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ConcepTest: Tropic of Cancer Temperature and Precipitation

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


Which of the points on the graph below best represents conditions along the Tropic of Cancer (23 degrees N latitude)?
Graphic for Tropic of Cancer Temperature and Precipitation ConceptTest question.
a. A
b. B
c. C
d. D
e. E

Student Responses:

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

a. (2%/2%) b. (9%/3%) c. (28%/26%) d. (13%/8%) e. (48%/61%)

in a large (60+ student) Earth Science class.

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References and Notes:


Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology

Resource Type

Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity:ConcepTests

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Ready for Use

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Earth System Topics

Climate, Atmosphere, Weather




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