1. Ans: D
Reasoning: % uncertainty = (0.00005 / 0.00160) x 100% = 3 % (1 sf)
2. Ans: C
Reasoning:
Electron accelerates across potential difference of 1000 V.
Hence, energy = qV = 1.6 x 10
19
x 1000 = 1.6 x 10
16
J
3. Ans: C
Reasoning:
Gradient of a velocitytime graph gives acceleration.
Initially constant gradient, subsequently gradient increases and then decreases to
zero.
4. Ans: D
Reasoning:
1
1
At 3 s, taking upwards as positive:
19.6 ( 9.81)(3) 9.83 m s
9.81 m s
(option C is incorrect as the velocity should be downwards, hence negative)
At 5 s, taking upwards as positive:
1
v u at
a
v u at
= + = + =
=
= + =
1
1
9.6 ( 9.81)(5) 29.45 m s
9.81 m s a
+ =
=
5. Ans: C
Reasoning:
1
1
2 2 1
40cos45 28.28 m s
40sin45 ( 9.81)(5) 20.77 m s
35 m s
o
x x
o
y
x y
v u
v
v v v
= = =
= + =
= + =
6. Ans: D
Reasoning: Weight is the only force and it is providing for the centripetal force during
the orbit.
7. Ans: A
Reasoning:
Using COM:
1 (0.100 ) 4 ( 0.050 ) 1 ( ) 4 ( ) (1)
Using relative velocity of approach = relative velocity of seperation:
0.100 ( 0.050 )
p He
p He He p
He p
u c u c u v u v
u u v v
c c v v
+ = +
=
=
0.15 (2)
sub (2) into (1):
1 (0.100 ) 4 ( 0.050 ) 1 ( ) 4 (0.15 )
0.100 5 0.6
0.140
He p
p p
p
p
v c v
u c u c u v u c v
c v c
v c
= +
+ = + +
= +
=
0.15 0.140 0.010
He
v c c c = =
8. Ans: C
Reasoning: In equilibrium, the resultant force on the object must be zero, hence
option A, B and D are correct.
Ans C is not correct as the torque by vertical forces is anticlockwise (direction) while
the torque by horizontal forces is clockwise. Torque is a vector, hence direction
matters.
9. Ans: B
Reasoning:
Gfield negligible effect as acceleration due to gravity is only 9.81 m s
2
Efield for the particle to experience a force upwards towards the region of higher
potential, the particle has to be negatively charged
Bfield using FLHR, Bfield points downwards, force experience is out of the page,
hence current must be directed to the left. Hence, the particle must be negatively
charged as current flows in the direction of positive charges.
10. Ans: D
Reasoning:
Archimedes Principle states that the upthrust experienced by an object partially or
entirely immersed in a fluid is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object.
( )
(34000 22.0)(930)(9.81)
1030(9.81)
(34000 22.0)(930)(9.81)
1030(9.81) 36500
18.5 m
sea oil
oil oil
V g mg
V g
V
V
h
A
=
=
=
=
=
11
earth
2
GPE
When is decreased, P falls to lower plate decreases
Hence GPE becomes more negative i.e. decreases.
p
GM m
R
V R
=
Electric force must be directed upwards to balance weight. Hence E field must be
directed upwards since charge is positive. Thus lower plate is at a high potential
and upper plate is at a low potential.
As charge moves down, V ve EPE q V ve = + = = + . Hence EPE increases
Thus Option B
F
Weight
Upthrust
E Field
+V
0 V
12 Along level road, driving force is used to overcome friction i.e.
friction
1
(200)(20)
4000 W
For every 8 m travelled along the slope, the car gains 1 m in elevation.
