Item WC094002: 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. Each family member has a different explanation for why the air feels colder higher on the mountain. Which of the following explanations is TRUE?

  1. The air temperature is actually increasing because they are getting closer to the sun, but it feels colder because it is windier higher on the mountain.
  2. The air temperature is not changing, but it feels colder because it is windier higher on the mountain.
  3. The air temperature is not changing, but it feels colder because they are closer to the clouds the higher they climb.
  4. It feels colder because the air temperature is actually decreasing the higher they climb.
Distribution of Responses
Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item WC094002
Students Responding Correctly
Group Correct Total Percent
Overall 1234 2494 50%
Grades
  6–8 709 1424 50%
  9–12 524 1065 49%
Gender
  Male602121050%
  Female603122849%
Primary Language
  English1086217350%
  Other10722348%

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