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Field 11: Physics
Sample Multiple-Choice Questions

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Notes for Physics Test

Not all formulas necessary are listed, nor are all formulas listed used on this test.

In questions on electricity and magnetism, the term current refers to "conventional current" and the use of the right-hand rule is assumed.

All examinees taking the Physics test (field 11) will be provided with an on-screen scientific calculator with functions that include the following: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square root, percent, sine, cosine, tangent, exponents, and logarithms. You may NOT bring your own calculator to the test.

Nature of Science

Objective 0005
Understand the use of mathematics in physics.

1. The position of an object moving along the x-axis is given by the following equation.

x(t) = t3 3t2 + 2t 5

Which of the following equations gives the velocity of the particle?

  1. v(t) = 6t 6
  2. v(t) = t2 3t + 2
  3. v(t) = 3t2 6t + 2
  4. v(t) = one fourtht4 t3 + t2 5t
Answer
Correct Response: C.

Correct Response: C.


Force and Motion

Objective 0006
Understand concepts related to motion in one and two dimensions.

2. Use the graph below to answer the question that follows.

graph showing position on the y axis and time on the x axis. the graph starts at the origin and increases steadily for a time then the position stays constant for some time then drastically decreases

The position versus time of a particle moving in a straight line is shown in the graph above. Which of the following statements best describes the motion of the particle?

  1. The particle accelerates to a constant velocity and then slows down to a stop.
  2. The particle travels at a constant speed, stops, and returns to its starting point at a constant speed.
  3. The particle accelerates to a constant velocity, stops, and then continues at the same velocity.
  4. The particle has a linear acceleration, attains a constant acceleration, and then decelerates to zero.
Answer
Correct Response: B.

Correct Response: B.


Objective 0008
Understand characteristics of uniform circular motion, rotational dynamics, and fluid mechanics.

3. Use the diagram below to answer the question that follows.

cart with wheels at the top of a semicircle

The diagram above shows a 1000 kg car as it moves at 10 m/s over the top of a circular bridge with a radius of 50 m. What is the magnitude of the normal force on the car at the top of the bridge?

  1. 2,000 N
  2. 7,800 N
  3. 9,800 N
  4. 11,800 N
Answer
Correct Response: B.

Correct Response: B.


Energy, Momentum, and Heat Transfer

Objective 0009
Understand the concepts of energy, work, and power and the principle of conservation of energy.

4. Use the diagram below to answer the question that follows.

The diagram above shows a frictionless track. A mass is released from point I. At what point does the mass have maximum kinetic energy?

  1. I
  2. II
  3. III
  4. IV
Answer
Correct Response: C.

Correct Response: C.


Objective 0011
Understand heat transfer and the principles of thermodynamics.

5. Use the table below to answer the question that follows.

Table showing the properties of aluminum melting point is six hundred and sixty degrees celsius, heat of fusion is four point zero times ten squared j slash g and specific heat is zero point nine j slash g degrees Celsius

The amount of energy needed to produce 1 mole (27 g) of molten aluminum metal from bauxite ore is 297 kJ. Approximately how much energy could be saved per mole by recycling discarded aluminum (at an initial temperature of 20C) by melting instead of producing it from bauxite ore?

  1. 262 kJ
  2. 271 kJ
  3. 281 kJ
  4. 286 kJ
Answer
Correct Response: B.

Correct Response: B.


Electricity and Magnetism

Objective 0012
Understand principles of electrostatics.

6. Two small spheres are separated by a distance of 0.10 m. One sphere has a charge of 20 μC, and the other has a charge of 40 μC. What is the electrostatic force on each charged sphere?

  1. 7.2 N
  2. 80 N
  3. 720 N
  4. 800 N
Answer
Correct Response: C.

Correct Response: C.


Objective 0014
Understand magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction.

7. Use the diagram below to answer the question that follows.

Magnet being dropped through a copper ring with the north end of the magnet passing through the ring first

A magnet is passed through a copper ring at a constant speed. If current in the counterclockwise direction, as seen from above, is considered positive, which of the following graphs best represents the current (I) in the ring as a function of time (t)?

  1. graph with current I on the y axis and time t on the x axis the graph starts at the origin increases to a plateau then decreases back to the x axis



Answer
Correct Response: C.

Correct Response: C.


Waves, Sound, and Light

Objective 0017
Understand the characteristics of sound waves and the basic principles of acoustics.

8. Use the diagram below to answer the question that follows.

The diagram above shows a pipe that is open at one end. The dotted lines inside the pipe represent a standing wave associated with an oscillating column of air. The pressure nodes (N) and antinodes (A) are also shown. The length of the pipe is 1.0 m and the speed of sound in air is 330 m/s. What is the frequency of the wave in the pipe?

  1. 220 Hz
  2. 250 Hz
  3. 340 Hz
  4. 440 Hz
Answer
Correct Response: B.

Correct Response: B.


Objective 0019
Understand the principles of lenses and mirrors.

9. An object is placed 8.0 cm in front of a thin lens that has a focal length of 6.0 cm. At what distance from the lens will the image of the object be located?

  1. 2.0 cm
  2. 3.4 cm
  3. 7.0 cm
  4. 24 cm
Answer
Correct Response: D.

Correct Response: D.


Modern Physics

Objective 0021
Understand the basic principles of quantum theory.

10. Which of the following best explains why macroscopic objects have properties that are more particlelike than wavelike?

  1. The wavelength of a macroscopic object is too small for diffraction effects to be observed.
  2. The laws of quantum mechanics are valid only for quantities of the order of Planck's constant.
  3. The uncertainty principle implies a small value for the position and momentum of macroscopic objects.
  4. The wave function for a macroscopic object has both a real and an imaginary part.
Answer
Correct Response: A.

Correct Response: A.