A student places a living plant in a jar and seals it so nothing can get in or out. He determines the total mass of the jar and everything inside it. Several weeks later, the plant is dead.

What will happen to the total mass of the jar and everything inside it after the plant dies?

  1. The mass will stay the same.
  2. The mass will increase.
  3. The mass will decrease.
  4. It depends on the type of plant.

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item SC094004

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall42%
Grades 6–836%
Grades 9–1249%
Male45%
Female39%
Primary Language is English43%
Primary Language is not English36%

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