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Edexcel GCSE
Physics P1a
Topic 9: Producing and Measuring
Topic 10: You're in Charge
Foundation and Higher Tiers
Thursday 9 November 2006 ­ Morning
Time: 20 minutes
Materials required for examination Items included with question papers
Multiple Choice Answer Sheet Nil
HB pencil, eraser and calculator
Instructions to Candidates
Use an HB pencil. Do not open this booklet until you are told to do so.
Mark your answers on the separate answer sheet.
Foundation-tier candidates: answer questions 1 ­ 24.
Higher-tier candidates: answer questions 17 ­ 40.
All candidates are to answer questions 17 ­ 24.
Before the test begins:
Check that the answer sheet is for the correct test and that it contains your candidate details.
How to answer the test:
For each question, choose the right answer, A, B, C or D
and mark it in HB pencil on the answer sheet. A B D
For example, the answer C would be marked as shown.
Mark only one answer for each question. If you change your mind about an answer, rub out the first
mark thoroughly, then mark your new answer.
Do any necessary calculations and rough work in this booklet. You may use a calculator if you wish.
You must not take this booklet or the answer sheet out of the examination room.
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Questions 1 to 16 must be answered by Foundation-tier candidates only.
Higher-tier candidates start at question 17.
Solar cells
Sharon was investigating the use of a solar cell to provide electricity.
1. The solar cell uses
A chemical energy
B kinetic energy
C light energy
D heat energy
2. The energy produced by the solar cell is measured in
A volts
B amps
C watts
D joules
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Producing current
Vinoja is choosing a new electrical cell (battery) for her MP3
Her MP3 player uses one AA battery.
Vinoja uses a website to find information about different
AA batteries.
The table shows this information.
brand type of playing time before cost per
battery battery runs out (hours) battery (p)
Permacell dry 80 70
Cheapo dry 25 20
Permacell rechargeable 50 180
Cheapo rechargeable 40 120
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Use this information and diagram to answer questions 10, 11 and 12.
Vinoja thinks about generating her own electricity to save on battery costs.
She uses the apparatus shown below.
10. Vinoja moves the wire up and down between the poles of the magnet.
The meter shows the voltage produced is
A zero
B alternating
C always negative
D always positive
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Safe as houses
Brian works on the outside of his house.
He uses a mains-powered drill to make a hole in the brick wall.
His drill has a metal handle.
13. The electric motor in Brian's drill is designed to transfer
electrical energy into
A sound energy
B potential energy
C kinetic energy
D heat (thermal) energy
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Higher-tier candidates start at question 17 and answer questions 17 to 40.
Questions 17 to 24 must be answered by all candidates: Foundation-tier and Higher-tier.
Use this information and diagram to answer questions 17, 18 and 19.
Light-dependent resistor (LDR) experiment
Jane uses this apparatus to find out how the resistance of an LDR varies. She notes the resistance of the
LDR when it is at different distances from the lamp.
LDR lamp
to resistance
The graph of her results looks like this.…read more

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Which circuit should Jane use to measure the resistance of the LDR?
19. Jane repeated the experiment using a lamp which was less bright.…read more

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Jane's teacher sets up another LDR experiment.
This time she uses a data logger to measure the resistance and a computer with a monitor to
display the graph.
Which of these is not a reason for using the data logger in this experiment?
A Data loggers are very expensive
B The data logger can take measurements overnight
C The data logger always measures correctly
D People can make mistakes when reading instruments
Alan's new house
Alan is buying a new house.…read more

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Use this information to answer questions 23 and 24.
Alan collects some information about four types of loft insulation.
type of cost to insulate money saved from heating
insulation loft bill each year
1 £150 £10
2 £200 £20
3 £240 £40
4 £400 £50
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Questions 25 to 40 must be answered by Higher-tier candidates only.
Foundation-tier candidates do not answer questions 25 to 40.
25. Alan decided to set up a small wind-powered generator in his garden.
Some of his neighbours objected to the generator because it would
A add to noise pollution
B produce greenhouse gases
C generate alternating current
D damage the ozone layer
Safe as houses
Brian works on the outside of his house.…read more


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