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I was tasked with making questions for a science and tech trivia game.  I have been told by two people that they are too hard and I want to know what you think.  I will post the answers tomorrow, or whenever I get around to doing a new post.   But what I really want to know is if you think it is too hard.  Keep in mind that there is nothing here that you wouldn’t get in a pretty typical high school science curriculum. 

Natural Science and Technology Trivia (233 pts possible)

1.  Technology Easy                 5 pts

            Which law states that the number of transistors on integrated circuits will double  every two years?

2. Geography               Easy                5 pts

            What is the tallest mountain on earth when measured from the base to the top?

3.  Space                      Easy                 5 pts

            An astronomical unit or AU, is the mean distance from the Earth to the Sun,       approximately how many miles are in an AU ?

4  Anatomy                  Easy+               6 points

How many lobes in the human lung?

5  Medicine                  Medium            10 points

            What does the suffix –plasty mean as in my friend had a rhino-plasty?

6. Weather                   Medium            10 points

            If the air temperature close to the ground is at the dew point, what are you likely            to see?

7. Nobel Prizes             Medium            10 points

            In 1978 Penzias and Wilson won a Nobel prize for their 1964 serendipitous      discovery of what?

8. Botany                     Medium            10 points

            Angiosperms are a type of plant that defined by what structure?

9.    Biology                  Medium            10 points         

            Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Sand is a mnemonic students use to remember  what?

10.   Physics                 Medium+         12 points

            Newton’s first law is that an object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest          stays at rest unless acted on by another force.  What three letter formula describes    Newton’s second law of motion?

11.    Space Flight        Medium            10 points

            The first space walk was performed by Soviet Alexey Leonov on March 18 1965,        who was the first American Astronaut to perform and EVA?

12.  Weather                Medium            10 points

            What is hotter, the surface of the sun or lightning?

13.  Biology                  Medium            10 points

            Guanine, Adenine, Cytosine, Thymine are the 4 nucleotides that make up what?

14.  Chemistry              Hard                15 points

            What common chemical that we have on the ship in many forms is described by             this structure, C2H6O?

15.  Physics                  Hard                15 points

            Which fluid dynamics principle describes by which differential speeds of fluids    create differential pressures and is the principle responsible for the lift we get          from the shape of airplane wings           

16.  Geography            Hard                15 points         

            What unit of length corresponds to one minute of arc of latitude along any          meridian and has been standardized to 1,852m?

17  Chemistry               Hard                15 points

            This eponymous number or constant of 6×10^23 is the number of atoms or        molecules in a mole, what is this number or constant called.

18.  Space                    Insane              20 points

            Astronomers have hypothesized about an area at the furthest reaches of our solar           system called the Oort cloud and believe it is where our long period comets come      from.  What is the name of the region in our solar system that lies between           Neptune and the Oort cloud?

19.  Anatomy               Insane              20 points

            Which bone in the human body has the insertion of the biceps brachii?

20  Calculus                 Insane              20 points

            What is the first derivative of x^3

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answers

Natural Science and Technology Trivia (233 pts possible)

1.  Technology Easy                 5 pts

            Which law states that the number of transistors on integrated circuits will double             every two years?

            (Moores Law)

2. Geography               Easy                5 pts

            What is the tallest mountain on earth when measured from the base to the top?

            (Mauna Kea)

            Mauna Kea is not only the highest point in the Hawaiian islands, but when          measured from its oceanic base is over 10,000m to Everest’s  8,848m

3.  Space                      Easy                 5 pts

            An astronomical unit or AU, is the mean distance from the Earth to the Sun,       approximately how many miles are in an AU ?

            (93 million) 92,955,807.27 actual.

4  Anatomy                  Easy+               6 points

            How many lobes are there in the human lung?

            (5)

            Humans have 2 lungs the right is divided into 3 lobes and the left into 2 lobes

5  Medicine                  Medium            10 points

            What does the suffix –plasty mean as in my friend had a rhino-plasty?

            (Repair or molding surgically)

6. Weather                   Medium            10 points

            If the air temperature close to the ground is at the dew point, what are you likely            to see?

            (Fog)

            Fog is just a cloud at ground level and generally forms when there is less than a 5F spread between the air temperature and the dew point.

7. Nobel Prizes             Medium            10 points

            In 1978 Penzias and Wilson won a Nobel prize for their 1964 serendipitous      discovery of what?

            (Cosmic Background Radiation)

8. Botany                     Medium            10 points

            Angiosperms are a type of plant that defined by what structure?

            (flowers) as opposed to gymnosperms which produce seeds but no flowers

9.    Biology                  Medium            10 points         

            Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Sand is a mnemonic students use to remember            what?

            (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species taxonomic order)

10.   Physics                 Medium+         12 points

            Newton’s first law is that an object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest          stays at rest unless acted on by another force.  What three letter formula describes    Newton’s second law of motion?

            (F=ma force = mass times acceleration)

11.    Space Flight        Medium            10 points

            The first space walk was performed by Soviet Alexey Leonov on March 18 1965,        who was the first American Astronaut to perform and EVA?

            (Edward White, June, 3 1965)

12.  Weather                Medium            10 points

            What is hotter, the surface of the sun or lightning?

