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ConcepTest: Fault Displacement

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

Created with funding from NSF CCLI Award #0087894.
This material was originally created for Starting Point:Introductory Geology
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.

Question:

What is the relative displacement of the fault that offsets the road in the photo?

An inconvenient fault a. left lateral
b. right lateral
c. normal
d. reverse

Student Responses:

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

a. left lateral (26%/0%)
b. right lateral (56%/96%)
c. normal (11%/0%)
d. reverse (7%/4%)

in a small (< 60 students) environmental geology class

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References and Notes:

The use of ConcepTests and Peer Instruction is discussed in detail on the ConcepTest page.

McConnell, D.A., Steer, D.N. and Owens, K.A., 2003, Assessment and Active Learning Strategies for Introductory Geology Courses, Journal of Geoscience Education, 51(2), 205-216.

McConnell, D.A., Steer et al., 2006, Using Conceptests to Assess and Improve Student Conceptual Understanding in Introductory Courses, Journal of Geoscience Education, (54(1), 61-68.