Item CL077002: For two places at the same longitude, the sun is higher in the sky at the place where the sun is striking the earth at a 90° angle.

A student at Place 1 and a student at Place 2 are standing outside on a sunny day at the instant shown below.

Would the sun be higher in the sky above the student at Place 1 or at Place 2?

  1. The sun would be higher in the sky at Place 1 because it is closer to the point where sunlight is striking the earth at a 90° angle.
  2. The sun would be higher in the sky at Place 1 because it is farther from the point where sunlight is striking the earth at a 90° angle.
  3. The sun would be higher in the sky at Place 2 because it is father from the point where sunlight is striking the earth at a 90° angle.
  4. The sun would be higher in the sky at Place 2 because it is closer to the point where sunlight is striking the earth at a 90° angle.

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item CL077002

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall34%
Grades 6–832%
Grades 9–1236%
Male34%
Female33%
Primary Language is English34%
Primary Language is not English31%

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