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# PHYSICS PREVIOUS PAPERS 1

1. MARCH 2004
1. If the units of length and mass are doubled. How the unit of density is changed?
2. Mention the direction of motion of the projectile at the point of its maximum height. At that point, give the value of
its velocity?
3. What happens to the frictional force if its surface is moderately polished and heavily polished?
4. Write Poiseuillis equation and explain the terms in it?
5. Within the elastic limit if stress is equal to Youngs modulus what is the final length of the wire undergoing stress?
6. Is steel more elastic or less elastic than rubber why?
7. If a gas is compressed isothermally to 1/4
th
of its volume find the ratio of initial & final pressures?
8. Define Zeroth law of thermodynamics and first law of thermodynamics?
9. If coefficient of areal expansion is 1210
-6
/
o
c. then find coefficient of cubical expansion of a solid?
10. Which metal is used to seal glass why?
SAQ
11. Define parallelogram law of vectors and derive an equation for magnitude of resultant vector?
12. Show that in case of one dimensional elastic collision. The relative velocity of approach 0f two colliding bodies
before collision is equal to the relative velocity of separation after collision?
13. Three particles of mass 1kg,2kg,3kg are located at co-ordinates (1,2,3)(2,3,1)(3,1,2). Find the co-ordinates of centre
of mass?
14. State and prove perpendicular axes theorem of moment of inertia?
15. What is orbital velocity? Obtain an expression for it.
16. Derive C
P
-C
V
=R?
17. Define capillarity. Water rises to a height of 3 cm in a capillary tube on the earth. Then find the height of up to
which it rises in the same capillary tube on the moon?
18. Define and Explain Kirchhoff's law of radiation and give two application of the law? (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
LAQ
19. Define potential and kinetic energies and deduce equations for them?
20. Show that the motion of a simple pendulum is simple harmonic and derive an equation for its time period? The
displacement of a body executing S.H.M. is given by Y=5sin (2t+/4). Find its Amplitude & Phase difference?
21. Define the coefficients of real expansion and apparent expansion of a liquid. Establish a relation between them?
Describe with necessary theory the specific gravity bottle method to determine the coefficient of apparent
expansion of a liquid? (NOT IN SYLLABUS)

2. INSTANT 2004
VSAQ
1. Prove that planks constant and angular momentum have same dimensions?
2. Distinguish between Centre of mass & Centre of gravity?
3. Mention the laws of friction?
4. Define angle of contact. What are its values for pure water & mercury?
5. What is the significance of capillarity in daily life?
6. State Bernoullis theorem. For which type of fluids Bernoullis theorem is applicable?
7. Define Boyles law & Charles law of a gas?
8. State first & second law of thermodynamics?
9. Define Triple point. Give the value of Triple point of water?
10. Define Kirchhoffs laws of heat radiation and write its mathematical form?(NOT IN THE SYLLABUS)
SAQ
11. If the magnitude of the resultant of two equal vectors is equal to the magnitude of one of the vectors, find the angle
between them?
12. Show that the trajectory of an object thrown horizontally from certain height is a parabola?
13. Why pulling the lawn roller is preferred than pushing the lawn roller?
14. Define escape velocity? Obtain an expression for it?
15. Define simple pendulum? Derive an equation for its time period. What is seconds pendulum?
17. Describe with necessary theory the specific gravity bottle method to determine the coefficient of apparent
expansion of a liquid? (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
18. Derive the relation between volume coefficient and pressure coefficient of a gas? (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
LAQ
19. State the law of conservation of energy and verify it in case of a body projected vertically upwards? Find the power
of an electric motor if it lifts 200 kg of water in 5 minutes from a well of 120 m depth?
20. State and prove parallel axes theorem of moment of inertia? State the law of conservation of angular momentum? A
fly wheel has mass 140 kg and radius of gyration 3.5 m. find moment of inertia of the fly wheel?
21. Define ideal gas? Define pressure coefficient of a gas and describe Jolly's bulb experiment to determine it? Give the
value of Universal gas constant and mention its units?

3. MARCH 2005
1. Write any two uses of Dimensional formulas?
2. Write the two angles of projection for the same horizontal ranges of a projectile?
3. Mention any two advantages of friction?
4. State Bernoullis theorem. For which type of fluids Bernoullis theorem is applicable?
5. Write the theoretical limits of Poissons ratio?
6. Define Moment of Inertia and write its S.I. unit?
7. The pressure of a gas at 100
0
C is 12 atm. When the gas is heated by keeping volume constant, at what temperature
the pressure raises to 3 atm?
PHYSICS PREVIOUS PAPERS 2

8. What is Triple point? Give the value of Triple point of water?
9. Why a gap should be left between two successive rails?
10. Define Emissive power and Absorptive power?
SAQ
11. State parallelogram law of vectors and derive an equation for magnitude of resultant vector?
12. Show that in case of one dimensional elastic collision. The relative velocity of approach 0f two colliding bodies
before collision is equal to the relative velocity of separation after collision?
