How Much Do You Know About Chemistry, Biology, and Physics?


By: Olivia Cantor

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About This Quiz

Science is one of the most fascinating subjects in the world, and yet typically one of the worst-taught in school. Before we ever take a science class, children are naturally curious, badgering our parents by asking "why" ad-infinitum. Sadly, once we get to school, far too many teachers take a group of bright-eyed, curious, enthusiastic kids and serve them up fragments of facts that don't seem to relate to each other in any way, meaning a lot merely switch off and conclude that science is boring. However, some of us are so enthused about the subject that we hold it all in anyway -- and some are fortunate enough to be blessed with a teacher who can make the mysteries of chemistry, biology, and physics come alive.

From the study of the underlying laws that guide all matter, to uncovering the facts about our biological world, to investigating the building blocks of life, the universe, and everything, science is our introduction into the deepest truths about reality. Indeed, for many of those who believe, the study of science is the closest humanity can come to revealing the face of God. Science can tell us how things work, and help us to better understand ourselves and the world we live in. So whether you first got to know it through sheer force of personality or had a great teacher to guide you along the way, let's see how many of the basics you've retained!

This famous physicist was the one who formulated the general theory of relativity.

Albert Einstein is the genius behind the general theory of relativity. This unique study in physics was first published in 1915.


Which of the following shows chemical elements?

The periodic table of elements is an important tool in chemistry. A Russian chemist is said to have been the first one to draft the earliest table known, back in 1869.


What is the chemical formula for water?

H2O is the chemical compound for water. As humans are partly made up of liters of it, we should know this chemical fact about us!


In biology, what do you call the basic unit of life of all living organisms known to humankind, including humans?

All living beings have cells. They are the basic unit from which life evolves, and emanates from.


This famous female chemist is considered as the first woman to have garnered the prestigious Nobel Prize.

Marie Curie was the chemist who discovered radium and polonium. Sadly, her death was caused by her lifelong radioactive exposure because of her scientific work.


This physicist is said to have discovered the concept of gravity. Who is he?

Isaac Newton's study on gravity is said to have been inspired by watching an apple fall directly down from a tree. This incident may have only been one of many incidents that inspired him to refine his study of gravitation, but what the hey — it’s a funny story!


In biology, what do you call the formal study of genes and hereditary traits?

Genetics is a branch of biology that deals with all things gene-related. However, it also intersects with other sciences because of the kinds of things involved in its study.


According to the rules of physics, this particular natural phenomenon is what keeps humans and things “attached” to the ground of the earth. What is this term?

Gravity is the phenomenon that makes it appear as if we’re all attached to the earth. Even if we jump up, we naturally fall back down. Well, that’s how it works!


All genetic information in living organisms, including humans, are stored in this structure. What’s it called?

All of our genetic codes and patterns are stored in our DNA. These double helix strands sure are important to us all!


Solid, liquid, gas, and plasma are all states of what?

Initially, there were only three states of matter being studied: solid, liquid, and gas. But later studies proved that there are other states.


How are the four laws of thermodynamics numerically referred to?

Thermodynamics has the zeroth law, first law, second law, and third law. Yes, this scientifically makes sense in physics.


When species change over time, what is the general biological term used for that?

Evolution involves the changing of species from one form to another developed form. It’s all biological in nature, and sometimes it’s a result of adapting to circumstances in their environment, but it does take quite some time.


In biology, the scientific term for the analysis of the various interactions of organisms relative to the environment they thrive in is called what?

Ecology is the exact scientific term used to refer to the study of organisms and their environment. This involves a further analysis of several ecosystems.


What is the boiling point of water in the Celsius scale?

Water boils at 100 degrees in the Celsius scale. Be careful not to touch it at that point!


The two general categorization of physics fall under classical physics and __ physics.

Classical physics involves the theories that were formulated before the 1900s. Generally, whatever was formulated after that time reference is considered as “modern physics.”


