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Science (Physics/Chemistry) Paper 1 5116/1

Level: Secondary 4 EXP/ 5 NA Duration: 1 Hour

Date: 19th August 2009 Setters: Mr Benjamin Chan

& Mr Douglas Lee


Write in soft pencil.

Do not use paper clips, highlighters, glue or correction fluid.
Write your name, class and index number on the answer sheet in the spaces provided.

There are forty questions in this paper. Answer all questions.

For each question there are four possible answers A, B, C and D.
Choose the one you consider to be correct and record your choice in soft pencil on the
separate answer sheet.

Read the instruction on the Answer Sheet very carefully.

Each correct answer will score one mark. A mark will not be deducted for a wrong answer.
Any rough working should be done in this booklet.

A copy of the Periodic Table is printed on page ___

This document consists of 12 printed pages including the cover page.

[Turn Over

1 What is the length shown below on the micrometer screw gauge?

0 5



A 3.53 mm B 3.83 mm C 4. 33 mm D 4.83 mm

2 The diagram below shows a speed-time graph. Which section of the graph
shows increasing deceleration?
Speed/ ms


3 The graph below shows the speed of car as it travels along an expressway.
How far does the car travel in the first 4 seconds?
Speed/ ms

0 1 2 3 4

A 10.5 m
B 15.0 m
C 17.5 m
D 20.0 m

4 Which of the following quantities must change as an object is accelerating?

A Mass
B Weight
C Velocity
D Volume

5 A commando of mass 70 kg parachutes out of a plane. After 15 seconds, he

starts to fall at a constant speed. What is the magnitude of the air resistance he
experiences after 15 seconds? Assume g = 10 m/s2

A 0N
B 100 N
C 400 N
D 700 N

6 A metal can containing 200 cm3 of paraffin (density 0.8 g/cm3) has a weight of
4 N. What is the mass of the metal can?

A 1.6 g
B 2.4 g
C 160 g
D 240 g

7 The diagram below shows a hydraulic brake system. What is the force acting on
piston B?
40 N

Piston A Piston B

Area 0.5 m2 Area 0.2 m2

A 4N B 16 N C 20 N D 80 N

8 Which of the following is a property of both liquids and gases?

A They are incompressible

B They are compressible
C They can flow
D Their molecules are arranged in fixed positions

9 A coolie carries a 4kg sack of rice on his back over a distance of 10 m. What is
the power of the coolie? (g = 10 N/kg)

A 0W
B 2.5 W
C 40 W
D 400 W

10 The diagram below tracks a ball as it falls from point X. If air resistance is
negligible, which of the following statements about the ball is true?

A The ball is moving at its fastest at Y

B The ball possesses only kinetic energy at Z
C The ball possesses only gravitational potential energy at Y
D The total energy of the ball is the same at all points

11 Some helium is in an airtight jar. What will happen to the helium molecules
when the gas is heated?

A The molecules will move further apart

B The molecules will expand
C The molecules will move faster
D The molecules will become denser

12 Which of the following conditions would yield the fastest rate of evaporation?

Temperature Surface area Humidity

A Low Small High
B Low Large Low
C High Small High
D High Large Low

13 Two identical rods, one having a dull black finish and the other a polished silver
finish, are placed an equal distance away from a radiator. The radiator is turned
on for 10 minutes.

Dull Black Rod Radiator Polished Silver Rod

Which of the following lines is true?

Radiates best Absorbs best

A Black rod Silver rod
B Black rod Black rod
C Silver rod Silver rod
D Silver rod Black rod

14 The diagram shows a light ray being reflected off a mirror. What are the angles
of incidence and reflection?

Angle of Angle of
incidence reflection
A 30° 30°
B 30° 60°
C 60° 30°
D 60° 60°

15 Which of the following electromagnetic waves has the lowest frequency?

A Microwaves B Radio waves

C Visible Light D X - rays

16 A water wave travels from a deeper region to a shallower region of water. Which
of the following quantities remains unchanged?
A Speed
B Frequency
C Wavelength
D Density

17 Which of the following circuits is used to determine the resistance of the light



18 1 kWh of energy costs $0.30. How much does it cost to run a 4500 W air-
conditioner for 2 hours?

