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Note: Many answers contain passages quoted in whole or in part from the text.
This particular quiz tests your
knowledge of archaic scientific words & definitions. Choose the best
answer for the spirit of the quiz; i.e., the one that represents the newer term or the abandoned definition.
1. Gutta percha
a) 16th century Indian physicist
b) Latin for "cat gut," used for stringed instruments
c) Cable insulation
d) Explosive compound
b) Air pump
d) Electrical probe
3. Luminiferous aether
a) Flame created by laboratory
b) Medium that supports the transmission of
c) The "light of the moon"
4. Thermionic valve
a) Vacuum tube diode
b) Heat flow switch
5. Dephlogisticated air
a) Dry (dehumidified) air
b) Perfect vacuum
d) Molecular oxygen
a) Low-ranking enlisted man's bicep
b) Free radical
d) Light particle
a) Music aficionado
b) Sound generator
c) Vacuum tube triode
d) Sound level meter
a) A stomach
settling medical remedy
b) Unit of work
c) Unit of electrical resistance
d) Fluid responsible for heat
9. Leyden jar
a) Glass vacuum chamber
b) Energy storage device (capacitor)
d) Test tube
10. Voltaic pile
c) Large heap
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