In chemistry, what is considered as the smallest unit of matter?

An atom is said to be the smallest unit of matter. But there were sub-atomic particles discovered later on...


What do you call living organisms with a backbone?

Fish and humans are both considered vertebrates. As long as a creature has a backbone, they’re in here!


How many Newton’s laws of motions are there?

The basic foundation of classical mechanics centers on Newton’s three laws of motion. This is true even today.


This friar is considered as the father of genetics.

Gregor Mendel made pioneering studies using pea plants to derive his theories in genetics. He is considered the founder of this branch of biological science.


When the frequency of an ambulance’s siren seems to change as it drives past us on the street, this particular physics effect is the term to describe it.

The relationship of a wave to an observer changes or shifts when there is movement between these two. This shift in wavelength is called the Doppler effect, explaining why the sound wave of a siren that we hear seems to change as we move away from the source.


“Chemical nomenclature” refers to assigning these types of labels to elements.

Chemical nomenclature is a very organized system of naming chemical elements and compounds. The labeling is made scientifically, of course.


Which biologist wrote the influential book On the Origin of Species, talking about evolution?

Charles Darwin published his essential book on evolution back in 1859. It is still very useful today, mind you.


Microbiologist Louis Pasteur is known for inventing the process of how to properly treat these two universal consumable liquids. What are they?

Pasteurization is an important process that wine and milk usually undergo. We should toast to Pasteur for treating these two favorite human drinks!


When the atoms, the molecules, or the ions form some sort of attraction between them in varying circumstances, then this chemical concept is created. What’s it called?

There are different types of chemical bonds; covalent bonds and ionic bonds are only some examples.


Modern physics has four main domains, namely Classical __, Relativistic __, Quantum __, and Quantum Field Theory. What’s the missing term?

The concept of mechanics all falls under the first three domains of modern physics. That’s Classical Mechanics, Relativistic Mechanics, and Quantum Mechanics.


At the heart of an atom, you can find this.

The majority of the mass of an atom is said to be contained in its nucleus. Therefore, it literally becomes the heart of the matter!


When living creatures don’t have backbones, what are they called?

Invertebrates are living creatures that didn’t evolve with a vertebral column of any kind. Jellyfish are an example, as are worms, crabs, and other such creatures.


An ordinary playground see-saw demonstrates the physics principle of which simple item?

A see-saw could be the perfect toy to play around with the concept of the lever. It has a beam and a fulcrum, which could demonstrate the concepts of weight and force.


When plants convert the energy from sunlight into chemical energy, it is said to have undergone this process.

Photosynthesis happens in plants all the time. But other non-plant living organisms also undergo this biological process.


In chemistry, when we talk of acids, we naturally talk of its counterpart concept. What is that concept?

An acid and a base kinda go together in a way. In chemistry, they actually have this uncanny ability to somehow neutralize the inherent properties of each other. Fancy that!


When specific species die out and nothing is left of their kind, what is the biological term for this?

Sadly, a part of the evolutionary process also involves the extinction of the species. That’s why endangered species are heavily taken care of before they become truly extinct and disappear forever.


Whether it’s centripetal or centrifugal, which physics concept is being referred to here?

Centripetal force and centrifugal force are different concepts, but both refer to the basic concept of force. Force involves the push and pull on things.


The atomic number is also known as this number.

A chemical element’s atomic number largely depends on the number of protons it has in its atom’s nucleus. That’s why it’s also called the proton number.


When mass and velocity are combined, their resulting product is what?

An object is said to have momentum when there is velocity involved in its mass. That’s according to Netwonian mechanics, of course.


This ancient Greek medical person is responsible for concluding that diseases happen due to natural causes that the human body experiences because of its biology, and not due to some magical superstitious means.

Hippocrates proposed a set of doctrines and ethical standards in practicing medicine during his time, aside from treating royalty. Many of these standards are still applicable today in the medical field.


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