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PHYSICS EXAMINATIONS – 2006. Bruce Walsh. REMINDERS. Calculators Study design and textbooks Examiners report VASS system SSMS. JUNE EXAMINATION. STATISTICS. 6712 students Mean = 90 = 50% Std dev = 38.7 = 21.5% Number achieving 100% = 0. GENERAL COMMENTS.

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Physics examinations 2006

PHYSICS EXAMINATIONS – 2006

Bruce Walsh


Reminders

REMINDERS

  • Calculators

  • Study design and textbooks

  • Examiners report

  • VASS system

  • SSMS


June examination

JUNE EXAMINATION


Statistics

STATISTICS

  • 6712 students

  • Mean = 90 = 50%

  • Std dev = 38.7 = 21.5%

  • Number achieving 100% = 0


General comments

GENERAL COMMENTS

  • Reasonably challenging paper

  • Detailed studies

  • Attempt ONE detailed study only

  • Explanations address specific question. – Diagrams

  • Show working


Physics examinations 2006

  • Converting units

  • Calculations – powers of 10

    - raising to power eg. R3

  • Care reading scale on axes

  • Multiple choice questions

  • Illegible writing


Problem areas motion

PROBLEM AREASMOTION

  • Q3. Two stage – get acc from F=ma then use const acc formula. Many assumed a=9.8. Few used W=ΔEK

  • Q6. Net force. Many neglected gravity. Others added it instead of subtracting

  • Q7. Multiple steps. Net force const. Use F=ma for acc then const acc for dist. OR I=Δp for speed then const acc for dist. Many assumed acc was g


Physics examinations 2006

  • Q8. Two components then Pythagoras. Multiple steps

  • Q11. I=Δp or get acc then f=ma Easier to treat space station than shuttle (3rd law). Confusion over masses and speeds

  • Q12. Conservation of energy. Some fudging


Physics examinations 2006

  • Q14. Conservation of energy. Loss of Grav PE = Gain in Spring PE. Many used F=-kx assuming f=mg at bottom


Electronics photonics

ELECTRONICS & PHOTONICS

  • Q1. DC biasing. Parts 2 and 3 poorly done

  • Q3. Signal voltage - clipping

  • Q4. Decoupling capacitor. Most knew what it did but not why

  • Q8. Modulation


Relativity

RELATIVITY

  • Q7-9. Confusion over frames of reference.


Materials structures

MATERIALS & STRUCTURES

  • Q3. Reading axis ε=2% not 2

  • Q4. Calculated wrong material or misread strain axis

  • Q6. Work = Area of graph x Volume Many forgot volume or had calculation difficulties


Further electronics

FURTHER ELECTRONICS

  • Q7. Operation of regulator


November examination

NOVEMBER EXAMINATION


Statistics1

STATISTICS

  • 6589 students

  • Mean = 111 = 62%

  • Std dev = 41 = 23%

  • Number achieving 100% = 20


General comments1

GENERAL COMMENTS

  • Accessible paper

  • Detailed studies

  • Illegible writing

  • Explanations must address specific question


Physics examinations 2006

  • Explanations – one mark per point

  • Show working

  • Unit conversions, eg. cm2 to m2

  • Read questions carefully. Answer what is asked not what you expect to be asked.


Problem areas electric power

PROBLEM AREASELECTRIC POWER

Q1. Sketching magnetic fields.

Q8. E.M. induction. Trouble calculating area (units) and getting correct time

Q14-15. Operation of transformer

Q16. Overall distribution system


Light and matter

LIGHT and MATTER

  • Q1. Incoherent light from wide spectrum sources. Confused with discrete emission spectrum.

  • Q2. Wave and particle predictions for PE effect.

  • Q6. Meaning of standing waves for electrons in stable states in atoms.


Physics examinations 2006

  • Q11. Distinction between matter and electromagnetic radiation. Wrong Planck’s constant. Assumption that because momentum was the same, energy was also. Electron speed taken as 3x108.


Synchrotron

SYNCHROTRON

  • Q2. Explain two advantages.

  • Q5. Relate greater wavelength to reduced energy.


Photonics

PHOTONICS

  • Q5. Operation of graded index multimodal fibres

  • Q6-7. Snell’s law

  • Q10. Rayleigh scattering increases as wavelength decreases.


Sound

SOUND

  • Q6. Sound from front and rear out of phase, box prevents interference.

  • Q9. Unable to explain resonance in terms of behaviour of sound waves.


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