# The Radio Waves Quiz: How Much You Know?

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How much do you know about the radio waves? Waves are types of electromagnetic radiation, and they have the longest wavelength in the electromagnetic spectrum. A radio wave is created when an electric field and magnetic field join. Do you know how to switch in between signals? This quiz is a perfect way to get some new information on these types of waves and how they behave under different circumstances. Do give it a shot!

• 1.

### Which of the following uses radio waves to transmit information?

• A.

Garage door opener

• B.

Cell Phone

• C.

Cordless Phone

• D.

Wireless internet

• E.

All of the above

E. All of the above
Explanation
All of the options mentioned in the question use radio waves to transmit information. A garage door opener uses radio waves to communicate between the remote control and the receiver in the garage. Cell phones use radio waves to transmit voice and data signals wirelessly. Cordless phones also use radio waves to transmit signals between the base and the handset. Wireless internet, commonly known as Wi-Fi, uses radio waves to transmit data between devices and a router. Therefore, all of the options mentioned in the question utilize radio waves for transmitting information.

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• 2.

### What do you need to transmit a simple signal to an AM radio?

• A.

• B.

Orange and a Wire

• C.

9V battery and an orange

• D.

9V battery and a nickle

• E.

None of the above will transmit a signal to an AM radio

D. 9V battery and a nickle
Explanation
To transmit a simple signal to an AM radio, you need a 9V battery and a nickel. The battery provides the power source, while the nickel acts as a makeshift antenna to capture and transmit the signal. The combination of these two components allows for the transmission of the signal to the AM radio.

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• 3.

### If you make a slightly more elaborate transmitter with a 9V battery, file, and wire.  What is information is being received on the radio?

• A.

Electricity flowing through the wire.

• B.

The spark jumping from the wire to the file.

• C.

Electricity flowing through the rough file.

• D.

The battery charging.

• E.

None of the above.

B. The spark jumping from the wire to the file.
Explanation
The correct answer is "The spark jumping from the wire to the file." This is because when a 9V battery is connected to a wire and a file, a spark can be created when the wire is brought close to the file. This spark is a form of electrical discharge and can generate radio frequency waves that can be picked up by a radio receiver. Therefore, the information being received on the radio is the spark jumping from the wire to the file.

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• 4.

### What were transmitters called in the early days of the radio?

• A.

Transmits

• B.

Senders

• C.

Sparkers

• D.

Spark Coils

• E.

Transistors

D. Spark Coils
Explanation
In the early days of radio, transmitters were called "spark coils." This term refers to the device used to generate high voltage sparks that produced the radio waves necessary for transmission. Spark coils were commonly used before the development of more advanced technology like transistors.

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• 5.

### What voltages did the spark coils have?

• A.

20 kV

• B.

20 V

• C.

20,000mV

• D.

20mV

• E.

None of the Above

A. 20 kV
Explanation
The spark coils had a voltage of 20 kV.

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• 6.

### A transmitter with high voltage ( 20,000V ) is _______________________ because it __________________ the entire _____________ spectrum.

Explanation
A transmitter with high voltage (20,000V) is illegal because it spams the entire radio spectrum.

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• 7.

### Why were high voltages transmitters legal in "early days"?

• A.

There were not many uses for radio waves or people using them.

• B.

• C.

They were illegal.

• D.

They had better rules back in the day.

• E.

None of the above

A. There were not many uses for radio waves or people using them.
Explanation
High voltage transmitters were legal in the "early days" because there were not many uses for radio waves or people using them. Since radio technology was still in its early stages of development, there were limited applications for radio waves and a small number of individuals utilizing them. As a result, there were no strict regulations or restrictions on high voltage transmitters during this time period.

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• 8.

### Rather than using static, all radio transmitters today use continuous _____________  ________________ to transmit information.

sine wave
Explanation
Radio transmitters today use continuous sine waves to transmit information because sine waves have a smooth and regular oscillation pattern. This allows for efficient and reliable transmission of information through the modulation of the sine wave's frequency, amplitude, or phase. Additionally, sine waves have a well-defined frequency and can easily be generated and manipulated using electronic components. This makes them ideal for transmitting information over long distances without distortion or interference.

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• 9.

### What type of information can a transmitter send with invisible sine waves?

• A.

Audio

• B.

Video

• C.

Data

• D.

All of the above

• E.

