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Thu Apr 25, 2013, 06:47 PM

Take the science quiz!

Got this from the Pew Research Center.

Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz

It's very basic stuff but a fun thing to do if you have any interest in science - or not.

How did you score?


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13 correct
47 (63%)
12 correct
18 (24%)
11 correct
4 (5%)
10 correct
5 (7%)
9 correct
1 (1%)
8 correct
0 (0%)
7 correct
0 (0%)
6 correct
0 (0%)
Less than 6 correct
0 (0%)
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Reply Take the science quiz! (Original post)
geckosfeet Apr 2013 OP
El Supremo Apr 2013 #1
geckosfeet Apr 2013 #2
El Supremo Apr 2013 #3
geckosfeet Apr 2013 #7
Arctic Dave Apr 2013 #34
Gormy Cuss Apr 2013 #15
BainsBane Apr 2013 #27
frogmarch Apr 2013 #4
Aerows Apr 2013 #5
geckosfeet Apr 2013 #6
DevonRex Apr 2013 #8
rexcat Apr 2013 #19
DevonRex Apr 2013 #23
rexcat Apr 2013 #28
DevonRex Apr 2013 #32
mountain grammy Apr 2013 #9
alphafemale Apr 2013 #16
nadine_mn Apr 2013 #25
Logical Apr 2013 #10
Liberal_in_LA Apr 2013 #11
geckosfeet Apr 2013 #13
Liberal_in_LA Apr 2013 #18
geckosfeet Apr 2013 #20
Blue_In_AK Apr 2013 #24
Demo_Chris Apr 2013 #33
smirkymonkey Apr 2013 #12
Agschmid Apr 2013 #14
Brimley Apr 2013 #17
GoneOffShore Apr 2013 #21
Honeycombe8 Apr 2013 #22
Lady Freedom Returns Apr 2013 #26
RGinNJ Apr 2013 #29
Incitatus Apr 2013 #30
Eleanors38 Apr 2013 #31
Delphinus Apr 2013 #41
Eleanors38 Apr 2013 #42
Rochester Apr 2013 #35
DiverDave Apr 2013 #36
Bonobo Apr 2013 #37
MrScorpio Apr 2013 #38
JHB Apr 2013 #39
LostOne4Ever Apr 2013 #40
olddots Apr 2013 #43

Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 07:12 PM

1. I got all 13 but the answer to the last question is partly wrong.

Fracing (note my spelling) is used for all petroleum, not just natural gas.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 07:34 PM

2. Ah. Take it up with Pew. In these cases the general rule is: "which answer is best"


Public's Knowledge of Science and Technology

About eight-in-ten Americans (83%) identify ultraviolet as the type of radiation that sunscreen protects against. Nearly as many (77%) know that the main concern about the overuse of antibiotics is that it can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

However, only about half (51%) of the public knows that "fracking" is a process that extracts natural gas, not coal, diamonds or silicon from the earth.



I'd say out of the four possible answers, natural gas is the best. If they had said gas and oil,,,, I think it would have been too much of a gimme. But I do think 51% is low given that fracking has been in the news so much lately.

Looks like du is doing pretty good on the quiz. I expected that would be the case.

on edit: is "fracing" a preferred spelling?

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 07:39 PM

3. They should have said "petroleum" not natural gas.

And within the industry, hydraulic fracturing or fracing is preferred.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:12 PM

7. Well. They are just bunch of polling wonks.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 02:12 AM

34. Well, lets get really wonky.

 

They are called hydrocarbons.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 09:54 PM

15. Not wrong so much as limited.

Natural gas extraction was the only choice that was correct on that list. I had to pause on a couple of questions because I wanted to have a different, better choice to select.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:25 AM

27. I wondered about that too

Shale oil, for example.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 07:43 PM

4. I was a little afraid to take the test,

but I got them all right! :-O

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 07:54 PM

5. Those were easy

Now ask me how to make a washing machine not make the clothes come out different colors.

I can cook, do calculus, operate heavy equipment and make a network run smoothly.

Don't ever ask me to do laundry.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:10 PM

6. Funny you should mention it.

I just threw in a load of laundry.

And your right. Very basic science. I am not sure i believe the results on Pew website. Only 7% were getting all the questions right.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:19 PM

8. I got them all. Surprisingly simple.


Can't believe the percentages.

You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7℅.

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Response to DevonRex (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 10:33 PM

19. The sad thing...

is too many people missed too many of the questions.

On an aside do you own a Devon Rex? I got my user name from the Cornish Rex we own or I should say she owns us and our two Whippets.

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Response to rexcat (Reply #19)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:12 AM

23. Yes. I have a torti Devon Rex.

She is the sweetest cat I have ever had. She has to be with us all the time.

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Response to DevonRex (Reply #23)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:26 AM

28. Our first Rex...

was 18 when we had to put him down (uncontrollable diabetes). Our current Rex is a female calico. When we were looking for another Rex there were only two breeders who had kittens in the country. I ended up flying to Minneapolis, MN to pick her up. Good thing for frequent flyer points!

