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terms like 'magnetostriction,' mu-metal,' and 'D-ring' arouse your technostimulus receptors, then
this quiz on magnetics should be just what you've been waiting for. It appeared in a 1962 edition
of Popular electronics, but the principles therein have not changed since then. I must admit that
I had never given thought to the orientation in which bar magnets should be stored when in close
proximity to each other.
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Magnetic Phenomena Quiz
By Robert P. Balin
Neither magnets nor magnetism are mysteries to the experimenter. But
this quiz will test your knowledge of the basic principles of magnetic phenomena. Mark each statement
"True" or "False" and check your answers at the bottom.
||1 - The north pole of a compass points to the earth's north magnetic
2 - If the separation between two unlike magnetic poles is reduced by half, the
attraction between them will become four times as great.
3 - If a compass is placed beneath a wire passing electrons from A to
B, its north pole will point to the right.
4 - Bar magnets should be stored by placing them so that like poles
are side by side.
5 - There is no insulator for magnetic fields. Some metals simply offer
more resistance to magnetism than others.
||6 - A "D-ring" is usually found on d.c. electromagnetic relay coils.
7 - When a nickel-iron rod is magnetized, it will grow shorter in length.
8 - The electromagnet shown here will have its north pole located
at the top of the coil.
9 - An electron passing through the deflection yoke magnetic field and
out of the page will be deflected to the right.
10 - A "keeper" is placed across the poles of a horseshoe magnet
to prevent the magnet's field from passing through nearby ferrous objects.
|Here are other Popular Electronics quizzes:
Graph Interpretation Quiz, April 1967
Electronic Quizoo, October 1962
Electronic Photo Album Quiz, Mar 1963
Electronic Analogy Quiz, Nov 1961
Electronic Alphabet Quiz, May 1963
RC Circuit Quiz, Jun 1963
Diode Quiz, Jul 1961
Kool-Keeping Kwiz, Jun 1970
Electronic Curves Quiz, Feb 1963
Electronic Numbers Quiz, Dec 1962
Energy Conversion Quiz, Apr 1963
Coil Function Quiz, Jun 1962
Electronics Analogy Quiz, Aug 1960
Audio Quiz, April 1955
Electronic Unit Quiz, May 1962
Capacitor Circuit Quiz, Jun 1968
Magnetic Phenomena Quiz, Feb 1962
Electronics Geography Quiz, Apr 1970
Electronic Menu Quiz, Aug 1963
Electronic Noise Quiz, Aug 1962
Electronic Current Quiz, Oct 1963
Electronic Inventors Quiz, Nov 1963
Resistor Function Quiz, Jan 1962
Electronic Measurement Quiz, Jan 1963
Vacuum Tube Quiz, Feb 1961
Magnetic Quiz Answers
1 TRUE. The north pole of a compass points to the
earth's north magnetic pole which is actually the south pole of a large magnet inside the earth.
2 TRUE. The force of attraction between unlike magnetic poles varies inversely as the
square of the distance between them.
3 TRUE. The north pole of a compass always indicates
the direction of the magnetic field in which it lies. To determine the direction of the magnetic
field, grasp the wire with your left hand with the thumb in the direction of electron flow, from
A to B. Your fingertips will point in the direction of the magnetic field.
4 FALSE. Bar
magnets should be stored so that opposite poles lie adjacent to each other. The magnetic field
from each bar will then have a closed magnetic circuit lying entirely within the bars themselves.
Hence, the magnetic fields are least likely to go into nearby metallic objects.
There are no materials which resist magnetic fields. However, magnetic shields made of high-permeability
materials such as mu-metal are used to bypass magnetic fields around the devices to be isolated
from the effects of the magnetic fields.
6 FALSE. The D-ring is a shorted turn of copper
used on a.c. relay coils to prevent armature chattering. When the magnetic field set up by the
coil starts to collapse on alternate half cycles, a circulating current in the D-ring builds up
a magnetic field which holds the contacts closed.
7 TRUE. This is the principle of "magnetostriction"
used in ultrasonic transducers for sonar and in ultrasonic cleaning devices.
8 TRUE. Electrons
will enter the coil from the bottom and exit at the top of the coil. Grasp the coil with your
left hand with the fingers wrapped in the direction of the electron flow. Your thumb will point
to the north pole.
9 FALSE. Use your left hand to determine the magnetic field around
a moving electron. The thumb points in the direction of electron flow and the curled fingers point
in the direction of its magnetic field. Hence, the electron coming out of the page will have a
clockwise field around it. The magnetic field to the right of the electron will have the same
direction as the field of the deflection coil. Since magnetic lines which have the same direction
repel each other, the electron experiences a force to the left.
10 TRUE. Almost all of
the magnet's magnetic lines of force will pass through the soft iron bar. The "keeper" is usually
employed when storing permanent magnets in order to preserve the magnetic strength.
Posted June 12, 2013