Item WC094001: Air temperature decreases with increasing distance above sea level.

As a family climbs a mountain, they notice that it is windier, cloudier, and feels colder the higher they climb. What could explain why the air feels colder higher on the mountain?

  1. The air temperature is actually the same high on the mountain as it is lower down, but the air would feel colder because it is windier.
  2. The air temperature is actually the same high on the mountain as it is lower down, but the air could feel colder because they are closer to the clouds.
  3. Air temperature would actually increase the higher they climb because they are getting closer to the sun, but the air could feel colder because it is windier.
  4. The air could feel colder because air temperature decreases the farther the air is above sea level.
     
Distribution of Responses
Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item WC094001
Students Responding Correctly
Group Correct Total Percent
Overall 930 1584 59%
Grades
  6–8 552 946 58%
  9–12 377 635 59%
Gender
  Male42773458%
  Female49082459%
Primary Language
  English842140960%
  Other6412850%

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