Item SC089005: The number of each kind of atom stays the same during the combustion of propane. (This item uses circles to represent atoms.)

In the diagrams below, atoms are represented by circles, and molecules are represented by circles that are connected to each other.  The different colored circles represent different kinds of atoms.

A propane molecule is made up of 3 carbon atoms and 8 hydrogen atoms.   An oxygen molecule is made up of 2 oxygen atoms.

This diagram shows one propane molecule and five oxygen molecules.

Which of the following diagrams could represent the molecules formed when propane and oxygen molecules react?

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item SC089005

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall51%
Grades 6–845%
Grades 9–1259%
Male51%
Female52%
Primary Language is English52%
Primary Language is not English45%

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