Physics Paper 1 Questions and Answers - KCSE 2021 Past Papers

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SECTION A (25 marks)
Answer all the questions in this section in the spaces provided.

  1. Figure 1 shows part of the thimble scale of a screw gauge with 50 divisions.
    1On the diagram, draw the sleeve scale to show a reading of 3.87 mm. (1 mark)
  2. Figure 2 shows a siphon used to empty a tank.
    2 ans adadad
    In order to start the siphon, state why: 
    1. it must be full of liquid. (1 mark)
    2. end X must be below the level of the liquid in the tank. (1 mark)
  3. Figure 3(a) shows a horizontal tube containing air trapped by a mercury thread of length 5 cm. The length of the enclosed air column is 7.5cm. The atmospheric pressure is 76 cmHg.
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    The tube is then turned vertically with its mouth facing down as shown in Figure 3(b).
    1. Determine the length 1 of the air column. (3 marks)
    2. State the reason why the mercury thread did not fall out in Figure 3(b). (1 mark)
  4. In a Physics experiment, a student filled a burette with water up to a level of 15 ml. The student ran out 3 drops of water each of volume 2 cm from the burette into a beaker. Determine the final reading of the burette. (2 marks)
  5. State two factors that affect the angular velocity of a body moving in a circular path (marks)
  6. Figure 4 shows two capillary tubes X and Y of different diameters dipped in mercury.
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    Complete the diagram to show the meniscus in Y. (1 mark)
  7. In an experiment, a drop of black ink is introduced at the bottom of a container filled with water. It is observed that the water gradually turns black. State the effect on the observation when the experiment is carried out using water at a lower temperature. (1 mark)
  8. Figure 5 shows two identical springs arranged side by side and supporting a weight of 50 N.
    figure 5
    When the same weight is supported by one of the springs above, it produces an extension of 1 cm. Determine the effective spring constant of the arrangement in Figure 5. (3 marks)
  9. On the axes provided, sketch a graph of density against temperature for water between 0°C and 10 °C. (1 mark)
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  10. State the reason why a student climbing a hill tends to bend forward. (1 mark)
  11. Figure 6 shows a graph of temperature against time for a pure molten substance undergoing cooling.
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    Explain what happens to the substance in region BC. (2 marks)
  12. Figure 7 shows a uniform rod AB 2 m long and of mass 1 kg. It is pivoted 0.5 m from end A and balanced horizontally by a string attached 0.1 m from end B.
    12 ans
    Determine the tension in the string. (take g = 10 Nkg) (2 marks)
  13. Figure 8 shows two pieces of ice A and B trapped using a wire gauze in a large beaker containing water.
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    Heat is supplied at the centre of the base of the beaker as shown. State the reason why B melted earlier than A (1 mark)
  14. Figure 9 shows a folded piece of paper. A stream of air is blown underneath the paper.
    10
    Explain why the paper collapsed. (2 marks)

SECTION B (55 marks)
Answer all the questions in this section in the spaces provided.

