "quality factor,"
etc. There are ten in all. Of course on a quiz like this you cannot get just one answer wrong
- or any odd number for that matter. I managed to reverse #5 and #10 (I and B, respectively).
For some reason I couldn't remember what "form factor" was, but was sure that #10 was
a scale factor of sorts... wrong - a clear case of cranial rectumitis.
Electronic Factor Quiz
By Robert P. Balin
Most electronic technicians are familiar with such common expressions as "safety factor"
and "conversion factor." But how many are sure of the meaning of terms like "power factor"
and "duty factor"? See if you can associate: the electronic factor expressions
below (1-10) with the sketches (A-J) that suggest their application or meaning.
1) Current amplification factor
2) Damping factor
3) Modulation factor
4) Duty factor
5) Form factor
6) Quality factor.
7) Ripple factor
8) Velocity factor
9) Voltage amplification factor
10) Scale factor
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.
Sawtooth Sticklers Quiz - November 1960 Radio-Electronics
Radio Quiz - December 1947 Radio-Craft
Quiz - October 1955 Radio & Television News
- Electronics Physics
Quiz - March 1974 Popular Electronics
- A Baffling Quiz
- January 1968 Popular Electronics
- Electronics IQ
Quiz - May 1967 Popular Electronics
- Plug and Jack
Quiz - December 1967 Popular Electronics
Switching Quiz - October 1967 Popular Electronics
Angle Quiz - September 1967 Popular Electronics
Electronics Quiz - July 1967 Popular Electronics
- FM Radio
Quiz - April 1950 Radio & Television News
- Bridge Circuit
Quiz -December 1966 Popular Electronics
- Diode Function
Quiz - August 1965 Popular Electronics
- Diagram Quiz,
August 1966 Popular Electronics
- Quist Quiz - November
- TV Trouble Quiz,
July 1966 Popular Electronics
- Electronics History Quiz,
December 1965 Popular Electronics
- Scope-Trace Quiz,
March 1965 Popular Electronics
Circuit Analogy Quiz, April 1973
Test Your Knowledge of Semiconductors, August 1972 Popular Electronics
- Ganged Switching
Quiz, April 1972 Popular Electronics
- Lamp Brightness
Quiz, January 1969 Popular Electronics
- Lissajous Pattern Quiz, September 1963 Popular Electronics
Quizoo, October 1962 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Photo Album Quiz, March 1963 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Alphabet Quiz, May 1963 Popular Electronics
- Quiz: Resistive?
Inductive? or Capacitive?, October 1960 Popular Electronics
- Vector-Circuit Matching Quiz, June 1970 Popular Electronics
Quiz, September 1961 Popular Electronics
- RC Circuit Quiz,
June 1963 Popular Electronics
- Diode Quiz, July
1961 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Curves Quiz, February 1963 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Numbers Quiz, December 1962 Popular Electronics
- Energy Conversion Quiz, April 1963 Popular Electronics
- Coil Function
Quiz, June 1962 Popular Electronics
Co-Inventors Quiz - January 1965 Electronics World
"-Tron" Teasers Quiz - October 1963 Electronics World
- Polarity Quiz
- March 1968 Popular Electronics
I.Q. Quiz - October 1948 Radio & Television News
- Amplifier Quiz
Part I - February 1964 Popular Electronics
Quiz - February 1967 Popular Electronics
Frequency Quiz - September 1965 Popular Electronics
Metals Quiz - October 1964 Popular Electronics
Measurement Quiz - August 1967 Popular Electronics
Quiz, June 1966 Popular Electronics
Geometry Quiz, January 1965 Popular Electronics
Factor Quiz, November 1966 Popular Electronics
Math Quiz, November 1965 Popular Electronics
- Series Circuit
Quiz, May 1966 Popular Electronics
Quiz, March 1966 Popular Electronics
Quiz: Test Your Sales Ability - April 1947 Radio News
Analogy Quiz, November 1961 Popular Electronics
Coupling Quiz, August 1973 Popular Electronics
- Electronics Analogy Quiz, August 1960 Popular Electronics
- Audio Quiz, April
1955 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Unit
Quiz, May 1962 Popular Electronics
Circuit Quiz, June 1968 Popular Electronics
- Quiz on AC Circuit Theory, December 1970 Popular Electronics
- Magnetic Phenomena Quiz, February 1962 Popular Electronics
- Electronics Geography Quiz, April 1970 Popular Electronics
Menu Quiz, August 1963 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Noise Quiz, August 1962 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Current Quiz, October 1963 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Inventors Quiz, November 1963 Popular Electronics
- Resistor Function
Quiz, January 1962 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Measurement Quiz, January 1963 Popular Electronics
- Vacuum Tube Quiz,
February 1961 Popular Electronics
- Kool-Keeping Kwiz, June
1970 Popular Electronics
- Find the Brightest
Bulb Quiz, April 1960 Popular Electronics
Where Do the Scientists Belong? - Feb 19, 1949 Saturday Evening
Factor Quiz Answers
1 - C) The Current Amplification Factor, or d.c. beta, of a transistor common
emitter circuit is the ratio of the collector current (Ic) to base current
(Ib). Thus, β = Ic/Ib.
2 - G) The Damping Factor of an amplifier is the ratio of its output voltage
under normal load conditions to the measured change in the output voltage when the load
3 - J) The Modulation Factor of an AM waveform is the ratio of the maximum excursion
of the modulation envelope to the level of the un-modulated carrier. (Percent modulation
is obtained by multiplying the modulation factor by 100.)
4 - E) The Duty Factor of a pulse is the ratio of its "on" time to the total
duration of its "on-off" cycle.
5 - I) The Form Factor of a waveform is the ratio of its effective or r.m.s.
value to its average value.
6 - D) The Quality Factor, or simply Q, of a series-resonant circuit is the
ratio of either its inductive or capacitive reactance (XL or XC)
at resonance to its d.c. resistance.
7 - A) The Ripple Factor of a filtered power supply is the ratio of the r.m.s.
value of the a.c. components to the average value of its d.c. output voltage.
8 - H) The Velocity Factor of a transmission line is the ratio of the velocity
of the r.f. energy along the line to the velocity of the same energy traveling in free
9 - F) The Voltage Amplification Factor or mu (μ) of a vacuum-tube amplifier
is the ratio of the amplitude of the output signal appearing at its plate to the amplitude
of the input signal applied to its grid.
10 - B) The Scale Factor of a high-voltage probe is the constant by which the
meter reading must be multiplied to obtain the actual value of the voltage measured with
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