Ergonomics Quiz: Human Factors Engineering Trivia

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Ergonomics Quiz: Human Factors Engineering Trivia

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Ergonomics is defined as
    • A. 

      The research and analysis of the mechanics of living organisms.

    • B. 

      The measurement and collection of data concerning the different sizes of men, women and children.

    • C. 

      The research and analysis of the mechanics of living organisms.

    • D. 

      The application of scientific information concerning the relationship of human beings to the design of objects, systems and environments.

  • 2. 
    Anthropometrics is defined as The research and analysis of the mechanics of living organisms.
    • A. 

      A comparative measure of poverty, literacy, education, life expectancy, childbirth and other factors for countries worldwide.

    • B. 

      The measurement and collection of data concerning the different sizes of men, women and children.

    • C. 

      The application of scientific information concerning the relationship of human beings to the design of objects, systems and environments.

    • D. 

      The consideration of human beings in the creation of products, equipment, and environments

  • 3. 
    Which design consideration does not apply to motorcycle helmets?
    • A. 

      Range of sizes

    • B. 

      Adjustability

    • C. 

      Suitable for 50th percentile

    • D. 

      Safety

  • 4. 
    Which percentile range would be used in designing a seat for a mass-produced car?
    • A. 

      5th

    • B. 

      5th–95th

    • C. 

      95th

    • D. 

      50th

  • 5. 
    What needs to be considered when designing the controls of a car? I. Psychological factors II. Physiological factors III. Anthropometric factors
    • A. 

      I only

    • B. 

      II only

    • C. 

      III only

    • D. 

      I, II and III

  • 6. 
    Which is not an ergonomic consideration in the design of a car?
    • A. 

      The internal air conditioning system

    • B. 

      The adjustability of the steering wheel

    • C. 

      The engine size of the car

    • D. 

      Seat dimensions

  • 7. 
    Which group has most control over the planned obsolescence of a product?
    • A. 

      Legislators

    • B. 

      Manufacturers

    • C. 

      Consumers

    • D. 

      Designers

  • 8. 
    Which adult percentile would most likely be used to decide the minimum height for the ceiling of a room?
    • A. 

      99th

    • B. 

      75th

    • C. 

      50th

    • D. 

      5th

  • 9. 
    The use of solar power to replace batteries as the energy source for torches is an example of
    • A. 

      Planned obsolescence.

    • B. 

      Life cycle analysis.

    • C. 

      Fashion.

    • D. 

      Social responsibility of the designer.

  • 10. 
    Applying scientific information about the relationship of humans to their working environment in order to improve working conditions and increase efficiency is called
    • A. 

      Percentile range.

    • B. 

      Ergonomics.

    • C. 

      Anthropometrics.

    • D. 

      Bodily tolerances.

  • 11. 
    Which percentile value would a designer be most likely to use when designing the length of a bed?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      50

    • D. 

      95

  • 12. 
    Which combination of “ease of repair” and “frequency of replacement” characterizes planned obsolescence?
    • A. 

      A

    • B. 

      B

    • C. 

      C

    • D. 

      D

  • 13. 
    What is not true of an ergonome?
    • A. 

      It is a scaled 3D model

    • B. 

      It is a scaled 2D model

    • C. 

      It is based on a specific percentile range

    • D. 

      It is used to establish spatial considerations between people and products

  • 14. 
    Upgrading a computer by replacing the central processing unit with a more powerful one is an example of
    • A. 

      Reuse.

    • B. 

      Repair.

    • C. 

      Recycling.

    • D. 

      Reconditioning.

  • 15. 
    A “reach envelope” is the volume in 3-D space that a person can reach. Reach envelopes are used by designers, e.g. for the design of a cockpit-style workspace (see Figure 2a and 2b below). Data for which percentile range would ensure that the maximum numbers of users would be able to reach items within the workspace?
    • A. 

      99th

    • B. 

      95th

    • C. 

      50th

    • D. 

      5th

  • 16. 
    Which physiological factor affects ergonomics?
    • A. 

      Fatigue

    • B. 

      Temperature

    • C. 

      Furniture dimensions

    • D. 

      Furniture dimensions