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You Passed 8th Grade Science

Congratulations, you got 8/8 correct!

Watch out! One question has a correct answer and a MORE correct answer, and in another question they meant “neutron”, not “neuron”.

(Hat-tip: John Lynch)


  1. #1 Dennis
    July 29, 2006

    The hereditary information of an individual isn’t located in the nuclues, which was my reason for choosing the more specific answer.

  2. #2 Phil Plait
    July 29, 2006

    Yup. I posted about this myself, including the neuron gaffe and the question with more than one acceptable answer. :-)

  3. #3 coturnix
    July 29, 2006

    Yup, I was thinking about the tides primarily, although the nucleus vs. chromosome, and to some extent the ski question are also ambiguous.

  4. #4 natural cynic
    July 29, 2006

    I hoped you also gave the right answer for the neron question: ~-74mV

  5. #5 coturnix
    July 29, 2006

    They meant “neutron” for sure.

    And there and neurons and there are neurons – the resting membrane potential varies and in most neurons is somewhere around -60 to -80mV. The textbook number that everyone quotes is from the original work on the squid giant neuron. Why would one expect anything in biology to be so clear-cut as to demand that every neuron in every body in every species has the same potential?

  6. #6 Hsien Lei
    July 30, 2006

    You people all think too much. I got 8/8 because my understanding of science is at the 8th grade level. Easy peasy. :D

  7. #7 Jess
    July 30, 2006

    “Nuclues”? Could they pass eighth grade spelling?

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