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# Exampro GCSE Physics Name:

## P3 - Medical Applications of Physics Self Class:

Study Questions - Higher tier

Author:

Date:

Time: 90

Marks: 90

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Q1. The diagram shows a glass prism.

## (i) Explain why refraction has not occurred at point X.

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(ii) (A) Give the full name for the process which has occurred at point Y.

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## (B) Explain why this process has occurred.

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Q2. Pigs have a layer of fat in their skin. Underneath the fat is a layer of muscle. Ultrasonic
waves are used to measure the thickness of the layer of fat. An ultrasound transmitter and
detector are attached to the skin of the pig.

(a) Explain why ultrasound can be used to measure the thickness of the layer of fat.

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## (i) What does the oscilloscope measure in this case?

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(ii) What other information is needed to calculate the thickness of the layer of fat in a
pig?

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(Total 4 marks)

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Q3. The diagram shows the image IC formed by a lens, of an object OB a long way from it. The
points F mark the focal points of the lens.

(a) Describe, either by writing below or drawing on the diagram, how the size and position of
the image changes:

## (i) when the object OB is moved towards the focal point F.

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(ii) when the object OB is moved past F to a point nearer the lens than the focal point.

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(b) Explain how a converging lens in a camera is used to produce sharp images on the film
when the object is a long distance away from the camera, and when it is close to
the camera.

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(Total 7 marks)

Q4. (a) The diagram shows a lens used as a magnifying glass. The position of the eye is
shown and the size and position of an object standing at point O.

## (i) What type of lens is shown in the diagram?

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(ii) Two points are marked as F. What are these points?

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(iii) What is the name of the straight line which goes through the point F, through the
point L at the centre of the lens, and through the point F on the other side?

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(iv) On the diagram, use a ruler to construct accurately the position of the image. You should
show how you construct your ray diagram and how light appears to come from this image
to enter the eye.

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## (v) The image is virtual. What is a virtual image?

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(b) The lens shown in the diagram in part (a)(iv) can be used in a camera to produce a real
image.

Explain why a real image must be produced in a camera and how the object and the lens
are positioned to produce a real image which is smaller than the object.

## Do not draw a ray diagram as part of your answer.

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(Total 12 marks)

Q5. The picture shows a pre-natal scan obtained using ultrasonic waves.

(i) Explain how ultrasonic waves are used to produce the image of an unborn baby.

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## (ii) Give another use for ultrasonic waves.

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(Total 3 marks)

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Q6. Ultrasound can be used in industry for detecting internal cracks in metals.

## (a) State two features of ultrasound.

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(b) The diagram shows an ultrasound transmitter and detector fixed to the front of a metal
block. The block has an internal crack.

The diagram below shows the screen of the oscilloscope connected to the detector.

## (i) Explain why pulse A and pulse B occur.

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(ii) The metal block is 120 mm from front to back. What is the distance, in mm, from the
front of the block to the internal crack?

Distance = .................... mm
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(Total 5 marks)

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Q7. (a) The diagrams show oscilloscope traces for the same musical note played on two
different instruments. The oscilloscope settings are not changed.

(i) How can you tell, from the diagrams, that it is the same musical note?

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(ii) How can you tell, from the diagrams, that the musical note has been played on
different instruments?

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## Electronic systems can be used to produce ultrasound waves.

These waves have a higher frequency than the upper limit for
hearing in humans.
Ultrasound waves are partially reflected when they meet a
boundary between two different media.

(i) Approximately what is the highest frequency that humans can hear?

## State the number and the unit.

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(ii) What does the word media mean when it is used in this passage?

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(iii) What happens to the ultrasound which reaches the boundary between two different
media and is not reflected?

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(Total 6 marks)

Q8. The diagram shows a ray of light passing through a diverging lens.

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(a) Use the information in the diagram to calculate the refractive index of the plastic used to
make the lens.

Write down the equation you use, and then show clearly how you work out your answer.

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## Refractive index = ..................................

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(b) The focal length of the lens is 5 cm. A student looking through the lens sees
the image of a pin.

Complete the ray diagram below to show how the image of the pin is formed.

