The Coffee Break Hard Trivia Quiz – A challenging selection of General Engineering Trivia questions and answers -
sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know, but you’re sure that you did know or that you should know and when you see the answers you know that once upon a time you probably did know !

Challenge your colleagues – can they answer more than you ?


In electronics, a switch may be abbreviated to DPCO – which stands for Double Pole Change Over or Double Pole, Centre Off – True or False

The lead-acid battery was invented in 1859 in which country...

Zero degrees Celsius equals 32 degrees Fahrenheit

The Reaumur Scale is used to measure...

The phenomena known as the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights is named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas  - True or False

In a mechanism were the rotation of a shaft could cause a conventional handed nut or screwed fitting to unscrew on the thread, an opposite handed thread may be used - what name is given to this arrangement...

A Scalene triangle is defined as a triangle with 2 equal sides - True or False

A scalene triangle has each of its sides a different length

The Dewey Decimal Classification is a proprietary system of classification which is used for...

The sine wave is a mathematical function that describes an unpredictable erratic oscillation. - True or False

It describes a smooth repetitive oscillation

Dichlorodifluoromethane ( CF2Cl2 ) is also known as Freon – True or False

In chemical engineering terms, a fume cupboard is a device designed to coagulate vapours - True or False

It is designed to remove hazardous fumes