Item EG022003: A person will have the same amount of gravitational potential energy at the top of a mountain regardless of the path the person takes to get there.

Three hikers take three different paths to the top of a mountain, Paths 1, 2, and 3. The hikers are all the same height and weight.

When all of the hikers are at the finish point at the top of the mountain, which hiker will have the greatest amount of gravitational potential energy?

  1. The hiker who took Path 1
  2. The hiker who took Path 2
  3. The hiker who took Path 3
  4. The gravitational potential energy is the same for all of the hikers.
(Modified from New Hampshire EIAP, 1998)
Distribution of Responses
Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item EG022003
Students Responding Correctly
Group Correct Total Percent
Overall 1295 3056 42%
Grades
  6–8 668 1814 37%
  9–12 622 1231 51%
Gender
  Male663147345%
  Female599151640%
Primary Language
  English1151267343%
  Other11029837%

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