(3)
(Total 5 marks)

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Q9. A student investigated how the nature of the image depends on the position of the object in
front of a large converging lens.

## The diagram shows one position for the object.

(a) Use a ruler to complete a ray diagram to show how the image of the object is formed.

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## (b) Describe the nature of this image relative to the object.

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(Total 6 marks)

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Q10. (a) The diagram shows the inside of the eye of a person with perfect vision.

## Complete the sentence.

The process by which the cornea and lens change the direction of the light is called

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(b) (i) Not everyone has perfect vision.
A short-sighted person can only clearly see objects which are close.
Light from distant objects meets in front of the retina.

## Uncorrected vision Vision corrected with

a diverging lens

The following diagram shows what happens when light from a close object enters the
eye of a long-sighted person.

## Light fails to come

to
focus on the retina

What type of additional lens will correct the vision of a long-sighted person?

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(ii) The additional lens changes the direction of the light before it enters the eye.

## Why does this correct the person’s vision?

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(c) Read this passage from a magazine.

Explain how these glasses are adjusted for a short-sighted person and how this
adjustment allows the person to see distant objects clearly.

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(Total 6 marks)

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Q11. (a) The diagram shows a microphone being used to detect the output from a loudspeaker.
The oscilloscope trace shows the wave pattern produced by the loudspeaker.

(i) How many waves are produced by the loudspeaker in 0.0001 seconds?

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(ii) How many waves are produced by the loudspeaker every second?
Assume the input to the loudspeaker does not change.

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(iii) A person with normal hearing cannot hear the sound produced by the loudspeaker.

Explain why.

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(b) The diagram shows how a very high frequency sound wave can be used to check for
internal cracks in a large steel bolt. The oscilloscope trace shows that the bolt does have
an internal crack.

## (i) Explain what happens to produce pulse A and pulse B.

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(ii) Use the information in the diagram and the equation in the box to calculate the
distance from the head of the bolt to the internal crack.

## Speed of sound through steel = 6000 m/s

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(Total 9 marks)

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Q12. (a) The diagram shows a converging lens being used as a magnifying glass.

(i) On the diagram, use a ruler to draw two rays from the top of the object which show
how and where the image is formed. Represent the image by an arrow drawn at the
correct position.

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(ii) Use the equation in the box to calculate the magnification produced by the lens.

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Magnification = ........................................
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(b) A camera also uses a converging lens to form an image.

Describe how the image formed by the lens in a camera is different from the image
formed by a lens used as a magnifying glass.

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(Total 7 marks)

Q13. Figure 1 shows how a ray of light from a laser travels along an optical fibre.

Figure 1

(a) Why does the ray of light stay within the optical fibre?

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(b) The material used to make the optical fibre has a refractive index of 1.50.

## Use the correct equation from the Physics Equations Sheet.

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## Critical angle = .................................................. degrees

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(c) Different wavelengths of light can be used to transmit information along optical fibres.

Figure 2 shows how the percentage of incident light transmitted through a fibre varies with
the wavelength of light and the length of the fibre.

Figure 2

## Wavelength × 10−7 metres

Compare the percentages of incident light transmitted through the two different fibres over
the range of wavelengths shown.

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(Total 6 marks)

Q14. (a) Human eyes and digital cameras both have parts with the same function.

## Variable opening where light enters .......................................... Aperture

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(b) Long sight is a defect of the human eye.

## State two causes of long sight.

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(c) Long sight can be corrected by wearing spectacles with converging (convex) lenses.

## Use the correct equation from the Physics Equations Sheet.

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## Focal length = .................................................. metres

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(d) The figure below shows a ray of light passing through a converging (convex) lens.

(i) Use the information in the figure above to calculate the refractive index of the glass
used to make the lens.

## Use the correct equation from the Physics Equations Sheet.

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## Refractive index = ..................................................

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(ii) Different lenses of the same power can be made using glass of a different refractive
index.

State one advantage of making spectacles using lenses made from glass of a
higher refractive index.

