Physics Paper 1 Questions and Answers - MECS Cluster Joint Mock Examinations 2022

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  1. The figure below shows a section of a micrometer screw guage with a thimble scale of 50 divisions. When the spindle is in contact with the anvil, the device reads 0.25mm. If the screw guage is used to measure the diameter of a spherical ball, state the actual diameter of the ball. (2marks)
  2. When washing clothes, it is easier to remove the dirt using soap in warm water than cold water. Explain. (1marks)
  3. The diagram below shows a funnel inverted over a light pith ball on a table. Air is blown into the funnel as indicated on the diagram.
    State and explain what is likely to be observed. (2 marks)
  4. A car of mass 800 kg is initially moving at 25 m/s. Calculate the force needed to bring the car to the rest over a distance of 20 m. (3marks)
  5. The figure below shows water flowing through two sections A and B of a pipe having x-sectional areas of 8cm2 and 2cm2, respectively.
    1. Mark the appropriate level of water in the manometer B (1mark)
    2. The velocity of water as it flows past the wider section of the pipe is 0.6ms-1. Calculate the velocity at the narrower section. (2marks)
  6. A piece of metal weighs 3N in air and 2N when totally immersed in water. Calculate the volume of the metal. (Density of water = 1000Kg/m3) (3marks)
  7. On the axis provided below, Sketch velocity — time graph of a body moving down a viscous fluid. (1marks)
  8. A uniform half meter rule is supported by force of 3N and 2N as shown in the figure below.
    Determine the weight of the half meter rule (3marks)
  9. Explain why water in a pond may freeze on the surface only but not deep inside the pond. (1mark)
  10. A ball is thrown upwards and returns to its starting point after 6 seconds. Calculate the maximum height reached (g=10m/s2) (2marks)
  11. The figure below shows a cylindrical container having hot water at 95ºC. End A is shiny while end B is dull black. At equal distances from the container is placed two identical gas jars fitted with thermometers X and Y.
    1. Compare the readings of the two thermometers after two minutes (1 mark)
    2. Give a reason for your answer in (i) above (1 mark)
  12. Two ships moving parallel close to each other are likely to collide. Explain (1mark)
  13. State one physical property of a material medium which may be used to measure temperature. (1mark)
    1. Define the term heat capacity (1mark)
    2. You are provided with the apparatus shown in the figure below and stop watch
      Describe an experiment to determine the specific latent heat of vaporization of water using the set up. In your answers clearly explain the measurements to be made and how these measurements would be used. (4marks)
    3. A block of metal of mass 150g at 100ºC is dropped into a lagged calorimeter of heat capacity 40JK-1 containing 100g of water at 25ºC. The temperature of the resulting mixture is 34ºC. (Specific heat capacity of water=4200JK-1)
      1. Heat gained by calorimeter; (2marks)
      2. Heat gained by water; (1mark)
      3. Heat lost by the metal block; (1mark)
      4. Specific heat capacity of the metal block (3marks)
    1. In a car, the engine drives an alternator which produces electricity that lights the headlights. List the energy changes involved. (2marks)
    2. What is the power output of a pump which can raise 60kg of water to a height of 10m every minute? (2marks)
    3. If the efficiency of the pump in 15(b) is 80%, how much power must be supplied? (2marks)
      1. The figure below shows an inclined plane and a load of mass 15kg pulled by an effort of 100N.
        Find the efficiency of the machine (3marks)
      2. Draw a single pulley arrangement with a velocity ratio of 2. (1mark)
    1. A glass capillary contains enclosed air by a thread of mercury 15cm long when the tube is horizontal, the length of the enclosed air column 24cm as shown.
      What is the length of the enclosed air column when the tube is vertical with the open end uppermost if the atmosphere pressure is 750mmHg? (2marks)
      Explain why the mercury does not run out when the tube is vertical with the closed end uppermost. (1mark)
    2. Explain why an air bubble increase in volume as it rises from the bottom of a lake to the surface. (2 marks)
    3. When an inflated balloon is placed in a refrigerator it is noted that its volume reduces, use the kinetic theory of gases to explain this observation.(2marks)
    4. A certain mass of hydrogen gas occupies a volume of 1.6m^3 at a pressure of 1.5 × 105 Pa and a temperature of 22ºc. Determine the volume when the temperature is 0ºc at a pressure of 0.8×105 Pa. (3marks)
    1. State Archimedes principle. (1 mark)
    2. A block of wood measuring 0.8m by 0.5m by 2m floats in water. 1.2m of the block is submerged.(density of water is 1gcm3)
      1. Determine the weight of the water displaced. (2 marks)
      2. Find the force required to just make the block fully submerged. (3 marks)
    3. A balloon weighs 10N and has a gas capacity of 2m3. The gas in the balloon has a density of 0.1kg/m3. If density of air is 1.3kgm-3, calculate the resultant force of the balloon when it is floating in air. (3 marks)
    1. The moon goes round the earth at constant speed. Explain why it is true to say that the moon is accelerating. (1 mark)
    2. A string of negligible mass has a bucket tied at the end. The string is 60cm long and the bucket has a mass of 45g. The bucket is swung horizontally making 6 revolutions per second. Calculate:
      1. The angular velocity. (1 mark)
      2. The centripetal acceleration. (2 marks)
      3. The tension on the string. (2 marks)
      4. The linear velocity. (1 mark)
    3. A ball of mass 100g is dropped from a height of 1.25m above the ground surface. It rebounds to a height of 1.1m. Calculate
      1. Velocity of the ball before impact. (3 marks)
      2. Force of impact if the ball is in contact with the surface for 0.2S (g = 10N/kg). (3marks)


