Arthur Compton Trivia Quiz: An American Physicist

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Arthur Holly Compton was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1927
for his 1923 discovery of the Compton effect, which demonstrated the particle nature of
electromagnetic radiation. 

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When did the first nuclear reactor, Chicago Pile-1, go critical?

  • December 2, 1941

  • December 2, 1944

  • December 2, 1943

  • December 2, 1942

What did Arthur Compton conclude about ferromagnetism after using X-rays to investigate it?

  • It was a result of the alignment of electron spins

  • It was caused by the wave nature of light

  • It was caused by the photoelectric effect

  • It was a result of the wave-particle duality of light

What was Arthur Compton's role at Washington University in St. Louis?

  • Head of the physics department

  • Dean of the engineering school

  • Chancellor

  • Provost

What was the X-10 Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge, Tennessee designed and operated by the Metallurgical Laboratory for?

  • To produce plutonium

  • To produce uranium

  • To study ferromagnetism

  • To study cosmic rays

What was the Metallurgical Laboratory's responsibility during the Manhattan Project?

  • To produce nuclear reactors to convert uranium into plutonium

  • To find ways to separate plutonium from uranium

  • To design an atomic bomb

  • All of the above

What was Arthur Compton awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for in 1927?

  • Discovering the wave nature of light

  • Discovering the particle nature of electromagnetic radiation

  • Discovering the photoelectric effect

  • Discovering the laws of thermodynamics

What was Arthur Compton's role in the Manhattan Project?

  • He oversaw Enrico Fermi's creation of the first nuclear reactor

  • He designed the atomic bomb

  • He found ways to separate plutonium from uranium

  • All of the above

What did Arthur Compton discover about cosmic rays?

  • They were made up principally of negatively charged particles

  • They were made up principally of positively charged particles

  • They were a result of the wave nature of light

  • They were a result of the photoelectric effect

What did Arthur Compton study while he was a National Research Council Fellow at the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory?

  • The scattering and absorption of gamma rays

  • The wave nature of light

  • The photoelectric effect

  • The laws of thermodynamics

What did Washington University in St. Louis do during Arthur Compton's tenure as chancellor?

  • Formal desegregation of its undergraduate divisions

  • Named its first female full professor

  • Enrolled a record number of students after wartime veterans returned to the United States

  • All of the above

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