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It's Friday and therefore time for a pop quiz (does that line give you a fearsome flashback to your school days?). Whenever I have one available, I like to post quizzes from vintage electronics magazines, like this one on diode circuit functions. Many of them have vacuum tubes, but this one has the solid state symbols so the under-40 folks won't be uncomfortable. Your job is to look at the diode circuits and match them with the names of the functions. A couple of them will probably cause some head scratching, but you should do well. Don't jump to a quick conclusion with circuit "E" without noticing the two signal generators attached to it.
If you like diode quizzes, here is another from the July 1961 issue of Popular Electronics.
Diode Function Quiz
By Robert P. Balin
The versatile semiconductor diode serves in many different ways in electronic circuits. See if you can match the diode functions (1-10) listed below with the commonly used circuits (A-J) illustrated.
1) Clamper Detector Gate ___
2) Detector ___
3) Gate ___
4) Limiter ___
5) Modulator ___
6) Noise Generator ___
7) Oscillator ___
8) Overload Protection ___
9) Regulation ___
10) Scale Expander ___
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.
- A Baffling Quiz
- January 1968
- 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
Diode Function Quiz Answers
1 - H In a positive clamping circuit, diode conduction during the negative half cycle permits the capacitor to charge up to a voltage nearly equal to the peak value of the input signal, but the output is zero. On the positive half cycle, the diode stops conducting. The voltage across the capacitor adds to the signal voltage and the output is approximately twice the peak voltage.
2 - C A diode detector passes only one-half of the input signal's waveform to recover the audio portion of the signal.
3 - F In an "And" or "Coincidence" gate, used in logic circuits, two simultaneous input signals of proper polarity and sufficient amplitude to overcome the forward bias of both diodes are required to produce an output signal.
4 - I In limiter circuits, a single reverse-biased diode can be used to clip one side of the waveform at a preselected voltage level.
5 - E In a double-sideband modulator, the carrier is suppressed while upper and lower sidebands are developed.
6 - A A small current passed through a silicon crystal diode in the reverse direction creates a noise or hiss, which can be used to test a radio receiver and other equipment.
7 - G In a Zener diode relaxation oscillator, a charging capacitor increases the reverse voltage across the diode until its Zener breakdown point is reached. The capacitor then discharges through the diode. When the diode stops conducting, the charging cycle repeats itself.
8 - D A reverse-biased Zener diode is often connected in parallel with a meter to provide overload protection. When the preselected diode breakdown voltage is exceeded, the diode acts as a shunt.
9 - B Two Zener diodes connected back-to-back are used to regulate an a.c. supply voltage by alternately clipping the voltage peaks at a preselected level.
10 - J In a depressed-zero meter, a reverse-connected zener diode in series with the meter prevents any indication until the breakdown voltage is reached. Input voltages ranging from the diode's breakdown point to the meter's limit can then be spread to fill the entire scale, from one end to the other.
Posted May 25, 2018