Can You Match These Scientific Terms to Their Fields?

Becky Stigall

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Phase, liquid, sound, eclipse, greenhouse and gravity are all words associated with science. But what scientific discipline does each word belong to? Take this quiz to find out.

Galaxy

The word "galaxy" is used in astronomy. A galaxy is a group of stars, dust, gas and other matter, held together by gravity.

Allele

"Allele" is a word used in biology. An allele is one specific pair of genes.

Antigen

The word "antigen" is used in the study of biology. An antigen is any foreign substance that evokes a reaction from the immune system.

Acid

"Acid" is a word used in chemistry. An acid is a substance with a sour taste.

Inertia

"Inertia" is a word used in physics. Inertia refers to the tendency of a object at rest to stay at rest.

Penumbra

"Penumbra" is a word used in astronomy. A penumbra is the outer edge of a sunspot.

Biomass

"Biomass" is a word used in biology. Biomass refers to the total of all organic matter in a specific area.

Hertz

"Hertz" is a word used in physics. Hertz refers to frequency.

Botany

Botany is its own branch of study. However, it is also a branch of biology dedicated to the study of plants.

Parsec

No, it's not a term from "Star Trek." A parsec is a unit of distance.

Amplitude

"Amplitude" is a word used in physics. Amplitude refers to the maximum amount a wave varies from its baseline

Thrust

"Thrust" is a word used in physics. Thrust refers to a force used to push something.

Eclipse

"Eclipse" is a word used in astronomy. An eclipse occurs when one celestial body moves between two others.

Atmosphere

"Atmosphere" is a word used in astronomy. Atmosphere includes the gases that surround a body.

Base

"Base" is a word used in chemistry. A base has a ph greater than seven.

Vacuum

"Vacuum" is a word used in physics. Vacuum refers to the absence of matter.

Orbit

Orbit is a word used in astronomy. An orbit is when one body moves around another.

Cellulose

"Cellulose" is a biology term. Cellulose is a component of plant tissues and fibers.

Velocity

"Velocity" is a word used in physics. Velocity refers to speed.

Beaker

"Beaker" is a word most chemistry students know. A beaker is a glass instrument used to contain liquids and help perform experiments.

Photosphere

"Photosphere" is a word used in astronomy. The photosphere is the outer layer of the sun or other stars that is visible to us.

Catalyst

"Catalyst" is a word used in chemistry. A catalyst is a substance that initiates a chemical reaction.

Chlorophyll

"Chlorophyll" is a term used in biology. Chlorophyll is what makes plants green.

Wavelength

"Wavelength" is a term used in physics. Wavelength refers to the distance between two waves.

Cytology

"Cytology" is a word used in biology. Cytology is the study of cells.

Charge

"Charge" is a word used in chemistry. Charge refers to electricity.

Nebula

"Nebula" is a word used in astronomy. A nebula is a cloud of gas in space.

Prominence

"Prominence" is a word used in astronomy. A solar prominence is an arc of gas that forms a loop on the sun.

Acceleration

"Acceleration" is a word used in physics. Acceleration refers to an increase in velocity.

Digestion

"Digestion" is a word used in biology. Digestion is the process of breaking down food for nutrition.

Compound

"Compound" is a word used in chemistry. A compound is a substance formed by two or more elements.

Ampere

"Ampere" is a word used in physics. Ampere is a unit of electricity.

Puck

Sure, it's the thing that gets batted around in hockey, but Puck is also one of the moons of Uranus. This is a word that astronomy students should know.

Ecosystem

"Ecosystem" is a word used in biology. An ecosystem is a group of organisms interacting within an environment.

Element

"Element" is a word used in chemistry. An element is something that cannot be broken down into something smaller.

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