  1.      
    1. Figure 10 shows a wooden block of volume 90 cm floating with 1/3 of its body submerged in water of density 1gcm-3 (g = 10 Nkg-1)
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      Determine:
      1. The weight of the block
      2. The weight of a metal block that can be placed onto the block so that its top surface is on the same level as the water surface.
        (3 marks)
    2. Figure 11 shows a solid metal suspended in oil using a thread.
      12
      1. Other than upthrust, list two other forces acting on the sphere. (2 marks)
      2. The oil is carefully and gradually drawn from the beaker. State the effect on each of the two forces in 15(b)(i). (2 marks)
  2.      
    1. Define the term "specific latent heat of fusion" (1 mark)
    2. Ice of mass 5g at a temperature of -10°C is immersed into 10.5g of hot water at 100°C in a container of negligible heat capacity. All the ice melts and the final temperature of the mixture is 40°C. Assuming there are no heat losses to the surrounding and taking the specific latent heat of fusion for ice as L (Cwar = 4200 Jkg-K and C = 2100 Jkg 'K).
      Determine the:
      1. heat lost by the hot water. (3 marks)
      2. heat gained by ice from -10°C to 0°C. (2 marks)
      3. heat required to melt the ice in terms of Lf (1 mark)
      4. heat gained by the melted ice. (2 marks)
      5. specific latent heat of fusion of ice. (3 marks)
  3. Figure 12 shows a hydraulic lift system. The radius of the small piston is 5.64 cm while that of the large piston is 14.24 cm. The small piston is operated using a lever. A force of 100N is applied to the lever
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    Determine the:
    1. pressure exerted by the smaller piston. (5 marks)
    2. load that can be lifted. (3 marks)
    3. mechanical advantage of the system. (3 marks)
  4.      
    1. A bus moving initially at a velocity of 20ms-1 decelerates uniformly at 2 ms-2
      1. Determine the time taken for the bus to come to a stop. (3 marks)
      2. Sketch the velocity - time graph for the motion of the bus up to the time it stopped. (2 marks)
      3. Use the graph to determine the distance moved by the bus before stopping. (1 mark)
    2. A car of mass 1000 kg travelling at a constant velocity of 40ms-1 collides with a stationary metal block of mass 800 kg. The impact takes 3 seconds before the two move together. Determine the impulsive force. (4 marks)
  5.    
    1. State two conditions necessary for a body to be in equilibrium. (2 marks)
    2. Figure 13 shows a non-uniform log of wood AB of length 4m. The log is held horizontally by applying forces of 80N at end A and 120N at end B.

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      Determine:
      1. the value of R. (1 mark)
      2. the position of the centre of gravity of the log from end B. (3 marks)
    3. You are provided with a metre rule, a knife edge and a mass m1
      1. Describe how the position of the centre of gravity of the metre rule can be determined using the knife edge. (2 marks)
      2. Using the position of the centre of gravity determined in 19(c)(i) and the mass m, describe how the mass Mof the metre rule can be determined. (4 marks)

MARKING SCHEME

SECTION A (25 MARKS)

  1. Figure 1 shows part of the thimble scale of a screw gauge with 50 divisions. On the diagram, draw the sleeve scale to show a reading of 3.87mm (1 mark)

    1 ans
  2. Figure 2 shows a siphon used to empty a tank.
    2 ans adadad
    In order to start the siphon, state why:
    1. it must be full of liquid (1 mark)
      To overcome atmospheric pressure inside the siphon by expelling trapped air inside the siphon.
    2. end X must be below the level of the liquid in the tank (1 mark)
      To create pressure difference.
  3. Figure 3(a) shows a horizontal tube containing air trapped by a mercury thread of length 5cm. The length of the enclosed air column is 7.5cm. The atmospheric pressure is 76cmHg.
    3 ans adsda
    The tube is then turned vertically with its mouth facing down as shown in Figure 3(b).
    1. Determine the length l of the air column. (3 marks)
      P1V1 = P2V2
      76 x 7.5 = (76 - 5)l
      l = 8.03cm (2 dp)
    2. State the reason why the mercury thread did not fall out in Figure 3(b).
      The pressure acting upward on the mercury thread is greater than the downward pressure due to air column.
  4. In a Physics experiment, a student filled a burette with water up to a level of 15ml. The student ran out 3 drops of water each of volume 2cm3 from the burette into a beaker. Determine the final reading of the burette. (3marks)
    Initial burette reading = 15ml
    Volume of water dropped out = 3 drops x 2cm3
    = 6cm
    New burette reading = 15cm+ 6cm
    = 21cm3
  5. State two factors that affect the angular velocity of a body moving in a circular path. (2 marks)
    • The instantaneous linear velocity of the moving body
    • The radius of the circular path
  6. Figure 4 shows two capillary tubes X and Y of different diameters dipped in mercury.
    6 ans audda
    Complete the diagram to show the meniscus in Y
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  7. In an experiment, a drop of black ink is introduced at the bottom of a container filled with water. It is observed that the water gradually turns black. State the effect on the observation when the experiment is carried out using water at a lower temperature. (1 mark)
    The rate of water gradually turning black will reduce.
  8. Figure 5 shows two identical springs arranged side by side and supporting a weight of 50 N.
    8 ans ajdiad
    When the same weight is supported by one of the springs above, it produces an extension of 1 cm. Determine the effective spring constant of the arrangement in Figure 5. (3 marks)
    K = F/e50N/1cm 
    = 50N/cm
    KT = 2x 50N/cm
    = 100N/cm or 1000N/m
  9. On the axes provided, sketch a graph of density against temperature for water between 0℃ and 10℃

