A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science. Pew Research Center. Cary Funk and Sara Kehaulani Goo. September 10, 2015.
The survey finds that most Americans can answer basic questions about several scientific terms and concepts, such as the layers of the Earth and the elements needed to make nuclear energy. But other science-related terms and applications, such as what property of a sound wave determines loudness and the effect of higher altitudes on cooking time, are not as well understood. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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