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9702 June 2010 Paper 42 43 Worked Solutions | A-Level Physics

  • 9702 June 2010 Paper 42 43 Worked Solutions | A-Level Physics

Paper 42 & 43


Question 1
Gravitational potential at a point is defined as the work done in moving unit mass from infinity to the point.

Earth may be considered to be isolated sphere of radius R with mass concentrated at centre. Variation of gravitational potential ϕ with distance x from centre of Earth shown. Radius R of Earth is 6.4x106m.
Considering gravitational potential at Earth’s surface, Mass of Earth:
(From graph,) At R, ϕ = 6.3x107Jkg-1
ϕ = GM / R
6.3x107 = (6.67x10-11)M / (6.4x106)
M = 6.0x1024kg (allow 5.95 à 6.14)

Meteorite at rest at infinity. Meteorite travels from infinity towards Earth. Speed of meteorite when it is at a distance of 2R above Earth’s surface:
(at 3R in graph,) change in potential = 2.1x107Jkg-1
Loss in potential energy = gain in kinetic energy
½ mv2 = ϕm                 or ½ mv2 = GM / 3R
½ v2 = 2.1x107
v = 6.5x103ms-1

In practice, Earth not isolated sphere because it is orbited by Moon, as illustrated. Initial path of meteorite also shown. 2 changes to motion of meteorite caused by Moon:
The speed / velocity / acceleration of the meteorite would be greater
The meteorite deviated / bends from the straight path

Question 2
Long strip of stringy steel clamped at one end so that strip is vertical. Mass of 65g attached to free end of strip, as shown. Mass is pulled to one side and then released. Variation with time t of horizontal displacement of mass shown. Mass undergoes damped simple harmonic motion.
Damping is a reduction in the energy (of the oscillations) / reduction in the amplitude / energy of oscillations due to forces that are (always) opposing the motion / resistive forces

Whether damping is light, critical or heavy:
The amplitude is decreasing (very) gradually / the oscillations would continue (for a long time) / there are many oscillations. So, this is light damping.

Use Fig to determine frequency of vibration of mass:
Frequency (= 1 / period) = 1 / 0.3 = 3.3Hz

Show that initial energy stored in steel strip before mass is released is approximately 3.2mJ:
Initial energy stored = ½ mv2             and      v = ωa
Energy = ½ (0.065) (2π / 0.3)2 (1.5x10-2)2 = 3.2mJ

After 8 complete oscillations of mass, amplitude of vibration is reduced from 1.5cm to 1.1cm. Explain whether, after a further 8 complete oscillations, amplitude will be 0.7cm:
The amplitude reduces exponentially / does not decrease linearly. So, the amplitude will not be 0.7cm.

Question 3
{Detailed explanations for this question is available as Solution 500 at Physics 9702 Doubts | Help Page 97 -}

Question 4
{Detailed explanations for this question is available as Solution 1050 at Physics 9702 Doubts | Help Page 220 -}

Question 5
{Detailed explanations for this question is available as Solution 505 at Physics 9702 Doubts | Help Page 98 -}

Question 6
{Detailed explanations for this question is available as Solution 922 at Physics 9702 Doubts | Help Page 189 -}

Question 7
The root-mean-square (r.m.s.) value of an alternating voltage is the value of steady / constant voltage that produces the same power (in a resistor) as the alternating voltage.
If an alternating voltage is squared and average, the r.m.s value is the square root of this averaged value.

An alternating voltage represented by            V = 220sin(120πt)       where V measured in volts and t in seconds. For alternating voltage:
Peak voltage: 220V

r.m.s. voltage: (= 220 / √2 =)156V

Frequency: 60Hz
(120π = ω =2πf. So, f = 120 /2 = 60Hz)

Alternating voltage in (b) applied across resistor such that mean power output from resistor is 1.5kW. Resistance of resistor:
Power, P = Vrms2 / R
So, R = 1562 / 1500 = 16Ω

Question 8
Americium-241 is artificially produced radioactive element that emits α-particles. Sample of americium-241 of mass 5.1μg found to have activity of 5.9x105Bq.
For this sample of americium-241:
Number of nuclei:
Number of nuclei = (5.1x10-6) (6.02x1023) / 241 = 1.27x1016

Decay constant:
A = λN
5.9x105 = λ (1.27x1016)
Decay constant, λ = 4.65x10-11s-1 

Half-life, in years:
4.65x10-11 x t½ = ln2
Half-life, t½ = 1.49x1010s = 470years

Another radioactive element has half-life of approximately 4 hours. Why measurement of mass and activity of sample of this element not appropriate for determination of its half-life:
The sample / activity would decay appreciably whilst measurements are being made


Question 9
Negative feedback may be used in amplifier circuits.
Negative feedback is when a fraction of the output (signal) is added to the input (signal) and it is out of phase by 180o / π rad / to the inverting input.

