Misconception EGM001:

Energy is associated mainly with human beings, not inanimate objects (Finegold & Trumper, 1989; Kruger, 1990; Kruger, Palacino, & Summers, 1992; Leggett, 2003; Liu & Tang, 2004; Solomon, 1983; Stead, 1980; Trumper, 1990, 1993, 1997a, 1997b; Trumper & Gorsky, 1993; Watts, 1983).

Items that test for misconception EGM001 in this key idea (Motion energy (kinetic energy) is a…)
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EG012002

A ball has more motion energy than a person when the ball is moving and the person is not moving.

13%

Items that test for misconception EGM001 in other key ideas

RG161002

Both a falling rock and a rock on a cliff have energy because all things have energy.

16%

RG103002

There are a number of different ways the amount of energy something has can change, for example, by changing its motion or heating it.

13%

RG180001

The amount of energy juice has decreases as it gets cooler.

13%

EG006006

When a person is riding a bike, the person has more motion energy than the bike because the person weighs more than the bike.

13%

RG095002

Energy is transferred between two balls as the balls hit each other.

12%

RG014004

Energy is given off by a burning candle because the flame gives off light and heats the air.

11%

EG076002

A basket ball has more motion energy than a boy when the ball is moving through the air and the boy is standing still.

11%

EG012003

A ball has more motion energy than a person when the ball is moving and the person is not moving.

11%

RG177001

When a girl and skateboard move at the same speed, the girl has more kinetic energy because the she weighs more than the skateboard.

10%

RG048002

A weight will have more energy when it is 6 feet above the ground than when it is 3 feet above the ground because the higher an object is the more energy it has.

7%

RG159002

When one car hits another car and the speed of the cars changes, the change in speed is a sign that energy was transferred.

6%