13. Find the center of mass of a system of masses 1kg,2kg,3kg and 4 kg located at the points (0,0), (1,0), (1,1) and (0,1)
14. State and prove parallel axes theorem.
15. Define escape velocity? Obtain an expression for it.
16. Define the two molar specific heats of a gas and deduce the relation between them{C
P
--C
V
=R}
17. What is capillarity? What should be the radius of capillary tube, if the water has to rise to a height of 6 cm in it?
Surface tension of water is 7.210
-2
Nm
-1
g=10ms
-2
(density of water is 10
3
kg m
-3
)?
18. Define Explain Kirchhoff's law of radiation and give two application of the law? (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
LAQ
19. What is energy? State and prove the law of conservation of energy in case of a freely falling body?
20. What is simple harmonic motion? Derive an equation for the time period of simple a simple pendulum? The
displacement of a body in simple harmonic motion is Y=4 cos (3t+/6). Find the Amplitude and initial phase.
21. Define the coefficients of real expansion and apparent expansion of a liquid. Establish a relation between them?
Describe with necessary theory the specific gravity bottle method to determine the coefficient of apparent
expansion of a liquid? (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
4. INSTNT 2005
VSAQ
1. State any two constants, which have Dimensions?
2. A force F=2i+3j+4k Newton acts on a body and displaces it through S=i+2j+k meters. What is work done?
3. Does the Centre of mass & Centre of gravity of a body coincide? When?
4. Explain why rain drops are spherical in nature?
5. What is the effect of temperature on Surface Tension?
6. Define Viscosity & give its C.G.S. units?
7. Why a hot beaker breaks when cold water is sprinkled on it?
8. What is heat? What is Specific heat?
9. State the Zeroth law of thermodynamics?
10. What are the Velocity, Wavelength and Range of heat radiation in vacuum?
SAQ
11. Show that the trajectory of an object thrown at certain angle with the horizontal is a parabola.
12. Show that two spheres of equal masses moving along the (X-axis) straight line exchange their velocities after a
13. Mention the methods used to decrease friction?
14. State and prove perpendicular axes theorem.
15. Define simple harmonic motion? Derive an equation for the velocity of a particle under SHM?
17. Write short notes on the triple point of water.
18. Find the temperature of furnace if the radiant power of furnace of surface area 0.6m
2
is 34 KW (=5.6710
-8
Wm
-2
K
-4
) (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
LAQ
19. State the law of conservation of energy and verify it in case of a freely falling body?
What are the conditions under which the law of conservation of energy is applicable? Calculate the work done
to take a cement bag of 50 kg to the top of a building of height 30 m. (g=9.8ms
-2
)
20. Give the limitations of Newtons third law of motion? Explain how these limitations affect the universal law of
gravitation? Assuming moon as a sphere of radius 1.710
6
m. and mass 7.410
22
kg. calculate the escape velocity
on the moon (G=6.6710
-11
Nm
2
kg
-2
)
21. Explain Boyles law and Charles laws. Derive an ideal gas equation from Boyles law and Charles laws? If the
volume of nitrogen of mass 14 kg is 0.4 m
3
at 30
0
C. calculate the nitrogen pressure(R=8.314Jmole
-1
K
-1
)
5. MARCH 2006
VSAQ
1. If unit of length and force are increased by four times, how much increase will be there in the unit of pressure?
2. If |a.b|=|ab| then find angle between a & b?
3. Write any two advantages of friction?
4. Derive the relation between Torque & Angular momentum?
5. What are the uses of Geo-stationary satellite?
6. State Bernoullis theorem. For which type of fluids Bernoullis theorem is applicable?
7. Mention the names of any two substances which contract on heating?
8. A steel tank is filled with a gas at 150 atm at 20
0
C. If the pressure rises to 250 atm the tank explodes. Find the
temperature at which the tank explodes?
9. Define Triple point. Give the value of Triple point of water?
10. Write two applications of Kirchhoffs law?
SAQ
11. Define horizontal Range. Derive an equation for range. At what angle of projection the Range is Maximum?
12. If a ball of 0.4 kg moving with a velocity of 3 ms
-1
collides elastically with another ball of mass 0.6 kg which is at
rest. Find their velocity after collision.
13. Pulling a lawn roller is easier than pushing- Explain?
14. State and prove the perpendicular axes theorem of moment of inertia
PHYSICS PREVIOUS PAPERS 3

15. Define simple harmonic motion? Derive an equation for the velocity of a particle under SHM?
16. Define capillarity. Give examples of capillarity in our daily life?
17. State Boyle's law and Charles' law. Hence derive ideal gas equation.
18. Define the two molar specific heats of a gas and deduce the relation between them{C
P
--C
V
=R}
LAQ
19. Define potential energy and kinetic energy. Derive an equation K.E =

.
A machine gun fires 240 bullets per minute with certain velocity. If the mass of each bullet is 10
-2
kg and the
power of the gun is 7200 Watt. Find the velocity with which each bullet fired?
20. Define Youngs modulus. Describe the experiment to determine the Youngs modulus of the material of the wire
by Searles apparatus method?
A wire of length 5 m and area of cross-section 10
-4
m
2
is fixed at one end and a mass of 1210
2
kg is attached
at the other end the Youngs modulus of the wire is 9.810
10
N/m
2
. Find the extension produced in the wire?