If car is travelling at 20 m s along slope, then car must be gaining elevation
P Fv
=
=
=
1
friction
at 2.5 m s
Power required up slope Increase in GPE per unit time
(800)(9.81)(2.5) 4000
23.6 kW
P
= +
= +
=
Thus Option D
13
( )
( ) ( )
( )
engines Drag
2
engines
3 3
3
3 3
3
3
engines
3 3
1
Power
Power
2 36 10 12
2 36 10
41.67 W m s
12
Power
36 10 41.67
9.52 m s
F v
kv v
k
k
kv
v
v
=
=
=
= =
=
=
=
Thus Option D
14 There are only 3 forces acting on the child:
1) Weight: directed downwards.
2) Normal Contact Force: directed upwards to balance weight.
3) Friction which provides the centripetal force since child undergoes
circular motion. Centripetal force is a resultant force not a new force.
Thus Option A.
15
( )
( )
6
1
2
6.38 10
24 60 60
463.9 m s
V r
=
=
=
Thus Option D
16
( ) ( )
( )
2
2
2
Consider gravitational force on mass 2
2
3
2
9
Gravitational force on mass is the same in magnitude, opposite in direction.
2
0.22 Option A
9
M
G M M
x
GM
x
M
k
=
=
= =
17
'
GPE of satellite (1)
Total Energy of satellite (2)
For satellite at distance ,
GPE 3.2 MJ
Total Energy 1.6 MJ
2
For satellite at distance 2 ,
Total Energy
2
GM
r
GM
r
r
GM
r
GM
r
r
GM
r
=
=
= =
= =
=
( )
2 2
0.80 MJ
Thus Option B
GM
r
=
=
18
1
2 2 rad s
Thus Option C
f n
= =
19 For gravitational force
where is gravitational potential energy.
For electric force
where is the electric potential energy.
Hence we can expect for the case here,
d
(True for
g
E
p
dU
F U
dr
d
F
dr
E
F
dr
=
=
=
' 2
conservative forces)
since (actually this is the spring force and it is conservative)
is of the form
Hence Option A
p
F kx
E k x
=
20 One molecule of water contains 2 hydrogen atoms.
One mole of water contain N
A
molecules of water and thus 2N
A
of H atoms
Thus Option D.
21. Ans: B
Reasoning:
When the gas expands, the work done on the system is negative.
When the gas cool, there is a drop in temperature. Since internal energy is
proportional to temperature, the change in internal energy is negative.
No mention of heat supplied to the system, therefore q = 0
22. Ans: C
Reasoning:
Since the volume of air is trapped in a tube with one end opened and one end closed,
the difference in length is:
= L
1
= L
2
Difference in lengths, L
2
 L
1
=
Therefore wavelength of sound = 2(L
2
 L
1
)
23. Ans: A
Reasoning:
Using equation,
x = x
o
sin t
0.5 = 1 sin t
t = /6
Therefore, angle between P and Q is 30
24. Ans: D
Reasoning:
Using equation,
x = D/a
Equivalence of terms to be used in context of question:
x = v/f ; D=H, a= d
Therefore, v/f = H/d => = (dv)/(fH)
25. Ans:A
Reasoning:
Since the electric field is pointing away from the positive source charges, the
equivalence of the electric field must be pointing towards A.
26. Ans: B
Reasoning:
Given, P = I
2
R and p = I
2
r; where r is the internal resistance of battery
By conservation of energy,
e.m.f. = I (R+r)
= (P + p)/I
27. Ans: C
Reasoning:
Resistance of component is given as R = V/I
At Current I
x
, R
x
=V
x
/I
x
At Current I
y
, R
y
=V
y
/I
y
Therefore, change in resistance is R
x
R
y
= V
x
/I
x
 V
y
/I
y
28. Ans: C
Reasoning:
For one row of resistors (in series), the effective resistance is NR
1 1 1 1 1 1
...
1 1
1 1
total
total
total
total
R NR NR NR NR NR
N
R NR
R R
R R
= + + + +
=
=
=
29. Ans: A
Reasoning:
Effective resistance across voltmeter = (6000
1
+ 2000
1
)
1
= 1500
By potential divider method, V
voltmeter
=
1500
12
1500 2000
5.14 V
=
+
=
30. Ans: C
Reasoning:
By using Flemings left hand rule, the particle must be positively charged such that
the force acting on the motion of the particle is always perpendicular to the path.
