Question Video: Identifying the Science Discipline That Overlaps with Chemistry on a Research Problem Chemistry

A company specializes in analyzing soil samples and developing new fertilizers to increase the productivity of crops. Apart from chemistry, which other discipline would this research involve? [A] Agronomy [B] Pharmacology [C] Computer science [D] Physics [E] Psychology

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A company specializes in analyzing soil samples and developing new fertilizers to increase the productivity of crops. Apart from chemistry, which other discipline would this research involve? (A) Agronomy, (B) pharmacology, (C) computer science, (D) physics, or (E) psychology.

Option (A) is agronomy, which is the science of producing and using plants to benefit society. It’s similar to the word agriculture, which has to do with cultivating soil, growing crops, and raising livestock. Since the question asks about soil, fertilizers, and crops, we can be fairly sure that option (A) is the correct answer to this question. But to make sure, let’s look at the other options.

Option (B) is pharmacology, which is a branch of medicine concerned with drug action. This isn’t related to soil, fertilizers, or crops, so we can rule out option (B) as an answer to this question. Option (C) is computer science. This is the study of computers, so again not relevant to soil, fertilizers, or crops. And we can determine that option (C) is not the answer to this question.

Option (D) is physics, which is the branch of science concerned with the study of matter and energy. This subject includes topics such as mechanics, heat, radiation, sound, electricity, and magnetism. So again, it’s not really relevant to soil, fertilizers, and crops. So option (D) is not the answer to this question. Lastly, we have option (E) psychology. This is the study of the mind, so it cannot be the answer to this question either.

Therefore, the answer to the question “Apart from chemistry, which other discipline would this research involve?” is (A) agronomy.

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