Skip to comments.Do you know more about science and technology than the average American?
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.)
Here a much harder test, which is st least at the high school level of science!
Confession: I only got 46 out of 50 correct. I'm a bit weak on classical physics.
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.
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.
I can't believe only 7% got all 13
I’m shocked at the averages. It’s a very easy quiz.
13 of 13 correct.
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.
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.
13/13 for me. Even that stupid Global Warming Question.
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.
I thought nannertechnology was banana research.
13 for 13.
Even low income, lack of family support children who don't attend school anyway.
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.
“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” - Groucho Marx
13 out of 13. Ridiculously easy.
12 out of 13
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.
12 of 13. nitrogen question. Shameful overall though. Its shocking to see what is considered average. Btw I am not a college grad.
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!)
LOL only 66% of college grads knew what “fracking” produced .
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.
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
c. Components of DNA
15: The basic principles of the digital computer were invented by:
a. Bill Gates
b. Grace Hopper
c. Johnny von Neumann
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
Same here. I whizzed through them.
13 out of 13 on the easy quiz.
Only 40 out of 50 on the other one.
On the first quiz I scored better than 93% of the public.
Now, it they included water vapor in the choices, most so-called “scientists” in the government would get it wrong. 8<)
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.
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.
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.
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.)
I got everything right except that question about sex ...
No 15-16 aren't science and technology, rather history.
No 14 is just too easy.
13 for 13. 47 out 50 on CSM test.
> 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.
Sociology might be a bit too taxing, might I suggest Scientology?
You answered 13 of 13 questions correctly.
You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7%.
In a kitchen there's a working fridge with the door open. In due time the kitchen temperature will:
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).
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
12/13. Damned nitrogen.
PS: If “Common Core” is fully implemented, virtually no one would know the correct answers to these questions - much less the harder test(s).
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.
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.
I worked around air cylinders for a few years, and recalled “NO2”.
12/13 - because THEY are wrong about #4
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.
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