Solutions to the seasonal science challenge!

It’s Epiphany! As promised, here are the solutions to my seasonal science challenge. I’m going to take it a line at a time:

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1. So to kick off, this is supposed to be a magnet, and magnetisation may be represented by the letter M.

2. Next up, this is a lino-cut attempt at an atom, so that blob in the middle is the nucleus, and those bits around it are electrons orbiting the nucleus. Electrons may be represented by the letter e.

3. We move on to the third drawing. Was your go-to an ECG? Alas, that’s not what I was thinking. This is the symbol that is used in electrical circuits to represent a resistor, and resistance is represented by the letter R.

4. Now we’ve got a repeat of a resistor -> resistance -> R. 

5. Next, we’ve got part of a graph, the X-axis is missing, leaving the Y-axis, which gives Y.

Next line:

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6. So this is a picture of a pencil. And as we all remember from school, pencil leads are not made from actual lead. They are made from graphite, which is a crystalline form of carbon, the symbol for which is C. 

7. If you worked out that the zigzag was a resistor, there’s a good chance you worked this next one out as well since it’s also found in an electric circuit. It’s the symbol for an inductor. Inductance is measured in Henries, the unit for which is H. 

8. Another repeat of a resistor -> resistance -> R. 

9. Let me be the first to say this tile is not my finest artistic creation. It’s supposed to be seaweed. Did you get it? Have a bonus point if you did! Someone once told me, and I have verified with multiple internet sources, that seaweed contains iodine, the symbol for which is I. 

10. That’s a match. You can read about how matches work here. If you read through the article, you’ll learn that one of the materials that goes into the tip of the match is sulphur, its symbol being S. 

11. Tick tock, tick tock. Time may be represented by t. 

Next line:

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12. Another magnet -> magnetisation -> M. 

13. Now, this is the symbol for an alpha particle, alpha being the first letter of the Greek alphabet: α. 

14. And to finish it off, another match -> sulphur -> S. 

Put all that together and what do you get?

MeRRYCHRIStMαS, of course!




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