21. Define the coefficients of real expansion and apparent expansion of a liquid. Establish a relation between them?
Describe with necessary theory the specific gravity bottle method to determine the coefficient of apparent
expansion of a liquid? (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
The mass of the specific gravity bottle is 50 gm when it is filled with liquid at 20
0
C. the mass of bottle is 455 gm.
When it is heated to 120
0
C the mass of the bottle is 450 gm. Find the apparent expansion of the liquid?
6. INSTANT 2006
VSAQ
1. For a stone. What is the ratio of the distances covered in its 1
st
, 3
rd
& 5
th
seconds of its free fall?
2. Is it necessary that the mass should be present at the Centre of mass? Give an example?
3. What happens to the frictional force if its surface is moderately polished and heavily polished?
4. A boy is oscillating in swing in the sitting position. What happens to his frequency if he stands?
5. What is Geo-stationary satellite? What is its time period?
6. Explain how the Bernoullis theorem is applicable for a spinning cricket ball?
7. Why a hot beaker breaks when cold water is sprinkled on it?
8. Why gases have two coefficients of expansion?
9. State Isothermal process & adiabatic process?
10. Utensils are coated with black outside. Give reasons?
SAQ
11. Define the fundamental and derived quantities. Mention the uses of dimensional methods?
12. State parallelogram law of vectors. Derive an expression for the magnitude and direction of the resultant vector?
13. Show that in case of one dimensional elastic collision. The relative velocity of approach 0f two colliding bodies
before collision is equal to the relative velocity of separation after collision?
14. Derive the formula of time period of simple pendulum?
16. What should be the radius of a capillary tube if the water has to rise to a height of 6 cm in it? Surface tension of
water is 7.210
-2
Nm
-1
.(g=10 ms
-2
)
17. Derive C
P
-C
V
=R in the case of one mole of ideal gas?
18. Define Explain Kirchhoff's law of radiation and give two application of the law? (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
LAQ
19. State the law of conservation of energy and verify it in case of a freely falling body. What are the conditions under
which the law of conservation of energy is applicable?
A machine gun fires 240 bullets per minute with certain velocity. If the mass of each bullet is 10
-2
kg and the
power of the gun is 7.2K Watt. Find the velocity with which each bullet fired?
20. Show that a body can move in the vertical circular path only when its minimum velocity at the lowest point in the
circular path is ?
A stone of mass 0.5 Kg is tied to one end of a string of length 1.2 m and whirled in a vertical circular path.
Find the maximum tension in the string if the speed of the stone at the lowest point is 8 ms
-1
?
21. Describe with necessary theory the specific gravity bottle method to determine the coefficient of apparent
expansion of a liquid? A specific gravity bottle contains 100 gm of water at 4
0
C. Calculate the mass of water in the
bottle at 40
0
C.
water
=2.710
-4
/
0
C.
glass
=0.310
-4
/
0
c. (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
7. MARCH 2007
1. If the units of mass, length & time are doubled. What happens to the unit of energy?
2. F=3i+4j+5k N & S=6i+2j+5k m. What is work done?
3. Does the Centre of mass & Centre of gravity of a body coincide? When?
4. Define Moment of Inertia and write its S.I. unit?
5. Mention uses of Geo-stationary satellite?
6. Explain the effect of temperature on the Viscosity of liquids & gases?
7. Define Surface Tension and give its Dimensional formula
8. If coefficient of areal expansion is 2410
-6
/
o
c. then find coefficient of cubical expansion of a solid?
9. Define Zeroth law of thermodynamics and first law of thermodynamics?
10. Explain briefly the Stefans Boltzmann law?
SAQ
11. Show that the trajectory of an object thrown at certain angle with the horizontal is a parabola.
12. Show that in case of one dimensional elastic collision. The relative velocity of approach 0f two colliding bodies
before collision is equal to the relative velocity of separation after collision?
13. Obtain an expression for the acceleration acquired by the body to slide down a rough inclined plane.
14. State and prove the parallel axes theorem of moment of inertia
15. Define escape velocity? Obtain an expression for it.
17. Define the coefficients of expansions of solids and deduce the relation between them?
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18. Define Explain Kirchhoff's law of radiation and give two application of the law? (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
LAQ
19. State the law of conservation of energy and verify it in case of a vertically projected upward body. What are the
conditions under which the law of conservation of energy is applicable?
A machine gun fires 240 bullets per minute with a velocity of 500 m/s. If the mass of each bullet is 510
-3
kg, find
the power of the machine gun?
20. Define simple harmonic motion? Derive an equation for the time period of a simple pendulum?
The displacement of a particle in S.H.M is X=0.34cos (3000t+0.74) mm. Then find (i) Amplitude (ii) Frequency
(iii) Angular Velocity of the particle?
21. Define pressure coefficient of a gas and describe an experiment to determine it? (NOT IN THE SYLLABUS)
The pressure of a gas at 100
0
C is 2 atm. When the gas is heated by keeping the volume constant, at what
temperature the pressure raises to 3 atm?
8. INSTANT 2007
VSAQ
1. The velocity of an object varies with time as V=At
2
+BT+C. if V & t are expressed in S.I. units find the units of A,
B and C.
