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KNEC KCSE Physics Paper 1 – 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam

KNEC KCSE Physics Paper 1 – 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam

2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam

Physics Paper 1

SECTION A (25 Marks)

Answer all questions.


A spherical ball bearing of mass 0.0024 kg is held between the anvil and spindle of a micrometer screw gauge. The reading on the gauge when the jaws are closed without anything in between is 0.11mm. Use this information and the position of the scale in the figure below to answer the questions (a) and (b) below:

Physics Paper 1 Question Paper - 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam
(a) What is the diameter of the ball bearing? ( 1 mk)

(b) Find the density of the ball bearing correct to 3 significant figures (2 mks)

 3 marks


The diagram below shows a wire loop with two threads tied across it. The loop is dipped into a
soap solution such that the soap film covers it as shown.

Physics Paper 1 Question Paper - 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam
Region B is punctured such that the soap film in that section is broken. On the space alongside the
diagram sketch the resulting shape of the wire loop. Give a reason for the shape.

 2 marks


The figure below shows an arrangement to demonstrate diffusion through solids:-

Physics Paper 1 Question Paper - 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam
The hydrogen gas is supplied for sometimes then stopped and the beaker removed. State and explain
what is likely to be observed when the hydrogen gas supply is stopped

 3 marks


Figure 2 shows two identical thermometers. Thermometer A has a blackened bulb while
thermometer B has a silvery bulb. A candle is placed equidistant between the two thermometers.

Physics Paper 1 Question Paper - 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam
State with a reason the observations made after some time.

 2 marks


Explain why it is dangerous for a bus to carry standing passengers.

 2 marks


A uniform metre rule is balanced at its centre. It is balanced by the 30N, 5N and the magnetic
force between P and Q. P is fixed and Q has a weight of 5N.

Physics Paper 1 Question Paper - 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam
(a) Ignoring the weight of the metre rule, calculate the value of the magnetic force between Q
and P (2 mks)

(b) Given that the lower end of Q is North pole, state polarity of the end of P facing Q.
(1 mk)

 3 marks


(a) Give a reason why water is not suitable as a barometric liquid. (1 mk)

(b)Explain why a lift pump is unable to raise water from a borehole where the level of
water is 20m below the ground level. (1 mks)

 2 marks


The diagram below shows a mass of 12g hanged on a set of 6 identical springs.

Physics Paper 1 Question Paper - 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam
When a mass of 12g was hanged on spring A alone, its extension was 5cm. Find the
extension of the combination shown if each spring and each rod has negligible mass.

 2 marks


Sea water of density 1.04g/cm3 is being pumped into a tank through a pipe of uniform cross-sectional area of 3.142cm2. If the speed of water in the pipe is 5m/s, determine the mass flux in S.I unit.

 2 marks


Below shows a displacement – time graph.
Physics Paper 1 Question Paper - 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam

Describe the motion of the body between points:

  • OA ( 1 mk)

  • AB ( 1 mk)

 2 marks


A quantity of air occupied 500cm3 at 150C when the pressure was 76 cmHg. At what temperature would it occupy 460cm3 if the pressure was 85cmHg?

 2 marks

SECTION B (55 Marks)

Answer all questions


(a) (i) Define velocity ration of a machine. (1 mk)

(ii) Draw a labeled diagram of a pulley system with a velocity ratio of 5. (2 mks)

(iii) Suggest any two possible reasons why the efficiency does not reach the 100%
mark.(2 mks)

(b) The effort piston of a hydraulic machine is of radius 2.8 cm, while that of the load piston is of radius 14cm. The machine raises a load of 120 kg at a constant velocity through 2.5m. If the machine has an efficiency of 80%, find:-

(i) the velocity ratio of the hydraulic machine. (2 mk)

(ii) The mechanical advantage of the hydraulic machine. (2 mks)

(iii) The effort needed to raise the load. (2 mks)

 11 marks


(a) An object is released to fall vertically from height of 100m. At the same time
another object is projected vertically upward with velocity of 40m/s.
(i) Calculate the time taken before the objects meet (3mks)

(ii) At what height do the objects meet? (2mks)

(b) A string of negligible mass has a bucket tied at the end. The string is 60cm long and
the bucket has a mass of 45g. The bucket is swung horizontally making 6 revolutions
per second. Calculate
(i) The angular velocity (2mk)

(ii) The angular acceleration (2mks)

(iii) The tension on the string (2mks)

(iv) The linear velocity (1mk)

 12 marks


(a) State Archimedes’ principle. (1mk)

(b) The figure below shows a rectangular buoy of mass 4000kg tethered to the sea- bed by a wire. The dimensions are 4m x 1.5m x 2.2m.

Physics Paper 1 Question Paper - 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam
Calculate the :-
(i) Weight of sea water displaced by the buoy (density of sea water = 1100kg/m3)(3 mks)

(ii) Upward force exerted on the buoy by the water. (1mk)

(iii) Tension in the wire (2mks)

(c) A test tube of mass 10g and uniform cross-sectional area 4cmis partly filled with lead shots and floats vertically in water with 5cm of its length submerged.

Physics Paper 1 Question Paper - 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam

Find the:-
(i) Mass of the lead shots. (2mks)

(ii) Length of the test tube that would be submerged in a liquid of density 0.75g/cm3. (2mks)

 11 marks


(a) State two differences between boiling and evaporation. (2 mk)

(b) 1200g of a liquid at 100C is poured into a well-logged calorimeter. An electric heater rated 1KW is used to heat the liquid. The graph in fig 4 below shows the variation of temperature of the liquid with time.

Physics Paper 1 Question Paper - 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam
Use the graph to answer the following questions:

(i) What is the boiling point of the liquid? (1 mk)

(ii) How much heat is given out by the heater to take the liquid to the boiling
point? (2 mks)

(iii) Determine the specific heat capacity of the liquid stating any assumptions
made. (2 mks)

(iv) If 50g of the liquid vapour was collected by the end of the 8th minute,
determine the specific latent heat of vaporization of the liquid. (2 mks)

 9 marks


(a) (i)State Newton’s second law of motion. (1 mk)

(ii) A striker kicks a ball of mass 250g initially at rest with a force of 75N. if the foot was in contact with the ball for 0.10sec. Calculate the take off velocity ofthe ball. (2 mks)

(b)A bullet of mass 20g moving at 400 m/s strikes a block of wood of mass 3.5kginitially at rest. The bullet sticks into the block and the two move off together on ahorizontal surface,where a frictional retarting force of 4N is acting between theblock and surface.

(i) Determine the initial common velocity of bullet and wooden block.(2 mks)

(ii) What distance does the block move before coming to rest? (3 mks)

(c) Two immiscible liquids are poured in an open container to the levels shown in the diagram below.

Physics Paper 1 Question Paper - 2014 KCSE COMA Joint Exam
If the densities of the liquids A and B are 1g/cm3 and 0.8g/cm3 respectively and the atmospheric pressure 760 mmHg, find the total pressure acting upon solid C at the bottom of the container. (Take density of mercury to be 13.6g/cm3and g = 10 N/Kg) (3 mks)

 11 marks

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