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Science Quiz #53

Science and Nature Quiz for 20 January 2010

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What is the area of a triangle whose sides are 5, 12 and 13 inches long?

Note: This question was updated in September 2016
A
98 square inches
B
78 square inches
C
30 square inches
D
32.5 square inches
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2

What is the term for the change in direction of a wavefront at an interface between two different media so that the wavefront returns into the medium from which it originated, common examples of which include the behaviour of light, sound and water waves?

A
Defenestration
B
Gestation
C
Quotation
D
Reflection
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3

Which of these fish is the smallest?

A
Whitebait
B
Sardine
C
Mackerel
D
Salmon
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4

What is the astronomical term for the measure of the reflective ability of a heavenly body?

A
Libido
B
Albedo
C
Magnitude
D
Ecliptic
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5

How many fence posts are required to surround a field that is 12 metres square, if a post must be provided every metre?

A
48
B
47
C
24
D
25
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6

What is the common name for Herpes Zoster?

A
Cat scratch fever
B
Cold sores
C
Shingles
D
Croup
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7

What is the common name for peristalsis?

A
Sneezing
B
Swallowing
C
Coughing
D
Hiccups
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