Cars reveal a thing or two about chemistry, and we have the quiz to prove it. So hop in, buckle up and let's see if your car chem knowledge leaves you looking like Greased Lightning or blows up in your face.
Question 1 of 20
Which well-known gas law explains why car manufacturers recommend adjusting the pressure of your tires before you start on a trip?
Question 2 of 20
Speaking of pressure, let’s say the volume and pressure in one of your tires falls to zero. What's the outside temperature?
Question 3 of 20
Quick! What chemical process is used to make modern rubber tires?
Question 4 of 20
Who discovered the process by which tires could be manufactured?
Question 5 of 20
What’s the main chemical constituent of tire rubber?
Question 6 of 20
What would an exacting chemist call a car battery?
Question 7 of 20
How many cells does a car battery typically have?
Question 8 of 20
Each cell in a car battery contains two types of plates. What chemicals make up these plates? (Hint: Remember what the exacting chemist calls a car battery.)
Question 9 of 20
What serves as the electrolyte in a car battery?
Question 10 of 20
When your car rusts, it falls victim to an electrochemical process known as corrosion. What's the chemical name of rust?
Question 11 of 20
High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps have become popular recently on U.S. cars. What noble gas is used in these lamps?
Question 12 of 20
What type of "fuel" does the Honda FCX Clarity, a fuel cell electric vehicle, use?
Question 13 of 20
You saw this one coming. Which two chemicals react to produce the electricity in a fuel cell vehicle like the Honda FCX Clarity?
Question 14 of 20
So what kind of chemical reaction takes place inside a conventional car engine?
Question 15 of 20
What's the oxidizing element in a gasoline engine?
Question 16 of 20
What's the job of a catalytic converter?
Question 17 of 20
A catalytic converter gets its name because it contains two primary catalysts. What’s a catalyst?
Question 18 of 20
In a catalytic converter, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons are transformed into these two chemicals:
Question 19 of 20
When an airbag deploys, what gas fills the bag?
Question 20 of 20