Brain Makeover Quiz

Time to put it all together!
Test your knowledge of  18 Big Science Ideas and take this 26-question, multiple choice quiz created by Professor Trefil (GMU) for this project.

Score a passing grade of 80% or higher and you will win our cheeky “I’m a Science Literate” certificate.

You will also have, in Trefil’s words, the satisfaction of understanding “enough about the physical universe to deal with issues that come across our horizon, in the news or elsewhere.”

Brains, fire those cylinders and get started. (Hint: answers will be revealed after the third attempt.)

Which of the following is NOT part of the scientific method?

The moon has phases because..

Once you burn gasoline in your car, the energy in that gasoline

You touch the inside of a window with a wooden frame on a cold day and find that the glass feels colder than the wood. This is because

A lightning bolt results from

The difference between radio waves (RW) and visible light (VL) is that

According to the Theory of Relativity

New materials are created by scientists through a process of

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle says that

Chemical reactions

Which of the following kinds of materials make the best electrical conductor?

Carbon dating of old materials is possible because

The difference between nuclear fusion and nuclear fission is that

A particle accelerator is a machine designed to

The Sun is approximately how old?

Which of the following best describes the ages of the solar system, the Milky Way, and the universe?

The Earth is approximately how old?

Which of the following is a permanent feature of the Earth’s surface?

Most of the fresh water in the world is located in

Acid rain is caused primarily by

The most abundant animals in the world are

The interior of cells in the human body

Which of the following are part of a healthy diet


Stem cells

The earliest animals we could say are related to modern humans appeared on Earth