(path is clockwise direction).
Since the radius of the path is decreasing, it is noted that the speed of the particle
must reduce.
For the moving charge, F=Bqv
This force provides for centripetal force of F = mv
2
/r
Therefore, Bqv = mv
2
/r
B = mv/(qr)
Since magnetic field B is constant (mass of particle and charge of particle also do not
change), if the radius of the path is decreasing, the speed of the particle must reduce
in proportion.
31. Ans: C
Reasoning:
The current in coil X and coil Y flow in opposite direction to each other.
For a flat circular coil, the magnetic flux density at the centre of the coil is given by
r
NI
B
o
2
=
24.1 N (3 sf)
Force calculated is a positive value i.e. force acting on ball is directed towards the left.
=
(c)
The relative speed of approach between the ball and the wall before
collision is not equal to the relative speed of separation between the ball
and the wall after collision. Hence collision is inelastic.
Alternatively,
The KE of the wall before and after collision is zero. The KE of the ball after
collision is lesser than the KE of the ball before collision. Hence the total
KE of the system i.e. ball + wall, is lower after collision. Thus KE is not
conserved i.e. collision is inelastic.
(d) The time taken for the ball to fall a vertical distance of 1.8 m is equal to the
time taken by the ball on its flight up. Since the horizontal speed has
decreased after collision, the horizontalndistance covered by the ball after
collision will be lesser compared to the horizontal distance covered by the
ball before collision. Hence ball will not rebound to pint on ground where it
was launched.
Q3 (a) There is uneven distribution of mass in the boat.
(b) Vector sum or resultant of the forces was zero.
Vector sum of the moments or torque about the same axis was zero.
(c)
Take moments about position of rope 1,
T
2
(2.00) = 15000(0.75)
T
2
= 5625 N
T
1
= 15000 5625 = 9375 N
Q4
ai) Diffraction Diffraction is the phenomenon of bending of waves when they travel
through a small opening or when they pass round a small obstacle. Since diffraction
grating has slits that resemble small openings, waves get diffracted as they pass through
the slits. (need to answer to the context of question)
aii) Coherence Two waves are considered as coherent when they have constant phase
difference between them. (Note: For light waves, it is impossible to get coherent light
waves unless they start from the same source. This is that there are very frequent
irregularities in the wave created by any light source, and these irregularities cannot
possibly be matched in the light from even two apparently identical but separate laser
beam sources. )
aiii) Superposition The Principle of Superposition states that when two waves of the
same kind meet at a point in space, the resultant displacement at that point is the vector
sum of the displacements that the two waves would separately produce at that point.
bi)
Using equation dsin = n
d = 1x10
3
/500 = 2 x 10
6
m
n = 2
= 650 nm (largest wavelength to find maximum angle)
d sin = n
2 x 10
6
sin = 2 (650 x 10
9
)
= 40.5
bii)
For minimum angle, = 350 nm
d sin = n
2 x 10
6
sin = 3 (350 x 10
9
)
= 31.7
biii) A problem with viewing the second or third order maxima of the white light with
this diffraction grating is that there is overlapping of orders such that it is difficult to
identify clearly the correct orders.
Q5
a) Using equation,
1 2
2
19 19
15 2
4
1.6 10 1.6 10
57.6N
4 (2.0 10 )
o
o
QQ
F
r
F
=
= =
b) The shaded area of the graph represents the work done by an external force in bringing
particle P
1
from infinity to a distance of 2.0 x 10
15
m away from P
2
.
c) When fusion occurs (assuming exorthermic), the product has lesser mass than the
reactants. Therefore, energy available is due to the increase in mass defect (final total
mass is less than initial total masses). This energy can be referred as the binding energy
released when the two particles fuse in the form of kinetic energy of the product or
electromagnetic radiation (e.g. gamma radiation).
