# Yet another quiz

1. Sep 10, 2004

I thought I'd try my hand at writing up a little quiz. Same rules. One answer per customer. Try to be honest and supply your answer without simply looking it up somewhere. Rely on your own knowledge.

QUESTIONS

1) Who led the Spartans at Thermopolae?

2) What is the voltage drop of an ideal Germanium diode?

3) In which battle of the American Revolutionary War did only 8 people die?

4) You and two friends stand on Earth's surface, average sea level. Your two friends are 76 kilogrammes and 90 kilogrammes. Your mass is the exact average of those two friends combined. What do you weigh?

5) What is significant about the site Hisarlik?

6) About which point do two masses, such as Earth and Sun, orbit?

7) Who were the Vaerings?

8) Which refinement of evolution theory, in particular, made Stephen Gould famous?

9) To whom (which ethnic group in particular) did Hippocrates refer when he said "They have no right breasts... for while they are yet babies their mothers make red-hot a bronze instrument constructed for this very purpose and apply it to the right breast and cauterize it, so that its growth is arrested, and all its strength and bulk are diverted to the right shoulder and right arm."?

10) John (Jack) Napier developed which important contribution to mathematics?

11) What's a Nubian?

12) Regarding computers, what was Heath Robinson?

13) Carthage was a colony of which cultural group?

14) What is Eratosthenes famous for?

15) From which custom do we derive the modern hand-to-brim salute?

Binary Monster: #4 814.23 newtons to two decimal places. Course, if you meant what is your mass, then the answer is 83 kilograms. ;) I was being tricky :P I only went to one decimal place and got 813.4, but near enough. You got it.

Chroot: 8) Stephen Gould developed the theory of "punctuated equilibrium."

BobG: 10) Logarithms. At least, that's his main contribution. Many elementary school students still have to memorize 'Napier's bones', even to this day.

Evo: #11 Nubians are a people that come from Nubia in Africa, south of Egypt on the Nile River. In ancient times, they were rivals of Egypt.

JSCD: 13) The Carthaginians!! Though I think they were Phoenicians orginally.

Gokul: I'll take 14 Eratosthenes' Sieve - for generating primes. I think he also made a calculation of the Earth's diameter.

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2. Sep 10, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

#11 Nubians are a people that come from Nubia in Africa, south of Egypt on the Nile River. In ancient times, they were rivals of Egypt.

3. Sep 10, 2004

### The Binary Monster

814.23 newtons to two decimal places. Course, if you meant what is your mass, then the answer is 83 kilograms. ;)

4. Sep 10, 2004

### BobG

10) Logarithms. At least, that's his main contribution. Many elementary school students still have to memorize 'Napier's bones', even to this day.

5. Sep 10, 2004

### Gokul43201

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I'll take 14 Eratosthenes' Sieve - for generating primes. I think he also made a calculation of the Earth's diameter.

6. Sep 10, 2004

### Gokul43201

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7. Sep 10, 2004

### chroot

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8) Stephen Gould developed the theory of "punctuated equilibrium."

- Warren

8. Sep 10, 2004

### Gokul43201

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Adam, will you make it a free-for-all, if answers dry up ?

9. Sep 10, 2004

### Gza

This may be too obvious to be correct, but i'm going to have to go with the center of mass.

10. Sep 10, 2004

Sure. Not like I can prevent it anyway. :P

11. Sep 10, 2004

### jcsd

1) The Carthaginians!! Though I think they were Phoenicians orginally.

12. Sep 10, 2004

### Gokul43201

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Woah, I had no idea !!

13. Sep 10, 2004

Sorry, I should have been more clear. I'm looking for a single-word name for that point.

14. Sep 10, 2004

### chroot

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Oooh oooh I know so many more... *bites tongue*

You and Gokul should try your hand at making some actual quizzes -- the ones under the "quizzes" link at the top of the page -- so that everyone can take them, not just the first lucky respondents.

- Warren

15. Sep 10, 2004

It's always so tempting to throw in heaps of responses, eh? :D

I actually thought Chroot would go for the diode question. I don't know who studies what here, but I seem to recall Chroot did/does computer/electrical engineering.

16. Sep 10, 2004

### chroot

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Yeah, I'm a EE, but I just happened to not notice the diode question. Besides, the diode drop is dependent on temperature and even humidity -- and since no such conditions are given, the question is really not answerable.

- Warren

17. Sep 10, 2004

Well, I did make sure to include the "ideal". I guess I should have specified ideal conditions also.

18. Sep 10, 2004

### BobG

Well, who couldn't like the guy who invented the $$\times$$ symbol for multiplication?

Oh, yeah, he also strapped a couple of Gunter's logarithmic scales together and invented the first 'slide' rule.

19. Sep 10, 2004

I invented the question mark...

20. Sep 10, 2004

### The Bob

I think the answer to question 6 is the Ecliptic. I think I have spelt it right.