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ConcepTest: Tidal Ranges 1

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


If the moon were farther away from the Earth:

a. Tidal ranges would be larger
b. Tidal ranges would be smaller
c. There would no change in tidal ranges

Student Responses:

No data yet. The correct response is b.

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References and Notes:


Physics:Astronomy, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Oceanography:Physical

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, Oceans:Currents, Tides and Circulation


Ocean:Physical Oceanography, Solar system


Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography, Planetary Science