(Note that in nuclear physics, energy includes E= mc
2
, i.e. massenergy conservation)
(you should not answer to energy transformation before fusion occurs)
Q6 (a) Since field and the coil are at right angles,
Magnetic flux linkage = NBA = (15) ( 0.018) (0.3)(0.24)
= 0.01944
= 0.019 Wb
(b) (i) Due to the decreasing magnetic field from t = 2.0 s to 6.0 s, there is a
decrease in magnetic flux linkage to the coil. Hence there is induced e.m.f and
according to Faradays law, the induced e.m.f is directly proportional to the
rate of change of magnetic flux linkage.
(ii)
d
dt
= = 
( ) d NBA dB
NA
dt dt
=
magnitude of induced e.m.f = 
dB
NA
dt

= (15) (0.3)(0.24)
0.018
( )
4.0
= 4.86 x 10
3
= 4.9 x 10
3
V (2 s.f)
(iii)
t/s
4.9 x 10
3
2.0 4.0
6.0 8.0
E/V
Q7 (a) At volume V
1
= 2.0 x 10
3
m
3
, Pressure P
1
= 1.0 x 10
5
Pa,
P
1
V
1
= 200 Pa m
3
At volume V
2
= 8.0 x 10
4
m
3
, Pressure P
2
= 4.0 x 105 Pa
P
2
V
2
= 320 Pa m
3
Considering the ideal gas equation PV = nRT. Since R is a constant, and the
mass of the gas is constant, n (number of moles of gas) is constant therefore PV
is directly proportional to temperature, T. When gas is compressed to V
2
= 8.0 x
10
4
m
3
, P
2
V
2
> P
1
V
1
, hence T
2
>T
1
temperature at the reduced volume would be
greater. Temperature of the air increases.
(b) pV c
=
apply lg on both sides of equation;
lg lg lg
lg lg lg
p V c
p V c
+ =
= +
A graph of lg p versus lg V can be plotted. If the relationship is true, a straight line
graph will be obtained with lg c as the vertical intercept and as the gradient.
(c) (i) From Fig 7.2, when V = 1.00 x 10
3
m
3
, P = 2.65 x 10
5
Pa,
lg (2.65 x 10
5
) = 5.42
(ii) When V = 1.00 x 10
3
, lg P = lg (1.00 x 10
3
) = 3.0
(iii) Gradient =
5.40 5.06
2.97 ( 2.75)
= 1.545 = 1.55 = 
= 1.55
using ( 2.97, 5.40),
y = mx + c
5.40 = (1.545) (2.97) + c
vertical intercept, c = 0.81135 = lg c
lg c = 0.81135
c = 6.476
= 6.48
(iv)
_ _ _ _
3.85
_ _ _ _
Volume of gas before compression
Volume of gas after compression
=
3
3 3
2.00 10
3.85
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ 0.519 10
Volume of gas after compression
Volume of gas after compression m
=
=
By extending the graph, and checking for value of T when V = 0.519 x 10
3
m
3
From the graph, T = 535 K
(v) From the first law of thermodynamics U Q W = + . During the explosion,
expansion of the gas occurs rapidly so W is negative at a very short period of
time and there is very little time for heat exchange. Change in internal energy
of the gas therefore becomes negative rapidly as gas expands rapidly, and
hence temperature of the gas falls rapidly.
Paper 3
Q1 (a) Simple harmonic motion (S.H.M.) is defined as the oscillatory motion of a
particle whose acceleration a is always directed towards a fixed point and is
directly proportional to its displacement x from that fixed point.
(b) (i) (1) w = 2f = 2(620) = 3896 rad s
1
(2) a =  w
2
x
o
=  (3896)
2
(0.21 x 10
3
) =  3200 m s
1
(ii) A straight line with negative gradient, cutting the xaxis at the origin
and with ends of the line at coordinates (0.21,  3200 m s
1
) and
(0.21, 3200 m s
1
).
