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Static Electricity
Question Paper 1

Level Edexcel
Subject Physics
Exam Board GCSE(9-1)
Topic Static Electricity
Sub Topic
Booklet Question Paper 1

## Time Allowed: 52 minutes

Score: /43

Percentage: /100
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Electric charge
1 (a) A plastic rod and a piece of cloth are both uncharged.
A student rubs the plastic rod with the cloth.
The plastic rod becomes negatively charged.
(i) Compared with the plastic rod, which row of the table is correct for the charge
on the cloth?
Put a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.
(1)

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A positive equal

B negative equal

C positive bigger

D negative bigger

## (ii) Explain how the plastic rod becomes negatively charged.

(2)

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(iii) The student then holds the plastic rod near to a stream of water coming from
a tap.
The stream of water bends towards the plastic rod.

Which picture shows the correct arrangement of charges in the stream of water?
Put a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.
(1)

rod rod

water water

A B

rod rod

water water

C D

(iv) The student puts the plastic rod into the stream of water and pulls it out.
Now, when he holds the plastic rod near the stream of water, the stream of
water does not bend.
Suggest why the stream of water does not bend.
(1)
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## (b) A torch has a battery and a bulb.

The current in its circuit is 0.08 A.
Calculate the amount of charge passing a point in this circuit in 2 minutes.
(3)

## (Total for Question 2 = 8 marks)

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## Electrostatic air filters

2 An electrostatic air filter is designed to remove dust particles from the air in a room.
A fan blows dusty air past several metal rods and metal plates.
There is a large potential difference (voltage) between the metal rods and the metal plates.

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(a) Complete the sentence by putting a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.
When dusty air goes past the metal rods, the dust particles become negatively charged.
This is because the dust particles
(1)
A lose electrons
B lose protons
C gain electrons
D gain protons
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Explain why the dust particles settle on the metal plates.
(2)

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(c) (i) State what happens to the charge on the dust particles when they settle on
the metal plates.
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(ii) Explain why the charge does not build up on the metal plates.
(2)

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## (d) There is a current of 1.2 mA in the circuit.

Calculate the charge transferred by this current in 40 s.
State the unit.
(3)

## (Total for Question 2 = 9 marks)

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Static electricity
3 (a) A student ties two balloons to a support with some string.
The student rubs both balloons with a dry cloth which gives the balloons a
negative charge.
The diagram shows the balloons after they were rubbed.

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The charged particles that are transferred from the cloth to the balloons are

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(b) The diagram shows an electrostatic insecticide spray being used on a plant.
The plant is initially uncharged.
Each droplet of spray is given a positive charge.

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## (i) Explain the advantages of using an electrostatic insecticide spray compared to

an uncharged insecticide spray.
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## (ii) There is a current of 0.008 A in the sprayer for a time of 10 minutes.

Calculate the charge supplied to the sprayer in this time.
(3)

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## (Total for Question 3 = 10 marks)

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4 (a) A student rubs a plastic rod with a dry cloth. The cloth becomes positively
charged.
(i) Complete the sentence by putting a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.
The cloth becomes positively charged because
(1)
   A negative charge has moved from the cloth to the rod
   B negative charge has moved from the rod to the cloth
   C positive charge has moved from the cloth to the rod
   D positive charge has moved from the rod to the cloth.

(ii) Two plastic strips are joined at the top and are hanging by a thread.
The student rubs both strips with another dry cloth.
The diagram shows the two plastic strips before and after the student rubs
them.

before after

Explain why the strips behave in this way after they are rubbed with the cloth.
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(b) The student reads an article about the possible build-up of static electricity
during the refuelling of an aircraft.
(i) Explain why this build-up could be dangerous.
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(ii) The article also states that the aircraft is connected by a metal cable to the ground.
The aircraft is also connected by a metal cable to the refuelling tanker.
Explain how these cables reduce the dangers when refuelling the aircraft.
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## (Total for Question 1 = 8 marks)

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Investigating static electricity
5 (a) A student charges two balloons and hangs them side by side.

## Explain why the cotton threads are not vertical.

(2)

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## (b) The student rubs another balloon with a cloth.

