Give me some tips for this test related to electric fields and circuits

• pokeefer
In summary, the conversation is about a student's struggles with a Physics 12 course, particularly with understanding concepts related to electric fields, voltage, current, power, and series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. The student also mentions difficulties with a section on cathode ray tubes and deflection, specifically with understanding a graph of voltage versus deflection and finding the slope and line equation of the line. The student is seeking advice and references to better understand these concepts in order to improve their performance on a retake of the test.

Homework Statement

I'm currently doing Physics 12.

Its about electric fields, voltage, current, power, gravitation field and series, parallel and series-parallel circuits.

I've already taken the test once and got 48% because I didn't fully study the last section which involved series-parallel circuits.

Anyway its a total of 70 marks

34 marks Multiple choice (I got them all correct)
14 marks Series-parallel circuits calculations of voltage, current, resistance (I got none right)
22 marks about a cathode ray tube and deflection (I got none right)

So as you can see it seems like the last section of the course was the most important one.

The Attempt at a Solution

The multiple choice was completely understand and all correct. When I got to the series-parallel circuit questions I didn't know what to do because I didn't study that section yet and so lost 14 marks for nothing.

Next is the last part of the test worth 22 marks which I flunked completely and need your advice about:

A cathode ray tube with a voltage Va shoots itself in between two metal plates. The voltage between the plates is Vb. In front of the two metal plates is a screen. Its asking about deflection.

First there was a graph of Voltage versus deflection graph. Voltage on y-axis and deflection on x-axis

1.) Find the slope of the line. I didn't know where to start.
2.) What is the relationship between voltage and deflection?
3.) What is the deflection on the screen?

Those are the only questions I can remember but there is a lot more and I worded them to my memory.

Can anyone give any advice or references to a voltage versus deflection graph? It was Va and D.

Relationship between accelerating voltage and distance in cathode ray tube?

I really need help.

I'm going to re-take a test that involves questions about a Cathode Ray Tube that shoots electrons in between two deflecting plates that have a flourescent screen at the end of them.

First it shows me a diagram and then a graph of Va on the y-axis and D on the x-axis.

Va means the accelerating voltage at the cathode ray tube and D means distance. (I don't remember if D was distance or deflection)

In this graph they asked me to find the slope of the line.

Then to find the line equation y = mx+b

Then they asked the relationship between Va and d and then asked about several other things thtat I don't remember that were on the test.

How would I do any of this? Where could I start.

How do I find the slope and the line equation of such a graph?

This is Physics 12.

pokeefer said:
I really need help.

I'm going to re-take a test that involves questions about a Cathode Ray Tube that shoots electrons in between two deflecting plates that have a flourescent screen at the end of them.

First it shows me a diagram and then a graph of Va on the y-axis and D on the x-axis.

Va means the accelerating voltage at the cathode ray tube and D means distance. (I don't remember if D was distance or deflection)

In this graph they asked me to find the slope of the line.

Then to find the line equation y = mx+b

Then they asked the relationship between Va and d and then asked about several other things thtat I don't remember that were on the test.

How would I do any of this? Where could I start.

How do I find the slope and the line equation of such a graph?

This is Physics 12.

Accelerating plates and deflection plates are two different things. The accelerating plates (in simple terms) are the cathode where the electrons are emitted, and the anode, which is the front plate of the CRT where the phosphur goes.

The deflection plates would be plates that are horizontal or vertical, just after the electron gun portion (where the cathode is). The electric field between the two horizontal deflection plates can be used to deflect the electron beam vertically, and the E-field between the two vertical deflection plates can be used to deflect the electron beam horizontally.

Based on the question asking for a graph of something versus the electric field somewhere, I'd guess they are asking for the deflection as a function of the deflection plate voltage, for some fixed acceleration plate voltage. Or the other way around maybe.

It would be best if you could find the exact wording of the question, or else work problems in your textbook that are similar.

CRTs can also use magnetic fields from horizontal and vertical deflection coils to steer the electron beam. You might also end up with some questions like that on future problem sets or exams.

(Two threads with similar questions merged)

I would suggest the following tips for preparing for a test on electric fields and circuits:

1. Review all the material thoroughly: Make sure you have a strong understanding of all the concepts covered in the test, including electric fields, voltage, current, power, and series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. This will help you approach the questions with confidence.

2. Practice solving problems: Doing practice problems is the best way to prepare for any test. Make sure you understand how to solve problems related to series-parallel circuits and cathode ray tubes, as these were the areas where you struggled in the previous test.

3. Understand the relationship between voltage and deflection: The relationship between voltage and deflection in a cathode ray tube can be described by the equation V = kD, where V is the voltage, D is the deflection, and k is a constant. Make sure you understand this relationship and how to use it in calculations.

4. Study voltage versus deflection graphs: Familiarize yourself with how to interpret voltage versus deflection graphs. The slope of the line on the graph represents the constant k mentioned above, and the deflection on the screen can be determined by plugging in the voltage value.

5. Seek help if needed: If there are any concepts or problems that you are struggling with, don't hesitate to seek help from your teacher, classmates, or online resources. Understanding the material is key to performing well on the test.

Good luck on your test! Remember to stay calm and focused during the exam, and trust in your preparation.

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