Science and Technology : What Do and Don't You Know About "Science"?

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  1. UBNaturally

    UBNaturally Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science
    By Cary Funk and Sara Kehaulani Goo

    Before you read the report, test your science knowledge by taking the interactive quiz. The short quiz tests your knowledge of questions recently asked in a national poll. After completing the quiz, you can compare your score with the general public and with people like yourself.

    Take the Quiz


    I stopped right here and took the quiz.

    Using just "off the head" memory and no research, it took about 1-2 minutes to answer the questions.


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    You scored better than 94% of the public and the same as 6%.
    <1% 0 1% 1 2% 2 3% 3 6% 4 7% 5 9% 6
    12% 7 12% 8 15% 9 15% 10 12% 11 6% 12
    Total number of questions answered correctly
    These percentages only reflect the 3,278 adults that took part in the national survey; online quiz results are not included in the sample.

    They teach science the way they teach history and Shakespeare. Science Fiction books made it more interesting and fun. I don't know how many times I computed the number of miles in a light year by hand in grade school. Really big number.

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    OK What isthe story with this:

    Total Male Female 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ HS or less Some College College Grad Post-grad White Black Hispanic
    sciencequiz_answer1

    This picture shows an object in space that has an icy core with a tail of gas and dust that extends millions of miles. What is this?

    You correctly answered "A comet"
    78 84 73 77 79 80 74 71 79 87 88 *** W81 B61 H74


    Which kind of waves are used to make and receive cellphone calls?

    You correctly answered "Radio waves"
    72 79 66 80 77 68 57 63 76 81 81 *** W76 B48 H64
    sciencequiz_answer3

    This picture shows three layers of the Earth. Which layer is the hottest?

    You correctly answered "The inner layer, called the Earth’s core"
    86 89 84 90 87 84 84 79 89 93 93 *** W89 B75 H76


    Which of these is the main way that ocean tides are created?

    You correctly answered "The gravitational pull of the moon"
    76 83 71 76 77 74 80 65 79 90 91 *** W83 B46 H70


    What does a light-year measure?

    You correctly answered "Distance"
    72 78 66 70 76 70 70 61 76 82 84 *** W77 B49 H67


    Denver, Colorado, is at a higher altitude than Los Angeles, California. Which of these statements is correct?

    You correctly answered "Water boils at a lower temperature in Denver than Los Angeles."
    34 39 30 38 36 32 29 27 36 42 47 *** W36 B33 H25
    PI_15.09.10_ScienceQuizImages_magnifying glass

    Which of these pictures best illustrates what happens when light passes through a magnifying glass?

    You correctly answered "3"
    46 55 37 49 50 46 33 40 49 49 53 *** W49 B29 H44


    The loudness of a sound is determined by what property of a sound wave?

    You correctly answered "Amplitude or height"
    35 42 30 40 38 34 28 20 38 52 62 *** W39 B23 H25
    sciencequiz_answer9

    Which of the following statements best describes the data in the graph below?

    You correctly answered "The more sugar people eat, the more likely they are to get cavities"
    63 69 58 67 68 61 54 50 65 79 84 *** W67 B51 H58


    Which of these elements is needed to make nuclear energy and nuclear weapons?

    You correctly answered "Uranium"
    82 90 75 74 86 82 87 73 85 93 94 *** W87 B61 H76
    PI_15.09.10_ScienceQuizImages_polio vaccine

    Which of these people developed the polio vaccine?

    You correctly answered "Jonas Salk"
    74 79 70 68 73 72 86 64 79 83 88 *** W79 B53 H69


    Which of these terms is defined as the study of how the positions of stars and planets can influence human behavior?

    You correctly answered "Astrology"
    73 73 72 68 75 75 71 64 74 83 85 *** W76 B65 H64


    So Blacks lost to Whites on all questions and beat Hispanics on only two, Astrology and water boiling in Denver. I wonder what the story is with those, although the Astrology was only by One point so maybe astrology and Earth's core should be regarded as ties. So that would mean we lost on 9 out of 12.

    Who is controlling education around here? Why can't we at least make reading lists?

    Black Man's Burden (1961) by Mack Reynolds
    http://sfgospel.typepad.com/sf_gospel/2008/08/mack-reynolds-on-africa-islam-utopia-and-progress.html
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/32390/32390-h/32390-h.htm

    A Fall of Moondust (1961) by Arthur C. Clarke
    http://www.jandysbooks.com/sfbooks/falldust.html

    Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics (2006) by Stan Gibilisco
    http://www.electronics-tutorials.com/book-reviews/teach-yourself-electricity-and-electronics.htm

    Calculus Made Easy, by Silvanus Thompson
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3328...n_id=d89e8cf522c3f62d711d833f6ea52a3809b3c5fd

    EveryCircuit by Igor Vytyaz
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.everycircuit.free

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