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Item EG016003: The gravitational potential energy of an object depends on the mass of the object and the object's distance from the center of the earth.

The gravitational potential energy of an object depends on which of the following?

  1. Both the mass of the object and the object’s distance from the center of the earth
  2. The mass of the object but not the object’s distance from the center of the earth
  3. The object’s distance from the center of the earth but not the mass of the object
  4. Neither the mass of the object nor the object’s distance from the center of the earth
Distribution of Responses
Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item EG016003
Scale Score for Item Difficulty
(200[Easy]-800[Difficult])
476
Students Responding Correctly
Group Correct Total Percent
Overall 1521 3037 50%
Grades
  6–8 830 1791 46%
  9–12 688 1235 56%
Gender
  Male747146451%
  Female744150549%
Primary Language
  English1348265451%
  Other13929946%

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Disciplinary Core Ideas
PS3.A A system of objects may also contain stored (potential) energy, depending on their relative positions.
Notes
The relationship between mass and gravitational potential energy is not addressed in NGSS.