            (Lightning)

            At over 53,000F to the surface of the sun which is around 10,000F—keep in mind        that the surface of the sun is its coolest part, the layer just below is massively            hotter and the layer above in the atmosphere is even hotter

13.  Biology                  Medium            10 points

            Guanine, Adenine, Cytosine, Thymine are the 4 nucleotides that make up what?

            (Deoxyribonucleic Acid  or DNA)

14.  Chemistry              Hard                15 points

            What common chemical that we have on the ship in many forms is described by             this structure, C2H6O?

            (Ethanol or common Alcohol)

15.  Physics                  Hard                15 points

            Which fluid dynamics principle describes by which differential speeds of fluids    create differential pressures and is the principle responsible for the lift we get          from the shape of airplane wings           

            (Bernoulli’s Principle)

16.  Geography            Hard                15 points         

            What unit of length corresponds to one minute of arc of latitude along any          meridian and has been standardized to 1,852m?

            (Nautical Mile)

17  Chemistry               Hard                15 points

            This eponymous number or constant of 6×10^23 is the number of atoms or        molecules in a mole, what is this number or constant called.

            (Avagadro’s number)

18.  Space                    Insane              20 points

            Astronomers have hypothesized about an area at the furthest reaches of our solar           system called the Oort cloud and believe it is where our long period comets come      from.  What is the name of the region in our solar system that lies between           Neptune and the Oort cloud?

            (Kieper Belt)

19.  Anatomy               Insane              20 points

            Which bone in the human body has the insertion of the biceps brachii?

            (Radius)

            Origin is the head of the humerus and the supraglenoid tuberacle of the scapula and it inserts into the radial tuberocity origin is the immovable bone and insertion     is the movable bone

20  Calculus                 Insane              20 points

            What is the first derivative of x^3

            (3x^2)

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December 12, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

8 Comments »

  1. All of these are extremely hard. They might be found in the AP classes of a high school, next to Harvard. And you know I am pretty smart, and I do have a little more knowledge of medicine and anatomy than the average bear, but this shit’s hard! Anyway, I have maybe two or three of the answers:

    #4 Lobes in the human lung: 5
    #5 The suffix -plasty refers to plastic/reconstructive surgery.
    #6 Dewpoint – you’ll see dew
    #17 – a shot in the dark, tipped off by “eponymous” – Buckyball, named after Buckminster Fuller?
    #18 The DeKuyper belt? I think I got that from astrology, but I am not sure.
    #19 It’s got to be around the shoulder, because that’s where the biceps meets the brachial plexus, but other than that, I can’t know.

    Sorry ’bout yer genius luck!

    Comment by Susan K. Morrow | December 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. Damn! Kuyper or Kuiper belt. Got confused with the schnapps. And no, I did not Google anything before my prior comment.

    Comment by Susan K. Morrow | December 12, 2010 | Reply

    • We know where your head is… In the deKyper bottle. Thanks for the feedback. I am working on a set of easier questions and will post them, likely tomorrow

      Comment by davidsjones | December 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. See?! I told you these were hard! Dude, these people are not scientists. They are on a cruise. It’s a vacation for goodness sake. Don’t make them cry.

    Comment by Jenny | December 12, 2010 | Reply

  4. I love Jenny’s answer about not making the poor cruisers cry.

    Some of these are pretty esoteric: Manua Kea?! Background Radiation ?! Edward White (although, the cruisers *are* the right generation) ?!.

    Plus some of your answer might bring up bad feelings. The cruiser’s hooked to oxygen bottles are likely to be the only one that get the # lung nodes correct. And they probably won’t feel good about it.

    However, I think some of the questions are perfect for a boat cruise: the Nautical Mile (I’d add in how many Naut Mile in a League); Ethanol formula.

    I’d add in other “cruise related questions”, for ex: boat speed measured in what; 20 knots = ? mph; water displacement and Archimedes’ Principle; questions about night sky (ie. period of the moon; waxing/waning; what kind of galaxy is Milky Way; next nearest galaxy. Number of moons of Jupiter; etc). Who operated first commercial steam-powered boats. etc

    BTW, next drunken game of Trivial Pursuit that comes up, I want you on my team !!

    Comment by John Webb | December 12, 2010 | Reply

  5. Get real !!

    Comment by Mom | December 12, 2010 | Reply

  6. These are pretty hard. I got questions 1, 9, 15, and 20 right. For 16 I guessed “knot,” which I just looked up and discovered is a unit of speed equal to 1 nautical mile per hour, which means I was in the right ballpark but ultimately incorrect.

    Comment by David Kassin Fried | December 26, 2010 | Reply

    • The winner was a chemistry prof and she had 146 points, I collected up the answer sheets and you would be really surpirsed by how well people did. They actually had a good time, several people came up after and told me how much they enjoyed it and they wanted to do more, so I am making another one for later in the cruise. But this was a Christmas cruise and we have a much larger spread on the demographics for this one. I am betting that if I do it again for the next cruise that that might change, but I was blown away by how many people showed up to something that was called Natural Sciences trivia. Just goes to show that there are a lot of nerds in the world.

      Comment by davidsjones | December 26, 2010 | Reply


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