Item NG031003: If a hot frying pan is placed on the counter, after a while the frying pan, the counter, and the air will be at the same temperature because thermal energy will be transferred from the frying pan to the counter and from the frying pan to the air.

A cook uses an iron frying pan to cook a meal.  After cooking, he places the hot frying pan on the counter.  After a while, the frying pan, the counter, and the air in the room will be at the same temperature.  Why?

  1. Because thermal energy will be transferred from the frying pan to the counter and from the frying pan to the air
  2. Because coldness will be transferred from the counter to the frying pan and from the air to the frying pan
  3. Because thermal energy will be transferred from the frying pan to the counter and from the frying pan to the air, and coldness will be transferred from the counter to the frying pan and from the air to the frying pan
  4. Because thermal energy will be transferred from the frying pan to the air, but thermal energy will not be transferred from the frying pan to the counter.

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item NG031003

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall41%
Grades 6–839%
Grades 9–1244%
Male42%
Female40%
Primary Language is English41%
Primary Language is not English32%

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