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Writing Conceptual Questions (CQs): Misconception Question
Identify a common misconception and generate a question based on it.
Example
A common misconception: Many students believe heat and temperature are the same thing.

A question probing this misconception: A 500-mL bottle of water at room temperature and a 2-L bottle of water at the same temperature were placed in a refrigerator. After 30 minutes the 500 mL of water had cooled to the temperature of the refrigerator. Two hours later the 2 L of water had cooled to the same temperature.  Did one sample of water lose more heat than the other?

  1. The 2 L of water lost more heat because there was more water.
  2. The 500 mL of water lost more heat because it cooled more quickly.
  3. Both bottles lost the same amount of heat because they started at the same temperature and finished at the same temperature.
  4. It is not possible to tell because we do not know the initial temperature and the final temperature of the water.

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