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Do you know more about science and technology than the average American?
Pew Research ^

Posted on 08/28/2013 7:42:51 AM PDT by Kip Russell

Take our 13-question quiz to test your knowledge of scientific concepts. Then see how you did in comparison with the 1,006 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a national poll conducted by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine.

The analysis of the findings from the poll can be found in the full report. (No peeking! If you are going to take the quiz, do it first before reading the analysis.)


TOPICS: Astronomy; Education; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: education; science
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I found the test absurdly easy, getting 13 out of 13 correct. Frankly, a 6th grader should do as well. On average, adults get 8 or 9 out of 13 correct, which is just...sad.

Here a much harder test, which is st least at the high school level of science!

Are you scientifically literate?

Confession: I only got 46 out of 50 correct. I'm a bit weak on classical physics.

1 posted on 08/28/2013 7:42:51 AM PDT by Kip Russell
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To: Kip Russell

Bfl


2 posted on 08/28/2013 7:47:51 AM PDT by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: Kip Russell

Based on their (unscientific) example, TWO-THIRDS of college grads do NOT know that Nitrogen comprises most of the air we breathe.

They should have learned that in Jr. High School Biology, heck even 4th or 5th grade!

For the record, this Liberal Arts major scored 13 out of 13, but it wasn’t a hard test.


3 posted on 08/28/2013 7:48:05 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Kip Russell

I agree. This test is depressingly easy and the second one you mentioned was a real test. I can’t remember what I scored on it but it was certainly not a slam dunk. You have to have broad scientific knowledge for it.


4 posted on 08/28/2013 7:48:10 AM PDT by bkepley
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I didn't like the "most scientists" question on CO2 and global warming.

I can't believe only 7% got all 13

5 posted on 08/28/2013 7:49:55 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Kip Russell

I’m shocked at the averages. It’s a very easy quiz.


6 posted on 08/28/2013 7:50:29 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Waiting for next tagline.)
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To: Kip Russell

13 of 13 correct.


7 posted on 08/28/2013 7:50:44 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: Kip Russell

Rush Limbaugh coined the term “low information” individuals. With so much propaganda about global warming, politics, and science it is no wonder that this country is so dumb.


8 posted on 08/28/2013 7:51:39 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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11 of 13 for me, but I sucked at science. Guess all that reading, lurking at FR, and all those Star Trek episodes I watched account for me getting that many right.


9 posted on 08/28/2013 7:52:38 AM PDT by jodyel
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To: Kip Russell

13/13 for me. Even that stupid Global Warming Question.


10 posted on 08/28/2013 7:53:43 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: FatherofFive
I can't believe only 7% got all 13

It's depressing, but I believe it.

It would be interesting to contrast this with a poll of knowledge about current pop culture. I'm confident that more people in America know details about the life of Miley Cyrus than they do the composition of the Earth's atmosphere.

11 posted on 08/28/2013 7:54:58 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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I thought nannertechnology was banana research.


12 posted on 08/28/2013 7:55:36 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: raybbr

13 for 13.


13 posted on 08/28/2013 7:55:48 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: TheRhinelander
That's why it's called the COMMON CORE STANDARD. 13 Questions that everyone knows the answer to.

Even low income, lack of family support children who don't attend school anyway.

14 posted on 08/28/2013 7:56:12 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Kip Russell

I maxed it, but still chuckled at the question about ...most scientists regarding CO2 as the gas causing heating.

Any “scientist” that really feels that way should go back to Physics 101, have his/her grade removed, and study something more matched to their limited IQ...such as sociology.


15 posted on 08/28/2013 7:56:39 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: USMCPOP

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” - Groucho Marx


16 posted on 08/28/2013 7:57:15 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: Kip Russell

13 out of 13. Ridiculously easy.


17 posted on 08/28/2013 7:57:46 AM PDT by pgkdan (Marco Rubio can go straight to hell!)
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To: Kip Russell

12 out of 13


18 posted on 08/28/2013 7:58:37 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE ("If guns cause crime, there must be something wrong with mine." -Ted Nugent)
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To: Kip Russell

In all fairness, some of these were tough. Like at the end where it asked “Are you Male / Female.” It’s only 8:00 in the morning and I haven’t yet really decided which gender I want to identify with today.


19 posted on 08/28/2013 7:58:43 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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12 of 13. nitrogen question. Shameful overall though. Its shocking to see what is considered average. Btw I am not a college grad.


20 posted on 08/28/2013 7:59:21 AM PDT by Brasky (You miss every shot you never take)
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To: Kip Russell

I agree it was ridiculously easy. However, this summer I have taught chemistry to high school students who had failed during the academic year and I can say that they would have failed this test also (at least before they got me, LOL!)


21 posted on 08/28/2013 7:59:42 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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LOL only 66% of college grads knew what “fracking” produced .


22 posted on 08/28/2013 7:59:48 AM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: FatherofFive
I didn't like the "most scientists" question on CO2 and global warming.

Yeah and I didn't like the question about "The continents on which we live have been moving their location for millions of years and will continue to move in the future. Is this statement..." I have no problem with continents moving but not for millions of years.

23 posted on 08/28/2013 8:00:23 AM PDT by hecticskeptic
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The really tough one seems to be what is the biggest component of air. Only 20% of test takers, and 31% of college grads, got that correct.

Of course I got a perfect score, they’ll have to step up the questions a bit....

How about a few bonus questions

14: Guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine are:

a. Artifical sweeteners
b. Vitamins
c. Components of DNA
d. Spices

15: The basic principles of the digital computer were invented by:

a. Bill Gates
b. Grace Hopper
c. Johnny von Neumann
d. IBM

16: The first successful nuclear reactor:

a. Was built by Madame Curie in her garden in France
b. Was built in Hanford, Idaho following the end of WWII
c. Was built under a football stadium in Chicago
d. Was developed in Nazi Germany, but never used for anything


24 posted on 08/28/2013 8:00:25 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: bkepley

Same here. I whizzed through them.