(c) If the frequency produced by the loudspeaker is equal to the natural
frequency of the vibration of the cone of the loudspeaker, resonance
occurs. There is maximum transfer of energy and the cone vibrates
with maximum amplitude. This is not desirable .
Q2 (a) (i)
4.5 (2.5)
1.8 (2 sf)
V IR
R
R
=
=
=
(ii)
( )
( )
8
2
3
3
Resistance of 1 turn of solenoid
1.6 10 0.088
0.30 10
4.979 10
Resistance of solenoid 1.8
l
A
=
=
3
no. of turns resistance of each turn 1.8
1.8
no. of turns
4.979 10
361.4
360 turns (2 sf)
=
=
(iii) 360
No. of turns per unit length is
0.120
3000 turns per metre (3 sf)
=
=
(b) (i) 1 Tesla is defined as the magnetic flux density of a uniform magnetic
field when a wire of length 1m, carrying a current of 1A, placed
perpendicular to the field, experiences a force of 1N in a direction at
right angles to both the field and the current.
(ii)
( ) ( )
o
7
3
4 10 3000 2.5
9.42 10 T (3 sf)
B nI
=
=
=
(c) (i)
7 o
7 1
7 1
4.0 10 cos30
3.46 10 m s
3.5 10 m s (2 sf)
x
U
=
=
(ii)
7 o
7 1
4.0 10 sin30
2.0 10 m s (2 sf)
y
U
=
=
(d) When the moving charge enters the magnetic field, it experience a
magnetic force of magnitude
B
F qvB = .
This magnetic force acts in a direction that is perpendicular to the field and
the charges velocity.
Since the force and hence accelerations acts perpendicularly to the
charges velocity, the charge will undergo circular motion with the magnetic
force providing the centripetal force.
Hence,
2
2
B
mv
F
r
mv
qvB
r
mv
r
qB
=
=
=
(e) Electron on entering the solenoid will travel in a helical path.
Radius of helical path,
31 7
19 3
(9.11 10 )(2.0 10 )
(1.6 10 )(9.42 10 )
0.01208
1.2 cm (2 sf)
y
mv
r
qB
=
=
=
Since radius of helical path is smaller than radius of solenoid, electron will
not collide with wall of solenoid.
Q3
(a) Using Debroglies equation:
= 2.76 1u
1u
N s
(b) For this question, it would be useful to memorise the equation relating Kinetic
energy to momentum. However, it is also very easy to derive the formula yourself.
Using Conservation of energy,
Gain in Kinetic energy = Loss in Potential energy
v = 26.1 v
Q4
(a) The decay equation for Cobalt60 when it undergoes beta decay is ,
where represents the resulting daughter nucleus from the reaction.
These daughter nucleus REMAIN inside the box, such the number of nuclei inside the box IS
CONSTANT.
i.e. At any given time,
number of( ) nuclei + number of( ) nuclei = INITIAL number of( ) nuclei
The halflife of
60
Co should more correctly be defined as the time taken for the number of
60
Co to decay to one half of its initial value.
(more generally, the halflife of a particular nuclide is defined as the time taken for the
number of that
particular nuclide to decay to one half of its initial value.)
(b) N = (total mass)/(mass of 1 cobalt60 atom)
= = 4.3159 10
13
atoms
Thus A = N = N
t
= N ln 2 / A = (4.315910
13
) ln 2 / 1.8 10
5
Bq
=1.66 10
8
s = 5.27 yrs.
Alt, N = nN
A
, where n is number of moles, N
A
is Avogadros number
n = M/M
M
, where M
M
is the molar mass.
For
60
Co, M
M
= 60 g = 0.060 kg
n = 4.310
12
/ 0.060 = 7.167 10
11
mol
N = nN
A
= = 4.3159 10
13
atoms, same as before.
Q5
(a)(i) The gravitational field strength at a point is defined as the (gravitational) force PER
unit mass acting on an object placed there.