2 effects of negative feedback on amplifier incorporating an operational amplifier (op-amp):
Choose any 2:
It reduces the gain
It increases the bandwidth
There is greater stability
It reduces distortion

Fig is a circuit for amplifier that is used with a microphone. Output potential difference VOUT is 4.4V when potential at point P is 62mV.
Gain of amplifier:
Gain (= VOUT / VIN) = 4.4 / 0.062 = 71

Resistance of resistor R:
71 = 1 + 120/R
Resistance of resistor R = 1.7x103Ω

Maximum potential produced by microphone at point P on Fig is 95mV. Power supply for operational amplifier may be either +/- 5V or +/- 9V. Which power supply should be used?:
For the amplifier not to saturate, the maximum output is (71 x 95x10-3 =) approximately 6.7V. So, the power supply that should be used is the +/- 9V one.

Question 10
{Detailed explanations for this question is available as Solution 695 at Physics 9702 Doubts | Help Page 141 -}

Question 11
Main principles behind generation of ultrasound to obtain diagnostic information about internal body structures:
EITHER A quartz OR piezo-electric crystal with the opposite faces / two sides coated (with silver) is used to act as electrodes.
EITHER the molecular structure is indicatedOR The centres of (+) and (-) charge do not coincide.
A potential difference across the crystal causes the crystal to change its shape. An alternating voltage (in US frequency range) is applied across the crystal which causes the crystal to oscillate / vibrate
(Crystal cut) so that it vibrates at resonant frequencies.

Question 12
Telephone link between 2 towns to be provided using optic fibre. Length of optic fibre between the 2 towns is 75km.
2 changes that occur in signal as it is transmitted along an optic fibre:
The signal becomes distorted / noisy
The signal loses power / energy / intensity / is attenuated

Optic fibre has attenuation per unit length of 1.6dBkm-1. Minimum permissible signal-to-noise power ratio in fibre is 25dB. Average noise power in optic fibre is 6.1x10-19W.
1 reason why power ratios expressed in dB:
EITHER The numbers involved are smaller / more manageable / cover a wider range
OR Calculations involve addition and subtraction rather than multiplication and division

Signal input power to optic fibre designed to be 6.5mW. Whether repeater amplifiers are necessary in optic fibre between the 2 towns:
25 = 10 log(Pmin / {6.1x10-19})
Minimum signal power, Pmin = 1.93x10-16W
So, signal loss = 10 log ({6.5x10-3} / {1.93x10-16}) = 135dB
So, maximum cable length = 135 / 1.6 = 85km.
So, no repeaters are necessary.


  1. in question 3b the only thing i understand is the how to get the specific latent heat of ice
    so can you please explain the rest?

    1. Details have been updated for question 3. Check it and see if you understand

  2. Can I have the solutions for question 5, June 2010 P41? Thanks

    1. It's explained as question 590 at

  3. Can you show the diagram for Question 10? Thanks.

    1. The diagram has been added

    2. Thank you. :).

    3. If the question mentioned that the output of op-amp is negative, does that mean the polarity for both diodes is changed as well?

    4. I am referring to October/November 2012 Paper 43 Question 9 (d) (ii).

    5. Check solution 702 at

    6. Thank you. :).

  4. Can you please post the answers of summer 2010 paper 41?

    1. state which questions are more important. complete papers will not be solved in one go.

  5. For question 4(b), how do we know that the potential at P and Q are the same?

  6. Please can you do w10qp53.
    I don't get how the
    resistivity= d*gradient/c? Shouldn't it be p=gradient /c?
    And how to draw the diagram with the electrodes. I just drew a simple diagram with voltmeter in parallel and ammeter in series.
    And how to insulate the aluminum strip

    1. Sorry, but I'm not solving Paper 5`s right now.


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