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(Total 10 marks)

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M1. (i) (incident) ray along the normal
or (incident) ray at 90° (to the surface)
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## (ii) (A) total internal reflection

all three words required do not credit total internal refraction
1

(B) EITHER
angle of incidence is greater than the critical angle
or angle of incidence is greater than 42°
2

OR
angle of incidence is 45°
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## M2. (a) (ultrasound) waves reflected

accept ‘bounce off’
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## M3. (a) (i) Image distance increases

Image size increases
Remains inverted
Remains real
for 1 mark each
2

## (ii) Image distance decreases

Image size decreases
Becomes upright
Becomes virtual
for 1 mark each
2

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(b) Move lens with respect to film
Closer for distant objects
Further for near objects
for 1 mark each
3
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## (ii) focal (points) or foci

accept focuses or focus (point)
1

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(iv)

## double refraction drawn could get 4 out of 5 marks

ray that continues from the top of the object through L
to the eye
1
horizontal ray from the top of the object, refracted by the lens
and continued through F on the r.h.s. to the eye
1
back projections of these rays (shown as dotted lines)
1
image 25 mm high at 61 mm left of L
(tolerance 1 mm ± vertically, 2 mm ± horizontally)
1
at least one arrow shown on real ray and towards the eye
but do not credit if contradicted by other arrow(s)
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(v) formed where imaginary rays intersect / cross or not formed by real rays
accept (virtual image) is imaginary
accept cannot be put on screen
do not credit just ‘… is not real’
1

## (b) (the image) needs to fall on film / sensors / LDRs / CCDs

accept just ‘charged couples’
do not credit ‘… solar cells’
do not accept virtual image cannot be stored
1

## either to cause a (chemical) reaction or to be digitalised

for credit response must be appropriate to camera type
1

object (should be) on the far side of F / the focus (from the lens)
or … more than the focal length (away from the lens)
allow ‘beyond the focus’

or object should be more than twice the distance / 2F (from the lens) (2 marks)
or … more than twice the focal length (away from the lens)
(2 marks)
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M5. (i) (partly) reflected when they hit a (boundary between two) different media
or substance or tissue
accept named substances
do not accept bounce back
1

time taken for reflected wave (to return) is used to produce the image
1

## cleaning a delicate mechanism / jewellery

do not accept cleaning

welding plastics

cutting textiles

sonar

## motion sensors (in burglar alarms)

do not accept burglar alarms

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removing dental plaque

## breaking up kidney stones

treating injuries
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## M6. (a) any two points:

do not credit features which are true of sound in general eg
longitudinal waves

## • it has a very high frequency / pitch

do not credit just ‘has a high frequency / pitch’

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## (b) (i) ultrasound / waves are reflected

...are bounced is insufficient, but
...echo is acceptable
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## Pulse B indicates / is the back (of the block or crack)

need to mention both A and B to get this mark
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(ii) 90 (mm)
accept any answer in the range 88 – 92 (mm)
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## M7. (a) (i) same frequency / period / pitch / wavelength

ignore references to amplitude
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## (ii) differences in waveform / shape / quality

accept the diagrams are not identical
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(b) (i) 20 000 Hz / hertz

or 20 kHz / kilohertz
in both cases, if the symbol rather than the name is used, it must
be correct in every detail
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## (ii) material(s) / substance(s) (through which sound travels)

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(iii) is absorbed
accept (some) sound (energy) is transformed / transferred as
heat / thermal energy
1

is transmitted
accept is refracted
accept changes speed
accept changes velocity
do not accept is diffracted
do not accept is diffused
do not accept is dissipated
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## M8. (a) 1.59

accept an answer that rounds to this
allow 1 mark for correct substitution into correct equation

ie refractive index =
2

(b) 2 lines correctly drawn from the top of the pin through the lens
allow 1 mark for each
2

## position of image correct

image must be upright
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M9. (a) any two for 1 mark each
deduct (1) from the first two marks if a ruler has not been used but
the intention is clear

## • through centre of lens

• parallel to the axis then, when it reaches the lens, through F on the right

• through F on the left then, when it reaches the lens parallel to the axis
example of a 4 mark response

if more than two construction lines have been drawn all must be
correct to gain 2 marks
construction lines drawn as dashed lines do not score credit
2

image shown as vertical line from axis to where their rays intersect
image need not be marked with an arrowhead but, if it is, it must be
correct
1

