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 ?


A Polarimeter is a tool used to measure length relative to the magnetic poles of the Earth- True or False

It is is a scientific instrument used to measure the angle of rotation caused by passing polarized light through an optically active substance.

What name is given to a tool designed specifically to remove a cylinder of material from a surface…

The mathematical term "fraction" is derived from the old English word for "action" meaning to divide - True or False

It is derived from the Latin "fractious"or broken

In Electrical Engineering what instrument measures AF signal level and noise…

Pewter is a malleable  metal alloy, with a majority of its composition Zinc.  True or False

The majority composition is Tin

ASTM International is a scientific and technical organisation that develops and publishes a wide range of technical standards and procedures – ASTM stands for American Standard Test and Methodology – True or False

ASTM stands for American Society for Testing and Materials

American scientist and inventor Edwin Herbert Land was the cofounder of which technology company…

The number 9 to the power of 3 = 729 – True or False (without a calculator please)

Cathodic protection is a technique used to control the corrosion of a metal surface by making it the cathode of an electrochemical cell. A simple method of protection connects the metal to be protected to a more easily corroded "sacrificial metal" to act as the anode – True or False

Potassium Carbonate ( K2CO3 ) is also known as Saltpeter – True or False

Potassium Carbonate is also known as Potash