# IBDP Physics 5.3 – Electric cells: IB Style Question Bank SL Paper 2

Question

This question is in two parts. Part 1 is about kinematics and Newton’s laws of motion.

Part 2 is about electrical circuits.

Part 1 Kinematics and Newton’s laws of motion

Cars I and B are on a straight race track. I is moving at a constant speed of $${\text{45 m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 1}}$$ and B is initially at rest. As I passes B, B starts to move with an acceleration of $${\text{3.2 m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 2}}$$. At a later time B passes I. You may assume that both cars are point particles.

A third car O with mass 930 kg joins the race. O collides with I from behind, moving along the same straight line as I. Before the collision the speed of I is $${\text{45 m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 1}}$$ and its mass is 850 kg. After the collision, I and O stick together and move in a straight line with an initial combined speed of $${\text{52 m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 1}}$$.

This question is in two parts. Part 1 is about kinematics and Newton’s laws of motion.

Part 2 Electrical circuits

The circuit shown is used to investigate how the power developed by a cell varies when the load resistance $$R$$ changes. The variable resistor is adjusted and a series of current and voltage readings are taken. The graph shows the variation with $$R$$ of the power dissipated in the cell and the power dissipated in the variable resistor. The cell has an internal resistance.

a.i. Show that the time taken for B to pass I is approximately 28 s. 

a.ii. Calculate the distance travelled by B in this time. 
b. B slows down while I remains at a constant speed. The driver in each car wears a seat belt. Using Newton’s laws of motion, explain the difference in the tension in the seat belts of the two cars. 
c.i. Calculate the speed of O immediately before the collision. 
c.ii. The duration of the collision is 0.45 s. Determine the average force acting on O. 
d. An ammeter and a voltmeter are used to investigate the characteristics of a variable resistor of resistance $$R$$. State how the resistance of the ammeter and of the voltmeter compare to $$R$$ so that the readings of the instruments are reliable. 
e. Show that the current in the circuit is approximately 0.70 A when $$R = 0.80{\text{ }}\Omega$$. 
f.i. Outline what is meant by the internal resistance of a cell. 
f.ii. Determine the internal resistance of the cell. 
g. Calculate the electromotive force (emf) of the cell. 

## Markscheme

a.i. distances itemized; (it must be clear through use of $${s_I}$$ or distance I etc)

distances equated;

$$t = \frac{{2v}}{a}$$ / cancel and re-arrange;

substitution $$\left( {\frac{{2 \times 45}}{{3.2}}} \right)$$ shown / 28.1(s) seen;

or

clear written statement that the average speed of B must be the same as constant speed of I;

as B starts from rest the final speed must be $${\text{2}} \times {\text{45}}$$;

so $$t = \frac{{\Delta v}}{a} = \frac{{90}}{{3.2}}$$;

28.1 (s) seen; (for this alternative the method must be clearly described)

or

attempts to compare distance travelled by I and B for 28 s;

I distance $$= (45 \times 28 = ){\text{ }}1260{\text{ (m)}}$$;

B distance $$= (\frac{1}{2} \times 3.2 \times {28^2} = ){\text{ }}1255{\text{ (m)}}$$;

deduces that overtake must occur about $$\left( {\frac{5}{{45}} = } \right){\text{ }}0.1{\text{ s}}$$ later;

a.ii. use of appropriate equation of motion;

$$(1.26 \approx )$$ 1.3 (km);

Award  for a bald correct answer.

b. driver I moves at constant speed so no net (extra) force according to Newton 1;

driver B decelerating so (extra) force (to rear of car) (according to Newton 1) / momentum/inertia change so (extra) force must be present;

(hence) greater tension in belt B than belt I;

Award  for stating that tension is less in the decelerating car (B).

c.i. $$930 \times v + 850 \times 45 = 1780 \times 52$$ or statement that momentum is conserved;

$$v = 58{\text{ }}({\text{m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 1}})$$;

Allow  for a bald correct answer.

c.ii. use of force $$\frac{{{\text{change of momentum}}}}{{{\text{time}}}}$$ (or any variant, eg: $$\frac{{930 \times 6.4}}{{0.45}}$$);

$$13.2 \times {10^3}{\text{ (N)}}$$; } (must see matched units and value ie: 13 200 without unit gains MP2, 13.2 does not)

Award  for a bald correct answer.

Allow use of 58 m s–1 from (c)(i) to give 12 400 (N).

d. ammeter must have very low resistance/much smaller than $$R$$;

voltmeter must have very large resistance/much larger than $$R$$;

Allow [1 max] for zero and infinite resistance for ammeter and voltmeter respectively.

