A Brief History of Time Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The only constant in the universe is what?

2. What is the unit of measurement for particle energy?

3. Which virtual particle carries the electromagnetic force?

4. Black holes are similar to the singularity that existed before what event?

5. In what year did Edwin Hubble discover galaxies outside of our own?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Carl Sagan, what prompts children to ask seemingly unanswerable questions?

2. In 1687 Newton published mathematical formulas that do what?

3. What is the relationship between quantum mechanics and predictions?

4. Why do physicists of Stephen Hawking's caliber not make assumptions about the nature of the universe?

5. What stops quantum mechanics from explaining everything in the universe?

6. What is the difference between the Aristotelian approach to science and Galileo's approach?

7. What is one way that scientists determine that subatomic particles exist?

8. What was the Ancient Greek view of the universe?

9. Why can nothing move faster than the speed of light according to the theory of relativity?

10. The mathematical formulas that result from a scientific model of the universe must do what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using the book to support your answer, answer the following question: Was there a beginning of time and will there be an end?

Essay Topic 2

What principle introduced in Hawking's book is the most influential on our view of the world and universe today? Why? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how science has evolved to lead us to the point we are today. What were some of the most influential concepts and ideas? What outside forces molded these ideas? Use the book to cite examples for your answer.

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