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Part A
Answer all questions in this part.
Directions (1–35): For each statement or question, choose the word or expression that, of those given, best
completes the statement or answers the question. Some questions may require the use of the 2006 Edition
Reference Tables for Physical Setting/Physics. Record your answers on your separate answer sheet.
1 Which quantities are scalar?
(1) speed and work
(2) velocity and force
(3) distance and acceleration
(4) momentum and power Answer: 1
2 A 3.00kilogram mass is thrown vertically upward
with an initial speed of 9.80 meters per second.
What is the maximum height this object will
reach? [Neglect friction.]
(1) 1.00 m (3) 9.80 m
(2) 4.90 m (4) 19.6 m Answer: 2
3 An airplane traveling north at 220. meters per
second encounters a 50.0meterspersecond
crosswind from west to east, as represented in
the diagram below.
What is the resultant speed of the plane?
(1) 170. m/s (3) 226 m/s
(2) 214 m/s (4) 270. m/s Answer: 3
4 A 160.kilogram space vehicle is traveling along a
straight line at a constant speed of 800. meters
per second. The magnitude of the net force on
the space vehicle is
Answer: 1
5 A student throws a 5.0newton ball straight up.
What is the net force on the ball at its maximum
height?
(1) 0.0 N (3) 5.0 N, down
(2) 5.0 N, up (4) 9.8 N, down Answer: 3
6 A vertical spring has a spring constant of
100. newtons per meter. When an object is
attached to the bottom of the spring, the spring
changes from its unstretched length of 0.50 meter
to a length of 0.65 meter. The magnitude of the
weight of the attached object is
(1) 1.1 N (3) 50. N
(2) 15 N (4) 65 N Answer: 2
7 A 1.5kilogram cart initially moves at 2.0 meters
per second. It is brought to rest by a constant net
force in 0.30 second. What is the magnitude of
the net force?
(1) 0.40 N (3) 10. N
(2) 0.90 N (4) 15 N Answer: 3
8 Which characteristic of a light wave must increase
as the light wave passes from glass into air?
(1) amplitude (3) period
(2) frequency (4) wavelength Answer: 4
9 As a 5.0 × 10^{2}newton basketball player jumps
from the floor up toward the basket, the
magnitude of the force of her feet on the floor is
1.0 × 10^{3} newtons. As she jumps, the magnitude
of the force of the floor on her feet is
(1) 5.0 × 10^{2} N (3) 1.5 × 10^{3} N
(2) 1.0 × 10^{3} N (4) 5.0 × 10^{5} N Answer: 2
10 A 0.0600kilogram ball traveling at 60.0 meters
per second hits a concrete wall. What speed
must a 0.0100kilogram bullet have in order to
hit the wall with the same magnitude of
momentum as the ball?
(1) 3.60 m/s (3) 360. m/s
(2) 6.00 m/s (4) 600. m/s Answer: 3
11 The Hubble telescope’s orbit is 5.6 × 10^{5} meters
above Earth’s surface. The telescope has a mass
of 1.1 × 10^{4} kilograms. Earth exerts a gravitational
force of 9.1 × 10^{4} newtons on the telescope. The
magnitude of Earth’s gravitational field strength
at this location is
(1) 1.5 × 10^{−20} N/kg (3) 8.3 N/kg
(2) 0.12 N/kg (4) 9.8 N/kg Answer: 3
12 When two point charges are a distance d apart,
the magnitude of the electrostatic force between
them is F. If the distance between the point
charges is increased to 3d, the magnitude of the
electrostatic force between the two charges will be
Answer: 1
13 A radio operating at 3.0 volts and a constant
temperature draws a current of 1.8 × 10^{−4} ampere.
What is the resistance of the radio circuit?
(1) 1.7 × 10^{4} Ω (3) 5.4 × 10^{−4} Ω
(2) 3.0 × 10^{1} Ω (4) 6.0 × 10^{−5} Ω Answer: 1
14 Which energy transformation occurs in an
operating electric motor?
