I passed 8th grade science!

I passed 8th grade science!

I passed 8th grade science!

Bad Astronomy
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July 27 2006 9:48 PM

I passed 8th grade science!

Online quizzes can be fun, but not always in the way the creators meant.

You Passed 8th Grade Science
Congratulations, you got 8/8 correct!

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So I got a perfect score; I did in fact pass 8th grade science (about a billion years ago). However, I wonder if the people who created the quiz would pass! For example, here is a screen shot of one of their questions:

You tell me. What is the charge on a neuron? As you can see, I guessed they meant "neutron" and I was right. After all, neurons do pass electric charge!

Also, another question was poorly phrased. It was:

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8. What causes the tides on Earth?

* The wind currents * The gravitational pull of the moon * The tilt of the Earth's axis * The speed at which the Earth rotates

While the gravity of the Moon is the main cause of gravitational tides, the Earth's rotation does play a significant role in tides.

So I got an A+, but I give the quiz writers a C.

Tip o' the propeller beanie to Ian Musgrave for this.