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Words Used in Science 01
The "bending of light" that is evident in a rainbow is called refraction.

Words Used in Science 01

Alkali and current are words usually used in science. As a science student, you will need to master a large new vocabulary in order to be able to discuss, understand and write about scientific topics. As a student of English, you should also remember the terms and how to spell them!

For every science topic you learn, there will be a specific list of vocabulary to remember. "Alkali" is relevant to chemistry and discussions of any substance's pH, but "current" is relevant to work with electricity and thus physics. In biology you will need to remember the correct terms for circulatory systems, respiration, reproduction, genetics, micro-organisms, etc. In physics, you will need to learn the vocabulary necessary to discuss light, forces, energy and motion, among other topics, and in chemistry, you should know the correct terminology to describe materials, the structure of atoms, the elements, and different types of changes and reactions.

Each of these areas has a large specialist vocabulary, so the sooner you get to work learning the correct terminology, the better!

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1.
Select the correct meaning for the following term.
Refraction
Anger
Bending of light
Ire
Reflection
"To refract" means "to bend back or alter the course of"
2.
Select the correct meaning for the following term.
Opaque
Not see through
Precious gem
See through
Transparent
"Transparent" means "see through"
3.
Select the correct meaning for the following term.
Conductor
Allows electrical current to flow
Collects fares
Does not allow electrical current to flow
Leads music
In science, "to conduct" means "to allow the passage of current"
4.
Select the correct meaning for the following term.
Alkali
Concentrates acids
Makes acids stronger
Neutralises strong acids
Stabilises acids
Alkalis also combine with acids to form salts
5.
Select the correct meaning for the following term.
Classification
Groups of living things
Mixture of fossils
Selection of classrooms
Size of classes
"To classify" means to sort methodically
6.
Select the correct meaning for the following term.
Resistor
Allows electrical current to flow
Allows water current to flow
Does not allow air current to flow
Does not allow electrical current to flow
A resistor resists current flow
7.
Select the correct meaning for the following term.
Density
Ratio of heaviness to area
Ratio of size to thickness
Ratio of thickness to size
Ratio of weight to volume
"Ratio" means proportion
8.
Select the correct meaning for the following term.
Current
Dried fruit
Flow of charge around a circuit
Grape
Money
A "currant" is a dried grape!
9.
Select the correct meaning for the following term.
Reactivity series
List of metals in order of chemical reactivity
List of physical reactions
List of plastics in order of chemical reactivity
List of reactions in response to physical activity
A racing pulse might be a response to physical activity!
10.
Select the correct meaning for the following term.
Electrical circuit
Circular area
Gym session
Path of current
Running track
"Circuit training" means a session at the gym!

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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