(n.b. it is NOT defined as the force acting ON A UNIT MASS).
(ii) Newtons law of gravitation states that the gravitational force of attraction between 2
point masses is directly proportional to the product of the masses and inversely
proportional to the square of the separation between them.
This can be mathematically expressed as .
Hence, Gravitational field strength, (shown)
(b)(i) Density
= 2.526810
17
= 2.5310
17
kg m
3
(3s.f.)
(b)(ii)
Disclaimer:
Neutron stars are NOT explicitly within the Alevel syllabus, and this part of the question
is intended to discriminate the better students.
Even so, many will probably not score for this part as it represents a somewhat difficult 3
marks to score.
Based on the examiners report, the answers expected from students require them to
1recognize what a neutron star is, &
2recognize that neutron star density is greater towards the core due to compression of the
outer layers.
This is NOT COMMON KNOWLEDGE, and even within an introductory nuclear
physics course in the university it is taught that nuclear matter has an approximately
constant density, which might lead one to INCORRECTLY conclude the same of a
neutron star.
Online sources do confirm variation in the density of neutron stars
(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron_star#Structure;
http://www.astro.umd.edu/~miller/nstar.html ).
Outright wrong answers revolve around variation of density due to the different densities
of rock/soil/magma material etc, as even a typical star will not be comprised of such solid
material.
However, knowledge that a typical gaseous star will experience variations in density and
pressure due to the inner layers experiencing greater compression due to the outer layers
can be used and extended to neutron stars to arrive at the same conclusion
(The nofure of fhe force resisfing furfher compression is vosfIy differenf for o fypicoI
goseous sfor os compored fo o neufron sfor fhough.
In o neufron sfor, if is fhe neufron degenerocy pressure due fo fhe PouIiExcIusion principIe
fhof resisfs furfher compression)
Students are instead invited to visit the website:
http://www.universetoday.com/24219/whatisaneutronstar/ for a brief introduction to
neutron stars as well as simple explanation as to how they form. The insight gained is
worth more than a model answer to parrot.
(c)(i)
The gravitational field strength at the surface of a neutron star,
= 1.2006 10
12
= 1.20 10
12
N kg
1
(3 s.f.)
(c)(ii)
Centripetal acceleration, a = r
2
= r = (1.7 10
4
)
= 1.5218 10
7
= 1.52 10
7
m s
2
(3 s.f.)
(c)(iii)
The gravitational acceleration determined in (i) is greater than the centripetal acceleration
necessary to keep it in orbit at that radius, as calculated in part (ii).
This suggests that not only would a particle at the surface NOT leave the surface, but an
additional force is required in the OUTWARD direction if the particles continue to orbit
at that particular radius.
[the resultant motion for any situation where the actual force experienced exceeds the
necessary centripetal force will not be circular motion at constant radius but might
instead be a inward spiraling motion ]
Consider the analogy of a person standing at the equator vs a satellite in orbit
For the satellite, mg = mv
2
/r, where g is the gravitational field strength at distance
r from the centre.
For the person at the equator, (mg N) = mv
2
/R, where R is the radius of the planet
and N is the normal contact force in the outward direction acting against mg to make
the resultant (mg N) just sufficient to provide for the centripetal force but not
exceed it)
(d)
Disclaimer:
The Bremsstrahlung process is technically NOT in the Alevel syllabus, although
students are introduced to it as the mechanism responsible for the continuous portion of
the Xray spectrum produced when electrons are accelerated towards a metal target.
The characteristic lines are explained using quantum theory, whilst the continuous
portion of the Xray spectrum relies on classical Maxwells Electromagnetic Theory
which is well beyond the Alevel syllabus. Students cannot be expected to perform
calculations but can at least be expected to describe the Bremsstrahlung process of an
accelerating charged particle radiating EM radiation.
