Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday challenge: how fast can you complete this Pew Science Knowledge Quiz?

This is a fairly simple 13 question test of "science knowledge" as measured by the Pew Research Center. Every single reader of this blog, I don't doubt, is capable of scoring 13/13 on it.

Here's my question. How fast can you do it, from the first time you click "Begin Quiz" until you click "Get Your Results"?

For me, 47.92 seconds (as measured by clicking "stop" on online-stopwatch.com.) Every single one of you could beat that. I'll try again tonight. 

14 comments:

  1. Kinda surprising that the question about the largest component of the atmosphere tripped the most people up. By far.

    And I don't like what I am reading into the most correctly answered question - what does sunscreen block.

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  2. I answered as fast as I could but the pages loaded too slowly! 50 s. I guess I could try again on my school's servers.

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  3. I find it interesting that males did slightly better on all of the fact-based questions, but females championed the two questions dealing with the scientific method: drug resistance and drug clinical tests. Not enough questions to form a hypothesis, but interesting.

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  4. 34 seconds. To be fair, that was my *second* run through...

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    1. 50 seconds, 3rd run through. Your kung fu is superior.

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  5. 45.328. Fracking almost tripped me up.

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  6. Global warming gases slowed me down, had to 'x' out the false ones, about 47 seconds total. Can't understand why the worst answered questions were what I learned in grade school for my >50 age group HS education.

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  7. Wooo! 32 seconds.

    I'd be curious to know the results breakdown by geography.

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  8. Wow, only 47% overall (perhaps a little worse than guessing) knew that electrons are smaller than atoms!

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    1. I hate this question. Electron wavefunctions can be delocalized over distances that are greater than a H atom. I gave them the answer I knew they wanted but it's not strictly true.

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  9. I was about 35 seconds, and I got all but the last one!

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  10. It took me about 55 seconds, so I must be a slow reader. I wondered how my first-grader would do, compared to the adults polled. He got 7/13 all on his own, and 9/13 counting questions where I had to explain terminology, such as radioactivity, so my explanation probably helped him. Unlike the majority of adults, he knew that electrons are smaller than atoms, but he is a chemist's kid.

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    1. Excellent idea re: kid. I'll give this a shot tonight.

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  11. 57 seconds here. I spent way too much time on the "What is your age group" question.

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