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ConcepTest: Jovian Planet Characteristics

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


The characteristics of four planets are listed below. Which planet is most likely to be classified as Jovian?

a. Mainly rocky, volcanism, low gravity.
b. Mainly rocky, no volcanism, high gravity.
c. Mainly gaseous, volcanism, low gravity.
d. Mainly gaseous, no volcanism, high gravity.

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Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Physics:Astronomy:Solar System

Resource Type

Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity:ConcepTests

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

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Earth System Topics

Solar System and Astronomy


Solar system


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