KCSE 2015 Physics Paper 3 with Marking Scheme

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Question one
You are provided with the following:

  • A micrometer screw gauge(to be shared)
  • A vernier caliper (to be shared)
  • Glass tube
  • A wire labeled M
  • Some sellotape
  • One 50 g mass
  • Some masses (totaling 40 g)
  • A meter rule
  • 100 ml beaker
  • A stand boss and clamp
  • A stop watch
  • A source of light
  • A screen
  • Some water
  • A measuring cylinder

PART A
Proceed as follows:

  1. Using a micrometer screw gauge, measure and record the diameter of the wire labeled M. (1 mark)
    d = ........ mm
    d = ........ m
  2. Using wire M, make a spring as follows:
    1. Use some sellotape to fix one end of the wire M (about 2.5 cm) along the glass tube;
    2. Hold firmly the part of the wire under the tape with one hand. Use the other hand to wind 30 turns as closely and tightly as possible. (see figure 1)

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  3. Remove the sellotape and release the spring from the tube.
    (The spring will slightly unwind and some turns will disappear)
    Bend free ends as shown in figure 2.
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  4. Using a vernier calipers, measure and record the external diameter D of the spring. (1 mark)
    D =...........cm.
    D = ...........m.
  5. Suspend the spring and a 50 g mass from a retort flask as shown in figure 3.
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    Count and record the number of turns N of the suspended spring. (1 mark)
    N = …………….
  6. Add 40 g to the 50 g mass and record the extension X of the spring due to the 40 g. (1 mark)
    X = ………………cm
    X = ………………m
  7. Determine c given that; (1 mark)
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  8. Determine n given that (2 marks)
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  9. With the spring still loaded with 90 g, pull the lower mass slightly downwards and let go so that the mass oscillates vertically. Record the time t for 20 oscillations.
    Hence determine the period T.
    t = ...........(s) (1 mark)
    T = .......... (s) (1 mark)

  10. Determine Z given that
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    Where m is the mass in kg on the spring. (2 marks)

    PART B
    Proceed as follows:
  11. Place the 100 ml beaker on a meter rule and pour 80 cm3 of water into it. Arrange a lamp (source of light) and a screen on either side of the beaker. (see figure 4)

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  12. Adjust the position of the lamp on the meter rule so that its centre is a distance u = 12 cm from the beaker. Switch on the light. Adjust the position of the screen until a well focused vertical line (the image of filament ) is formed on the screen. Measure and record in table 1 the image distance V between the screen and the beaker.
  13. Repeat part (I) for other values of u shown in table 1 and complete the table.
    Distance u (cm)  12  16  20 
     Distance V (cm)      
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    Table 1
  14. Determine m, the mean value of y using the values in table 1. (1 mark)
    m=……………………
  15.       
    1. With the meter rule outside the beaker, measure the height h of the water meniscus above the bench. (1 mark)
      =…………….. cm
    2. Determine the value of P given that. (1 mark)
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    3. Hence determine the value of f given that  kcse15pp3q103 to one decimal place. (2 marks)

Question two
You are provided with the following:

  • An ammeter
  • A voltmeter
  • Two cells (size D)
  • A cell holder
  • A switch
  • A wire labeled L mounted on a millimetre scale
  • A micrometer screw gauge (to be shared)
  • Six connecting wires at least four with crocodile clips

Proceed as follows:

  1. Using a micrometer screw gauge, measure and record the diameter d of the wire L. (1 mark)
    = ..... mm
    = ..... m
  2. Place the two cells in series in the cell holder and use the voltmeter to measure the total electromotive force (emf) E0 of the battery. (1 mark)
    E0 = ..... V.
  3. Starting with the switch open, connect the circuit as shown in figure 5. P and Q are points on the wire L such that PQ is 60 cm. (PQ should remain 60 cm throughout the experiment.)
    N is a point on the wire such that PN is 10 cm (0.1m)
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  4.         
    1. Close the switch and record the current I.
      I = ……………A (1 mark)
    2. Measure and record in table 2 the potential difference across PN.
    3. Measure and record the potential difference across PN for the other values of PN shown in table 2 and complete the table. (The current is expected to remain constant)
      Hint: The switch should be closed only when reading the voltmeter.
      Table 2
      Length PN(m)  0.1  0.2  0.3  0.4  0.5  0.6 
       p.d(V)            
       Resistance (V/I) Ω             
      (6 marks)
  5. On the grid provided, plot a graph resistance (y-axis) against length. (3 marks)
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  6. From the graph determine:
    1. The slope S and its units. (3 marks)
    2. The constant k and its units given that (3 marks)
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  7. Determine constant t given that
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    Where Vn is the p.d at PN = 0.6m. (2 marks)

QUESTION ONE
PART A

  1. d = 0.35 ± 0.02 mm (1 mark)
    d = 0.00035 m   
    (3.5 + 0.2) X 10-4 m
  1. D = 0.75 + 0.05 cm
    0.80 + 0.02 cm (1 mark)
    D = (8.0 + 0.2) * 10-3 m
  2. N = 26 ± 1 turns (1 mark)
  3. X = 3.0 ± 0.2 cm (1 mark)
    X = (3.0 † 0.2) X 10-2 m
  4. c = 0.4 
           x
     0.4 
    0.03
    13.00 ± 2 Nm-1 (1 mark)
  5. n = c8ND
             d4
    13.33 x 8 x 26 x (8.0 x 10-3)3
                (3.5 x 10-4)4
    = (9.2 +0.2) x 10-10 Nm-2 (2 marks)
  6. t = 9.85s ± 1.00(1 mark)
    T = 0.44s (1 mark)
  7. Z = 2m
             T2
    Z = 18.00 ± 2 (2 marks).

PART B


  1. Distance U cm  12  16 20
    Distance V cm  5.2 4.8 4.5
    Constant y=  uv  
                     u + v
    3.6 3.7 3.7
    (4 marks)
  2. m = y1 + y2 + y≈ 3.7
                   3        (1 mark)
  3.    
    1. h = 5.0 + 0.1 cm
    2. P = 2.2 + 0.1 cm
    3. f = 1.30 ± 0.03

QUESTION TWO

  1. d = 3.0 ± 0.1 x 10-4 m (1 mark)
    3.0 + 0.1 x 10-1 mm
  2. E0 = 3.1 ± 0.1V (1 mark)
  1. 1 = 0.35 ± 0.05 A (1 mark)
    Table 1
    Length RN (m) 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6
    P.d (V)  0.45 0.80 1.20 1.60 1.90 2.25
    Resistance ( V )(Ω)
                       l
    1.3 2.3 3.4 4.6 5.4 6.4
    (4 marks)
  2. Plotting of points 2
    Axis labelled with units 1 
    Scale suitability 1 
    Straight line 1
    5 marks
  3.    
    1. Slope = ΔR 
                   Δl
      correct intervals (1 mark)
      = 3.4 - 1.3
          0.3-0.1
      = 2.1
         0.2
      S = 10.5 ± 0.2 Ωm-1 (1 mark)
      correct unit (1 mark)
      2
    2. S= 4K 
           πd2
      k = πd2 s
              4
      = π x (3.0 x 10-4)x 10.5
                       4
      = 74.22 x 10-8
      = 7.422 ± 0.2 x 10-7 Ωm
      OR
      = 7.422 ± 0.2 x 10-4 22 Ωm
      correct evaluation (1 mark)
      correct value (1 mark)
  4. t = E0 - Vn
              1
    = 3.0 - 2.25
           0.35
    2.0 + 0.5 Ω
    correct evaluation (1 mark)
    correct value (1 mark)
    ignore unit

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