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  10. State the reason why a student climbing a hill tends to bend forward. (1mark)
    To shift the position of the centre of gravity to the front part to maintain equilibrium.
  11. Figure 6 shows a graph of temperature against time for a pure molten substance undergoing cooling.
    figure 6 ans aiuyhdada

    Explain what happens to the substance in region BC (2 marks)
    The substance undergoes change of state from molten to solid without change in temperature.
  12. Figure 7 shows a uniform rod AB 2m long and of mass 1 kg. It is pivoted 0.5m from end A and balanced horizontally by a string attached 0.1m from end B.
    12 ans
    Determine the tension in the string. (take g = 10Nkg−1) (2 marks)
    Sum of clockwise moments = sum of anti-clockwise moments
    10N × 0.5m = 1.4m × T
    T= 3.57N
  13. Figure 8 shows two pieces of ice A and B trapped using wire gauze in a larger beaker containing water.
    13 ans auydada
    Heat is supplied at the center of the base of the beaker as shown. State the reason why B melted earlier than A. (1 mark)
    Heated water at the bottom becomes less dense which rises to the top. Hence ice B melts earlier than A.
  14. Figure 9 shows a folded piece of paper. A stream of air is blown underneath the paper.
    14 auyhduyada
    Explain why the paper collapsed. (2 marks)
    Air blown underneath the paper reduces pressure acting on the paper. Atmospheric pressure acting from top becomes higher.
    Hence the paper collapses.

SECTION B (55 MARKS)

  1.      
    1. Figure 10 shows a wooden block of volume 90cm3 floating with 1/of its body submerged in water of density 1gcm-3. (g = 10Nkg-1)
      15 ans auygduyada
      Determine:
      1. the weight of the block
        weight of block = vpg
        1/    90     x 1000 x 10
               100000
        = 0.3N
        Alternatively
        W = mg
        m = 1/x 90 x 1
        = 30g
        W =   30    x 10
               1000
        = 0.3N
      2. the weight of a metal block that can be placed onto the block so that its top surface is on the same level as the water surface. (3marks)
        Volume of remaining part = 90 - 30
        = 60cm3
        U → W = vpg
        =     60      x 1000 x 10
          1000000
        = 0.6N
        w = mg but m = v x p
        60 x 1 = 60g
        w =  60   x 10
             1000
        = 0.6N
    2. Figure 11 shows a solid metal suspended in oil using a thread.
      15 b ans ahuyduyguydada
      1. Other than upthrust, list two other forces acting on the sphere. (2marks).
        • Tension force
        • Weight, mg
      2. The oil is carefully and gradually drawn from the beaker. State the effect on each of the two forces in 15(b)(i). (2 marks)
        • Tension force will increase
        • Weight, mg, will remain constant
  2.          
    1. Define the term “specific latent heat of fusion” (1 mark)
      Quantity of heat required to change a unit mass of the material from solid state to liquid without change in temperature.
    2. Ice of mass 5g at a temperature of −10℃ is immersed into 10.5g of hot water at 100℃ in a container of negligible heat capacity. All the ice melts and the final temperature of the mixture is 40℃. Assuming there are no heat losses to the surrounding and taking specific latent heat of fusion for ice as Lf.
      (Cwater = 4200 Jkg-1K-1 and Cice = 2100Jkg-1K-1)
      Determine the:
      1. heat lost by the water. (3 marks)
        Heat lost by the water = mwcwΔθ
        0.0105 x 4200 x (100 - 40)
        = 2646J
      2. heat gained by ice from −10℃ to 0℃
        heat gained by ice upto 0ºC = miceciceΔθ
      3. heat required to melt the ice in terms of Lf (1 mark)
        mL
        0.005L
      4. heat gained by the melted ice. (2 marks)
        heat gained by melted ice upto = miceciceΔθ
        0.005 x 4200 x 40
        = 840J
      5. specific latent heat of fusion. (3 marks)
        heat lost by hot water= heat gained by ice(-10ºC to 0ºC) + melting ice + melted ice up to 40ºC
        2646J = 105J + 0.05Lf + 840J
  3. Figure 12 shows hydraulic lift system. The radius of the small piston is 5.64cm while that of the larger piston is 14.24cm. The small piston is operated using a lever. A force of 100N is applied to the lever.
    17 ans adada
    Determine the:
    1. pressure exerted by the smaller piston. (5 marks)
      w x 0.4 = 100N x 2.0m
      w = 500N
      P = F/A but A = πr2 
      22/7 x 5.642
      = 99.97cm2 = 99.97 x 10-4m2
      P =         500N       
             99.97 x 10-4m2
      =5.0015 x 104Pa
    2. load that can be lifted. (3 marks)
      L = P x Alarger piston
      5.0015 x 10422/7 x 14.242 x 10-4m2
    3. mechanical advantage of the system. (3 marks)
      M.A = Load 
                Effort
      3185.22N
        500N
      = 6.37
  4.      
    1. A bus moving initially at a velocity of 20ms-1 1decelerates uniformly at 2ms-2
      1. Determine the time taken for the bus to come to a stop. (3 marks)
        t =v - u
              a
        = 0 - 20
             2
        = 10sec
      2. Sketch the velocity-time graph for the motion of the bus up to the time it stopped. (2 marks)

