RT #43 | I won 100 baht...
Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:35:32 AM
Am I very smart? Not in the least. Do I know many facts? Even fewer. I believe facts are to be forgotten; why else do we have the Internet? We should use our brains more for thought, less for memory; and you'll be able to complete a science quiz anyway. Here's how I did it.
SPOILER ALERTIf you want to do the quiz first, I have made the questions and all answers bold below; read those first, note your answers down, and then find the answers in the non-bold text.
First off, I must admit, I had help with three questions - two of which I would probably have got wrong. Before I continue though, I have to say a few words on the nature of the quiz. Had these questions been open questions, I would have had 7 out of 10 wrong. There were only two answers that I knew outright (and one that I would have been able to figure out on my own).
The quiz was multiple choice though. And as this is not a problem given the kind of event it was held, this is not criticism, but multiple choice is piss-easy at worst. Any classroom test with multiple choice questions should be thrown out the window. It is for lazy teachers, who don't care if their kids know what they are supposed to know. Multiple choice doesn't test the students' ability to perform at a certain subject. All multiple choice only tests only one skill: critical thinking, or deductive thinking. This is something I know - kind of - how to do. Like I said before, I would have miserably failed this test had it not been multiple choice. Most questions I would have answered with "I have no flooding clue; it's on the wiki somewhere!"
Now, first the ones that I got right due to a friendly companion (who did not complete his own quiz by the way):
1) Mars has two moons. What are their names?
a) Ganymede & Io b) Titan & Calista c) Phobos & Deimos d) Jova & Arco
Well, this one, my companion knew outright - and answered before I had a minute to think about it. No blame, I honestly still don't know outright which is the correct answer. Here's how I would've attacked this problem, had I had to do it.
I've read a bit about Mars, so both names must be somewhere familiar to me. Let's see, option a) has only one familiar name (Io), though I'm not sure from where. Option b) has one familiar word (Titan), but I don't associate this with a moon (though I may very well be wrong with that association!). Option c)... I know Phobos is a moon (where, I don't know) and I've heard of Deimos before (but not sure where). Option d) has two names I've never heard before... So there's 1 - 1 - 2 - 0
Aight, Option b it is.
2) Austrian monk Gregor Mendel's study of which organism formed the basis of modern genetics?
a) Pea plants b) Fruit flies c) Tulips d) Flies.
I would probably have had this question wrong, had it not been for my companion. I thought Mendel was a composer - or was that Händel? My friend said it was plants, but he wasn't 100% certain about which plant.
There b and d are out the window. Left are tulips and pea plants. The only ones I know that seriously messed with the genes of tulips are the Dutch - not the Austrians. So I picked option a).
3) Geologists classify rocks into three types: Igneous, Sedimentary, and what?
a) Volcanic b) Metamorphic c) Crystalline d) Oceanic
This one I got correct solely because of my friend; I do not have a clue. I am Dutch. Where I am from, there's clay. Clay, and a little bit of sand by the side of the river. Rocks are used to support the dikes; nothing more. I know less about rocks than I know about Mars.
I guessed Volcanic Rock (heard that before somewhere), but the correct answer is Metamorphic). So this was counted as correct.
The rest, I did on my own - so from the top, in skewed letters my line of thought:
4. What is the most common gas in Earth's atmosphere?
a) Oxygen b) Nitrogen c) Hydrogen d) Ozone
Global warming... CO2? Nope, not an option... Hang on, I can figure this one out... Ozone is rare, both the O3 version, and the fresh air version. Hydrogen burns the sun up, can't be. Oxygen hangs around a 20%. The rest then must be...
b) Nitrogen. Easy.
5. How many nanometres are in a centimetre?
a) 1 000 b) 1 000 000 c) 10 000 000 d) 100 000 000
Nano... Touch; the kid mentions it in the opening of the final episode of Touch, which I watched like 3 days ago. What did he say? "A billion nanoseconds in a second." Hm... Billion is nine zeroes. Centi is two zeros. Counting zeros, to seven... I would have had this one correct as an open question.
c) 10 000 000. Easy.
6. What is C8H10N4O2 more commonly known as?
a) Metamphetamine b) Red Bull c) Morphine d) Caffeine
One thing I absolutely have no clue about is chemical formulas! My best is H2OI - which spells HOOI in Dutch, meaning hay; to the best of my knowledge H2OI is the chemical formula for dried grass. Well no, not really. I also know O2, O3, H, H2O and CO2 as Hydrogen, Ozone, Carbondioxide, Oxygen and Water in no particular order. But anything more complicated than that, I really, honestly, completely do NOT know. My answer if this were an open question? "Propably it has been alive at some point, given the high carbon number..."
Have a look at the answers. Red Bull most certainly NOT. That is not a chemical, it's a drink; it most likely has a tonne of things in there, not to miss water. So NOT b. But what then... Well, Morphine and Metamphetamine are both rather scary stuff. At the kind of event I was, I thought it would be most likely that 'they' would ask something very commonly used by John and Jane Deer and everybody - why, because C8H10N4O2 looks scary... And it turns out to be something normal. Lesson learnt folks! So here's my deducted guess...)
d) Caffeine. Easy.
7. In classical mechanics, what is defined as the product of an object's mass and velocity?
a) Force b) Acceleration c) Momentum d) Kinetic Energy.
Aight - I think it's Momentum, but let's look at the others for a minute. Force has nothing to do with moving as far as I know. Acceleration means going ever quicker - velocity is not constant with acceleration. Kinetic Energy. Telekinesis... No, that's not it. What the hell is that? Dunno. Aight, clever guess:
c) Momentum. Easy.
8. Besides Sol, our Sun, which is the brightest star in the sky, with an apparent magnitude of -1.46?
a) Sirius b) Polaris c) Arcturus d) Rigel
I know this one out right. I remember staring at the stars as a kid and asking "What's that bright star?" My mum looked it up, and I've never forgotten - as quite a few youth-novels in Dutch talk about the star, or things named after that star. No need for any deductive or other reasoning; I would have had this one correct as an open question too. Just one thing, an apparent magnitude of -1.46... 1.46 what? Why no unit??? Is there no unit of magnitude? I guess I don't know what that means. I am not fluent in English.
a) Sirius. Piss-easy.
9. In meteorology, what does the suffix -nimbus added to the name of a cloud denote?
a) Low altitude b) High altitude c) Vertically developed. d) Precipitation
Oh, SNAP! I forgot to answer this one, and he's already reading out the previous question! I'm not done yet, and I just noticed! Dang... Gotta play fair! Gotta answer before he gets to this one... Hell if I know this one. Really, no clue. Let's see. Cumulus-nimbus, I've heard of those. I know what cumulus clouds are... They can be high, or low. They are all vertically developed, so er... there's no point of adding nimbus to cumulus. c, it's certainly not. Well... Rain falls from them too... Aight, he's starting to read this question; quick answer! Guess, b) High Altitude.
WRONG! The answer is d) Precipitation.
10. What connects your muscles to your bones?
a) Tendons b) Cartilage c) Ligaments d) Capillaries
I know this one outright as well. Childhood (I was 10 or 11) biology-class. "These are very strong; the bone will break before they do... They tested this in a lab. I would have this one correct in a open-question test too.
So there's three that I know outright; the rest, clever guesses. Because at best, multiple choice is simple: the correct answer is already there. You only have to deduct which one it is. And guessing does the rest for you.