2. If A=i+j. what is the angle between vector A with X-axis?
3. Does the Centre of mass & Centre of gravity of a body coincide? When?
4. Define Radius of gyration. Mention the factors on which it depends?
5. Define Escape Velocity. Mention the relation between the Escape & Orbital Velocities?
6. In S.H.M. the ratio of acceleration and displacement is 4. What is the time period?
7. If coefficient of cubical expansion is 3610
-6
/
o
c. then find coefficient of Areal expansion of a solid?
8. Define standard calorie & Specific heat?
9. State first law of thermodynamics?
10. Why do animals curl in order to save themselves from extreme cold conditions?
SAQ
11. A body is dropped from the top of a tower of height 100m and at the same time another body is projected vertically
up with a velocity of 50m/s from the foot of the tower. Find when and where two bodies meet?
12. A sphere of mass 3kg moving with a velocity of 2m/s. collides head on with another sphere of mass 4kgmoving in
opposite direction with velocity of 2m/s. after collision they stick together and move with common velocity. Find
the common velocity of the spheres?
13. Define angle of repose? Obtain an expression for the acceleration acquired by the body to slide down an inclined
plane.
14. State and prove the parallel axes theorem of moment of inertia
15. Explain the phenomenon of capillarity. Give examples?
17. Explain how C
P
of a gas is greater than C
V
?
18. Write down the expression for the work done by an ideal gas during isothermal change and explain.
LAQ
19. State and prove work energy theorem?
The velocity of a train is increased from 10 m/sec in 5 minutes by the application of some force by a machine of
power 1MW (10
6
watts). What is the mass of the train, if there is no friction?
20. Show that a body can move in the vertical circular path only when its minimum velocity at the lowest point in the
circular path is ?
21. Prove that volume coefficient of gas is equal to pressure coefficient of a gas and hence explain absolute scale of
temperature? (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
A steel tank is filled with a gas at 150 atm pressure and at 20
0
C. If the pressure raises to 250 atm, the tank explodes.
Find the temperature at which the tank explodes?
9. MARCH 2008
VSAQ
1. If units of mass, length and time are doubled what happens to unit of energy?
2. Define Unit vector and Null vector?
3. Define co-efficient of restitution and state its value in case of elastic and inelastic collisions?
4. A body of 5kg on horizontal rough surface is moved through a distance of 100 cm with uniform speed. If the co-
efficient of kinetic friction is 0.1, calculate the work done.(g=9.8 ms
-2
)
5. Define Poissons ratio. What are theoretical and practical limits of Poissons ratio?
6. Calculate the work done in blowing a soap bubble of Surface tension 3.510
-2
10 cm?
7. State Bernoullis theorem and write its equation?
8. Convert 30
0
C into Fahrenheit Scale?
9. Define the co-efficient of real expansion of a liquid and the co-efficient of apparent expansion of a liquid?
10. State first law of thermodynamics and give its mathematical form?
PROBLEMS
11. A stone is dropped from the top of a tower 200 m in height and at the same time, another stone is projected
vertically upwards from the ground with a velocity of 50 ms
-1
. Find where and when the two stones will
meet?(g=9.8ms
-2
)(4M)
12. Water flows in a river with a velocity of 4 m/s. find the K.E of each cubic meter of water flowing in the
river?(8Marks)
13. The acceleration due to gravity on Moon is one-sixth of that on the Earth. If the length of the seconds pendulum is
96 cm on the earth, what is its length on the Moon?(8Marks)
14. At constant pressure, dry air occupying 2 liters of volume at 30
0
C is heated to 100
0
C. what would be its Volume at
100
0
C?(8Marks)
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10. INSTANT 2008
1. Prove that energy per unit volume is pressure?
2. A force of (20i+10j+5k) N acts on a body of mass 5 kg. What is the acceleration produced?
3. Can the velocity at any point on the path be zero in the case of a body projected vertically upwards? Explain.
4. Define Centre of mass & Centre of gravity?
5. Explain how viscosity of a gas changes with temperature?
6. Define Surface Tension & give its Dimensional formula?
7. Give the equation connecting G& g?
8. What is the relation between the universal gas constant & Boltzmann constant?
9. When will be a heat engine having maximum efficiency?
10. Define Kirchhoffs law of heat radiation & write its mathematical form? (NOT IN THE SYLLABUS)
PROBLEMS
11. A man weighing 50 kg climbs up a staircase of height 4 m carrying a bag of 30 kg in 15 sec. calculate his power
(g=10m/s
2
)(8Marks)
12. The force on a body executing S.H.M is 2 N. when the displacement is 2 cm. find the displacement when the force
applied is 3N?(8Marks)
13. A specific gravity bottle contains 100 gm of water at 4
0
C. Calculate the mass of water in the bottle at 40
0
C.

water
=2.710
-4
/
0
C.
glass
=0.310
-4
/
0
c. (8marks) (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
11. MARCH 2009
VSAQ
1. The length & breadth of a rectangular object are 25.2 cm & 16.8 cm respectively & have been measured to an
accuracy of 0.1 cm. find the relative error and percentage error of the object?
