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Jody Mabry

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Think you're a science whiz? Well, most people do. Let's test your knowledge by identifying shapes, mathematical symbols, philosophers and scientists. Let's turn your theory into fact by taking this quiz!

Who is this famous scientist?

Albert Einstein is the famous theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity. His ideas turned classical physics on its head, revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of everything - from space and time to gravity and energy.

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Which shape is shown here?

A hexagon is a six-sided figure with equal sides. The angles inside are each 120 degrees, adding up to a total of 720 degrees. Of course, thats a perfect hexagon. Sides can be of different lengths and angles can change, but they will always add up to 720 degrees.

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Who is this famous philosopher?

Plato is one of the most influential figures of the Ancient Greek world. A great philosopher and teacher, he also founded the Academy in Athens - the first known institution of higher learning in the Western world.

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Who is this famous scientist?

Charles Darwin's theory of evolution changed the way we understand the world. His idea that humans share a common ancestor with apes was met with a lot of criticism and challenged the foundations of Western civilization.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is an irrational number. It has a never-ending number of digits which go on with no perceivable pattern. It has been calculated to over 2 quadrillion digits.

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Who is this famous scientist?

Thomas Edison was a real genius and America's greatest inventor. The father of the practical incandescent electric light bulb and the phonograph, he was also a smart businessman, who held more than 1,000 patents for his various inventions.

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Who is this famous scientist?

Isaac Newton is a key figure in the scientific revolution of the 17th century. He was an established physicist and mathematician, who developed the core principles of modern physics.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

The equal sign (written as a pair of horizontal lines) was invented by Welsh physician and mathematician Robert Recorde in 1557. Even into the 18th century, a pair of parallel vertical lines was also in use to indicate “equals.”

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Which mathematical symbol is shown in this image?

In addition, the terms "augend" and "addend" are used for the numbers being added. The augend is the first number, while the addend is the second one. Most often, however, addend is used for both. The term "sum" is used for the result of addition.

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Who is this famous philosopher?

The famous founder of psychoanalysis - a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a doctor - Sigmund Freud devoted all his life to exploring the human mind. He also defined the concepts of the unconscious, infantile sexuality and repression. He developed the theory that the mind is a complex energy-system.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

The “greater than” and “less than” signs should really be thought of as a single sign which changes meaning based on its orientation. The sign always opens up to the side that is more and points to the side that is less.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

The double integral is a form of multiple integration. It is generally unaffected by the order of integration of the two variables.

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Which shape is shown here?

A sphere is a three-dimensional object that is perfectly round or symmetrical. This means that all points on the surface of the sphere are exactly the same distance from its center.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

Parallel lines go in the same direction, are always the same distance apart and never meet. The same is true for parallel curves and parallel planes.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

Brackets come in several forms and have various uses in Mathematics. The types of brackets include parentheses or "round brackets" ( ); "square brackets" or "box brackets" [ ]; braces or "curly brackets" { }; and "angle brackets" < >.

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Who is this famous philosopher?

Socrates' way of life, character and ideas influenced ancient and modern philosophy. Even though Socrates never wrote anything, he is depicted in conversation by his admirers, particularly Plato. In his native Athens, he was a quite controversial figure and was frequently mocked in the plays of local dramatists.

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Who is this famous philosopher?

Although this philosopher, social scientist, historian and revolutionary was largely ignored by scholars in his own lifetime, his bold ideas gained acceptance in the socialist movement after his death.

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Which shape is shown here?

A trapezium is a quadrilateral with no parallel sides. This is a U.S. definition. In the U.K., it would be called a trapezoid.

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Which shape is shown here?

A triangular prism is a three-dimensional object. It consists of three sides that are shaped as rectangles and two bases in the shape of triangles.

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Which shape is shown here?

A circle is a two-dimensional shape where the boundary of the circle is always the same distance from its center point. It basically is a line that meets itself. A circle consists of a number of properties, including a circumference, a radius, a diameter, and an area.

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Who is this famous philosopher?

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote on truth, morality, language, aesthetics, cultural theory, history, nihilism and the meaning of life. His ideas have exerted an enormous influence on Western philosophy and intellectual history.

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Which shape is shown here?

All quadrilaterals are polygons. When they are irregular, their sides are not the same, unlike a regular polygon where all sides and angles are congruent. The angles, however, will still add up to 360 degrees.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

The decimal point is used to separate a number into its whole and fractional parts. While a point is used in many countries, in some countries a comma is used instead (for example: 23.58 would be written 23,58). There are also countries where an apostrophe is used instead of a point (23’58).

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Which shape is shown here?

