PHYSICS PAPER 3 - 2019 KCSE Prediction Questions Set 1

Question 1

You are provided with the following apparatus

• Micrometer screw gauge
• A plastic drinking straw
• A white label with a horizontal line across the centre
• Some plasticine mass 5.0 g
• Half a meter rule
• A 200 ml beaker
• A 100 ml measuring cylinder
• Two rubber bands
• Seven shoe tacks
• Electronic beam balance
• Jockey

Proceed as follows
1. Place the seven shoe tacks on the eletronic beam balance and record the mass M.
M=...........................kg (1 mark)
2. Given that W = 1.429 M, where W is the weight of one tack, determine the value of W (1 mark)
3.
1. Fix the half meter rule vertically agaisnt the measuring cyliner using rubber band with the zero mark of the half meter rule at the bottom of the measuring cylinder
2. Measure 150ml of water using the beaker and pour it into the measuring cylinder.
3. Roll the plasticine into a spherical ball and push one ened of the straw into the plasticine to block one end
4. Insert the drinking straw with the plasticine into the mesuring cylinder such that it floast vertically
5. Remove the straw and fix the white label at 4 cm above the plasticine so that the line at the centre runs horizontally. Ensure the line is submerged under the water as shown below

Record the position of the horizontal line as indicated on the half meter rule
Lo = ..........................................cm (1 mark)
6. Also record this value in the table as L when there is no shoe tack in the straw.
Insert one shoe tack into the straw and record the new level L of the horizontal line in the table. Repeat the procedure for each number of shoe tacks indicated while recording the level each time.

Complete the values of L with number of stacks on the table below (6 marks)
 No of shoe tacks N 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Level L (cm) h = Lo - L (m)
4. On the grid provided plot a graph of h against N (4 marks)
5. Determine the slope S of the graph
6. Given the upthrust U of one shoe tack is given as U = 4πS/10000, determine the value of U (2 marks)
7. Determine the apparent weight of one shoe tack (2 marks)

Question 2

You are provided with the follwoing

• A carbon resisitor marked X
• Resistance wire marked R
• Micrometer screw gauge (to be shared)
• Voltmeter
• Ammeter
• Resistance wire mounted on a wire labelled L
• A cell, Cell holder
• Centre-zero Galvanometer
• 8 connecting wires
• jockey
1. Using the micrometer screw gauge, measure and record the diameter D of the resistance wire R provided
D...................................(m) (1 mark)
2. Setup the following circuit

1. Record the voltmeter reading when the switch is open
E=.............................................. V (1 mark)
2. Close the switch and record the voltmeter and ameter readings V and I
V=...............................................V (1 mark)
I=................................................A (1 mark)
3. Now connect the voltmeter across the carbon resistor X and record voltmeter reading V1
V1=...............................................V (1 mark)
4. Compare the values of V and Vgiving a reason why they are different (2 marks)
5. Calculate X1 given that X1 = V1/I
6. Calculate the inetrnal resistance r of the cell given that r = (E−V)/I (2 marks)
7. Calculate X2, given that E = I(X2+r)
8. Calculate X the average values of X2 and X1
3. Connect anothe circuit as shown below

1. Move the sliding pointer along the resistance wire until the galvanometer reading comes to zero. Recor L1 and L2
2. Obtain the value of the unknown resistance R given that R/X = L1/L2

Interchange the positions of  R and X and repeat the procedure in i above and acalculate the value of R using similar argument
L1......................................L2.............................................(1 mark)
4.
1. Calculate the average values of R (2 marks)
2. Given that, R= 35S/100πD(2 marks)

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