Physics Paper 2 Questions and Answers - Kakamega Evaluation Mock Exams 2022

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

  1. The figure shows the path of light after striking two mirrors at an angle.
    Determine the angle between the two mirrors. (1 mark)
  2. In a textile industry, the machines experience electrostatic forces at certain points. Suggest one method of reducing these forces. (1mark)
  3. A positively charged rod is brought near the cap of a leaf electroscope. The cap is then earthed momentarily by touching with the finger. Finally, the rod is withdrawn. The electroscope is found to be negatively charged. Explain how this charge is acquired. (2 marks)
    1. The figure shows a conductor carrying current placed within the magnetic field of two magnets.
      Complete the diagram by showing the field pattern and the direction of force F that acts on the conductor. (2 marks)
    2. State the reason why soft iron is used as a core of the coil of an electric bell. (1 mark)
  5. The figure shows wave fronts in a ripple tank approaching a shallow region in the tank.
    Complete the diagram to show the wave fronts as they pass over the shallow region and after leaving the region. (2 marks)
  6. State one advantage of a lead-acid accumulator over a nickel-iron accumulator. (1 mark)
  7. Four bars of metal W, X, Y and Z are tested for magnetism. X attracts both W and Y but not Z. Z does not attract W, X or Y. W and Y sometimes attract one another and sometimes repel one another. State the conclusion you can draw about:
    1. Bar W (1 mark)
    2. Bar X (1 mark)
  8. An observer watching a fireworks display sees the light from an explosion and hears the sound 4 seconds later. Determine how far the explosion was from the observer. (Speed of sound in air 330m/s). (3marks)
  9. An object placed 15cm from a convex lens forms an upright image which is magnified two times. Determine the focal length of the lens. (2 marks)
    1. The figure shows light travelling from a less dense medium to a more dense medium.
      Show the direction of the refracted ray. (1 mark)
    2. State any one condition necessary for total internal reflection to take place. (1 mark)
  11. An electric bulb rated, 40W is operating on 240V mains. Determine the resistance of its filament. (2 marks)
  12. The graph shows the variation of capacitance of a capacitor with voltage supplied across it.
    Use the graph to determine the quantity of charge stored in the capacitor. (3marks)
  13. The box contains names of seven parts of electromagnetic spectrum.
    Radio waves Microwaves Infra-red Visible light Ultra violet X-rays Gamma rays
    State the order in which they have been written. (1mark)

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

    1. P-type and n-type semiconductors are made from a pure semiconductor by a process known as “doping”
      1. State what is meant by doping. (1 mark)
      2. Explain how the doping produces an n-type semiconductor. (2 marks)
    2. Sketch a circuit diagram that can be used to investigate p-n junction diode characteristics. (2marks)
    3. The figure below shows an electric circuit.
      When the switch, S is closed, the voltmeter shows a reading. When the cell terminals are reversed, the voltmeter reading is zero. Explain these observations. (2 marks)
    4. Study the figure and use it to answer questions that follow.
      1. Briefly explain how the circuit works to produce a rectified alternating current. (3marks)
      2. Draw on the diagram to show the position of the capacitor. (1mark)
      3. State the function of the capacitor in the circuit. (1mark)
      4. Sketch the graph of the output as seen on a CRO screen. (1mark)
    1. A radioactive isotope showed a count rate of 82 counts per second initially. After a time of 210 seconds, the count rate dropped to 19 counts per second. The average background count remained constant at 10 counts per second. Determine the half-life of the material. (2 marks)
    2. The figure shows an experimental set up in a vacuum for investigating the effect of a magnetic field on the radiation emitted by a radio-active source.
      The background radiation at the place is 5 counts per minute. The detectors are placed a positions A, B and C respectively. Results obtained are shown in the table below.
      Positions A B C
      Counts / min 480 5 400
      Use the table to explain which of the three types of radiations are emitted from the source. (2marks)
    3. The figure shows a diffusion cloud chamber used for detecting radiations from a radioactive source.
      1. Explain how the chamber works when a radioactive particle is introduced at the source. (2 marks)
      2. State the purpose of solid carbon (IV) oxide. (1 mark)
      3. State one advantage of the cloud chamber over a G.M tube as a detector of radioactive emissions. (1 mark)
    4. State one use of radio activity in medicine. (1mark)
    1. A photocell has a cathode made of caesium metal when a monochromatic radiation is shone on the cathode photoelectrons are emitted. A graph of kinetic energy against frequency is drawn as shown in the figure.
      Use the graph to answer the questions below.
      1. State the unit of the slope. (1mark)
      2. State the physical quantity represented by point A. (1mark)
      3. Lithium metal has a higher work function than caesium. On the same axes, sketch the graph of lithium. (1mark)
      4. State what the term monochromatic means. (1mark)
    2. The maximum Kinetic energy of the electrons emitted from a metallic surface is 1.6 x 10-19J when the incident radiation is 7.5 x 1014Hz. Determine the minimum frequency of radiation for which electrons will be emitted. (Planck’s constant = 6.6 x 10-34Js) (3marks)
    1. The figure shows the features of a cathode ray oscilloscope.
      1. Name the parts A and B. State role played each of the parts A and B. (2 marks)
      2. Explain how electrons are produced. (2 marks)
      3. State one factor considered when choosing the material for the cathode. (1 mark)
    2. The figure shows the trace on the screen of an a.c signal connected to the y-plates of a C.R.O with the time base on.
      Given that the time base control is 100ms/div and the y-gain is at120V/division, determine:
      1. the frequency of the a.c signal (2 marks)
      2. the peak voltage of the input signal (2 marks)
    3. The figure shows the features of an X-ray tube.
      1. Name the parts labelled A and B. (2 marks)
      2. Explain how a change in the potential across PQ changes the intensity of the X-rays produced in the tube. (2 marks)
      3. State the property of lead which makes it suitable for use as a shielding material. (1 mark)
    1. State Lenz’s law of electromagnetic induction. (1 mark)
    2. The figure shows a coil and a magnet being removed from the coil.
      Indicate the direction of flow of current on the coil. (1 mark)
    3. The primary coil of a transformer has 1200 turns and the secondary coil has 60 turns. The transformer is connected to a 240V a.c source. Determine:
      1. the output voltage (3 marks)
      2. the output current when the primary coil has a current of 0.5A. (Assume there is no energy loses) (2 marks)
    4. One of the primary ways in which power is lost in transformers is through eddy currents. State how eddy currents can be minimized. (1 mark)
    5. Give a reason why appliances which draw current from a ring’s main circuit have a third cable connected to the earth. (1mark)
    6. Determine the cost of using an electric iron rated 1500W, for a total of 30 hours given that the cost of electricity per kWh is Ksh 8. (3 marks)