(1) electrical → mechanical
(2) mechanical → electrical
(3) chemical → electrical
(4) electrical → chemical Answer: 1
15 A block slides across a rough, horizontal tabletop.
As the block comes to rest, there is an increase in
the blocktabletop system’s
(1) gravitational potential energy
(2) elastic potential energy
(3) kinetic energy
(4) internal (thermal) energy Answer: 4
16 How much work is required to move an electron
through a potential difference of 3.00 volts?
Answer: 2
17 During a laboratory experiment, a student finds
that at 20° Celsius, a 6.0meter length of copper
wire has a resistance of 1.3 ohms. The cross
sectional area of this wire is
Answer: 1
18 A net charge of 5.0 coulombs passes a point on a
conductor in 0.050 second. The average current is
Answer: 4
19 If several resistors are connected in series in
an electric circuit, the potential difference across
each resistor
(1) varies directly with its resistance
(2) varies inversely with its resistance
(3) varies inversely with the square of its
resistance
(4) is independent of its resistance Answer: 1
20 The amplitude of a sound wave is most closely
related to the sound’s
(1) speed (3) loudness
(2) wavelength (4) pitch Answer: 3
21 A duck floating on a lake oscillates up and down
5.0 times during a 10.second interval as a
periodic wave passes by. What is the frequency
of the duck’s oscillations?
(1) 0.10 Hz (3) 2.0 Hz
(2) 0.50 Hz (4) 50. Hz Answer: 2
22 Which diagram best represents the position of
a ball, at equal time intervals, as it falls freely
from rest near Earth’s surface?
Answer: 2
23 A gamma ray and a microwave traveling in a
vacuum have the same
(1) frequency (3) speed
(2) period (4) wavelength Answer: 3
24 A student produces a wave in a long spring by
vibrating its end. As the frequency of the vibration
is doubled, the wavelength in the spring is
(1) quartered (3) unchanged
(2) halved (4) doubled Answer: 2
25 Which two points on the wave shown in the
diagram below are in phase with each other?
Answer: 4
26 As a longitudinal wave moves through a medium,
the particles of the medium
(1) vibrate parallel to the direction of the wave’s
propagation
(2) vibrate perpendicular to the direction of the
wave’s propagation
(3) are transferred in the direction of the wave’s
motion, only
(4) are stationary Answer: 1
27 Wind blowing across suspended power lines may
cause the power lines to vibrate at their natural
frequency. This often produces audible sound
waves. This phenomenon, often called an
Aeolian harp, is an example of
(1) diffraction (3) refraction
(2) the Doppler effect (4) resonance Answer: 4
28 A student listens to music from a speaker in an
adjoining room, as represented in the diagram
below.
She notices that she does not have to be directly
in front of the doorway to hear the music. This
spreading of sound waves beyond the doorway is
an example of
(1) the Doppler effect (3) refraction
(2) resonance (4) diffraction Answer: 4
29 What is the minimum energy required to ionize
a hydrogen atom in the n = 3 state?
(1) 0.00 eV (3) 1.51 eV
(2) 0.66 eV (4) 12.09 eV Answer: 3
Base your answers to questions 30 and 31 on the diagram below and on your knowledge of physics. The diagram
represents two small, charged, identical metal spheres, A and B that are separated by a distance of 2.0 meters.
30 What is the magnitude of the electrostatic force exerted by sphere A on sphere B?
Answer: 2
31 If the two spheres were touched together and then separated, the charge on sphere A would be
Answer: 1
32 The horn of a moving vehicle produces a sound of constant frequency. Two stationary observers, A and C,
and the vehicle’s driver, B, positioned as represented in the diagram below, hear the sound of the horn.