2. Define Scalar product & give any one example?
3. A ball of mass 0.1 kg is dropped down vertically from a height of 1 m above the ground. If it rebounds to a height
of 0.81 m, find the coefficient of restitution between the surface of the ball and the ground?
4. A horse has to exert a greater force during the start of motion than later. Explain?
5. A 3 cm long copper wire is stretched to increase its length by 0.3 cm. find the lateral strain in the wire (The
Poissons ratio for copper is 0.26 )
6. The radius of mercury drop at 20
0
C is 3 mm. if the surface tension of mercury at this temperature is4.6510
-1
Nm
-1
,
find the excess pressure inside the mercury drop?
7. Show that Reynolds number R=

is a dimensionless quantity?
8. Why gaps are left between rails on a railway track? Explain?
9. Explain anomalous expansion of water?
10. What is heat capacity? What is Specific heat?
SAQ
11. State the parallelogram law of a vector. Derive an expression with a diagram for the magnitude and direction of the
resultant vector with a diagram?
12. With a neat diagram, show that the trajectory of an object thrown at a certain angle with the horizontal is a
parabola?
13. Can you change the center of mass of your body by pulling your hair up? Mention any three characteristics of
center of mass?
14. Explain the methods used to decrease friction?
15. State and prove perpendicular axes theorem with a neat diagram?
16. What is escape velocity? Obtain expression for it?
17. Show that C
P
-C
V
=R in the case of one mole of ideal gas?
18. Explain Stefans law for a black body with mathematical expression. Explain Stefans Boltzmanns law with a
mathematical expression?( NOT IN THE SYLLABUS)
LAQ
19. If a nucleus at rest disintegrates in to two smaller nuclei, the products should travel in opposite directions why?
State the law of conservation of energy and verify in the case of a freely falling body with a neat diagram.
Machine gun fires 240 bullets per minute with a velocity of 500 ms
-1
. If the mass of each bullet is 5x10
-2
kg, find
the power of the gun?
20. Define simple harmonic motion, show that the projection of a uniform circular motion on any diameter is simple
harmonic? What is the length of the pendulum of a clock which beats second, given that the acceleration due to
gravity at the place is equal to 9.8 ms
-2
?
21. Mercury is preferred as the thermometric liquid why? State Boyles law and Charles law. Derive ideal gas equation
for one mole of an ideal gas. Convert 0
0
k in to the Fahrenheit scale?
12. INSTANT 2009
VSAQ
1. If units of mass, length and time are doubled, what happens to unit of energy?
2. The mass of a body is 5 kg and its velocity is 4i+2j-k ms
-1
. What is the momentum of the body?
3. What is elastic and inelastic collisions?
4. Mention any two methods, which are used to decrease friction?
5. Define Hooks law of Elasticity?
6. Explain why rain drops are spherical in nature?
7. Explain Turbulent flow?
8. Pendulum clocks generally go fast in winter, why?
9. Explain importance of Anomalous expansion of water in nature?
10. Define Heat Capacity & Specific Heat?
SAQ
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11. State the parallelogram law of a vector. Derive an expression with a diagram for the magnitude and direction of the
resultant vector with a diagram?
12. Show that time of ascent of a vertically projected body is equal to time of descent?
13. Mention any four characteristics of center of mass?
14. Define angle of friction. Write an equation of co-efficient of friction in terms of angle of friction?
15. If the centripetal force acting on a body revolving a circular path of radius 25m is 200 N, find its K.E?
16. What is escape velocity? Obtain expression for it?
17. Show that C
P
-C
V
=R in the case of one mole of ideal gas?
18. Explain Kirchhoffs law of radiation. Write its equation. Give any two applications of the law? NOT IN THE SYLLABUS
LAQ
19. State the law of conservation of energy and verify in the case of a freely falling body with a neat diagram.
A ball is projected vertically upwards from ground with an initial velocity of 9.8 m/s. find the maximum height
reached by it using the law of conservation of energy?
20. Show that the motion of a simple pendulum is simple harmonic and hence derive an equation for its time period.
Define seconds pendulum?
21. State Boyles law and Charles law. Derive ideal gas equation?
The pressure of a gas of volume 1 liter is 76 cm of Hg. If the pressure is increased to 114 cm of Hg at constant
temperature, find its Volume?
13. MARCH 2010
1. Prove that Planks constant and angular momentum have same dimensions?
2. If force vector F=3i+4j+5k & displacement vector S=6i+2j+5k find the work done by the force?
3. Define coefficient of restitution. What are its practical values?
4. What is the normal reaction of the body when it is at rest on (i) a horizontal surface and (ii) an inclined surface?
5. A steel wire of 2 mm in diameter is stretched by applying a force of 72 N. find the stress in the wire?
6. Define Surface Tension & give its dimensional formula?
7. Write the statement of Bernoullis principle?
8. Convert the normal temperature of human body 98.4
0
F into Celsius scale?
9. What is Anomalous expansion of water? At what temperature has water maximum density?
10. State Zeroth law of thermodynamics. What is its Significance?
SAQ
11. State the parallelogram law of a vector. Derive an expression with a diagram for the magnitude and direction of the
resultant vector with a diagram?
