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2009 Preliminary Examination PHYSICS Higher 2 Paper 2 17 September 2009 1 hour 15 minutes
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speed of light in free space, permeability of free space, permittivity of free space, c 0 = = 3.00 x 108 m s1 4 x 107 H m1

0 = 8.85 x 1012 F m1
(1 / (36 )) x 109 F m1

elementary charge, the Planck constant, unified atomic mass constant, rest mass of electron, rest mass of proton, molar gas constant, the Avogadro constant, the Boltzmann constant, gravitational constant, acceleration of free fall,

e h u me mp R NA k G g

= = = = = = = = = =

1.60 x 1019 C 6.63 x 1034 J s 1.66 x 1027 kg 9.11 x 1031 kg 1.67 x 1027 kg 8.31 J K1 mol1 6.02 x 1023 mol1 1.38 x 1023 J K1 6.67 x 1011 N m2 kg2 9.81 m s2

uniformly accelerated motion, s

= =
= =

1 ut + 2 at 2

u 2 + 2as pV

work done on/by a gas, hydrostatic pressure, gravitational potential, displacement of particle in s.h.m., velocity of particle in s.h.m.,

W p

Gm r

x v
= = =

x0 sin t v0 cos t


2 0


resistors in series, resistors in parallel, electric potential,

alternating current/voltage, transmission coefficient,

= = =
= = =

R1 + R2 +

x T where k

1/R1 + 1/R2 +
Q 4 0 r x0 sin t exp(2kd)

8 2 m ( U E ) h2 x0 exp (t)
0.693 t1

radioactive decay, decay constant,

4 1 A toy rocket of initial mass 0.92 kg is fired vertically into the air. Its mass decreases at a constant rate of 0.18 kg s1 as the fuel burns and is ejected out as exhaust gas. The final mass of the rocket is 0.20 kg. The rocket rises to a height such that, during the flight, the gravitational field strength of the Earth may be considered to have the constant value of 9.81 N kg1. (a) Use appropriate physics law(s) to explain how the toy rocket works.

[2] (b) Calculate (i) the initial weight of the rocket,

Initial weight = (ii) the final weight of the rocket,


Final weight = (iii) the time taken for the fuel to be burned.


Time taken =


5 (c) The variation with time t of the upward force on the rocket during the first 4.0 s after firing is shown in Fig. 1.1. 20.0

15.0 upward force / N 10.0


0 0 1.0 2.0 Fig. 1.1 3.0 4.0 t/s 5.0

(i) On Fig.1.1, use the same scales to draw a graph showing the variation with time t of the total weight of the rocket during the first 5.0 s after firing. (ii) Hence read off from Fig. 1.1 the time delay between firing the rocket and lift-off. Time delay = (d) s



(i) On Fig. 1.1, shade the area of the graph which represents the change in momentum of the rocket during the first 4.0 s after the rocket is fired. (ii) Estimate the change in momentum of the rocket during the first 4.0 s.


Change in momentum =



(iii) Hence, deduce the time when the rocket will reach the highest point of its journey.

Time =


6 2 An object of mass 0.050 kg is placed on a horizontal platform and the platform is made to oscillate vertically in simple harmonic motion with an amplitude of 40 mm. The frequency of oscillation is increased gradually until the object begins to lose contact with the platform. (a) State at what point in the motion of the platform the object first loses contact with the platform. [1]


Find the lowest frequency at which this occurs.

Frequency = (c) Calculate the maximum speed of the platform.



Maximum speed = (d)

m s1


Hence, or otherwise, determine the total energy of the object at any point of the motion, assuming there is no damping.

Total energy =


7 3 (a) State what is meant by an electric field of force.

[1] (b) A wooden rod with a negatively charged metal tip is situated near a thin metal plate carrying positive charge. An uncharged metal sphere is introduced in the region between the rod and the metal plate. On Fig. 3.1, sketch the electric field pattern around the objects. + + + + + Fig. 3.1 (c) Fig. 3.2 shows two long parallel conducting plates with potentials 50 V and 50 V respectively. The plates are 2.0 mm apart. An electron enters the region at an angle = 45 with a speed v = 5.6 x 106 m s1 at a point mid-way between the plates as shown. 2.0 mm [3]


50 V x

50 V

Displacement d along plates electron

Fig. 3.2

8 (i) Describe the energy changes of the electron as it moves between the plates.

