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Chapter 1 - What is Physical Science?



Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

Physical science is the study of
a.
matter and motion.
c.
energy and motion.
b.
matter and energy.
d.
matter and composition.
 

 2. 

Physical science is often divided into physics and
a.
biology.
c.
astronomy.
b.
chemistry.
d.
geology.
 

 3. 

Which of the following situations is LEAST likely to involve elements of physical science?
a.
earthquake waves traveling through the Earth’s layers
b.
plants using the sun’s energy to make food
c.
social interactions between animals
d.
pollutants changing form when released into the atmosphere
 

 4. 

The field of ____ uses physical science to explain how the heart pumps blood, how the eyes and ears work, and how the brain sends electrical impulses throughout the body.
a.
ecology
c.
biology
b.
geology
d.
botany
 

 5. 

____ use physical science to explain how plants use carbon dioxide and water to make food.
a.
Meteorologists
c.
Astronomers
b.
Geologists
d.
Botanists
 

 6. 

The field of ____ uses physical science to explain the composition of planets, the light emitted by stars, and the motion of different galaxies in the universe.
a.
ecology
c.
oceanography
b.
geology
d.
astronomy
 

 7. 

____ is a branch of physical science that studies earthquake waves and rock composition.
a.
Meteorology
c.
Biology
b.
Geology
d.
Astronomy
 

 8. 

A(n) ____ uses physical science to explain the nitrogen cycle and the transfer of energy between organisms in a food chain.
a.
ecologist
c.
meteorologist
b.
geologist
d.
astronomer
 

 9. 

Physical science is used to study the movement of air masses, weather patterns, and the composition of the atmosphere in the field of
a.
meteorology.
c.
oceanography.
b.
geology.
d.
biology.
 

 10. 

The field of ____ uses physical science to explain waves, currents, and the chemistry of ocean water.
a.
meteorology
c.
oceanography
b.
geology
d.
astronomy
 

 11. 

All matter has ____, even a rock sitting still.
a.
energy
c.
applied science
b.
data
d.
efficiency
 

 12. 

As you explore ____, you learn about the relationship between matter and energy.
a.
life science
c.
physical science
b.
earth science
d.
all branches of science
 



 
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