12. Show that the trajectory of an object thrown at certain angle with the horizontal is a parabola?
13. The position vectors of three particles of mass m
1
=1 kg, m
2
=2 kg and m
3
= 4 kg are r
1
=(i+4j+k)m, r
2
=(i+j+k)m and
r
3
= (2i-j-2k)m respectively. Find the position vector of their centre of mass?
14. Explain why pulling the lawn roller is preferred to pushing the lawn roller?
15. State and prove parallel axes theorem of moment of inertia?
16. What is Orbital velocity? Obtain an expression for it?
17. What is triple point? Write short note on the triple point of water with a phase diagram?
18. Explain Stefans law for a black body with mathematical expression. Explain Stefans Boltzmanns law with a
mathematical expression? (NOT IN THE SYLLABUS)
LAQ
19. State the law of conservation of energy and verify in the case of a freely falling body with a neat diagram.
A machine gun fires 240 bullets per minute with a velocity of 500 ms
-1
. If the mass of each bullet is 510
-2
kg, find
the power of the gun?
20. Define simple harmonic motion, show that the projection of a uniform circular motion on any diameter is simple
harmonic? Obtain the equation of SHM of a particle whose amplitude is 0.04 m and whose frequency is 50Hz.
The initial phase is /3?
21. Question is not in the syllabus
14. INSTANT 2010
VSAQ
1. Prove that Planks constant and angular momentum have same dimensions?
2. A force of 2i+3j+2k N acts on a body for 4 sec & produces a displacement of 3i+4j+5k m. calculate the Power?
3. Distinguish between Elastic & Inelastic Collisions?
4. What happens to the frictional force if the surface is moderately polished and heavily polished?
5. Define Poissons ratio? Write the theoretical limits?
6. What should be the radius of the capillary tube if the water has rise the height of 6 cm in it? Surface Tension of
water =7.210
-2
N/m.; g=10 m/s
2
.
7. The variation of viscosity in liquids and gases with temperature is opposite. Why?
8. Why gaps are left between rails on a railway track?
9. The coefficient of linear expansion of nickel is 1310
-6
/
0
C. Find its coefficient of areal and cubical expansion?
10. State the first law of thermodynamics?
SAQ
11. State the parallelogram law of a vector. Derive an expression with a diagram for the magnitude and direction of the
resultant vector with a diagram?
12. Show that for a projectile launched at an angle of 45
0
, the maximum height of the projectile is one quarter of the
range?
13. Obtain the Centre of mass of a system of 4 particles 1 kg, 2 kg, 3 kg, 4 kg located at the corners of square of 1
meter side. Take origin at 1 kg; 2 kg and 3 kg are on the X-axis and Y-axis?
14. Why pulling the lawn roller is preferred than pushing?
15. State and prove parallel axes theorem?
16. What is orbital velocity? Obtain expression for it?
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17. Write a short note on triple point of water?
18. Explain Kirchhoffs law of radiation and give two applications of Kirchhoffs law? (NOT IN THE SYLLABUS)
LAQ
19. State the law of conservation of energy and verify it in the case of a freely falling body?
The momentum of a body is doubled. By what percentage does its K.E increase?
20. Show that the motion of a simple pendulum is simple harmonic and hence derive an equation for its time period.
Define seconds pendulum? The length of a seconds pendulum at a place is 1.02 m. find the time period of
another pendulum of length 0.51 m at the same place?
21. Not in the syllabus..?
15. MARCH 2011
VSAQ
1. What are the physical quantities having joule/meter
2
as units?
2. Define the coefficient of restitution. What are its practical values?
3. Is it necessary that mass should be present at the center of mass of the system? Why? Give examples?
4. Derive the relation between kinetic energy and momentum?
5. Hotter liquids flow faster than cold ones. Why?
6. Hydrogen is in abundance around the sun and less around the earth. Why?
7. The simple harmonic motion of a body is represented by the equation Y= 4 Sin [2t +(/4)] find
a) Initial displacement b) maximum velocity
8. Can a substance contract on heating? Give Example?
9. What is the specific heat of gas in?
a) Isothermal process b) Adiabatic process
10. The coefficient of linear expansion of a material is 9x10
-6
in Celsius scale. Find the coefficient of linear expansion
in the Fahrenheit scale?
SAQ
11. Define Scalar product and write its properties. Give its examples.
12. Derive S= ut +

at
2
from the velocity-time graph.
13. Write the methods of minimizing friction.
14. Show that two spheres of equal masses moving along a straight line exchange their velocities after a head on
collision.
15. State and prove the perpendicular axes theorem.
17. Show that C
P
-C
V
=R
18. Explain Kirchhoffs law of radiation. Write two applications. (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
LAQ
19. State and prove law of conservation of energy in case of a freely falling body?
A man of mass 70 kg ascends a flight of 36 steps each 20 cm high. What is the work does against gravity?
20. Show that the motion of a simple pendulum is simple harmonic and hence derive an equation for its time period.
Define seconds pendulum?
