Ergonomics Quiz: Human Factors Engineering Trivia

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We have created an amazing Ergonomics quiz for you that is centered on the topic of Human factors Engineering. When it comes to engineering, there are many things that should be considered for the safety of the staff since most of the machinery used is heavy and dangerous if mishandled. Take up this quiz and get to see what an engineering plant should be like. Best of luck with this test!


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.

    Correct Answer
    D. The application of scientific information concerning the relationship of human beings to the design of objects, systems, and environments.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the application of scientific information concerning the relationship of human beings to the design of objects, systems, and environments. This definition accurately captures the essence of ergonomics, which involves studying how humans interact with their surroundings and using that knowledge to improve the design of objects, systems, and environments to enhance human well-being and performance. Ergonomics focuses on optimizing factors such as comfort, efficiency, and safety to ensure that the design is tailored to human needs and capabilities.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. The measurement and collection of data concerning the different sizes of men, women, and children.
    Explanation
    Anthropometrics is the study of the measurement and collection of data related to the sizes and proportions of human bodies. It involves gathering information about the physical characteristics of individuals, such as height, weight, body dimensions, and other relevant measurements. This data is then used in various fields, such as ergonomics, product design, architecture, and clothing manufacturing, to ensure that products, equipment, and environments are suitable and comfortable for people of different sizes and shapes.

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  • 3. 

    Which design consideration does not apply to motorcycle helmets?

    • A.

      Range of sizes

    • B.

      Adjustability

    • C.

      Suitable for 50th percentile

    • D.

      Safety

    Correct Answer
    C. Suitable for 50th percentile
    Explanation
    The design consideration that does not apply to motorcycle helmets is "Suitable for 50th percentile." This means that motorcycle helmets are not specifically designed to fit individuals who fall within the 50th percentile in terms of head size or shape. While range of sizes, adjustability, and safety are important design considerations for motorcycle helmets, ensuring suitability for the 50th percentile is not a specific requirement.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. 5th–95th
    Explanation
    In designing a seat for a mass-produced car, a percentile range of 5th–95th would be used. This means that the seat is designed to accommodate 90% of the population, ranging from the smallest 5% to the largest 95% in terms of body size. By considering this percentile range, the seat can be made to provide a comfortable and ergonomic fit for a wide range of individuals, ensuring that most people can comfortably sit in the car seat.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. I, II, and III
    Explanation
    When designing the controls of a car, several factors need to be considered. Psychological factors, such as the driver's cognitive abilities, attention span, and response time, are important to ensure that the controls are intuitive and easy to use. Physiological factors, including the driver's physical strength and dexterity, should be taken into account to ensure that the controls can be operated comfortably and without strain. Anthropometric factors, such as the driver's body size and proportions, are crucial in designing controls that can be easily reached and operated by individuals of different sizes. Therefore, all three factors (I, II, and III) need to be considered when designing the controls of a car.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. The engine size of the car
    Explanation
    The engine size of the car is not an ergonomic consideration in the design of a car because it does not directly affect the comfort, safety, or efficiency of the vehicle for the driver or passengers. Ergonomic considerations in car design typically focus on factors such as seating comfort, adjustability of controls, visibility, and ease of use. The engine size, although important for performance and power, does not have a direct impact on the ergonomic aspects of the car.

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  • 7. 

    Which group has the most control over the planned obsolescence of a product?

    • A.

      Legislators

    • B.

      Manufacturers

    • C.

      Consumers

    • D.

      Designers

    Correct Answer
    B. Manufacturers
    Explanation
    Manufacturers have the most control over the planned obsolescence of a product. Planned obsolescence refers to the practice of deliberately designing products with a limited lifespan or functionality, encouraging consumers to replace them sooner. Manufacturers have the power to determine the lifespan of a product by choosing the quality of materials, components, and production processes. They can also strategically release new models or updates to make older versions obsolete. While legislators can regulate certain aspects of product lifespan, ultimately it is the manufacturers who have the most influence over planned obsolescence. Consumers and designers may have some influence, but it is not as significant as that of manufacturers.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. 99th
    Explanation
    The 99th percentile would most likely be used to decide the minimum height for the ceiling of a room because it represents the height that only 1% of adults would exceed. By setting the ceiling height at the 99th percentile, it ensures that the vast majority of adults will comfortably fit in the room without their heads touching the ceiling.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    B. Life cycle analysis.
    Explanation
    The use of solar power to replace batteries as the energy source for torches is an example of life cycle analysis. Life cycle analysis involves evaluating the environmental impact of a product throughout its entire life cycle, from raw material extraction to disposal. By replacing batteries with solar power, the designer is considering the entire life cycle of the torch and making a more sustainable choice. This decision reduces the need for disposable batteries, which can be harmful to the environment due to their production, use, and disposal.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    B. Ergonomics.
    Explanation
    Ergonomics is the correct answer because it refers to the application of scientific knowledge about humans and their working environment to enhance working conditions and productivity. It involves designing workspaces, tools, and equipment that fit the physical and cognitive abilities of individuals, reducing the risk of injuries, fatigue, and stress. Ergonomics aims to optimize the interaction between humans and their work environment, considering factors such as posture, movement, lighting, noise, and temperature. By implementing ergonomic principles, organizations can improve employee well-being, satisfaction, and overall performance.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. 95
    Explanation
    A designer would most likely use the 95th percentile value when designing the length of a bed. This is because the 95th percentile represents the length that would accommodate 95% of the population, ensuring that the bed is suitable for a majority of individuals. By using this percentile, the designer can ensure that the bed is long enough for most people while also accounting for the few individuals who may be taller than average.

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  • 12. 

    Which combination of “ease of repair” and “frequency of replacement” characterizes planned obsolescence?

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      B

    • C.

      C

    • D.

      D

    Correct Answer
    D. D
    Explanation
    Option D, which is not provided, characterizes planned obsolescence. This is because planned obsolescence refers to a strategy where products are intentionally designed to have a low ease of repair and a high frequency of replacement. This encourages consumers to buy new products more frequently, leading to increased sales for the company.

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  • 13. 

    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.

    Correct Answer
    D. Reconditioning.
    Explanation
    Upgrading a computer by replacing the central processing unit with a more powerful one can be considered as reconditioning. Reconditioning refers to the process of restoring or renovating an item to its original or improved condition. In this case, the computer is being improved by replacing the central processing unit, which enhances its performance and functionality. Therefore, reconditioning is the appropriate term to describe this action.

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  • 14. 

    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

    Correct Answer
    D. 5th
    Explanation
    The 5th percentile range would ensure that the maximum number of users would be able to reach items within the workspace. The 5th percentile represents the lower end of the range, meaning that it includes the majority of users who have a shorter reach. By designing the workspace to accommodate users within the 5th percentile range, designers can ensure that the workspace is accessible to a larger number of individuals.

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  • 15. 

    Which physiological factor affects ergonomics?

    • A.

      Fatigue

    • B.

      Temperature

    • C.

      Furniture dimensions

    • D.

      Furniture dimensions

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Fatigue
    D. Furniture dimensions
    Explanation
    Fatigue is a physiological factor that affects ergonomics because it can impact an individual's physical and mental performance, leading to decreased productivity and increased risk of accidents or injuries. When a person is fatigued, their muscles may become weaker, coordination may be impaired, and reaction times may be slower, all of which can affect their ability to perform tasks in an ergonomic manner. On the other hand, furniture dimensions also play a crucial role in ergonomics as they determine the proper alignment of the body and support for different body parts, reducing the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.

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