Allow [1 max] if superlative (eg: very/much/OWTTE) is missing.

e. power (loss in resistor) $$= 0.36{\text{ (W)}}$$; } (accept answers in the range of 0.35 to 0.37 (W) – treat value outside this range as ECF (could still lead to 0.7))

$${I^2} \times 0.80 = 0.36$$;

$$I = 0.67{\text{ (A)}}$$ or $$\sqrt {\left( {\frac{{0.36}}{{0.8}}} \right)}$$; (allow answers in the range of 0.66 to 0.68 (A).

f. i. resistance of the components/chemicals/materials within the cell itself; } (not “resistance of cell”)

leading to energy/power loss in the cell;

f.ii. power (in cell with 0.7 A) $$= 0.58{\text{ W}}$$; } (allow answers in the range of 0.57 W to 0.62 W)

$${0.7^2} \times r = 0.58$$;

$$r = 1.2{\text{ (}}\Omega {\text{)}}$$; (allow answers in the range of 1.18 to 1.27 ($$\Omega$$))

or

when powers are equal;

$${I^2}R = {I^2}r$$;

so $$r = R$$ which occurs at 1.2(5) ($$\Omega$$);

Award [1 max] for bald 1.2(5) ($$\Omega$$).

g. $$\left( {E = I(R + r)} \right) = 0.7(0.8 + 1.2)$$;

1.4 (V);

Allow ECF from (e) or (f)(ii).

or

when $$R = 0$$, power loss $$= 1.55$$;

$$E = (\sqrt {1.55 \times 1.2} = ){\text{ }}1.4{\text{ (V)}}$$;

Question

This question is about the internal resistance of a cell.

A circuit is used to determine the internal resistance and emf of a cell. It consists of the cell, a variable resistor, an ideal ammeter and an ideal voltmeter. The diagram shows part of the circuit with the ammeter and voltmeter missing. The variable resistor is set to $$1.5{\text{ }}\Omega$$. When the cell converts 7.2 mJ of energy, 5.8 mC of charge moves completely around the circuit. The potential difference across the variable resistor is 0.55 V.

a. Define electromotive force (emf ).

b.i. Draw on the diagram the positions of the ammeter and voltmeter.

b.ii. Show that the emf of the cell is 1.25 V.

b.iii. Determine the internal resistance of the cell.

b.iv. Calculate the energy dissipated per second in the variable resistor.

## Markscheme

a. energy/work per unit charge supplied (by a cell) driving the current completely around a circuit;

quantity of chemical/any form of energy, per unit charge, changed to electrical energy;

potential difference across a cell when no current flows;

Allow similar responses.

b.i. ammeter in series with cell and voltmeter across cell or variable resistor; } (both needed)

b.ii. $$\frac{{7.2 \times {{10}^{ – 3}}}}{{5.8 \times {{10}^{ – 3}}}}$$ (= 1.24 V$$\,\,\,$$or$$\,\,\,$$1.25 V);

Answer is given so award the mark for showing the working.

b.iii. $$I = \frac{{0.55}}{{1.5}}$$;

$$(1.25 = 0.55 + Ir){\text{ }}r = 1.9{\text{ }}\Omega$$; (accept valid alternative method)

b.iv. use of $${I^2}R$$ or alternative;

0.20 W;

Question

This question is in two parts. Part 1 is about the motion of a car. Part 2 is about electricity.

Part 1 Motion of a car

A car is travelling along the straight horizontal road at its maximum speed of $${\text{56 m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 1}}$$. The power output required at the wheels is 0.13 MW.

A driver moves the car in a horizontal circular path of radius 200 m. Each of the four tyres will not grip the road if the frictional force between a tyre and the road becomes less than 1500 N.

Part 2 Electricity

A lemon can be used to make an electric cell by pushing a copper rod and a zinc rod into the lemon. A student constructs a lemon cell and connects it in an electrical circuit with a variable resistor. The student measures the potential difference V across the lemon and the current I in the lemon.

a. A car accelerates uniformly along a straight horizontal road from an initial speed of $${\text{12 m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 1}}$$ to a final speed of $${\text{28 m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 1}}$$ in a distance of 250 m. The mass of the car is 1200 kg. Determine the rate at which the engine is supplying kinetic energy to the car as it accelerates. 

b. A car is travelling along a straight horizontal road at its maximum speed of $${\text{56 m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 1}}$$. The power output required at the wheels is 0.13 MW.

(i)     Calculate the total resistive force acting on the car when it is travelling at a constant speed of $${\text{56 m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 1}}$$.

