CIT102  FOUNDATION PHYSICS AND ELECTRICITY.

UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS: 2018/2019
EXAMINATION FOR THE CERTIFICATE IN INFORMATION
TECHNOLOGY
CIT102 FOUNDATION PHYSICS AND ELECTRICITY
DATE: AUGUST, 2019 TIME: 2 HOURS
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer Question 1 AND any other TWO questions.

QUESTION ONE (COMPULSORY)
a) State the following laws [8 Marks]
(i) Newtons second law of motion
(ii) Ohms Law
(iii) Principle of conservation of energy
b) Briefly describe the following as used in physics [4 Marks]
(i) Gravitational Force
(ii) Frictional force
c) Describe the following properties of waves. Draw a neat diagram too. [8 Marks]
(i) cycle
(ii) phase
(iii) period
(iv) amplitude
d) Work out the following motion problems [10 Marks]
(i) An Electron accelerates from 3.81×105
to 4.12×105
through a 4mm gap. Find the
acceleration
(ii) An 8.5Kg mass rests on a slope that is slanting by 30o
to the ground. Calculate the
acceleration down the slope when released. Ignore friction
(iii) A 30Kg mass is raised to a height of 10m. Calculate the
I. work done
II. PE gained
III. The velocity and the KE just before it hits the ground.
IV. Compare the work done, PE and KE.
QUESTION TWO
a) State the SI units for the following [4 Marks]
(i) Current
(ii) Resistance
(iii) Force
(iv) Voltage
b) Give the difference between series and parallel circuits. Draw well labeled diagrams too
[6 Marks]
c) Calculate the total resistance, currents I1, I2 and I3 as well as the voltages V1 and V2 in the
diagram below. The supply is 7V. [10 Marks]

QUESTION THREE
a) State any four electronic circuit components [4 Marks]
b) Differentiate between the following electricity concepts [4 Marks]
(i) Protons and electrons
(ii) Conductors and insulators
c) State Ohm’s law [2 Marks]
d) Explain the term “short circuit” and how you could detect it using a multimeter [2 Marks]
e) Define electromagnetic waves, classify these waves and hence describe the uses of these waves in
IT [8 Marks]
QUESTION FOUR
a) A mathematical relation in physics is a relationship between sets of numbers or sets of elements.
Explain any three mathematical relationships [6 Marks]
b) Briefly explain how energy can be transferred in waves [4 Marks]
c) A force of 200 Newton is exerted on an object of mass 40 kg that is located on a sheet of perfectly
smooth ice.
(i) Calculate the acceleration of the object. [2 Marks]
(ii) If a second object identical to the first object is placed on top of the first object, what
acceleration would the 200 Newton force produce? [2 Marks]
d) Outline two types of motion [2 Marks]
e) Discuss Lenz’s Law [4 Marks]
QUESTION FIVE
a) Differentiate between the following [6 Marks]
(i) Transverse and Longitudinal wave
(ii) Scalar and Vector quantity
(iii) Current and Voltage
b) Using atomic theory describe what electricity is [5 Marks]
c) Briefly describe SHM (Simple Harmonic Motion) [5 Marks]
d) State what the following electrical instruments will measure [4 Marks]
(i) Ohmmeter
(ii) Voltmeter
(iii) Ammeter
(iv) Multimeter

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