October 1964 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.
This Electronics Metals
Quiz appeared in the October 1964 edition of Popular Electronics. Given the
era and obsolescence of some technologies, a couple of the drawings might not be
recognizable to you. Accordingly, I feel obligated to clue you in on those. "B" is a
television iconoscope, which was used in early TV video cameras. "D" is a phonograph
stylus. For "F," keep in mind the prevailing semiconductor material at the time. "I"
is a type of heater element that could be screwed into a light bulb socket (I used to
have a couple). "J" is supposed to be a needle for a meter movement. Now that you
know, have at it. The process of elimination should result in a good score. I got
10:10, but then I'm older than the quiz ;-)
Electronics Metals Quiz
By Robert P. Balin
Various metals are used in making electronic devices. Can you match the names of the
metals listed at left (1-10) with the drawings of components (A-J) utilizing their special
1 Alnico ___
2 Bronze ___
3 Germanium ___
4 Lead-Tin ___
5 Cesium ___
6 Tungsten ___
7 Osmium ___
8 Mercury ___
9 Nickel-Cadmium ___
10 Nichrome ___
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.
- 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, August
- TV Trouble Quiz,
- Electronics History Quiz,
- Scope-Trace Quiz,
Circuit Analogy Quiz, April 1973
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, June 1963
- Diode Quiz,
- Electronic Curves Quiz, February 1963
- Electronic Numbers Quiz, December 1962
- Energy Conversion Quiz, April 1963
Function Quiz, June 1962
Quiz - February 1967
- Unknown Frequency
Quiz - September 1965
Metals Quiz - October 1964
Measurement Quiz - August 1967
- Meter-Reading Quiz,
Geometry Quiz, January 1965
Factor Quiz, November 1966
Math Quiz, November 1965
- Series Circuit Quiz,
Quiz, March 1966
- Electronic Analogy
Quiz, November 1961
Coupling Quiz, August 1973
- Electronics Analogy Quiz, August 1960
- Audio Quiz,
Unit Quiz, May 1962
Capacitor Circuit Quiz, June 1968
- Quiz on AC Circuit Theory, December 1970
- Magnetic Phenomena Quiz, February 1962
- Electronics Geography Quiz, April 1970
Electronic Menu Quiz, August 1963
- Electronic Noise Quiz, August 1962
- Electronic Current Quiz, October 1963
- Electronic Inventors Quiz, November 1963
Function Quiz, January 1962
- Electronic Measurement Quiz, January 1963
Tube Quiz, February 1961
- Kool-Keeping Kwiz, June
- Find the
Brightest Bulb Quiz, April 1960
Metals Quiz Answers
1 - H) Alnico is an alloy of iron, aluminum, nickel and cobalt, utilized
in making permanent magnets.
2 - J) Phosphor Bronze springs are used in the manufacture of meter movements.
3 -F) Germanium doped with impurities such as arsenic or boron is employed
in making transistors.
4 - A) Lead and Tin alloys are used in solder.
5 - B) Cesium is the photoemissive metal employed in the mosaics of television
6 - C) Tungsten is used in lamp filaments.
7 - D) Osmium is a hard metal utilized in phonograph styli.
8 - E) Mercury is used to short the contacts of a mercury switch when
the glass container is tilted.
9 - G) Nickel and Cadmium are used in rechargeable battery cells.
10 - I) Nichrome is a high-resistance alloy of nickel and chromium used for
Posted August 24, 2018