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Chapter 19 Quiz
1. In thermionic emission, why do electrons shoot off the metal surface?
2. Why is the air removed from a vacuum tube?
3. Why is the cathode negative regardless of battery connection?
4. Why does current never flow from plate to cathode?
5. How does a diode act as a rectifier?
6. How does the grid control current in a triode?
7. Why must the grid be biased negatively?
8. How does a triode amplify signals?
Chapter 19 ANSWERS
1. The heat increases the electrons speed so that proton attraction can no longer
2. The air molecules would clog up the space around the cathode. They would interfere
with the emission of electrons.
3. The space charge of electrons determine the cathode polarity. Electrons are
negative so the cathode is negative.
4. Because the plate has no electrons emitted to make up a current from plate
5. The diode only passes current from cathode to plate. When the plate is negative
no current can flow. Therefore, only the current in the cathode to plate direction
6. The grid acts as a valve between cathode and plate. The negativeness of the
grid controls the amount of current that can pass to the plate.
7. The grid would lose control if it became positive. Therefore, a negative bias
prevents the grid ever becoming positive and losing control.
8. The cathode to plate current is strong. But this current is controlled by
very small charges in grid potential.