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Science Quiz Questions I

  1. What is the oldest science?
  2. What are the ends of a magnet called?
  3. What name is given to a two terminal device that varies electrical resistance?
  4. What element was named after the Greek word for green?
  5. Diamonds are formed of which element?

  6. What tissues connect muscles to bones??
  7. Name the semiconductor device used to amplify and switch electronic signals and electrical power?
  8. Which planet in the solar system is the hottest?
  9. Pulmonary refers to which part of the human body?
  10. Which law states 'for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction'? (the answer needs both a name and number)
  11. Which country accounts for 70% of the world's platinum production?
  12. Whose law states that the force needed to extend a spring by some distance is proportional to that distance?
  13. What word in geology comes from the Greek for 'mountain' and 'origin'?
  14. What are animals that eat both plants and meat called?
  15. Which scientist was the decibel named after?
  16. What is the only rock that floats on water?
  17. The name of which branch of mathematics comes from the Latin for pebble?
  18. What type of number has a real and imaginary part?
  19. What elementary particle can be up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top - and is a word that comes from James Joyce's 1939 book Finnegans Wake?
  20. What is the chemical symbol for tungsten?


  1. Astronomy
  2. Poles
  3. A Rheostat (a potentiometer has 3-terminals, so is not the answer we are looking for here)
  4. Chlorine
  5. Carbon
  6. Tendons
  7. Transistor
  8. Venus
  9. Lungs
  10. Newton's Third Law
  11. South Africa
  12. Hooke's Law
  13. Orogeny
  14. Omnivores
  15. Alexander Graham Bell
  16. Pumice
  17. Calculus
  18. Complex number
  19. A quark
  20. W

Quiz II

  1. What type of acid is normally used in car batteries?
  2. Which element is the sun mostly composed of?
  3. What is the primary earthquake measuring instrument?
  4. Who discovered and first isolated both potassium and sodium?
  5. Starting with the letter 'r' what is vitamin B2 also known as?
  6. Nitrous oxide is commonly called what?
  7. What is the SI unit of frequency?
  8. Which noble gas, that occurs naturally, is radioactive?
  9. Typically consisting of a stalk and an anther, what is the name given to the pollen-producing reproductive organ of a flower?
  10. Which chemical element, with the atomic number 23, was discovered in 1801 and used in the chassis of Ford's Model T?
  11. What is the process called when light bends when passing through a traditional lens?
  12. Who was the first ever British Prime Minister with a science degree?
  13. Which 'father of science' died one year before Sir Isaac Newton was born?
  14. Which science deals with the motion of projectiles?
  15. If lightning activity was one kilometre away, how many seconds would it take to hear the thunder after the flash?
  16. In which American state was the first ever atomic bomb test carried out?
  17. In water it has a value of 72.8 millinewtons per meter at 20 degree centigrade - what are we talking about?
  18. What soft brown combustible sedimentary rock that is formed from naturally compressed peat is often referred to as brown coal?
  19. What is the largest living species of lizard?
  20. Which popular pet belongs to the biological family felidae?
  21. How many hearts does an octopus have?
  22. What is the more common name given to iron pyrites?


  1. Sulphuric
  2. Hydrogen
  3. A seismograph
  4. Humphry Davy
  5. Riboflavin
  6. Laughing gas
  7. Hertz
  8. Radon
  9. Stamen
  10. Vanadium
  11. Refraction
  12. Margaret Thatcher
  13. Galileo Galilei
  14. Ballistics
  15. 3 seconds (the speed of sound is 343.2 metres per second and the flash is almost instant)
  16. New Mexico
  17. Surface tension
  18. Lignite
  19. Komodo dragon
  20. Cats
  21. Three
  22. Fool's gold

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