[3] (ii) Hence, or otherwise, determine the electrons closest distance of approach, x, to the 50 V plate.



(iii) On Fig. 3.3 below, sketch the variation with the displacement d along the plates of the electric potential energy, Ep, of the electron. Ep


Displacement, d

Fig. 3.3

9 4 (a) Define magnetic flux.

[1] (b) A rectangular loop of wire, of length 8.0 cm and width 5.0 cm, has a resistance of 2.0 . It is moved towards the right at a constant speed of 2.5 cm s1 through a region in which there is a uniform magnetic field of flux density 3.5 102 T. Fig. 4.1 shows the loop just entering the magnetic field at time t = 0. 2.5 cm s1 8.0 cm 5.0 cm 20 cm Fig. 4.1 (i) On Fig. 4.2, sketch a graph to show the variation with time t of the magnetic flux through the loop from t = 0 till the loop is completely out of the magnetic field. Indicate relevant values on both axes. [3]

Magnetic field into the paper

/ Wb

0 t/s

Fig. 4.2 (ii) On Fig. 4.3, sketch a graph to show the variation with time t of the induced current in the loop from t = 0 till the loop is completely out of the magnetic field. Indicate relevant values on both axes. [2]


0 t/s

Fig. 4.3

10 5 (a) Explain using band theory, the difference in the resistivities of semiconductors and insulators. Include a diagram in your answer.

[4] (b) A single semiconductor crystal can be selectively doped so that one region is n-type material and the adjacent region is p-type material. Explain how a depletion region is formed at the p-n junction.



A simple automatic sliding door consists of the steel door frame, sliding glass panels and infra-red sensors as shown in Fig. 6.1.

sliding glass panels

Infra-red photocells laser pointers Each infra-red sensor consists of an infra-red laser pointer, a photocell and a processing unit Fig. 6.1 as shown in Fig. 6.2. high resistance

Processing unit

laser pointer

emitter metal plates Fig. 6.2 The light from the laser pointer emerges from an aperture in a continuous infra-red beam and enters through an aperture in the casing of the photocell. The aperture of the laser pointer and that of the photocell are of the same size and perfectly aligned. As the beam of light strikes the emitter of the photocell, photoelectric effect takes place and causes the current through the processing unit to fall to zero. If a person walks through the door frame, he will momentarily block the laser beam from reaching the photocell. This interruption will be interpreted by the processing unit as a signal to open the sliding door. Once the person moves out of the sensor range, the beam is again transmitted to the photocell. photocell casing



Explain what is meant by photoelectric effect.

[2] (b) On Fig. 6.2, (i) (ii) label the polarities of the metal plates. [1]

trace the complete path of the current when photoelectric effect takes place in the photocell, indicating clearly the direction of the current. [1]


Explain why no current flows through the processing unit when photoelectric effect takes place.


The general design specifications of the automatic sliding door are shown in Fig. 6.3. Width of door frame Opening speed of each glass panel Closing speed of each glass panel Duration for which the door remains open Wavelength of the infra-red beam Power of the infra-red laser pointer 3000 mm 0.70 m s1 0.50 m s1 10.0 s 750 nm 4.0 mW


Fig. 6.3. A man is moving slowly towards the door at 0.50 m s1. At a distance of 5.8 m away from the door, the door just begins to open. Using the data given in Fig. 6.3, determine if the door will start closing before he reaches the sensor. [2]

13 The fall in intensity of the laser beam is measured by , where

intensity of the beam at distance d from the laser pointer intensity of the beam at the aperture of the laser pointer

Fig. 6.4 shows the variation with d of .

1.00 0.98

0.96 0.94 0.92



From the graph, state the value of when the beam reaches the 2.50 photocell. 0.50 1.50 1.00 2.00 = d /m

3.00 [1]


If one in five of the incident photons ejects a photoelectron in the photocell, Fig. 6.4 calculate the current generated in the circuit.

Current =



What property of laser light makes it suitable for use in this design? [1]


The automatic sliding door design in Fig. 6.1 is impractical. A more practical design has an additional microwave sensor at the top of the door frame as shown in Fig. 6.5.

microwave sensor

Fig. 6.5


Suggest a reason why the additional sensor is needed.

[1] (g) Name one other application that uses the photoelectric effect.


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