Compared to the frequency of the sound of the horn heard by driver B, the frequency heard by observer A is
(1) lower and the frequency heard by observer C is lower
(2) lower and the frequency heard by observer C is higher
(3) higher and the frequency heard by observer C is lower
(4) higher and the frequency heard by observer C is higher Answer: 2
33 A different force is applied to each of four different blocks on a frictionless, horizontal surface. In which
diagram does the block have the greatest inertia 2.0 seconds after starting from rest?
Answer: 4
34 The diagram below shows a ray of monochromatic light incident on a boundary between air and glass.
Which ray best represents the path of the reflected light ray?
(1) A (3) C
(2) B (4) D Answer: 1
35 Two pulses approach each other in the same medium. The diagram below represents the displacements
caused by each pulse.
Which diagram best represents the resultant displacement of the medium as the pulses pass through each other?
Answer: 2
Part B–1
Answer all questions in this part.
Directions (36–50): For each statement or question, choose the word or expression that, of those given, best
completes the statement or answers the question. Some questions may require the use of the 2006 Edition
Reference Tables for Physical Setting/Physics. Record your answers on your separate answer sheet.
36 The diameter of an automobile tire is closest to
Answer: 2
37 The vector diagram below represents the velocity
of a car traveling 24 meters per second 35° east
of north.
What is the magnitude of the component of the
car’s velocity that is directed eastward?
(1) 14 m/s (3) 29 m/s
(2) 20. m/s (4) 42 m/s Answer: 1
38 Without air resistance, a kicked ball would reach a
maximum height of 6.7 meters and land 38 meters
away. With air resistance, the ball would travel
(1) 6.7 m vertically and more than 38 m
horizontally
(2) 38 m horizontally and less than 6.7 m
vertically
(3) more than 6.7 m vertically and less than
38 m horizontally
(4) less than 38 m horizontally and less than
6.7 m vertically Answer: 4
39 A car is moving with a constant speed of 20. meters
per second. What total distance does the car travel
in 2.0 minutes?
(1) 10. m (3) 1200 m
(2) 40. m (4) 2400 m Answer: 4
40 A car, initially traveling at 15 meters per second
north, accelerates to 25 meters per second north
in 4.0 seconds. The magnitude of the average
acceleration is
Answer: 1
41 An object is in equilibrium. Which force vector
diagram could represent the force(s) acting on
the object?
Answer: 4
42 Which combination of fundamental units can be
used to express the amount of work done on an
object?
Answer: 3
43 Which graph best represents the relationship
between the potential energy stored in a spring
and the change in the spring’s length from its
equilibrium position?
Answer: 1
44 An electric motor has a rating of 4.0 × 10^{2} watts.
How much time will it take for this motor to lift a
50.kilogram mass a vertical distance of 8.0 meters?
[Assume 100% efficiency.]
(1) 0.98 s (3) 98 s
(2) 9.8 s (4) 980 s Answer: 2
45 A compressed spring in a toy is used to launch
a 5.00gram ball. If the ball leaves the toy with an
initial horizontal speed of 5.00 meters per second,
the minimum amount of potential energy stored
in the compressed spring was
(1) 0.0125 J (3) 0.0625 J
(2) 0.0250 J (4) 0.125 J Answer: 3
46 A ray of yellow light ( f = 5.09 × 10^{14} Hz) travels
at a speed of 2.04 × 10^{8} meters per second in
(1) ethyl alcohol (3) Lucite
(2) water (4) glycerol Answer: 4
47 A bluelight photon has a wavelength of
4.80 × 10^{−7} meter. What is the energy of the
photon?
(1) 1.86 × 10^{22} J (3) 4.14 × 10^{−19} J
(2) 1.44 × 10^{2} J (4) 3.18 × 10^{−26} J Answer: 3
48 The graph below represents the relationship
between the force exerted on an elevator and the
distance the elevator is lifted.
How much total work is done by the force in
lifting the elevator from 0.0 m to 9.0 m?
Answer: 3
49 The diagram below shows waves A and B in the
same medium.
