ASVAB General Science Practice Test 753797

Questions 5
Topics Curved Mirrors, Decomposers, Element, Periods, Thermosphere

Study Guide

Curved Mirrors

A concave (or converging) mirror bulges inward and focuses reflected light on the mirror's focal point where the mirror's angles of incidence converge. In contrast, a convex (or diverging) mirror bulges outward and diffuses the light waves that strike it. A common use of a concave mirror is in a reflecting telescope, a common use of a convex mirror is in the side view mirror of a car.


Decomposers (saprotrophs) are organisms such as bacteria and fungi that break down the organic matter in the dead bodies of plants and animals into simple nutrients.


An element is matter than cannot be separated into different types of matter by ordinary chemical methods.


The rows of the Periodic Table are called periods and contain elements that have the same number of electron shells ordered from lower to higher atomic number.


Temperatures again increase with altitude in the thermosphere which is the hottest (4,530 °F / 2,500 °C) atmospheric layer due to direct exposure to the Sun's radiation. However, the gas in this layer is highly diluted so even though the atoms of gas may be very high in temperature, there are too few of them to effectively transfer much heat.