Item WC094001: Air temperature decreases with increasing distance above sea level.

As a family climbs a mountain, they notice that it is windier, cloudier, and feels colder the higher they climb. What could explain why the air feels colder higher on the mountain?

  1. The air temperature is actually the same high on the mountain as it is lower down, but the air would feel colder because it is windier.
  2. The air temperature is actually the same high on the mountain as it is lower down, but the air could feel colder because they are closer to the clouds.
  3. Air temperature would actually increase the higher they climb because they are getting closer to the sun, but the air could feel colder because it is windier.
  4. The air could feel colder because air temperature decreases the farther the air is above sea level.
     

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item WC094001

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall59%
Grades 6–858%
Grades 9–1259%
Male58%
Female59%
Primary Language is English60%
Primary Language is not English50%

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