Compared to wave A, wave B has
(1) twice the amplitude and twice the wavelength
(2) twice the amplitude and half the wavelength
(3) the same amplitude and half the wavelength
(4) half the amplitude and the same wavelength Answer: 2
50 What is the quark composition of a proton?
(1) uud (3) csb
(2) udd (4) uds Answer: 1
Part B–2
Answer all questions in this part.
Directions (51–65): Record your answers in the spaces provided in your answer booklet. Some questions
may require the use of the 2006 Edition Reference Tables for Physical Setting/Physics.
51–52 Calculate the minimum power output of an electric motor that lifts a 1.30 × 10^{4}newton elevator car
vertically upward at a constant speed of 1.50 meters per second. [Show all work, including
the equation and substitution with units.] [2] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW51 [1] Allow 1 credit for the equation and substitution with units. Refer to Scoring Criteria for Calculations
in this rating guide.
Example of a 1credit response:
52 [1] Allow 1 credit for the correct answer with units or for an answer, with units, that is consistent with
the student’s response to question 51.
Example of a 1credit response:
Note: Do not penalize the student more than 1 credit for errors in units in questions 51 and 52.
53–54 A microwave oven emits a microwave with a wavelength of 2.00 × 10^{−2} meter in air. Calculate the
frequency of the microwave. [Show all work, including the equation and substitution with units.] [2] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW53 [1] Allow 1 credit for equation and substitution with units. Refer to Scoring Criteria for Calculations in
this rating guide.
Example of a 1credit response:
54 [1] Allow 1 credit for the correct answer with units or for an answer, with units, that is consistent with
the student’s response to question 53.
Example of a 1credit response:
Note: Do not penalize the student more than 1 credit for errors in units in questions 53 and 54.
55–56 Calculate the energy equivalent in joules of the mass of a proton. [Show all work, including the equation
and substitution with units.] [2] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW55 [1] Allow 1 credit for the equation and substitution with units. Refer to Scoring Criteria for Calculations
in this rating guide.
Examples of 1credit responses:
56 [1] Allow 1 credit for the correct answer with units or for an answer, with units, that is consistent with
the student’s answer to question 55.
Example of a 1credit response:
E = 1.50 × 10^{−10} J
Note: Do not penalize the student more than 1 credit for errors in units in questions 55 and 56.
Base your answers to questions 57 through 59 on the information and diagram below and on your knowledge
of physics.
A 1.5 × 10^{3}kilogram car is driven at a constant speed of 12 meters per second counterclockwise
around a horizontal circular track having a radius of 50. meters, as represented below.
57 On the diagram in your answer booklet, draw an arrow to indicate the direction of the velocity of
the car when it is at the position shown. Start the arrow on the car. [1]
Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW[1] Allow 1 credit for an arrow drawn from the car with the arrowhead pointed to the left.
Example of a 1credit response:
Note: The arrow need not start on the car to receive this credit.
58–59 Calculate the magnitude of the centripetal acceleration of the car. [Show all work, including
the equation and substitution with units.] [2] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW58 [1] Allow 1 credit for the equation and substitution with units. Refer to Scoring Criteria for Calculations
in this rating guide.
Example of a 1credit response:
59 [1] Allow 1 credit for the correct answer with units or for an answer, with units, that is consistent with
the student’s response to question 58.
Example of a 1credit response:
Note: Do not penalize the student more than 1 credit for errors in units in questions 58 and 59.
Base your answers to questions 60 through 62 on the information below and on your knowledge of physics.
A football is thrown at an angle of 30.° above the horizontal. The magnitude of the horizontal
component of the ball’s initial velocity is 13.0 meters per second. The magnitude of the vertical
component of the ball’s initial velocity is 7.5 meters per second. [Neglect friction.]
60 On the axes in your answer booklet, draw a graph representing the relationship between the horizontal
displacement of the football and the time the football is in the air. [1]
Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW[1] Allow 1 credit for a straight line with a positive slope.