The Rexes are the sweetest things. When we have people over she will end up in our guest's laps. She gets upset when she is left alone but she has the dogs for company. She snuggles with the dogs but rules them with a iron claw, so to speak.

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Response to rexcat (Reply #28)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 02:00 AM

32. Haha! Isn't that the truth!

Ours is the same way. She doesn't hesitate to bat the dog in the nose if he needs it, which he usually does. Yet she snuggles right up the rest of the time. She's getting on up there in years but still very healthy, thank goodness. I wouldn't trade her for the world!

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:22 PM

9. I always mixed up hydrogen and nitrogen, drove my chem teacher crazy.

never did learn it.. only one I missed.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #9)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 10:06 PM

16. I did that. But realized what I had done as I was pushing "next question." nt

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:18 AM

25. Same here nt

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:27 PM

10. I got 0 right......

I just thought I would counter all the 13 braggers. n-t

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:31 PM

11. I got the atmosphere question wrong

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 09:38 PM

13. That is the lowest scoring question...


Notably, even most college graduates could not identify the gas that makes up most of the earth’s atmosphere. Just 31% correctly say it is nitrogen, while an identical percentage (31%) incorrectly says it is oxygen. Among those with a high school education or less, oxygen is the most frequent response.

Public's Knowledge of Science and Technology

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 10:30 PM

18. i picked hydrogen

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #18)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 10:33 PM

20. Bada boom!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:14 AM

24. Me too.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 02:02 AM

33. me as well

 

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:40 PM

12. I got 11 of 13 correct

Got the laser and atmosphere questions wrong. Oh well.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 09:44 PM

14. Woot! 13 for 13.

And I work clothing retail...

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 10:18 PM

17. 13 for 13

 

But the algorithm deducted some points because I didn't go through the U.S. school system. I guess that's fair.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 10:34 PM

21. 13 for 13

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 10:38 PM

22. Well, blow me down. I got all 13 right. Surprises the hell out of me. nt

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:22 AM

26. I got 12 out of 13.

I messed up on "Which gas makes up most of the Earth's atmosphere?"

But in my defense, I have a B.A. not a B.S.!

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:30 AM

29. 13 correct

I think it was rather easy for me even though I am a somewhat older high-school educated ex squid.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:32 AM

30. 13 of 13, those were pretty easy questions. nt

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 01:17 AM

31. Glad it wasn't math. Got 13, though..

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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #31)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 07:55 AM

41. Amen.

If it was math (other than the standard four), I wouldn't have gone close to it.

I got 11 of 13 - atmosphere and chemical reaction stumped me.

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Response to Delphinus (Reply #41)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:33 PM

42. Yeah, even fire is a chemical reaction...

My math was so weak, I concentrated on it to the negligence of everything else on the GRE. 'Be damned if I didn't score 10 pts. higher in that category!

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 03:40 AM

35. Got them all

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 04:04 AM

36. 13 for 13

You answered 13 of 13 questions correctly.

You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7%.

I was 13 on Friday the 13th, my son was 13 weeks old on my birthday...yep Friday the 13th
If I am in a group that counts off, I'm number 13 more often then not.
If there is a gate, Isle, gas pump, 13 comes up in my life a lot.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 04:29 AM

37. My 9 year old got 10 out of 13.

And his Japanese is much better than his English.

Those bath time science talks of mine are doing some good!

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 06:44 AM

38. 13 for 13

Science has always been one of my favorite subjects

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 07:09 AM

39. Here's an interesting part:

From the page about the study, not the questions at the OP link:
http://www.people-press.org/2013/04/22/publics-knowledge-of-science-and-technology/

Many Say U.S. Students Are Outranked in Science

A plurality of Americans (44%) say that average American 15-year-olds rank at the bottom on standardized tests of science knowledge, when compared with students in other developed nations. That is incorrect: According to the most recent available data from the Program for International Student Assessment, U.S. students rank among the middle of OECD nations.

The survey finds that 35% correctly know that U.S. 15-year-olds are about in the middle when it comes to science knowledge; 7% say incorrectly that American students rank among the top of developed nations.

College graduates are more likely than those with less education to underestimate the performance of U.S. teens on standardized science tests. More than half of college graduates (56%) say that American students rank near the bottom among developed countries. That compares with 46% of those with some college experience who do not have a degree and 36% of those with no more than a high school education.


Of course, there are only campaigns for "solutions" to our "failing schools". There isn't exactly the same promotional budget to advertise that the problems of failing schools is somewhat more limited that interested parties would have you believe.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 07:25 AM

40. I cant believe I missed one

At least my degree is in biology. Still, Im mad at myself for the Fraccing questions. I was going back and forth between Natural Gas and Coal!

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:39 PM

43. keep these tests coming please

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