21. Describe with the necessary theory, the specific gravity bottle method to determine the coefficient of apparent
expansion of a liquid? (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
In an experiment the coefficient of apparent expansion of a liquid is determined as 0.00000824 /
0
c. Find the
coefficient of real expansion of the liquid if the coefficient of linear expansion of the material of the bottle is
0.000009 /
0
c
16. MAY 2011
VSAQ
1. Write the dimensional formulae for (i) Energy, and (ii) Pressure
2. State any two characteristics of Centre of mass.
3. If the resultant of two unit vectors A and B is also a unit vector C, find the angle between A and B.
4. Why does a car with flattened tires stop sooner than the one with inflated tires?
5. A platinum wire is stretched by 0.1% find the strain in the wire.
6. One end of a glass capillary tube is dipped vertically in a liquid at an angle of contact less than 90
0
. What happens
to the liquid level in the capillary tube? What the shape of the liquid meniscus in the tube?
7. When a tap is opened, water comes out in a stream and one would observe that the cross section of water decreases
as water descends. Why?
8. A brass disc is snugly fitted in the hole of a steel plate. By what method the disc is removed from the plate by
heating or cooling? Why?
9. State Boyles law and mention the conditions under which it is obeyed by real gases?
10. What is the specific heat of gas in?
a) Isothermal process b) Adiabatic process
SAQS
11. Define Vector product and give an example. Write the properties of vector product?
12. Derive the equations for maximum height and range of projectiles?
13. Show that two spheres of equal masses moving along a straight line exchange their velocities after a head on elastic
collision?
14. Define kinetic and rolling frictions. State the laws of rolling friction?
15. A uniform rod of length L is held vertical on a horizontal floor. Fixing its lower end, the rod is allowed to fall
onto ground. Find the angular velocity of the rod, when it reaches the floor?
16. What is orbital velocity? Obtain an expression for it?
17. What is triple point? Explain triple point of water using phase diagram?
18. A body cools from 60
0
c to 40
0
c in 20 minutes. Find the temperature of the body after the next 40 minutes, if the
temperature of the surroundings is 10
0
c
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LAQS
19. State and prove law of conservation of energy in case of a freely falling body?
A stone of mass 10 kg is dropped from a height of 10 m from the ground. Find its P.E after 1 sec of its free fall?
20. Define simple harmonic motion. Show that the motion of a simple pendulum is simple harmonic and hence derive
an equation for its time period?
21. Describe with the necessary theory, the specific gravity bottle method to determine the coefficient of apparent
expansion of a liquid? (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
The coefficient of real expansion of mercury is 0.00018/
0
c. Find the coefficient of apparent expansion of
mercury in a glass bottle (The coefficient of linear expansion of glass=0.000009 /
0
c)
17. MARCH 2012
VSAQ
1. State two physical quantities having their units Pa?
2. If F=3i+4j+5k and S=6i+2j+5k, find work done by the force?
3. Define Poissons ratio. State its theoretical limits.
4. The radius of a mercury drop at 20
0
c is 310
-3
m. If the surface tension of mercury at this temperature is 4.6510
-1
N/m. find the excess pressure inside the liquid drop?
5. Distinguish between stream-line and turbulent flow of liquids?
6. At what temperature the readings on Celsius and Fahrenheit are similar?
7. Can a substance contract on heating? Give an example.
8. Distinguish between real gas and ideal gas?
9. State zeroeth law of thermodynamics. What is its significance?
10. What is Kirchhoffs law of radiation and illustrate it with an example?( NOT IN THE SYLLABUS)
SAQ
11. State parallelogram law of vectors. Derive an expression for the magnitude of resultant vector?
12. Show that time of ascent of a vertically projected body is equal to time of descent?
13. If a ball of mass 0.4 kg moving with a velocity of 3m/s collides elastically with another ball of mass 0.6 kg which is
at rest, find their velocities after collision?
14. Mention the characteristics of Centre of mass?
15. Why pulling the lawn roller is preferred than pushing?
16. Define angular velocity. State its units and dimensions. State whether it is a scalar or vector?
17. What is geostationary satellite? Write any three uses?
18. A lump of iron of mass 2kg is heated from 40
0
c to 1000
0
c. If the heat supplied is 192 kcal find its thermal capacity
and specific heat of iron?
LAQ
19. State the law of conservation of energy and it in the case of a body projected vertically upwards?
A ball is projected vertically upwards from a ground with an initial velocity of 9.8 m/s. find the maximum
height reached by it using the law of conservation of energy?
20. Define simple harmonic motion. Write an example? What are the conditions for a particle to execute simple
harmonic motion?
Obtain the equation of simple harmonic motion of a particle whose amplitude is 0.04m, whose frequency is
50 Hz. And initial phase is /3
21. Define coefficients of real expansion and apparent expansion of a liquid. Establish the relation between them?
The coefficient of real expansion of mercury is 0.00018/
0
c. Find the coefficient of apparent expansion
of mercury in a glass bottle. (The coefficient of linear expansion of glass=0.000009 /
0
c) (NOT IN SYLLABUS)
18. MAY 2012
VSAQ
1. Which physical quantity has negative dimensions in mass?
2. A=i-j. What is the angle between the vector and X-axis?
3. Is it necessary that any mass should be present at the Centre of mass of a system?
4. What happens to the frictional force if the surfaces are moderately polished and heavily polished?
5. Define Poissons ratio? State its practical limits?
6. Define surface tension and give its dimensional formula?
7. Define viscosity? What are its SI and CGS units?
8. State zeroth law of thermodynamics. What is its significance?
9. State Prevosts theory of heat exchanges?
10. State Newtons law of cooling?
SAQ
11. State parallelogram law of vectors. Derive an expression for the magnitude of resultant vector?
12. Show that the trajectory of an object thrown at certain angle with the horizontal is a parabola?
13. Show that two spheres of equal masses moving along a straight line exchange their velocities after a head on elastic
collision?
