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Note: Many answers contain passages quoted in whole or in part from the text.



RF Cafe Featured Book - Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics: Fundamentals, Biomedical Applications, and Bio-inspired SystemsThis quiz is based on the information presented in Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics: Fundamentals, Biomedical Applications, and Bio-Inspired Systems, by Rahul Sarpeshkar, published by Cambridge University Press.
 Note: Some of these books are available as prizes in the monthly RF Cafe Giveaway.


1.  Which formula represents what is known as "1/f" noise?

a)  1/f
b)  1/fn
c)  f
d)  1/f



2.  What is Return Ratio Analysis?

a)  An investment strategy for tech companies
b)  A method for analyzing circuit robustness in response to changes in gain or impedance
c)  The electrical equivalent of a mass/damper mechanical system
d)  A measure of current reflection



3.  What is the name of the process used to simplify analysis of a complex system when
     an additional passive element is added in parallel?

a)  A Norton equivalent system theorem
b)  Kirchhoff's law for parallel elements
c)  Middlebrook's extra-element theorem
d)  Cascoded elements theory



4.  What function does a gyrator circuit perform?

a)  Inverts impedance (changes L to C, or C to L)
b)  Creates a circulating current in a tank circuit
c)  Drives a gyroscope at a predetermined speed
d)  Converts DC to AC


5.  What is a key feature of a neuron-inspired analog-to-digital converter?

a)  Brain-like logic
b)  Small size comparable to neurons
c)  A concept though of while using the inventor's brain's neurons
d)  Energy efficiency



6.  What does the Bode-Fano criterion state?

a)  All circuit responses can be represented on a Bode plot
b)  All circuit responses can be represented on a Bode-Fano plot
c)  All response can be reduced to a single passive and single active element
d)  For passive loads (series or parallel RC or RL), there is an inverse relationship between good
     impedance matching at a single frequency and good matching across the entire band



7.  Which type of biomedical implant is not likely to employ a wireless link to an external transceiver?

a)  Cardiac pacemaker
b)  Cochlear implant
c)  Hair plug
d)  Retinal implant



RF Cafe - Biological skin depth chart (quiz)8.  Which curve in the graph to the right represents
     skin depth in biological tissue?

a)  A
b)  B
c)  C
d)  D








9.  What is the approximate power consumed by the average
     human male brain, consisting of 22 billion neuronal cells?

a)  1.5 kW
b)  15 W
c)  1 W
d)  15 mW



10.  Name the three regions of current-dependent battery polarization as a function of voltage

a)  Active, ohmic, concentration
b)  Active, ohmic, jeopardy
c)  Passive, active, inverse
d)  Inverse, proverse, null



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