None of the above

D. All of the above
Explanation
A transmitter can send audio information using invisible sine waves by modulating the frequency or amplitude of the waves to encode sound signals. Similarly, video information can be transmitted by encoding visual signals into the invisible sine waves. Additionally, data can also be sent using invisible sine waves by encoding binary information into the waveforms. Therefore, all of the mentioned options - audio, video, and data - can be transmitted using invisible sine waves.

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• 10.

### How can hundreds of different devices that use radio waves not interfere with each other?

• A.

Different devices that use radio waves must be used in different locations.

• B.

Each device has a different sine wave frequency.

• C.

They do interfere with each other.

• D.

Radio waves are not real because you cant see them

• E.

None of the above

B. Each device has a different sine wave frequency.
Explanation
Each device having a different sine wave frequency allows them to operate on different channels or frequencies, which helps to prevent interference. This means that even though multiple devices are using radio waves, they are transmitting and receiving signals on different frequencies, ensuring that they do not interfere with each other.

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• 11.

### The two parts that any radio has is a _________________ and _________________.

Explanation
A radio consists of two essential components: a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter is responsible for converting audio signals into electromagnetic waves, which are then transmitted through the air. On the other hand, the receiver picks up these electromagnetic waves and converts them back into audio signals, allowing us to listen to the desired radio station. Both the transmitter and receiver are integral parts of a radio system, working together to facilitate the transmission and reception of audio signals.

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• 12.

### The transmitter takes some sort of message (audio, video, or data), encodes it to a ____________    _________________ and transmits it with ____________  ______________.

Explanation
The transmitter takes a message, such as audio, video, or data, and encodes it into a sine wave. This encoded message is then transmitted using radio waves.

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• 13.

### The receiver receives the ____________  ____________ and _____________   the message from the sine wave it receives.

Explanation
The receiver picks up the radio waves and decodes the message from the sine wave it receives.

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• 14.

antennas
Explanation
Both the transmitter and receiver use antennas to radiate and capture the radio signal. Antennas are devices that convert electrical signals into electromagnetic waves, allowing the transmission of radio signals through the air. They are designed to efficiently radiate and receive these signals, enabling effective communication between the transmitter and receiver. Antennas come in various shapes and sizes, depending on the specific application and frequency range.

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• 15.

### AM stands for ___________________   ______________________.

amplitude modulation
Explanation
AM stands for amplitude modulation. This is a method used in telecommunications to transmit signals by varying the amplitude of a carrier wave in proportion to the waveform being sent. In AM, the amplitude of the carrier wave is modified to represent the information being transmitted, such as audio or video signals. This modulation technique allows for the efficient transmission of signals over long distances, making it widely used in radio broadcasting.

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• 16.

### FM stands for ____________________ ____________________.

frequency modulation
Explanation
FM stands for frequency modulation, which is a method of encoding information on a carrier wave by varying the frequency of the wave. In this modulation technique, the frequency of the carrier wave is changed in accordance with the variations in the amplitude of the input signal. This allows for the transmission of audio signals over radio waves, resulting in high-quality sound reproduction. Frequency modulation is widely used in radio broadcasting and communication systems.

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• 17.

### What is the frequency of a sine wave?

• A.

How often a message is sent.

• B.

How often the radio transmitter is turned on.

• C.

The number of times it oscillates up and down per second.

• D.

The number of times it oscillates right and left per second.

• E.

None of the above

C. The number of times it oscillates up and down per second.
Explanation
The frequency of a sine wave refers to the number of times it oscillates up and down per second. This is a characteristic property of a sine wave and is used to determine its pitch or tone in sound waves or its color in light waves. It is unrelated to how often a message is sent or how often a radio transmitter is turned on. Therefore, the correct answer is "The number of times it oscillates up and down per second."

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• 18.

### In AM or Amplitude Modulation, the amplitude of the sine wave or the  ________ to _________ voltage, changes.

peak peak
Explanation
In AM or Amplitude Modulation, the amplitude of the sine wave or the peak to peak voltage changes. This means that the highest and lowest points of the wave, or the peak to peak voltage, vary as the signal is modulated. This modulation technique is commonly used in radio broadcasting, where the amplitude of the carrier wave is varied to carry the audio signal.

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• 19.

### FCC stands for ___________________  ______________________  __________________ in regard to radios.

Federal Communications Commission
Explanation
The correct answer is "Federal Communications Commission." The FCC is a regulatory agency in the United States that oversees communication systems, including radio. They are responsible for regulating and licensing radio stations, ensuring fair competition, and promoting public safety and welfare in the field of communication.

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