14. Why pulling the lawn roller is preferred than pushing?
15. State and prove the perpendicular axes theorem?
16. Deduce the relation between g at the surface of a planet and G?
17. The mass of a liter of a gas is 1.562 grams at 0
0
c under a pressure of 76 cm of mercury. The temperature is
increased to 250
0
c and pressure to 78 cm of mercury. What is the mass of one liter of gas under new conditions?
18. Show that C
P
C
V
=R in the case of an ideal gas?
LAQ
19. State the law of conservation of energy and verify it in case of a freely falling body?
A ball is projected vertically upwards from a ground with an initial velocity of 9.8 m/s. find the maximum
height reached by it using the law of conservation of energy?
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20. Show that the motion of a simple pendulum is simple harmonic and hence derive an equation for its time period.
Define seconds pendulum?
21. Define the coefficients of expansions of solids and deduce the relation between them?
An aluminum rod of length 50 cm is heated so that its temperature increases from 20
0
c to 80
0
c. If the linear
coefficient of expansion of aluminum is 2410
-6
/
0
c find the increase in the length of the aluminum rod.
19. MARCH 2013
VSAQ
1. What is the contribution of Chandrasekhar to Physics?
2. Give an example where the velocity of an object is zero but its acceleration is not zero?
3. A=i + j. what is the angle between the vector and X-axis?
4. A horse has to pull harder during the start of the motion than later. Explain?
5. By spinning eggs on a table top, how will you distinguish a hardboiled egg from a raw egg?
6. How is average velocity different from instantaneous velocity?
7. Find the torque of a force 7i+3j-5k about the origin. The force acts on a particle whose position vector is i-j+k.
8. What is greenhouse effect?
9. What is latent heat of vaporization?
10. Distinguish between accuracy and precision?
SAQ
11. State newtons second law of motion. Hence derive the equation of motion F=ma from it?
12. State parallelogram law of vectors. Derive an expression for the magnitude and direction of the resultant vectors?
13. Distinguish between center of mass and center of gravity?
14. What is escape velocity? Obtain an expression for it?
16. Explain surface tension and surface energy?
17. Explain triple point of water?
18. How specific heat capacity of monoatomic and diatomic gases can be explained on the basis of law of equipartition
of energy?
LAQ
19. State and prove law of conservation of energy in case of a freely falling body?
A machine gun fires 360 bullets per minute and each bullet travels with a velocity of 600 ms
-1
. If the mass of
each bullet is 5gm. find the power of the machine gun.
20. Show that the motion of a simple pendulum is simple harmonic and hence derive an equation for its time period?
What is seconds pendulum?
21. State second law of thermodynamics. How is heat engine different from a refrigerator? Explain?
20. MAY 2013
1. What is the contribution of Chandrasekhar to Physics?
2. Distinguish between accuracy and precision?
3. A=i + j. what is the angle between the vector and X-axis?
4. Why does car with flattened tyre stop sooner than the car with inflated tyres?
5. Why are spokes provided in a bicycle wheel?
6. Find the torque of a force 7i+3j-5k about the origin. The force acts on a particle whose position vector is i-j+k.
7. Define viscosity. What are its C.G.S unit?
8. Why drops and bubbles are spherical?
9. State the zeroth law of thermodynamics?
10. Define molar specific heat capacity?
SAQ
11. State newtons second law of motion. Hence derive the equation of motion F=ma from it?
12. Show that the trajectory of an object thrown at certain angle with the horizontal is a parabola?
13. A bullet moving with a speed of 150 ms
-1
strikes a tree and penetrates 3.5 cm before stopping. What is the
magnitude of its retardation in the tree and time taken for it to stop after striking the tree?
14. Distinguish between center of mass and center of gravity?
15. What is a geostationary satellite? State its uses?
17. Explain qualitatively, the working of a heat engine?
18. Four molecules of a gas have speeds 1, 2, 3 and 4 ms
-1
find the rms speed of the gas?
LAQ
19. State and prove law of conservation of energy in case of a freely falling body?
A machine gun fires 360 bullets per minute and each bullet travels with a velocity of 600 ms
-1
. If the mass of
each bullet is 5gm. find the power of the machine gun.
20. Show that the motion of a simple pendulum is simple harmonic and hence derive an equation for its time period?
What is seconds pendulum?
21. State and explain Newtons law of cooling. State the conditions under which newtons law of cooling is applicable?
A body cools form 60
0
c to 40
0
c in 7 minutes. What will be its temperature after the next 7 minutes? If the
temperature of its surroundings is 10
0
c?