Item CL022002: If ocean water is warmer than the air above it, the ocean water will transfer thermal energy to the air, which will increase the temperature of the air.

If the ocean water is warmer than the air above it, will thermal energy be transferred from the water to the air, and will the temperature of the air increase?

  1. The ocean water will transfer thermal energy to the air, but that will not affect the temperature of the air.
  2. The ocean water will transfer thermal energy to the air, which will increase the temperature of the air.
  3. The ocean water will increase the temperature of the air, but it will not transfer thermal energy to the air.
  4. The ocean water will not transfer thermal energy to the air, and it will not increase the temperature of the air.

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item CL022002

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall42%
Grades 6–836%
Grades 9–1247%
Male40%
Female44%
Primary Language is English42%
Primary Language is not English38%

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