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  • VCE Physics 20132016Written examination

    Examination specifi cations

    Overall conditionsThe examination will be sat at a time and date to be set annually by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.There will be 15 minutes reading time and 2 hours 30 minutes writing time.VCAA examination rules will apply. Details of these rules are published annually in the VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook.The examination will be marked by a panel appointed by the VCAA.The examination will contribute 60 per cent to the Study Score.

    ContentAll outcomes in Units 3 and 4 will be examined. All the key knowledge that underpins the outcomes in Units 3 and 4 and the set of key skills listed on page 12 of the study design are examinable.Questions will require students to apply Physics knowledge and skills that are related both to Unit 3 and/or Unit 4.

    FormatThe examination paper will consist of two sections. Examination questions will be presented in a question and answer book.

    Section A will cover Area of study 1 and Area of study 2 of Units 3 and 4: Motion in one and two dimensions; Electronics and photonics; Electric power; and Interactions of light and matter. This section will be out of 128 marks. Answers to Section A are to be provided in the question and answer book.

    All questions in Section A will be compulsory. Questions in Section A will be a mix of short answer questions and questions requiring numerical calculations.

    Some questions in both Section A and Section B may be built around a scenario or experiment. There may be a limited number of multiple-choice questions in Section A of the examination. Should there be multiple-choice questions in Section A of the examination, they will be answered in the question and answer book.

    The marks for each area will be allocated across areas of study in approximately the following way. Motion in one and two dimensions: 3040 marks Electronics and photonics: 2030 marks Electric power: 3040 marks Interactions of light and matter: 2030 marks

    VICTORIAN CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT AUTHORITY 2012

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    Section B will cover Area of study 3 of Units 3 and 4: the Detailed studies. Students will have to respond to only one Detailed study. Einsteins special relativityOR Materials and their use in structuresOR Further electronicsOR Synchrotron and its applicationsOR PhotonicsOR Sound

    This section will comprise 11 multiple-choice questions worth two marks each, with a total of 22 marks. Answers to Section B will be recorded in pencil on a multiple-choice answer sheet. The total for the examination will be 150 marks.A formula sheet will be provided in the examination.

    Approved materials and equipment

    CalculatorsA scientifi c calculator is allowed in this examination.

    NotesStudents will be allowed to bring into the examination one folded A3 sheet OR two A4 sheets bound together by tape of pre-written notes that may be single- or double-sided. These notes may be typed or handwritten. They may be from any source. Commercially available materials are acceptable.

    AdviceDuring the 20132016 accreditation period for VCE Physics, examinations will be prepared according to the examination specifi cations above. Each examination will be an interpretation of these specifi cations and will test a representative sample of the key knowledge and skills.A sample paper is published in order to exemplify the new structure.Selected questions from previous examination papers from 20042012 are indicative of the type and scope of questions that may be expected.Answers to multiple-choice questions are provided on page 80. Answers to other questions are not provided. The following documents should be referred to in relation to the VCE Physics examination. VCE Physics Study Design 20132016 VCAA Bulletin, VCE, VCAL and VET

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    SUPERVISOR TO ATTACH PROCESSING LABEL HEREVictorian Certifi cate of EducationYear

    PHYSICSWritten examination

    Day Date Reading time: **.** ** to **.** ** (15 minutes) Writing time: **.** ** to **.** ** (2 hours 30 minutes)

    QUESTION AND ANSWER BOOKStructure of book

    Section Number ofquestions

    Number of questionsto be answered

    Number ofmarks

    A Core studies 24 24 128Number of

    detailed studiesNumber of detailed

    studies to be answeredNumber of

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    B Detailed studies 6 1 22Total 150

    Students are permitted to bring into the examination room: pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, sharpeners, rulers, one folded A3 sheet or two A4 sheets of notes and one scientifi c calculator.

    Students are NOT permitted to bring into the examination room: blank sheets of paper and/or white out liquid/tape.

    Materials supplied Question and answer book of 77 pages. A formula sheet. Answer sheet for multiple-choice questions.Instructions Write your student number in the space provided above on this page. Check that your name and student number as printed on your answer sheet for multiple-choice

    questions are correct, and sign your name in the space provided to verify this. Unless otherwise indicated, the diagrams in this book are not drawn to scale. All written responses must be in English.At the end of the examination Place the answer sheet for multiple-choice questions inside the front cover of this book.

    Students are NOT permitted to bring mobile phones and/or any other unauthorised electronic devices into the examination room.

    VICTORIAN CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT AUTHORITY 2012

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    SECTION A continued

    Table of contents

    SECTION A

    Area of study PageMotion in one and two dimensions .............................................................................................................................. 3

    Electronics and photonics ............................................................................................................................................ 12

    Electric power .............................................................................................................................................................. 21

    Interactions of light and matter .................................................................................................................................... 32

    SECTION B

    Detailed studyEinsteins special relativity .......................................................................................................................................... 44

    Materials and their use in structures ............................................................................................................................ 50

    Further electronics ....................................................................................................................................................... 55

    Synchrotron and its applications .................................................................................................................................. 63

    Photonics ...................................................................................................................................................................... 68

    Sound ........................................................................................................................................................................... 73

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    Instructions for Section AAnswer all questions in this section in the spaces provided. Write using black or blue pen.Where an answer box has a unit printed in it, give your answer in that unit.You should take the value of g to be 10 m s2.Where answer boxes are provided write your fi nal answer in the box. In questions worth more than 1 mark appropriate working should be shown.Unless otherwise indicated, diagrams are not to scale.

    Area of study Motion in one and two dimensions

    Question 1 (4 marks)Ranjiv, who has a mass of 80 kg, is running with a speed of 4.0 m s1 as he steps onto a stationary trolley of mass 40 kg as shown in Figure 1. Ranjiv holds on to the trolley. Ranjiv and the trolley then move forward together in the same direction.

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    a. What is the speed of the trolley as soon as Ranjiv is on board? 2 marks

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    b. Is this collision between Ranjiv and the trolley elastic or inelastic? Justify your answer with a calculation. 2 marks

    Question 2 (2 marks)A motorcyclist is riding around a circle of radius of 100 m. The surface is fl at and horizontal. The motorcyclist is travelling at a constant speed of 32.0 m s1. The motorcycle with rider has a mass of 250 kg.

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    What is the magnitude of the net force on the motorcycle with rider? Give your answer to 3 signifi cant fi gures.

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