Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA
Tthe locations of Venus, Earth and Mars are shown in the diagram below (not to scale, and orbits have been simplified as circles instead of ellipses).
Which planet(s) will be visible at sunrise?
(C) (Both of the above choices.)
(D) (Neither of the above choices.)
Correct answer (highlight to unhide): (B)
If a line is drawn from Earth to the sun, the observer at sunset (6 PM) is located perpendicular to that line. Since Venus is below that horizon line, it would not be visible at that time; while Mars is above that horizon line, it would be visible high over the east horizon at that time.
Exam code: quiz02sNoO
(A) : 11 students
(B) : 24 students
(C) : 2 students
(D) : 5 students
Success level: 60% (including partial credit for multiple-choice)
Discrimination index (Aubrecht & Aubrecht, 1983): 0.91