Second Term Examination Physics SS 2 – Exam Questions








Answer all questions.


1. Mercury is preferred to water as a thermometric liquid because:

(a) Mercury has a lower boiling point than water

(b) Mercury has uniform thermal expansion.

(c) Mercury has a lower co-efficient of expansion in relating to glass than water.

(d) Mercury does not wet glass.


2. Thermoelectric thermometers are used in the industries because:

(a) They measure very high temperature

(b) Other types of thermometers are not convenient in use in industry

(c) They are very responsive to temperature variations.

(d) A and C only.


3. Convert -10oC to oF

(a) 40oF

(b) 50oF

(c) 14oF

(d) 28oF


4. Which of the following does not increase the sensitivity of a liquid in glass thermometer?

(a) A thick walled tube

(b) A Capillary tube with a narrow bore

(c) A thin walled tube

(d) A liquid with high Expansivity


5. How much heat is required to convert 20g of ice at 0oC to water at the same temperature? (S.H.C of ice = 335Jg-1

(a) 1.35 x 103J

(b) 5.38 x 103J

(c) 6.70 x 103J

(d) 7.06 x 103J


6. Which of the following statement is not correct?

(a) Evaporation takes place only at the surface of a liquid.

(b) Boiling takes place throughout the volume of a liquid

(c) Evaporation takes place at all temperatures

(d) The boiling point of a liquid is not affected by impurities.


7. Water in an open container boils at a lower temperature when heated of at the top of a mountain than at sea-level; Because at the top of the mountain:

(a) Relative Humidity is higher than at sea level.



(b) Rays of the sun adds more heat to the water.

(c) Temperature is lower than at sea level.

(d) Pressure is lower than at sea level.


8. An Electric Current of 3A Flowing through an electric heating element of resistance 20 ohms embedded in 100g of an oil, raises the temperature of the oil by 10oC in 10 seconds, then the S.H.C. of the oil is:

(a) 1.8Jg-1

(b) 0.6Jg-1

(c) 0.18Jg-1 oC-1

(d) 1.8Jg-1oC-1


9. Which of the following does not reduces the heat lost from a liquid in a Calorimeter?

(a) Lagging the Calorimeter

(b) Using an Insulating lid.

(c) Shielding the Calorimeter from draught

(d) Constantly stirring the liquid.


10. Calculate the heat energy required to convert 0.500kg of ice at 0oC to ice cold water at 0oC, if the S.L.H. of fusion of ice is 3.34 x 105kg-1

(a)1670 J

(b) 6680 J

(c) 167000 J

(d) 66800 J


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Second Term Examination Physics SS 1 – Exam Questions


11. Mist is formed when

(a) Clouds mix up.

(b) Water evaporates from oceans and exposed surfaces.

(c) Two warm air masses meet.

(d) Air cools when its relative Humidity is close to 100%.


12. Which of the following is/are correct?

I. Water expands on freezing

II. Ice expands on melting

III. Increased pressure lowers the melting point of ice

IV. Evaporation takes place from the surface of the liquid


(a) All the statements are correct

(b) I and IV are correct

(b) I, III, IV are correct

(d) I, II and III are correct


13. A body is projected vertically upward with a velocity of 10 m/s. Calculate the maximum height reached. (neglect all air resistance and assume g = 10 m/s)

(a) 5m

(b) 10m

(c) 15m

(d) 20m


14. Which of the following is not correct about projectile?

(a) The motion along the horizontal is constant.



(b) The motion along the vertical varies.

(c) It has a vertical downward acceleration.

(d) The motion carries out one independent motion.


15. A tennis ball is thrown with a velocity of 3m/s at an angle of 300 to the horizontal, Calculate the time of flight in seconds. (Take g = 9.8ms-2)

(a) 5.2

(b) 2.6

(c) 0.3

(d) 0.15




Answer all Questions in this section.



a. List 4 differences between heat and temperature.


b. List 4 types of thermometers, stating the thermometric substance each is using.


c. List 4 advantages of using mercury over alcohol as a thermometric substance.


d. Convert:

i. 80oC, -30oC to oF and Kelvin respectively

ii. -40oF, 70oF to oC and Kelvin respectively



a. Define the following:

i. Specific Heat Capacity



ii. Specific Latent Heat


b. With a well Labeled diagram, Explain how you can determine the specific heat capacity of a substance through electrical method.



a. Assuming that the S.H.C of water is 4180j/kg/k, how long will it take to heat 3kg of water from 28oC to 88oC, using electric kettle which taps 6A from 220V supply?


b. An electric heater is used in heating 100g of water from 50oC to 100oC,. Calculate the time, t, during which the current flowed. Neglect the S.H.C of the calorimeter, assume that the S.H.C of water is 4200j/kg/k, and the power of heater is 50W.