Christmas Science Quiz - Mrs Smith' s Biology

Christmas Science Quiz - Mrs Smith' s Biology

Christmas Science Quiz Numbers 1-18 on a piece of paper. You will need a calculator

1. When Santa is travelling very quickly, which downwards force stops him from flying off into space? 2. In the Christmas story, Mary is

described as being a virgin. Virgin births are possible due to the modern science of IVF, what do the initials IVF stand for?

3. It has been worked out that on Christmas Eve, Santa has 32 hours to deliver all the presents. Give a reason why he has longer than a day.

4. Assuming one mince pie (250kcal) and one 50ml glass of sherry per household (58kcal). How many calories would Santa consume if he had this at every house in Bolton?

(there are 108,085 households in Bolton according to the last census) 5. Which Christmas plant is this? It has the Latin name Phoradendron and

is poisonous 6. One of the gifts the 3 Wise Men brought to the baby Jesus was gold. What is the chemical symbol for the

element gold? 7. Which gas is most likely to make up the majority of the Star of Bethlehem?

8. Reindeer are ruminants (just like cows). How many chambers do their stomachs have? 9. A Christmas candle releases energy

as both heat and light but what form was the energy in originally, before the candle was lit? 10. Currants, raisins and sultanas

are dried fruits often found in Christmas cakes. What fruit were they before they were dried? 11. Santa Claus, as well as all realbearded people, have natural beards

that are chemically of what material or substance? 12. Brussel sprouts contain a chemical called Sulforaphane which has the

formula C6H11NOS2. How many different elements are there in Sulforaphane? 13. In which part of the plant does a Christmas tree (fir tree) store its

seeds? 14. Mary travelled to Bethlehem on which animal, a species that is closely related to a horse?

15. In the song The 12 days of Christmas, how many different species of birds are mentioned?

16. The 3 kings (Magi) used camels for transport. What is a camels hump filled with? 17. Which metallic element is mentioned

in the carol In the bleak midwinter? 18. There is only one plant mentioned in the song The 12 days of Christmas, what fruit grows on it?

Swap your papers. ANSWERS

1. Gravity 2. In Vitro fertilisation 3. Santa travels from East to West with the sun (to maximise darkness), rotation of the Earth 4. (250+58)x108,085 = 33290180

5. Mistletoe 6. Au 7. Hydrogen 8. 4

9. Chemical or chemical potential 10.Grapes 11.Protein (Keratin) 12.5 13.In the cones

14.Donkey 15.6 (Partridge, Colly Bird, Dove, French Hen, Swan, Geese) 16. Fat

17.Iron 18.Pear

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