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Applied Science: How well do you know your fruits?

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The New Philadelphia Science Club is back with another question in The Times-Reporter. Each week a new science-related question will be given. Everyone is invited to participate by either mailing the answer to the club at the address below or simply emailing the answer to the address given. At the end of the school year several winners will be chosen from all the correct entries submitted and will receive a prize. To participate in this drawing, send your answer to:

New Philadelphia High School-Room 331

343 Ray Ave. NW

New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Email answers to:  Houmards@npschools.org

Last week’s answer

The correct answer to last week’s question is D, Density. Unlike mass, volume, and buoyancy, a given material will only have one density. In chemistry, Phila High students learn that this is called an intensive property. The value should not change based on the amount of the substance. No matter how much gold you have, it will always have a density around 19.3 grams per milliliter. This is much different than brass, another gold colored metal, which has a density around 8.7 grams per milliliter.

This week’s question

Some of our readers enjoyed cranberry sauce with their turkey for Thanksgiving. Cranberries are a native fruit to North America. Cranberries belong to the plant genus Vaccinium. Cranberries grow in cool, acidic bogs. Cranberries are harvested in the fall from September to November, when the berries are a distinctive red color. The largest regional producers of cranberries in North America are Wisconsin in the US and Quebec in Canada. This week’s question does not focus on cranberries, but seeks to test your knowledge of other native North American fruits that are grown commercially. What combination of fruits is also native to North America and grown commercially? This means the plant originated in North America.

A. apples and grapes

B. cherries and apples

C. grapes and blueberries

D. blueberries and apples

 

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