(ii)     The mass of the car is 1200 kg. The resistive force $$F$$ is related to the speed $$v$$ by $$F \propto {v^2}$$. Using your answer to (b)(i), determine the maximum theoretical acceleration of the car at a speed of $${\text{28 m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 1}}$$. 

c.(i)     Calculate the maximum speed of the car at which it can continue to move in the circular path. Assume that the radius of the path is the same for each tyre.

(ii)     While the car is travelling around the circle, the people in the car have the sensation that they are being thrown outwards. Outline how Newton’s first law of motion accounts for this sensation. 

d.(i)     Draw a circuit diagram of the experimental arrangement that will enable the student to collect the data for the graph.

(ii)     Show that the potential difference $$V$$ across the lemon is given by

$V = E – Ir$

where $$E$$ is the emf of the lemon cell and $$r$$ is the internal resistance of the lemon cell.

(iii)     The graph shows how $$V$$ varies with $$I$$. d. Using the graph, estimate the emf of the lemon cell.

(iv)     Determine the internal resistance of the lemon cell.

(v)     The lemon cell is used to supply energy to a digital clock that requires a current of $${\text{6.0 }}\mu {\text{A}}$$. The clock runs for 16 hours. Calculate the charge that flows through the clock in this time.

## Markscheme

a. use of a kinematic equation to determine motion time $$( = 12.5{\text{ s)}}$$;

change in kinetic energy $$= \frac{1}{2} \times 1200 \times \left[ {{{28}^2} – {{12}^2}} \right]{\text{ }}( = 384{\text{ kJ)}}$$;

rate of change in kinetic energy $$= \frac{{384000}}{{12.5}}$$; } (allow ECF of 162 from (28 – 12)2 for this mark)

31 (kW);

or

use of a kinematic equation to determine motion time $$( = 12.5{\text{ s)}}$$;

use of a kinematic equation to determine acceleration $$( = {\text{1.28 m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 2}}{\text{)}}$$;

work done $$= \frac{{F \times s}}{{{\text{time}}}} = \frac{{1536 \times 250}}{{12.5}}$$;

31 (kW);

b.

(i)     $${\text{force}} = \frac{{{\text{power}}}}{{{\text{speed}}}}$$;

2300 or 2.3k (N);

Award  for a bald correct answer.

(ii)     resistive force $$= \frac{{2300}}{4}$$$$\,\,\,$$or$$\,\,\,$$$$\frac{{2321}}{4}{\text{ }}( = 575)$$; (allow ECF)

so accelerating force = $$(2300 – 580 = ){\text{ }}1725{\text{ (N)}}$$$$\,\,\,$$or$$\,\,\,$$1741 (N);

$$a = \frac{{1725}}{{1200}} = 1.44{\text{ (m}}{{\text{s}}^{ – 2}}{\text{)}}$$$$\,\,\,$$or$$\,\,\,$$$$a = \frac{{1741}}{{1200}} = 1.45{\text{ (m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 2}}{\text{)}}$$;

Award [2 max] for an answer of 0.49 (m$$\,$$s–2) (omits 2300 N).

c.

(i)     centripetal force must be $$< {\text{6000 (N)}}$$; (allow force = 6000 N)

$${v^2} = F \times \frac{r}{m}$$;

$${\text{31.6 (m}}\,{{\text{s}}^{ – 1}}{\text{)}}$$;

Allow  for a bald correct answer.

Allow [2 max] if 4$$\times$$ is omitted, giving 15.8 (m$$\,$$s–1).

(ii)     statement of Newton’s first law;

(hence) without car wall/restraint/friction at seat, the people in the car would move in a straight line/at a tangent to circle;

(hence) seat/seat belt/door exerts centripetal force;

(in frame of reference of the people) straight ahead movement is interpreted as “outwards”;

d.

(i)     voltmeter in parallel with cell; (allow ammeter within voltmeter leads)

ammeter in series with variable resistor; } (must draw as variable arrangement or as potential divider)

Allow cell symbol for lemon/cell/box labelled “lemon cell”.

Award [1 max] if additional cell appears in the circuit.

(ii)     $$E = I(R + r)$$ and $$V = IR$$ used; (must state both explicitly)

re-arrangement correct ie $$E = V + Ir$$; } (accept any other correct re-arrangement eg. involving energy conversion)

(iii)     line correctly extrapolated to y-axis; (judge by eye)

1.6 or 1.60 (V); (allow ECF from incorrect extrapolation)

(iv)     correct read-offs from large triangle greater than half line length;

290 to 310 $${\text{(}}\Omega {\text{)}}$$;