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Electronics Metals Quiz
October 1964 Popular Electronics

October 1964 Popular Electronics

October 1964 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.

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

Electronics Metals Quiz, October 1964 Popular Electronics - RF CafeBy 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 properties?

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...









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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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 iconoscopes.

  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 heater elements.



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