25 posted on 08/28/2013 8:00:37 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Kip Russell

13 out of 13 on the easy quiz.

Only 40 out of 50 on the other one.


26 posted on 08/28/2013 8:02:31 AM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: Kip Russell

On the first quiz I scored better than 93% of the public.


27 posted on 08/28/2013 8:03:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Da Coyote

Yeah.

Now, it they included water vapor in the choices, most so-called “scientists” in the government would get it wrong. 8<)


28 posted on 08/28/2013 8:04:02 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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lol. 12/13.

In my defense though, it wasn't lack of knowledge, but surplus of stupid. Are electrons smaller than atoms: false. sigh. they were so easy I was breezing my way through them and not reading them closely enough.

29 posted on 08/28/2013 8:05:23 AM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (A Newly Arrived Convert to the Fair Tax! Abolish the IRS! Abolish the FED!)
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Okay, I confess. 12/13. I missed the nitrogen one.

The one about medical studies was wrong though. It asked if the proper study procedure to evaluate the effectiveness of a drug is to give the medicine to all or to give half the group the medicine and half nothing. The correct procedure is to divide the group into thirds: medicine/nothing/placebo.


30 posted on 08/28/2013 8:06:10 AM PDT by Kipp
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13/13 (grin).
I noticed women did better than men on the two medical questions, otherwise GUYS ROCK! :)

31 posted on 08/28/2013 8:06:35 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: FatherofFive
"I didn't like the "most scientists" question on CO2 and global warming."

I thought they were going with the global warming hype and got fooled into agreeing. It was the only one I missed by trying to out think them.

32 posted on 08/28/2013 8:07:45 AM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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ah the old push poll -

“What gas do most scientists think causes global warming?” with the only reasonable (and correct according to Pew) possibility being CO2.

H2O has a far greater impact, but of course the Sun drives temperatures on Earth. (Manmade global warming is a hoax.)


33 posted on 08/28/2013 8:08:08 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Kip Russell

I got everything right except that question about sex ...


34 posted on 08/28/2013 8:08:08 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: USMCPOP
I thought nannertechnology was banana research.

Research on very small bananas.


35 posted on 08/28/2013 8:10:20 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: proxy_user
How about a few bonus questions

No 15-16 aren't science and technology, rather history.

No 14 is just too easy.

36 posted on 08/28/2013 8:10:55 AM PDT by Freelance Warrior (A Russian.)
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To: Kip Russell

13 for 13. 47 out 50 on CSM test.


37 posted on 08/28/2013 8:11:03 AM PDT by redangus
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> I maxed it, but still chuckled at the question about ...most scientists regarding CO2 as the gas causing heating.
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> Any “scientist” that really feels that way should go back to Physics 101, have his/her grade removed, and study something more matched to their limited IQ...such as sociology.

Sociology might be a bit too taxing, might I suggest Scientology?


38 posted on 08/28/2013 8:11:05 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Kip Russell
Question 12 (CO2 and atmospheric temperature change - "most scientists believe") pissed me off as I question the entire premise and happen to know the physical evidence shows that temperature change precedes changes in atmospheric CO2 changes. But for form sake and to insure a 100% score on this pathetically easy test I answered the way they wanted. Mea culpa.
39 posted on 08/28/2013 8:11:16 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Kip Russell

You answered 13 of 13 questions correctly.

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


40 posted on 08/28/2013 8:13:38 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Kip Russell
I offer a more sophisticated question:

In a kitchen there's a working fridge with the door open. In due time the kitchen temperature will:


41 posted on 08/28/2013 8:16:47 AM PDT by Freelance Warrior (A Russian.)
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To: UCANSEE2
No. "Common Core" is an extremely politically-correct, political-indoctrination name.

Look at the articles and websites that explain how "Common Core State Standards" came into being, what they purport to teach, and the data collection on each student. It's nothing but socialist indoctrination beginning in kindergarten (and going through college if they get their way).

42 posted on 08/28/2013 8:18:16 AM PDT by Prov3456
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You scored better than 63% of the public, below 25% and the same as 12%.

I accidently skipped a couple of answers and missed the one on the earths atmopshere


43 posted on 08/28/2013 8:18:23 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team / al-Kilab Division)
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To: humblegunner

12/13. Damned nitrogen.


44 posted on 08/28/2013 8:18:26 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: UCANSEE2

PS: If “Common Core” is fully implemented, virtually no one would know the correct answers to these questions - much less the harder test(s).


45 posted on 08/28/2013 8:20:11 AM PDT by Prov3456
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If the sampling is truly accurate and I’m (currently) among the mere 7% who scored 13 out of 13 correct, then we are in trouble. I’m no brainiac and these questions are laughably simple.


46 posted on 08/28/2013 8:21:24 AM PDT by jaydee770
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To: Freelance Warrior
Not enough information.

Inefficient frdige? Will the compressor runn longer to produce the same amount of cooling? Where is the thermostat? What time of year is it (house furnace set to heat or cool?).

But to play your game, the temperature will probably stay the same.

47 posted on 08/28/2013 8:23:01 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Phillyred

I worked around air cylinders for a few years, and recalled “NO2”.


48 posted on 08/28/2013 8:24:06 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Kip Russell

12/13 - because THEY are wrong about #4


49 posted on 08/28/2013 8:24:27 AM PDT by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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13 of 13. Our standards must be going down. Way down.

Math was always tough for me. I never did figure out what Calculus is. Course it could be because I went to class exactly twice.


50 posted on 08/28/2013 8:25:23 AM PDT by saleman
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