Item AM057005: Liquid water takes the shape of a cup it is poured into but solid ice cubes do not, because the molecules of liquid water can easily move past one another but the molecules of solid ice cannot.

Why does liquid water take the shape of a cup it is poured into, but solid ice cubes do not?

  1. Because the molecules of liquid water are softer than the molecules of solid ice
  2. Because the molecules of liquid water are smaller than the molecules of solid ice
  3. Because the molecules of liquid water are moving but the molecules of solid ice are not
  4. Because the molecules of liquid water can easily move past one another but the molecules of solid ice cannot

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item AM057005

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall43%
Grades 6–839%
Grades 9–1248%
Male42%
Female44%
Primary Language is English44%
Primary Language is not English34%

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