The suggested answer should revolve around the idea that protons are (positively)
charged particles, and when subjected to large (gravitational) acceleration of a neutron
star, will produce E.M. radiation via the Bremsstrahlung process, as with any accelerating
charged particle.
Q6(a) Fig 6.1 shows the velocity time graph of a ball during its upward motion and the
gradient of the tangent at various points on the curve is a measure of the
acceleration. The force due to air resistance is proportional to acceleration (F
drag
= ma mg). From Fig 6.1, it is evident that the gradient of the tangent decreases
with decreasing velocity, hence it can be deduced that air resistance varies with
speed.
(b) Magnitude of acceleration of free fall can be determined by drawing a tangent at
the point v = 0 as at this point, the ball is at rest instantaneously and the only
force acting on it is its weight, hence the acceleration is that of g.
(c)(i) Maximum height reached = area under velocitytime graph
= no. of squares x area of 1 square
30(2.5 x 0.25)
=18.8 m
(ii) Initial energy = KE = m v
2
= m (25
2
)
At the highest point, Final energy = GPE = mgh = m(9.81)(18.8)
2
2
1
(25 ) (9.81)(18.8)
Energy lost
2
Ratio 0.410
1
Initial KE
(25 )
2
m m
m
= = =
(d)(i) Draw tangent at v = 10 m s
1
2
17.1 2.0
Acceleration 13.5 m s
0.30 1.45
= =
(ii) At v = 10 m s
1
, the ball is travelling upwards,
Hence, F
drag
+ mg = ma
F
drag
= ma mg
= 0.350 (13 9.81)
= 1.12 N
(e)
 smooth and gentler curve with decreasing gradient
 final time must be greater than 2(1.75) = 3.5 s as ball takes a longer time to
travel down
 area bounded by the curve above and below the xaxis should be
approximately equal as the distance traveled by the ball in the upward motion
and downward motion must be equal
mg
F
drag
v
Q7 (a)
(i) One volt is the potential difference between two points in an electrical circuit
when one joule of electrical energy is converted to other forms of energy as one
coulomb of charge passes from one point to the other.
(ii) The electromotive force (e.m.f.) of a source is the energy converted from other
forms to electrical energy per unit charge delivered round a complete circuit.
The potential difference between two points in an electrical circuit is defined as
the electrical energy converted into other forms of energy per unit charge passing
from one point to the other.
(b) (i) Q = It
Q = u.24 S 6u
= 72 C
(ii) E = vQ (from aii, you are given a hint that you should be using this
equation relating energy to potential difference and
charge.)
E = 1.S 72
= 1u8 }
(iii) v = E  Ii
= 1.S  u.24 X u.2S
= 1.44 v
E = vQ
= 1.44 72
= 1u4 } (to 3 sf)
(iv) v = IR
1.44 = u.24 R
R = 6.0 (to 2 s.f.)
(c) (i) After connecting the second similar cell, there is now a total emf of 3.0 V and
total internal resistance of 0.5
vR = E  I i
u.41 R = S.u  u.41 (u.S)
R = 6.8 u (to 1 s.f.)
(ii) As current increases, temperature increases and the vibration of the lattice ions
increases. Free electrons collide more frequently with the ions. The electrons
experience more obstructions and suffer a drop in drift velocity. Resistance thus
increases.
(d) (i) The total internal resistance of 0.50 is 10
4
orders of magnitude smaller than the
resistance of the thermistor which has a range from 1800 and 4000 and hence
can be considered negligible.
(ii) 1. At 0C, R
T
= 4000
= 2.0 V
2. At 20C, R
T
= 1800
= 1.42 V
Note: from (di), we already established that internal resistance can be considered
negligible, hence we do not consider it in our working.
(iii) For the fixed resistor to have 1.2 V at 0C,
R = 6000
For the fixed resistor to have 2.4 V at 20C,
R = 450
It is not possible to substitute a different fixed resistor in the circuit to achieve this
range of potential differences as the required resistance for the fixed resistor
varies too significantly.