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Conceptest: Relative Plate Motion

ConcepTest questions by David McConnell, David Steer, Walter Borowski, Jeffrey Dick, Annabelle Foos, Jeffrey Knott, Alvin Konigsberg, Michelle Malone, Heidi McGrew, Kathie Owens, and Stephen Van Horn
This material was originally created for Starting Point:Introductory Geology
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.

Question:

A and B represent locations on two separate plates. The curved black line represents the plate boundary. The arrows show the directions of plate motion and the rates of motion are indicated.
Graphic for Relative Plate Motion concepTest question.
What kind of plate boundary is present between A and B?
a. transform
b. convergent
c. divergent
d. none

Student Responses:

The correct response is B.
Percentage of students choosing this answer. (%Before Discussion/%After Discussion)

a. (14%/4%) b. (32%/59%) c. (22%/4%) d. (32%/33%)

in a small (< 60 students) environmental geology class

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