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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

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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…

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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)…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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18. Which circuit should Jane use to measure the resistance of the LDR?



19. Jane repeated the experiment using a lamp which was less bright.
Which of these shows her new graph?

resistance 2400 resistance 2400
in ohms 2000 in ohms 2000
1600 1600
1200 1200…

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20. 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…

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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

23. Which argument explains why…

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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


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