Radioactive bananas are this week’s GCSE exam food of choice
It’s the natural next step after boiled carrot-gate.
It seems this year’s GCSE exams are heavily culinary-themed, with one fruit being the latest food to bamboozle students.
Last week, it was boiled carrots in the AQA English test. This week? Bananas took centre stage in AQA Physics.
Even more confusingly, it appears the bananas were being used as a unit of measurement – for radiation.
Me: works really hard to learn the physics spec— Hannah Jones (@Hannahjones987) May 23, 2018
Aqa: why should we measure radiation in bananas ???????🤷🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️#aqaphysics
Out of all things, u decide to test me on banana radiation???🙃 #AQAPhysics— char (@nglthispeng) May 23, 2018
Students were asked about why sieverts, a unit of measurement for a dose of radiation, should be changed to the banana equivalent dose – an informal measurement of radiation exposure.
Understandably, a few of the nation’s Year 11 students felt somewhat cheated, and turned to Twitter to find kindred souls.
aqa :— ams | (@amybroadfootx) May 23, 2018
*asks all these maths questions which idk the answers to*
*asks me the speed of air*
also aqa :
why should we use banana equivalent dose to show radiation to the public ??
But it seems the students’ worries did not end there.
Another cause for concern was the case of the magnesium atom. It appears students were asked to work out its radius using measurements in Figure 2…which apparently were not there.
Some were left wondering whether they had walked into a maths exam.
Loooook I get that physics will have more maths in it but why couldn’t they throw in more equation questions instead of the radius of a magnesium atom #AQAPhysics— e saw IW and is a mess (@peterquuill) May 23, 2018
Meanwhile for others, it was the comfort of an unshaded bar chart which brought them in from the cold reality of the exam.
You can get points for colouring skills, right?
#AQAPhysics Was it just me who shaded the bar graphs in to buy time??— Jade (@THEBLUESJADE) May 23, 2018
Anyone else pass the time by shading in the bar graph? #AQAPhysics— Grace Charnley (@GraceCharnley3) May 23, 2018
Any takers here with the correct answers? Help your peers out.