A $1.35
B $2.70
C $13.50
D $27.00

19 A bulb rated at 8 V, 2 A is turned on for 20 s. How much energy is used?

A 8J
B 16 J
C 160 J
D 320 J

20 Which of the following materials is non-magnetic?

A Cobalt
B Zinc
C Iron
D Steel

21 Which of the following is least likely to be used in a titration


A pipette
B burette
C spatula
D indicator

22 Which of the following is soluble in water?

A silver chloride
B barium sulphate
C iron(II) hydroxide
D sodium carbonate

23 Which of the following properties shows that a sample of water is pure?

A Water is colourless and odourless.

B Water boils at 100 oC at a given pressure.
C Universal indicator remains green in water.
D Water turns anhydrous copper(II) sulphate blue.

24 What mass of oxygen combines with 20g of calcium?

A 4g
B 8g
C 16g
D 32g

25 Magnesium burns in air to produce magnesium oxide.

Which of the following equations best represents this reaction?

A 2Mg + O2 → 2MgO
B 2Mg + O2 → Mg2O2
C 2Mg + 2O → 2MgO
D Mg2 + O2 → Mg2O2

26 Uranium tetrafluoride can be reduced to uranium metal by heating with

magnesium metal.
2Mg + UF4 → U + 2MgF2

How many grammes of uranium can be formed from 12g of

[Relative atomic masses: Mg, 24; U, 238]
A 35.5
B 59.5
C 85.5
D 119

27 Which salt can be prepared by the reaction of a soluble metal

hydroxide and dilute hydrochloric acid?

A potassium chloride
B sodium nitrate
C iron(III) chloride
D copper(II) hydroxide

28 Which of the following is NOT a chemical change?

A crystallisation
B fermentation
C neutralisation
D combustion

29 Substance X turns iron(II) chloride solution brown and decolourises

acidified aqueous potassium manganate(VII)

How is the behaviour of X described?

A It is a reducing agent only.

B It is an oxidising agent only.
C It is both an oxidising and a reducing agent.
D It is neither an oxidising nor a reducing agent.

30 Which process is exothermic?


liquid gas

31 Which of the following method is not suitable to prevent bicycle gears

from rusting?

A painting
B greasing
C galvanizing
D use of stainless steel

32 Experiments are carried out to arrange metals P, Q and R in order of

increasing reactivity. The table below shows the results.

Experiment P Q R
Reaction with dilute acid? yes no yes
Is the metal oxide reduced by carbon? no yes yes

What is the correct arrangement in order of increasing reactivity?

A P, R, Q
B Q, P, R
C Q, R, P
D P, Q, R

33 The table contains four elements and their atomic numbers.

Element S T U V

Atomic 8 13 18 20

Which two elements are in the same period of the Periodic


A S and T
B T and U
C U and V
D S and V

34 Combustion is an exothermic reaction. What is meant by ‘exothermic’?

A A reaction that involves organic compounds.

B A reaction that releases energy to the surroundings.
C A reaction that burns with the presence of oxygen gas.
D A reaction that absorbs heat energy from the surroundings.

35 Which of the following oxides does not react with both acidic and
alkaline solutions?

A lead(II) oxide
B iron(II) oxide
C zinc(II) oxide
D aluminium oxide

36 Which of the following is false for a polyunsaturated compound?

A It has more than one carbon-carbon double bond.

B It belongs to the homologous series of alkene.
C It will decolourise aqueous bromine.
D It is an addition polymer.

37 Which of the following is most likely not to speed up the production of

carbon dioxide gas during fermentation?

A use a higher temperature

B use catalyst with smaller particle size
C use a higher concentration of sugar solution
D use a method that requires lower activation energy

38 Which substance is formed when propanol, C3H7OH is oxidized by

acidified potassium manganate(VII)?

A C3 H8

39 How can margarine be made from vegetable oils?

A by the cracking of a large hydrocarbon

B by the substitution of hydrocarbon with halogen
C by the addition of steam to an unsaturated hydrocarbon
D by the addition of hydrogen to an unsaturated hydrocarbon

40 What is the key reason for petroleum gas to be more expensive than
liquid petrol?

A Petroleum gas can burn easier than petrol.

B Petroleum gas is harder to store as compared to the liquid
C Petroleum gas molecules can move faster than liquid petrol
D Petroleum gas is a pure compound but liquid petrol is a mixture
of liquids.

End of Paper 1