Example of a 1credit response:
Note: The line may be sketched in. It must approximate a straight line, but need not pass through
the origin.
61–62 The football is caught at the same height from which it is thrown. Calculate the total time the football
was in the air. [Show all work, including the equation and substitution with units.] [2] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW61 [1] Allow 1 credit for the equation and substitution with units. Refer to Scoring Criteria for Calculations
in this rating guide.
Examples of 1credit responses:
62 [1] Allow 1 credit for a correct answer with units or for an answer, with units, that is consistent with
the student’s response to question 61.
Example of a 1credit response:
t = 1.5 s
Note: Do not penalize the student more than 1 credit for errors in units in questions 61 and 62.
Base your answers to questions 63 through 65 on the information and diagram below and on your knowledge
of physics.
A ray of light ( f = 5.09 × 1014 Hz) traveling through a block of an unknown material, passes at
an angle of incidence of 30.° into air, as shown in the diagram below.
63 Use a protractor to determine the angle of refraction of the light ray as it passes from the unknown
material into air. [1] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOWAllow 1 credit for 56° ± 2°.
64–65 Calculate the index of refraction of the unknown material. [Show all work, including the equation and
substitution with units.] [2] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW64 [1] Allow 1 credit for the equation and substitution with units or for an answer with units consistent with
the student’s response to question 63. Refer to Scoring Criteria for Calculations in this rating guide.
Example of a 1credit response:
65 [1] Allow 1 credit for the correct answer with units or for an answer, with units, that is consistent with
the student’s response to questions 63 and 64.
Example of a 1credit response:
n^{1} = 1.7 or 1.6
Note: Do not penalize the student more than 1 credit for errors in units in questions 64 and 65.
Part C
Answer all questions in this part.
Directions (66–85): Record your answers in the spaces provided in your answer booklet. Some questions
may require the use of the 2006 Edition Reference Tables for Physical Setting/Physics.
Base your answers to questions 66 through 70 on the information below and on your knowledge of physics.
The diagram below represents a 4.0newton force applied to a 0.200kilogram copper block
sliding to the right on a horizontal steel table.
66 Determine the weight of the block. [1] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOWAllow 1 credit for 1.96 N or 2.0 N or 1.9 N.
67–68 Calculate the magnitude of the force of friction acting on the moving block. [Show all work, including
the equation and substitution with units.] [2] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW67 [1] Allow 1 credit for the equation and substitution with units or for an answer, with units, consistent
with the student’s response to question 66. Refer to Scoring Criteria for Calculations in this
rating guide.
Example of a 1credit response:
68 [1] Allow 1 credit for the correct answer with units or for an answer, with units, that is consistent with
the student’s response to questions 66 and 67.
Example of a 1credit response:
Note: Do not penalize the student more than 1 credit for errors in units in questions 67 and 68.
69 Determine the magnitude of the net force acting on the moving block. [1] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOWAllow 1 credit for 3.3 N or an answer that is consistent with the student’s response to question 68.
70 Describe what happens to the magnitude of the velocity of the block as the block slides across
the table. [1] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOWAllow 1 credit. Acceptable responses include, but are not limited to:
— The magnitude of the velocity increases.
— The block speeds up
Note: Allow credit for an answer consistent with the student’s response to question 69.
Base your answers to questions 71 through 75 on the information and diagram below and on your knowledge
of physics.
Two conducting parallel plates 5.0 × 10^{−3} meter apart are charged with a 12volt potential
difference. An electron is located midway between the plates. The magnitude of the electrostatic
force on the electron is 3.8 × 10^{−16} newton.
71 On the diagram in your answer booklet, draw at least three field lines to represent the direction of the
electric field in the space between the charged plates. [1]
Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOWAllow 1 credit for at least three arrows pointing away from the positive plate toward the negative
plate.