## ray direction shown

only one correct direction
arrow needed but there must not be any contradiction
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## (b) any two from:

• inverted
accept ‘upside down’

• magnified
accept ‘bigger’

• real
accept ‘not virtual / not imaginary’
one correct feature gains 1 mark
ignore any reference to position
an incorrect feature negates a correct response
2
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M10. (a) refraction
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## (b) (i) converging

accept convex
1

(ii) cause the light (rays) to meet on / focus at retina / back of eye
do not accept hit the retina only
1

1

## lens(es) thinner in / at the middle (than at the edge)

or
lens(es) became concave / diverging
1

diverges(s) the light which (now) meets / focuses at the retina / back of the eye
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1

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## • frequency is above 20 000 (Hz)

accept the frequency is 30 000

## • upper limit of audible range equals 20 000 (Hz)

ignore reference to lower limit

• it is ultrasound/ultrasonic
2

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## at crack to produce A and end of bolt to produce B

accept at both ends of the crack
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(ii) 0.075 (m) allow 2 marks for time = 0.0000125
allow 1 mark for time = 0.000025
answers 0.15 or 0.015 or 0.09 gain 2 marks
answers 0.18 or 0.03 gain 1 mark
the unit is not required but if given must be consistent with
numerical answer for the available marks
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## M12. (a) (i) two correct rays drawn

1 mark for each correct ray

• ray parallel to axis from top of object and refracted through focus
and traced back beyond object

## • ray through centre of lens and traced back beyond object

• ray joining top of object to focus on left of lens taken to the lens
refracted parallel to axis and traced back parallel to axis beyond object

an arrow showing the position and correct orientation of the image for their rays
to gain this mark, the arrow must go from the intersection of the
traced-back rays to the axis and the image must be on the same
side of the lens as the object and above the axis
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## (ii) (x) 3.0

accept 3.0 to 3.5 inclusive
or

correctly calculated
allow 1 mark for correct substitution into equation using their figures
ignore any units
2

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(b) any two from:

## • inverted and not upright

accept upside down for inverted

## • diminished and not magnified

accept smaller and bigger
accept converse answers but it must be clear the direction of the
comparison
both parts of each marking point are required
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M13. (a) because the angle of incidence is greater than critical angle
accept the light is totally internally reflected
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(b) 41.8

## allow 1 mark for correct substitution, eg 1.5 =

or

sin c =
or

c = sin-1
2

(c) (for both fibres) increasing the wavelength of light decreases and then increases the
percentage / amount of light transmitted
accept for 1 mark:
(for both fibres) increasing the wavelength (of light) to 5 (x 10-7
metres), decreases the (percentage) transmission
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## (for both fibres) the minimum transmission happens at 5 (x 10-7 metres)

or
maximum transmission occurs at 6.5 (x 10-7 metres)
accept for a further 1 mark:
(for both fibres) increasing the wavelength of the light from 5 (x 10-7
metres) increases the amount of light transmitted
increasing wavelength (of light), decreases the percentage
transmitted is insufficient on its own
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the shorter fibre transmits a greater percentage of light (at the same wavelength)
accept for 1 mark:
Any statement that correctly processes data to compare the fibres
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## M14. (a) CCD / charged coupled device

ignore sensor
do not allow film
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pupil
do not allow iris
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## (b) the eye(ball) being too short

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the (eye) lens being unable to focus (an image at the retina)
or
the (ciliary) muscles being unable to change the shape of the lens sufficiently
accept cornea / lens is not curved enough
accept lens is not powerful enough or too weak
accept lens being unable to accommodate
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(c) 0.31(25)

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## allow 2 marks for 1.39

an answer of 0.72 gains 2 marks

## allow 1 mark for correct substitution, ie

allow 1 mark for both sine values correctly calculated ie 0.5 and
0.358
ignore any units
3

## (ii) the lenses can be made thinner

allow the lenses / spectacles / glasses are lighter
allow uses less glass
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