The Science Questions You Should Know Quiz

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Which direction does the needle of a compass point?

The point is drawn toward the magnetic North Pole.

What is every object in our world made of?

Atoms and molecules are made of matter.

Newton's first law of motion states that an object in motion tends to what?

Objects in motions stay in motion, and objects at rest tend to stay at rest.

About what percentage of Earth is covered by water?

Seventy percent of Earth is covered by water, and most of that is ocean.

The word habitat refers to what?

A habitat is a place where an organism lives. Loss of habitat is a reason that many species disappear.

How many days does it take Earth to travel around the sun?

This 365-day cycle is the basis for our calendar system.

When do the coldest temperatures generally occur?

They occur just after sunrise. It takes a while for the sun to begin warming things up again.

How many subatomic particles are in an atom?

The three main subatomic particles in atoms are electrons, protons and neutrons.

About how long ago did modern humans first appear?

Modern humans appeared about 200,000 years ago, and dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago, so of course our forefathers never hunted the <i>T. rex</i>.

What does the periodic table display?

Elements with similar properties are in the same column.

What term describes a group of organisms and their physical environment?

Earth is home to many diverse ecosystems.

If the pressure is the same, what kind of air has the greatest density?

Cold air is denser because the molecules move slowly.

What are the abiotic factors of an environment?

Soil and rain are examples of the nonliving parts of an environment.

How are synthetic chemicals different from so-called natural chemicals?

The atoms are the same whether they are naturally-occurring or made by humans.

Newton's third law of motion states that every action has what?

The law that every action has an equal and opposite reaction affects all of us, every moment of every day.

How old are the oldest fossils found on Earth?

They're about 3.8 billion years old, nearly as old as the solar system.

What does the nucleus of a cell contain?

DNA provides basic instructions for building and maintaining an organism.

According to cell theory, what are cells?

Every organism is made from cells, the basic units of life.

What is the highest taxonomic rank in the widely-used Linnaean system of biological classification?

The kingdom classification is the broadest in scientist Carl Linnaeus' popular system. However, microbiologist Carl Woese did define a new system in which domain is the highest classification.

What is the first step of the scientific method?

You can't begin until you've narrowed down your inquiry.

What is all matter made of?

You can't have matter of any kind without chemicals.

In weather, what does the term "front" refer to?

A front, the place where two air masses meet, often brings drastic changes in weather.

What is the hottest layer of our planet?

Decaying radioactive elements, heat from friction and other factors make the core very hot.

What type of galaxy is the Milky Way?

Earth resides in one of the outer arms of the Milky Way, a spiral galaxy.

Which characteristic do all mammals have?

Mammals are a furry bunch — some more than others.

What makes something a poison?

Every chemical can be poisonous to humans if they're exposed to a high enough dose.

What mineral is found in a saline solution?

Saline solutions include salt and are great for rinsing your nasal passages.

What do mitochondria provide for an organism's body?

They use oxygen and sugars to provide energy.

What happens to iron when it is exposed to oxygen?

Iron readily combines with oxygen to create iron oxide, or rust.

What is the basic unit of a chemical element?

An atom is the smallest component of an element that still retains the properties of that element.

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