  1. Reading =2.96mm√ 1mk
    Actual diameter =2.96-0.25
    = 2.71mm√
  2. Warming lowers the surface tension of water increasing the wetting ability of water.
  3. The pith ball rises
    Air flows at higher velocity in the narrow section reducing the pressure. Pressure difference lifts the ball.
  4. U = 25,V=0,S=20 
    V= U22+2aS 
    1. Level below that of A
    2. a1 v1 = a2 v2
      8 x10 -4 x 0.6 = 2 x 10-4 v2
      V2 =8 x 0.6/2
      = 2.4 m/s
  6. Upthrust = 3N – 2N = 1N
    Upthrust = weight of water displaced
    1 = ρg v
    1 = 1000x10xV
    V= 1 x10-4 m3

  8. 10
    MA = MC
    (2 x 0.45 ) + (0.2W) = 3x 0.35
    0.9 + 0.2W = 1.05
    W = 0.15/0.2
    = 0.75 N
  9. Ice being less dense floats on the surface of the pod while warm water sinks at the bottom since its more denser.
  10. a = -10 , V = 0 , t = 3 ,S= ?
    U = V – at = 0 – (-10x3) = 30m/s
    S = ut + ½ at2
    = (30x3) + ½ x10 x 32
    = 90 - 45
    = 45 m
    1. Thermometer Y reads a higher temperature than thermometer X
    2. Dull black surfaces are better heat emitters than shiny surfaces.
  12. Air in between them moves at a higher velocity lowering the pressure below atmospheric pressure which pushes them together causing a likely collision.
  13. Wide range of temperature
    Doesn’t wet glass
    1. Heat energy required to change the temperature of a given mass of a body by one Kelvin
    2. Measurement of;
      Initial and final masses of water and calorimeter √
      Time taken to evaporate a given amount of water √
      Determination of amount of water that evaporated. √
      Equating heat given out by the heater=heat used to evaporate the calculated mass of steam.√
      Pt = mlv
      1. C∆T=40x(34-25)=40x9=360J
      2. MWCW∆ T
        100 x 10-2 x 4.2 x 103(34-25)=3780J
      3. 360+3780
      4. 150x10-3xCmx66=4140
        Cm =       4140       
        = 418J/kg/K
    1. Mechanical → Electrical → Light
    2. power = work done
      = mgh
      = 60 x 10 x 10
      = 100J/S or 100W
    3. Efficiency = Work out put x 100
                           Work input
      80% = 100W x 100
      P = 10000W
      = 125W
    4. M.A = L/E= 150/100 = 1.5
      Eff = MA/VR x 100 = 1.5/2 x 100 = 75%

    1. 11     
      1. P1V1=P2V2
        24×750= (750+15)V2
        V2= 24×75o =23.53cm
      2. The mercury does not run out because the upwards atmospheric pressure in the mercury column is greater than the downward pressure due to the enclosed air and its own mass
    2. At the bottom of the lake, the bubble is under the pressure of water column + the atmospheric pressure on the surface of water. As the bubble rises the depth of the water column decreases resulting into a decrease in pressure which in turn causes a increase in volume since PV=a constant (Boyle’s law)
    3. Low temperature reduces the kinetic energy of molecules which lead to lower rate of collision which results to reduction of pressure.
    4. P1V1/T1=P2V2/T2
      1.5×105×1.6 = 0.8×105×V2
           295                  273
      V2= 2.776cm3
    1. When a body is fully or partially immersed in a fluid it experiences an up thrust force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced
      1. Weight = ρgV
        = 1,000 x10 x (0.8x0.5x1.2)
        = 4,800N
      2. Upthrust = ρgV
        =1,000 x 10 x ( 0.8x0.5x2)
        Extra force = 8,000 -4,800
    3. upthrust = ρgV
      = 1.3 x 10 x 2
      Weight of gas = ρVg
      =0.1 x 2 x10
      Total weight = 10+2 =12N
      Resultant force = 26 – 12 =14N
    1. The direction is continuously changing. This implies change in velocity hence acceleration.
      1. ω=2πf=2×3.142×6=37.704rad/s
      2. a= v2/= rω2=37.704×37.704×0.6=852.955m/s2 
      3. T=Fc=mrω2=0.045×0.6×37.704×37.704=38.38N
      4. V=rω=0.6×37.704=22.62m/s
      1. V² = U² + 2as 
        U = 0
        V² = 2 x 10 x 1.25 
        V = 5m/s 
      2. F = mV - mU
        Rebound velocity = V
        Kinetic energy = Potential energy gained
        ½mV2 = mgh
        V2 = √2gh = √2 x 10 x 1.1
        = 4.69m/s
        F= 0.1(4.69 - 5) = -0.155N

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