Posted by **karen** on Friday, August 20, 2010 at 4:17pm.

Is the magnitude of an earthquake related to the depth below the surface at which the quake occurs? Let x be the magnitude of an earthquake (on the Richter scale), and let y be the depth (in kilometers) of the quake below the surface at the epicenter. Suppose a random sample of earthquakes gave the following information.

As x increases, does the value of r imply that y should tend to increase, decrease, or remain the same? Explain.

Since r is zero, as x increases, y decreases.

Since r is negative, as x increases, y remains the same.

Since r is negative, as x increases, y decreases.

Since r is positive, as x increases, y increases.

Since r is positive, as x increases, y remains the same.

I think it is D

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