How much high school math lingo do you remember?

By: Annette
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How much high school math lingo do you remember?
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About This Quiz

If you were ever awake during your high school math classes, then you know that there were a lot of terms to remember. Did any of it really sink in? In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of all things mathematical​ - but don't worry, we're going to make it fun!
What do you get with two angles that combine to measure 180°?
A headache
A triangle
A cat
Supplementary angles
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Wrong Answer

If you got this one wrong, you were definitely high on something in "high" school. Get it? ha ha.

What is the unit used to measure the size of an angle?
An atom
A degree
A shame
A unit used to measure the size of an angle
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Wrong Answer

A degree is a unit of measurement for knowing the size of an angle. Not the same one used for temperature. Duh.

What is the number that occurs most often in a set of data?
A party number
An awkward, uninvited number
A polyoctabolagratelat
A mode
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Wrong Answer

The mode is the number that occurs most often. It's annoying sometimes.


What is another word for a number?
A buck
A flipper
A digit
A... what?
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A digit is any one of the ten number symbols. It's also your finger.

What is a histogram?
A graph that shows your history
A histamine predictor on an allergenic day
A graph used to show frequencies
A telegram from pre-recorded history
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Wrong Answer

We wish it was a telegram from pre-recorded history. How cool would that be?

What are the two sides of a triangle that aren't the hypotenuse?
The legs
The gams
The moneymakers
The baby makers
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Okay, perhaps baby makers was a bit too much, but it made you laugh, right?


What is a variable?
A circumstance in your life you can't escape!!!!!!
A number that is always magically changing
A symbol used to represent a number
Anything over a bizillion
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Variables are used in place of numbers. They're great, because they're like numbers in disguise!

What is a tessellation? Think, think!
An explosion of numbers that is physically dangerous
An explosion of your mind when you say the word "tessellation"
A new kind of Dodge truck on the market
A pattern in which one or more shapes is repeated
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It's a pretty cool word for something so simple and ordinary.

What do you call two numbers whose product is 1?
Peas in a pod
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Any number multiplied by its reciprocal will equal 1. It's just the ideal situation.


What do you call a set of points that extends infinitely in opposite directions?
An open road
A divorce waiting to happen
A line
Planus Operundus Maximus
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Wrong Answer

Does this really need to be explained to you?

Which of these is a line that radiates off into infinity in only one direction?
A laser
A lightening bolt
A ray
An immortal line
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A ray has a starting point, plus a line that keeps going and going. How poetic.

What is data?
An extinct bird
A myth
What every mathematician fears
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Wrong Answer

Hello? That was to check if you're still awake.


What is the measure that tells you where the middle of a lot of data lies?
The Central Intelligence Region
The Measure of Central Tendency
The Middle of the Gosh Darn Data
Data Purgatory
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It's easier to just call it the Middle of the Gosh Darn Data, though. MGDD, for short.

What's the average known as?
The boring.
The mean.
The middle child.
Sad. Just sad.
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Wrong Answer

The mean is the average. Both "mean" and "average" are terrible insults.

What is the distance across a circle?
The bridge
The waistline
The girth
The diameter
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Diameter is the measurement of distance across a circle. When measuring your waist, you're actually looking for the circumference.


What does it mean when two shapes are congruent?
They grow out of one another
They're the same in size and shape
They hate one another
They're shaped like a flower
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Congruent shapes resemble one another. Twins are congruent - but human.

What are a decade and a score?
The score you get for a certain decade of your life.
They're long gone.
A long time...
Ten years and twenty years.
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Wrong Answer

Four score and seven years ago! Sometimes a decade can feel like a score.

What is the answer to a division problem?
I don't know!!!! My phone won't tell me!!!
A quotient
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You come to a quotient in a division problem when you type numbers into your iPhone to achieve a mathematical answer.


What is the set of whole numbers and their opposites?
Fake numbers
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Yes, integers. Not to be confused with "in tigers."

What is the X-axis?
The horizontal number line on a graph
A "delineazione" from WWII
Where Malcolm X was born
The vertical number line on a graph
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This was the hardest question so far. The vertical line on a graph is the Y-axis. Write it down.

What is a number's measure of rank in a group?
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The percentile is the number's rank. It's all about superiority, isn't it?


What is a line with two endpoints?
A dead end street
A crag
A segment
A shoestring
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Wrong Answer

A line segment has two endpoints. It doesn't press on into infinity...

On a graph, what is the point of intersection between X and Y?
Love boat
The sweet spot
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This is the point of intersection between the X- and Y-axis. Think of it like the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve.

What do you call a mathematical assertion that two quantities are equal?
A blatant lie!
An equation
Wishful thinking
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An equation is a mathematical statement that two values are equal.


According to your math teacher, what is area?
A career specialty
The measure of the size of a surface
A song in an opera
All of the above
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Area is the measurement of a flat space. Important when buying a house.

What is a prime number?
An alpha number
A dominant, quarrelsome number
The only number you need to know
A number only divisible by itself and 1
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2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13... We could go on. The number 1 is tricky, because primes must have exactly two factors, and the factors of 1 are 1 and, well... 1.

What are parallel lines?
Lines that keep bumping into each other
Shaky lines. Very shaky...
Lines that do not intersect
Lines that refuse to be coplanar
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Parallel lines never meet. Parallel lives... a similar tale.


In math, what is a transformation?
A numerical makeover
Moving or changing the size of a geometric figure on a coordinate plane.
When the number magically disappears
When something is added to the number
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It sounds so flashy: Transformation! Let's be happy for the geometric figure, and not jealous.

What are two or more circles with a common center point?
A bubble
Cloud circles
Collision circles
Concentric circles
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Concentric circles meet in the center. They look pretty.

Which of these is NOT a polygon?
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A polygon has 3 or more sides to it. Kind of like your girlfriend.


What is the set of all possible outcomes of a numerical event?
The secret
The great discerption!
Sample space
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I meant to write "deception" but it turned into "discerption." It means severed. Sad.

What is the measure of the number of cubic units necessary​ to fill a space?
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Wrong Answer

Volume fills up space. Stuffing fills space as well, particularly at Thanksgiving.

What is the comparison of two numbers?
The ratio
The judgment
The opinion
The formulation
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A ratio is a comparison of two numbers. It uses ":" between the two, to separate them.


A perimeter measures what?
The distance between two things
The proximity of something
The internal pressure of an engine
The distance around a polygon
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Wrong Answer

A moat around a castle has a perimeter. It's just a measurement, but it keeps the castle safe.

What plane sits across from the right angle of a triangle?
The hippopotamus
The hypothalamus
The hyperbolic
The hypotenuse
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The hippopotamus' hyperbolic hypothalamus has nothing to do with a hypotenuse.

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