  1. Angle = 180 – (90 + 20)
    = 70º
  2. Earthling machine using spikes
  3. The positively charged rod attracts the negatives and repels the positives.
    When earthed, the negative charges flow from the earth and neutralize the positive charges .the electroscope acquires a negative charge.
    2. It is easy to magnetize and demagnetize
  6. Has a higher c.m.f. per cell than the nickel iron accumulator.
    1. Permanent magnet
    2. Magnetic material
  8. Distance = speed x time
    = 330 x 4
    = 1320m
  9. M=2
    v/u = 2
    = 30
    V= -30cm (virtual, erect image)
    1/f = 1/u + 1/-30
    = 1/151/-30
    = 2−1/301/30
    f= 30cm
    2. Angle of incidence must be greater than the critical angle.
      Ray must be passing from optically denser medium to a less dense medium.
  11. P = 40W
    V = 240V
    P = V2/R
    R = V/P
    = 2402
    = 1440Ω
  12. Q = CV
    The areas under the graph = Q
    =6 x 10-6 x 20
    =1.2 x 10-4C
  13. Increasing frequency / Reducing wavelength
      1. Introduction of an impurity into a pure semiconductor to improve its conductivity
      2. Formed by adding a pentavalent atorm (phosphorous)to a group 4 semiconductor and an extra electron is left impaired and is available for conduction Majority carriers are electrons .
    3. Diode is forward biased – current flows
      Diode is reverse biased no current flows
      1. During the first half cycle, D1 is forward biased while D2 is reverse biased
        The path taken by current is X D1 Y Z X
        During the next half cycle, D2 in forward biased while D1 is reverse biased
        The path taken by current is QD2YZQ
        During both half cycles, current flows through the resister in the same direction.
      3. Smooth the output signal
    1. N = No(½)T/t
      No = 82 - 10 = 72
      N = 19 - 10 = 9
      9 = 72(½)
      9/72 = (½)x
      1/8 = x
      x = 3 = 210/t
      t = 70seconds
      1. Alpha – heavy, less deflected by the field
      2. Gamma – no deflection just a ray
      3. Beta – lighter, deflected more in the field.
      1. The radiation ionize gas along their path.
        The alcohol vapour condense on the ions formed creating tracks.
      2. Lower the temperature in the chamber
        Thus making it possible for the alcohol vapour to condense.
      3. The nature of radiations can be identified
    4. Used to monitor the function of the thyroid gland
      Used to trace blood clots (any one)
      Used to kill harmful tissues such as cancerous cells.
      1. Joule second
      2. Threshold frequency
      4. Radiation with single wavelength
    2. K.E = hf – hfo
      1.6 x 10-19 = 6.6 x 10-34 (7.5 x 1014 – fo)
      Fo = 5.076 x 1014 Hz
        1. Grid –controls the brightness of the spot
        2. Y - plates – deflects the electron beam vertically.
      2. When the cathode is heated, electrons are emitted from it through thermionic emission which are then accelerated and focused by the anode on to the fluorescent screen.
      3. Low work function
      1. T = 4 x 100ms/div
        f = 1/T
        1400 x 10−3
        = 400ms = 2.5 Hz
      2. = m x y – gain
        = 2 x 120
        = 240V
        1. Cathode rays (fast moving electrons
        2. Copper anode
      2. Increased pid. Causes an increase in filament current hence an increase in emitted electrons leading to an increase in the intensity of X-rays (Vice versa)
      3. High density
    1. The direction of induced emf is such that the induced current which it causes to flow produces a magnetic effect that opposes the change producing it.
    2. One mark for correct direction arrow
      1. Np = 1200 
        Ns = 60 
        Vp = 240V
        Vs = Ns/Np x Vp
          60   x 240 sub
        = 12V
      2. Vs/Vp = Ip/Is
        Is = Vp/Vs x Ip
        240/12 x 0.5 = 10A
    4. Using thin sheets that are laminated as the core
    5. To earth the devise to avoid electrocution
    6.       Pt      = 1500 x 30 x 60 x 60
      3.6 x 106           3600000
      = 45 x 6
      = Kshs. 360
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