Item RG187001: The sun transfers more energy to a place closer to the point where sunlight is striking the earth at a 90° angle.
A student at Place 1 and a student at Place 2 are standing outside on a sunny day at the instant shown below.
Would the sun transfer more energy to Place 1 or at Place 2?
 The sun would transfer more energy to Place 1 because it is closer to the point where sunlight is striking the earth at a 90° angle.
 The sun would transfer more energy to Place 2 because it is farther from the point where sunlight is striking the earth at a 90° angle.
 The sun would transfer the same amount of energy to both places because the angle at which the sunlight strikes the earth does not affect the amount of energy transferred.
 The sun would not transfer energy to either place because sunlight does not transfer energy.
Answer Choice 
Overall 
Grades 
Gender 
Primary Language 


n = 1543 
4–5 n = 0  6–8 n = 806 
9–12 n = 737 
Male n = 709 
Female n = 808 
English n = 1390 
Other n = 121 

A.  53%  N/A  56%  50%  54%  53%  55%  40% 
B.  21%  N/A  20%  22%  20%  22%  21%  19% 
C.  20%  N/A  17%  23%  19%  20%  18%  34% 
D.  6%  N/A  6%  5%  7%  5%  5%  7% 