Item NG025003: While a student holds a cold piece of metal in her hand, the metal will get warmer because thermal energy is transferred from the student's hand to the metal.

A student is holding a cold piece of metal in her hand.  While she is holding the piece of metal, her hand gets colder.  Does the piece of metal get warmer?  Why or why not?

  1. Yes, the piece of metal will get warmer because some thermal energy is transferred from the metal to the student’s hand.
  2. Yes, the piece of metal will get warmer because some thermal energy is transferred from the student’s hand to the metal.
  3. No, the piece of metal will stay at the same temperature because an equal amount of thermal energy is exchanged between the student’s hand and the metal.
  4. No, the piece of metal will stay at the same temperature because thermal energy is not transferred between the student’s hand and the metal.

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item NG025003

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall58%
Grades 6–853%
Grades 9–1266%
Male56%
Female60%
Primary Language is English59%
Primary Language is not English47%

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