An ellipse is like a circle but differs in the fact that it looks like it has been slightly squished. A circle is considered to be an ellipse.

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Which shape is shown here?

A parallelogram is a four-sided figure where the two opposite side are parallel. For instance, a square, a rhombus and a rectangle, although all different, are parallelograms.

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Which shape is shown here?

This three-dimensional figure has a hexagon base and then six equal triangles protruding upwards from that base. It also has seven vertices and twelve edges.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

Leonhard Euler (pronounced “oiler”) was an 18th century Swiss mathematician, astronomer, engineer, logician and physicist. Euler's number is just one of the many concepts named after him.

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Which shape is shown here?

This three-dimensional figure has a square base and four equal triangles protruding upwards from that base. It also has five vertices and eight edges.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

Both “less than or equal to” and “greater than or equal to” contain a combination of two symbols. They are the inequality sign (either < or >) and the equal sign (=). In some cases, the lower line is slanted to match the inequality, while in other cases it is left flat.

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Who is this famous scientist?

A notable astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher and mathematician, Galileo Galilei made groundbreaking observations of nature that changed the way people understood the world. His works had long-lasting implications for the study of physics and laid the foundation for modern astronomy.

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Who is this famous scientist?

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most intriguing people in the history of Western art. His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that it's hard to determine his main area of interest. Leonardo’s curiosity and hunger for knowledge made him a famous painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, inventor and engineer, whose genius epitomized the term “Renaissance man.”

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

The Laplace transform was discovered by Pierre-Simon Laplace, a 19th century French scholar. His work in mathematical physics and astronomy led to his often being referred to as the French Newton.

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Which shape is shown here?

An eight-sided polygon, an octagon in its regular form includes eight equal sides forming eight equal internal angles. If it is an irregular octagon, one or more angles will not be equal.

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Who is this famous philosopher?

Aristotle, together with other philosophers, such as Socrates and Plato, laid the groundwork for Western philosophy. His works shaped centuries of philosophy, from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance, and are still studied with keen interest.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

A vector is an object that has a magnitude and direction. Vectors are not only useful in solving math equations, they are also used in various science disciplines such as physics and engineering.

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Which shape is shown here?

A two-dimensional shape with 10 sides. In an irregular decagon, these sides, and the internal angles they produce, are unequal. The sum of all the angles in a decagon is 1440 degrees.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

The symbol for the closed surface integral is made up of a single closed loop and two integral symbols. It is related to the closed line integral, which has a single integral symbol, and the closed volume integral, which has three.

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Which shape is shown here?

As with all hexagons, a convex hexagon has six sides. None of it internal angles can exceed 180 degrees. If this happens, the hexagon is concave.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

The imaginary unit is defined as the square root of negative one (-1). Technically, it is the only imaginary number and it forms a complex number when multiplied by a real number (e.g. 5i).

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

In Mathematics classes, finding derivatives of functions is often taught first and then finding the integrals is introduced as the reverse operation. The stylish “S” symbol for integral conveys the idea of finding a sum.

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Which shape is shown here?

Nonagons are two-dimensional shapes with nine sides. With a regular nonagon, all sides and internal angles are equal. With an irregular nonagon, sides may not be equal. This produces angles that are not equal and exceed 180 degrees.

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Who is this famous scientist?

Benjamin Franklin is most famous for drafting the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. The tenth son of a soap maker, he quickly became a renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, politician, freemason and scientist.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

Theoretical physicist Paul Dirac introduced this function. Hence it is sometimes called the Dirac delta function or Dirac’s delta function. In the strictest terms, however, the delta function is not a true function but more of a distribution.

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Which shape is shown here?

A three-dimensional figure, a dodecahedron is a polygon with 12 faces. In the case of a regular dodecahedron, these faces take the form of 12 pentagons. It has 30 edges and 20 vertices.

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Which shape is shown here?

This is a 9-sided polygon with nine angles. It is also sometimes called an enneagon. All the angles within a nonagon add up to 1260 degrees.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

Line segments are generally identified by capital letters that name their end points. In coordinate geometry, however, this is taken a step further and the coordinates of the end points are considered necessary for identifying a line segment.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

A simple definition of a spherical angle is that it is the angle formed by two intersecting great circles on a sphere. More precisely, however, it is the angle formed by the planes that contain the great circles.

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Which shape is shown here?

A rhombus can be defined in many ways. It is a equilateral, quadrilateral, or a parallelogram with equal sides. To easily recognize one, look for a diamond shape. All sides will be of equal length.

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Which mathematical symbol is shown here?

Although, by definition, a line has no width, this is not how it is in practice. Even the thinnest line you draw, will have a thickness – no matter how minute!

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