        18 ans ausa
      3. Use the graph to determine the distance moved by the bus before stopping. (1 mark)
        Distance = Area under the curve
        ½ x 20 x 10
        = 100m
    2. A car of mass 1000kg travelling at a constant velocity of 40ms-1 collides with a stationary metal block of mass 800kg. This impact takes 3 seconds before the two move together. Determine the impulsive force. (4 marks)
      m1v1 + m2v2 = v(m1 + m2)
      (1000 x 40) + (800 x 0) = v(1000 + 800)
      = 22.22m/s
      v = u + at
      22.22 = 40 + 3a
      a = -5.93m/s2 (decelerating)
      F = ma
      1800 x -5.93
      = 10674N
  5.    
    1. State two conditions necessary for a body to be in equilibrium. (2marks)
      • Sum of clockwise moments about a point must be equal to the sum of anti-clockwise moments about the same point.
      • For a system of parallel forces in equilibrium, sum of forces in either direction is equal.
    2. Figure 13 shows a non-uniform log of wood AB of length 4m. The log is held horizontally by applying forces of 80N at end A and 120N at end B.
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      Determine:
      1. the value of R. (1 mark)
        R = 80 + 120
        = 200N
      2. the position of the centre of gravity of the log from end B. (3 marks)
        Let x be the distance from the pivot to point B
        80(4 - x) = 120x
        320 = 200x
        x = 1.6m
    3. You are provided with the metre rule, a knife edge and a mass m1
      1. Describe how the position of the centre of gravity of the metre rule can be determined using the knife edge. (2 marks)
        Place the metre rule horizontally on knife edge. The position where it balances on the knife edge is the centre of gravity.
      2. Using the position of centre of gravity determined in 19(c)(i) and the mass m1, describe how the mass M of the metre rule can be determined. (4 marks)
        • Move the knife edge away from the centre of gravity to a new position. Note the distance from the knife edge and the centre of gravity as d1
        • Place the mass m1 on one side of the metre rule and adjust it until the rule balances as in 19 c (i). Note the distance from the knife edge and the mass m1 as d2.
        • Using principle of moment;
          Md1 = m1d2
          M = m1d2
                    d1
          Where M is the mass of the metre rule

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