Thursday Science Quiz: Can you do science better than 93% of Americans?
Talking to my wife about this.. it seems that in US education they still do a certain amount of drilling of a selection of facts, which isn’t really popular here. So the function of red blood cells is subject to drilling, but the composition of the atmosphere is not. So the former becomes something that ‘everyone knows’. The stats for the respective questions back that up.Posted 4 years agomiketuallySubscriber
I got 13/13, but I teach A level physics and have taught GCSE Science, so you’d hope that I would 🙂
Yawn. Think you would find exactly the same (if not probably worse) in the UK to be honest with the poor level of science teaching in british schools.
Anyone passing GCSE SciencePosted 4 years ago
wouldshould know the answers to all 13 questions. Do you have any evidence for alleged poor level of science teaching in the UK? (Better evidence than for Diet Coke being bad for you, obviously.)CougarSubscriber
Apparently the nitrogen thing is not general knowledge.
I’d agree that it’s not something everyone would immediately know; but in the multiple guess question posed I’d have thought most people sciency enough to be doing a science quiz in the first place would quickly reject the other three.Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
Question 14: What is the probability of someone guessing incorrectly 13 times?
I *think* about 0.21%, but probability was never my strong point…
0.22% I make it (based on 5 questions with 2 answers, 3 questions with 3 answers, 5 questions with 4 answers) – I guess you have rounding errors 😉 I got 5 right selecting randomly in order to check the number of answers.
Though looking at those results, some of them are worse than you’d expect from randomly guessing (e.g. only 48% get the True/False one about lasers correct, and only 47% get a True/False on atoms correct)
It’s even worse if you select subsets of the demographic – only 27% of over 65s got the laser one correct. The nitrogen question also has worse stats than you’d expect from random guessing, should be 25% and those who didn’t go to college only got 12%!
Which does bring up the idea of an interesting experiment. Over 65 women who didn’t go to college in one room, trained monkeys in the other. Cherry pick the questions to prove just how much more intelligent the monkeys are 🙂Posted 4 years agoHazeSubscriber
11, the two I got wrong…
I didn’t know about the relative sizes of atoms and electrons and guessed wrong.
Answered Oxygen for the Earth’s atmosphere question, had a feeling this was wrong but couldn’t remember where I’d heard it or what the actual answer was. So I just went with it…Posted 4 years ago40mpgSubscriber
My 17 yr old daughter got 12 (got nitrogen, but messed up with the atoms). Whats more she did it the usual teen way by seemingly concentrating on something else whilst clicking buttons at the speed of light 🙄
I’ll try it on the younger one if I can prise her off her boyfriend 👿Posted 4 years agoedlongMember
To be fair to the Americans, it would be harder to get them right over the phone – read out the options, what was the second one again? Sorry, what was the third one? Oh, the first one then, what was it again?
Much easier with the options written down in front of you imo
13/13 btwPosted 4 years ago
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