May 1962 Popular Electronics
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published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Back in the 1960s, Robert Balin created many quizzes on various electronics topics
for Popular Electronics magazine. I have already posted a couple dozen of them.
Here is the latest one on the subject of Units of Measure commonly found in electronics
work. I missed the one for the tape deck, but then I don't ever remember concerning myself
with the electrical and magnetic characteristics of tape decks.
Electronic Unit Quiz
By Robert P. Balin
Electronic devices have their sensitivity and operating ratings given in units that
describe their most important characteristics. See if you can match the 9 electronic
units listed below with the sketches (A through I).
1 Ohms per volt ___
2 Inches per second ___
3 Micromicrofarads per foot ___
4 Microvolts per meter
5 Cycles per second ___
6 Gilberts per centimeter
7 Volts per inch ___
8 Revolutions per minute
9 Volts per mil ___
See answers below.
Popular Electronics published many quizzes over the
years (as did a few other magazines to a lesser extent) - some really simple and
others not so simple. Robert P. Balin created many of the quizzes. This
is a listing of all I have posted thus far.
- Electronics Physics
Quiz - March 1974
- 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,
- TV Trouble Quiz,
- Electronics History Quiz,
- Scope-Trace Quiz,
Circuit Analogy Quiz, April 1973
Test 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,
- Diode Quiz, July
- Electronic Curves Quiz, February 1963
- Electronic Numbers Quiz, December 1962
- Energy Conversion Quiz, April 1963
- Coil Function
Quiz, June 1962
"-Tron" Teasers Quiz - October 1963 Electronics World
- Polarity Quiz
- March 1968
- Amplifier Quiz
Part I - February 1964
Quiz - February 1967
Frequency Quiz - September 1965
Metals Quiz - October 1964
Measurement Quiz - August 1967
Quiz, June 1966
Geometry Quiz, January 1965
Factor Quiz, November 1966
Math Quiz, November 1965
- Series Circuit
Quiz, May 1966
Quiz, March 1966
Analogy Quiz, November 1961
Coupling Quiz, August 1973
- Electronics Analogy Quiz, August 1960
- Audio Quiz, April
- Electronic Unit
Quiz, May 1962
Circuit Quiz, June 1968
- Quiz on AC Circuit Theory, December 1970
- Magnetic Phenomena Quiz, February 1962
- Electronics Geography Quiz, April 1970
Menu Quiz, August 1963
- Electronic Noise Quiz, August 1962
- Electronic Current Quiz, October 1963
- Electronic Inventors Quiz, November 1963
- Resistor Function
Quiz, January 1962
- Electronic Measurement Quiz, January 1963
- Vacuum Tube Quiz,
- Kool-Keeping Kwiz, June
- Find the Brightest
Bulb Quiz, April 1960
Electronic Unit Quiz Answers
1 - (G) The deflection sensitivity of a basic meter movement is given in ohms per
volt, which is the reciprocal of the current required to produce full scale deflection
of the meter.
2 - (I) The speed at which the tape passes the recording and playback heads in a tape
recorder is usually 7 1/2 or 3 3/4 inches per seconds (ips).
3 - (F) The conductor and metallic braid of a shielded cable form a capacitor, with
the insulating material between them acting as the dielectric. When the µµf.
per foot and the length of a cable are known, its total capacitive effect can be determined.
4 - (E) The strength of a received signal is measured in microvolts per meter - the
dielectric stress existing between two points in the wave front 1 meter apart and lying
on a line parallel to the electric lines of force.
5 - (H) The precise and stable frequency of vibration of a tuning fork given in cycles
per second is often used as a reference frequency in electronic testing.
6 - (B) The amount of magnetizing force required to produce a magnet of a given strength
is measured in gilberts, or ampere turns, per centimeter length of the magnetic circuit.
One gilbert per centimeter is called an "oersted."
7 - (A) The deflection sensitivity of an oscilloscope is specified by giving the amount
of input voltage required to produce a one inch peak-to-peak deflection on the cathode-ray
8 - (C) Phonograph turntable speeds used today are 16 2/3, 33 1/3, 45, and 78 revolutions
9 - (D) The insulating ability of tape is given as the number of volts it can withstand
per mil, or one-thousandth of an inch, of its thickness.
Posted July 18, 2013