Examples of 1credit responses:
Note: Use of a straightedge is not necessary to draw the field lines. Field lines near the edge of the
plates may be curved.
72 Identify the direction of the electrostatic force that the electric field exerts on the electron. [1] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOWAllow 1 credit. Acceptable responses include, but are not limited to:
— toward the positive plate
— toward the top of the page
— opposite the direction of the field
73–74 Calculate the magnitude of the electric field strength between the plates, in newtons per coulomb.
[Show all work, including the equation and substitution with units.] [2] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW73 [1] Allow 1 credit for the equation and substitution with units. Refer to Scoring Criteria for Calculations
in this rating guide.
Examples of 1credit responses:
74 [1] Allow 1 credit for the correct answer with units or for an answer, with units, that is consistent with
the student’s response to question 73.
Example of a 1credit response:
Note: Do not penalize the student more than 1 credit for errors in units in questions 73 and 74.
75 Describe what happens to the magnitude of the net electrostatic force on the electron as the electron
is moved toward the positive plate. [1] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOWAllow 1 credit. Acceptable responses include, but are not limited to:
— The force will remain constant.
— The force doesn’t change.
Base your answers to questions 76 through 80 on the information below and on your knowledge of physics.
An electron in a mercury atom changes from energy level b to a higher energy level when the
atom absorbs a single photon with an energy of 3.06 electronvolts.
76 Determine the letter that identifies the energy level to which the electron jumped when the mercury
atom absorbed the photon. [1] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOWAllow 1 credit for f or energy level f.
77 Determine the energy of the photon, in joules. [1] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW
78–79 Calculate the frequency of the photon. [Show all work, including the equation and substitution
with units.] [2] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW78 [1] Allow 1 credit for the equation and substitution with units or for an answer, with units, that is
consistent with the student’s response to question 77. Refer to Scoring Criteria for Calculations in
this rating guide.
Example of a 1credit response:
79 [1] Allow 1 credit for the correct answer with units or for an answer, with units, that is consistent with
the student’s response to questions 78 and 79.
Example of a 1credit response:
Note: Do not penalize the student more than 1 credit for errors in units in questions 78 and 79.
80 Classify the photon as one of the types of electromagnetic radiation listed in the electromagnetic
spectrum. [1] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOWAllow 1 credit for the correct answer or an answer that is consistent with the student’s response to
question 79. Acceptable response include but are not limited to:
— visible light
— violet
Base your answers to questions 81 through 85 on the information and circuit diagram below and on your
knowledge of physics.
Three lamps are connected in parallel to a 120.volt source of potential difference, as represented
below.
81–82 Calculate the resistance of the 40.watt lamp. [Show all work, including the equation and substitution
with units.] [2] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOW81 [1] Allow 1 credit for the equation and substitution with units. Refer to Scoring Criteria for Calculations
in this rating guide.
Examples of 1credit responses:
82 [1] Allow 1 credit for the correct answer with units or for an answer, with units, that is consistent with
the student’s response to question 81.
Example of a 1credit response:
R = 360 Ω
Note: Do not penalize the student more than 1 credit for errors in units in questions 81 and 82.
83 Describe what change, if any, would occur in the power dissipated by the 100.watt lamp if the 60.watt
lamp were to burn out. [1] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOWAllow 1 credit for indicating that there would be no change in the power dissipated.
84 Describe what change, if any, would occur in the equivalent resistance of the circuit if the 60.watt
lamp were to burn out. [1] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOWAllow 1 credit for indicating that the equivalent resistance would increase.
85 The circuit is disassembled. The same three lamps are then connected in series with each other and
the source. Compare the equivalent resistance of this series circuit to the equivalent resistance of
the parallel circuit. [1] Answer: MODEL ANSWER GIVEN BELOWAllow 1 credit for indicating that the equivalent resistance of the series circuit would be greater than
the equivalent resistance of the parallel circuit.
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