Make your own free website on

PA 01 Jan 01

IL's answers

1.         (i)         proton:              6

                        electrons:          6

                        neutrons:           14-6 = 8

(ii)         the "absolute" largest e/m = electron: charge of e / very small mass


charge on electron is negative so really the "largest" considering sign of charge = proton which is positive

  its a bad question and Im not sure which answer the question is after theyll have to allow either answer so long as the reason is given.

(iii)        elements with the same number of protons but different numbers of neutrons

2.         (a)         work function = minimum energy required to remove an electron from the atom

                        Kinetic energy = the energy associated with the electron's emission velocity if the incident radiation has more energy than the work function


(b)        (i)          4.0 microamps as the intensity of the light is doubled then the current (the rate of electrons emitted) will double for any frequency that is above the threshold - sorry this is a change from my previous answer - since I have had a chance to think about it - thanks go to Ben King for spotting this one

            (ii)         assuming that every photon absorbed results in the emission of one electron.

            (iii)        l = 350 x 10-9

                        c = f l  so f = c / l =     3 x 108  / 350 x 10-9

                          f = 9 x 10 14 Hz

                          The threshold frequency is the minimum frequency required to emit electrons with zero kinetic energy.  F

                            From Einstein's photoelectric equation hf = KE + if we shine light with the threshold frequency then KE = zero therefore Einstein's equation reduces to  hf = 

                                    =  work function = hf  =  6.63 x 10 -34   x   9 x 10 14    =  5.7 x 10 -19 J  - sorry got this wrong before I think the 5. bit got deleted. (careful of rounding errors in this question)

3          (a)        (i)          3

                        (ii)         mesons

                        (iii)        experience the strong nuclear force - take part in the strong interaction


            (b)        (i)          positron

                        (ii)         experience the weak nuclear force BUT NOT THE STRONG


            (c)        b + antineutrino (use symbol)

            (d)        n          neutrino   ( I remember this as start with a proton - end with a neutrino, but start with a neutron and end with an antineutrino)


4          (a)        - the energy difference between one level and another is quantised - it has a discrete value

                           - an excited electron can lose energy by dropping from one energy level to another

                           - for a particular energy level change that energy can be released as a quantum of light of a particular frequency as frequency is proportional to energy

(b)        (i)          emission or capture of an electron by an atom - removal of the electron in any energy level to infinity

                        (ii)         22 x 10-19 J

                        (iii)        energy required = 22 x 10-19 J

                                                E = hf rearrange: f = E/h = 22 x 10-19 / 6.63 x 10 -34

                                                                             = 3.3 x 10 15 Hz


                        (iv)        it will be ionised with excess kinetic energy - so it will be emitted with a velocity equivalent to the excess energy.

            (c)        E  = hf2 - hf3

                                                       =  5.4 - 2.4 (x 10-19)

                             =   3 x 10-19 J

                        f    =   E/h = 3 x 10-19 / 6.63 x 10 -34  =  4.52 x 10 14 Hz

                        c   =   f l  rearrange: l  =  c / f  =  3 x108  /  4.52 x 10 14

                        l   =   6.64 x 10 -7m

5          (a)        (i)         zig zag line within the core reflecting so that i = r at the core, cladding boundary


                        (ii)        refraction

                        (iii)        n = 1 / sinC   or   sinC = 1 /n  =  1/ 1.5 = 0.66  therefore C = sin-1 0.66

                                    C= 41.81 o [NB to 2 decimal places cos thats the dps in the question]

            (b)        (i)         cladding because: without cladding light rays would pass between different fibres at their point of contact.

                        (ii)        the lower the refractive index of the cladding the more likely it is that internal reflection will take place at the cladding core boundary thus reducing the possibility of light leaking from the fibre.  The refractive index of the core is 1.5, less than 1.45 reduces the tolerance for error.

            (c)        used to send information for cable tv, used to view the interior of the body during keyhole surgery etc

6          (a)        (i)         Electron diffraction electrons will diffract through crystals and diffraction is a property associated with waves.

                        (ii)        the photoelectric effect em radiation will emit electrons from a metal if exposed to radiation above the threshold frequency.

                        (iii)        em radiation will refract it bends at the boundary between optical media of different density.

            (b)        l = h / p  = h / momentum = h / (mv)  =  6.63 x 10-34 / (9.1 x 10-31  x  5 x 106)

                           = 1.45 x 10-7 m

7          (i)         to reduce absorption of the alpha particles by collision with air molecules.

            (ii)         to reduce absorption of alpha particles as alpha radiation is the least penetrating of all radiation and therefore ensuring that transmitted alpha particles will be detected.

            (iii)        most alpha particles travel through the gold foil undeflected

                        as the atom is mostly empty space, 

                        some alpha particles are deflected through very large angles

                        which indicates that they are repelled by a very small but massive central nucleus.