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MCAS 2004 Session 2

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At a weightlifting competition, two competitors lifted the same weight to the same height. The second competitor accomplished the lift 2 seconds faster than the first competitor. This demonstrated that the second competitor had more
The graph below relates speed and time of four cars (1, 2, 3, and 4) traveling along a straight highway.
Which two cars move with zero acceleration?
The chart below shows a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
A plastic filter is fitted over a light. The light emits white light, but the filter only lets the longest wavelengths of visible light pass through. Which color would a person looking at the filtered light see?
A 72 W navigation unit on a commercial aircraft has a 24 V power supply and uses 3 A of electric current. What is the electrical resistance of the navigation unit?
Tides, such as those along the coast of Massachusetts, are caused by gravitational attractions acting on Earth. Why is the gravitational attraction of the Moon a greater factor in determining tides than the gravitational attraction of the much larger Sun?

A skateboarder travels from location 1 to location 4 as shown below.
At which location does the skateboarder have the most kinetic energy and the least potential energy?
The diagram below shows a wave trace.
Distance Z is a measure of
A bowling ball with a mass of 8.0 kg rolls down a bowling lane at 2.0 m/s. What is the momentum of the bowling ball?
A party shop delivers helium-filled balloons to homes and businesses. The owners realize from experience that on hot summer days they should inflate the balloons only three-quarters full. On cold winter days they can fully inflate the balloons. Which of the following is the best hypothesis to explain this observation?

Which of the following arrangements will remain stationary unless an external force acts on it? Assume there is no friction.
Open-Response Questions
  • Show all your work (diagrams, tables, or computations) in your Student Answer Booklet.
  • If you do the work in your head, explain in writing how you did the work.
Refer to the following information for the next four questions.

The table below shows initial data from a laboratory demonstration. In the demonstration, a heated 0.06 kg copper pipe was dropped into a beaker of water.
Students in the class were asked to predict the final temperature of the beaker of water when it reached equilibrium with the copper pipe.
a. If this demonstration took place in a closed insulated beaker, instead of in an open beaker, what would be the relationship between the heat lost by the copper and the heat gained by the water and glass? 

b. Which material in the table above requires the most heat for a given change in temperature? 

c. The students found that the measured temperature was lower than they predicted. How would the students best explain this difference from the predicted temperature?

d. Assume a heated 0.12 kg copper pipe was used instead of the given pipe. How would this change affect the final temperatures of the water and of the glass beaker?

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