This balloon becomes negatively charged.
(i) Complete the sentence by putting a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.
Compared to the charge gained by the balloon, the cloth gains
(1)
A a larger negative charge
B a larger positive charge
C an equal negative charge
D an equal positive charge
(ii) Explain why the balloon became negatively charged when it was rubbed with
the cloth.
(2)

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(iii) The student then puts this charged balloon against a metal cabinet.
Describe what happens to the charge on the balloon where it touches the
metal cabinet.
(2)

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(iv) The student charges another balloon and holds it against a wall. The charged
balloon sticks to the wall when he lets go.
Suggest why the balloon is attracted to the wall.
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## (Total for Question 2 = 8 marks)

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Static Electricity
Question Paper 2

Level Edexcel
Subject Physics
Exam Board GCSE(9-1)
Topic Static Electricity
Sub Topic
Booklet Question Paper 2

## Time Allowed: 53 minutes

Score: /44

Percentage: /100
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Static electricity
1 (a) A student wins a trophy. It is a metal cup on a black plastic base.

metal cup

plastic base

## The student cleans the trophy.

She holds one of the metal handles and rubs the rest of the trophy with a dry cloth.

(i) Complete the sentence by putting a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.
The plastic base becomes negatively charged because it gains
(1)
A atoms
B electrons
C neutrons
D protons

(ii) Explain why the base gains a negative charge when she rubs the trophy with
the cloth.
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(iii) The metal cup does not become charged when she rubs the trophy.
Suggest why the cup does not become charged.
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(iv) Some dust particles in the air drift near to the plastic base just after she cleans
the trophy.

## Which diagram shows the correct distribution of charges on a dust particle

near to the charged plastic base?

## Put a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.

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plastic base

A B

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dust particle plastic base dust particle
plastic base

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(b) Describe one situation where separation of electric charge can create a spark.
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Static electricity
2 (a) The diagram represents an atom.
The atom is neutral.

Draw one straight line from each letter in the boxes to the particle.
(2)

letter particle

R proton

S neutron

T electron
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## (b) A boy combs his hair using a plastic comb.

His hair becomes positively charged.

(i) Explain what happens to the boy’s hair when it becomes positively charged.
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(ii) Complete the sentence by putting a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.
His plastic comb also becomes charged.
If a copper comb was used, it would not become charged.
This is because the copper is
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  A an insulator
  B a conductor
  C magnetic
  D non-magnetic
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(iii) The boy puts his charged comb near some small pieces of paper.
Explain what happens.
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Electrostatics
3 A light, polystyrene ball is coated with a thin layer of metal.
Diagram 1 shows the ball on a metal plate.
In diagram 2, the plate has been charged and the ball is rising to hit the earthed lid.

metal lid
lid is earthed

plastic tube

polystyrene ball

metal plate
diagram 1 diagram 2

(a) (i) State the sign of the charge on the ball as it moves upwards.
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## (b) The ball discharges when it hits the earthed lid.

Explain how the ball loses its charge.
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(c) The ball continues to move up and down between the charged plate and the
earthed lid.
Explain why the ball continues to move up and down.
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(d) The current in the wire connected to earth may be described by a graph.
Which of these graphs best shows the current in the earth wire?
Put a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.
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current current

0 0
time time

A B

current current

0 0
time time

C D

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Static electricity
4 An atom contains electrons, neutrons and protons.

neutral e

## (i) The charge on an electron is . . ............................................................................................................................................ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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(ii) An electron has a mass that is .......................................................................................................................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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(b) At a petrol station, a pipe is used to transfer petrol to the storage tanks.
The pipe is earthed.
There is friction between the petrol and the end of the pipe.
(i) Explain why it is dangerous not to earth the pipe.
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(ii) Explain how earthing the pipe makes this process much safer.
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paper

## positively charged balloon near a thin

stream of water
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## Explain in terms of electric charges how one of these effects is caused.

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## 5 A battery sends a current through a metal wire.

(a) (i) Complete the sentence by putting a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.

## Direct current is movement of charge

(1)
A backwards and forwards
B in many directions
C in one direction
D up and down

(ii) Complete the sentence by putting a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.
The particles that flow in the metal wire are
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A atoms
B electrons
C protons
D neutrons

## (b) The current in a wire is 3.7 A.

Calculate the charge that flows into the wire in 13 s.
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## (c) Plastic is an insulator.

A student rubs a piece of plastic with a cloth.
This gives the plastic a negative charge.
(i) Explain how the plastic is charged by the rubbing.
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(ii) The cloth is also charged when it rubs against the plastic.
Describe the charge on the cloth.
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Static Electricity
Question Paper 3

Level Edexcel
Subject Physics
Exam Board GCSE(9-1)
Topic Static Electricity
Sub Topic
Booklet Question Paper 3

## Time Allowed: 50 minutes

Score: /41

Percentage: /100
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## Using static electricity

1 (a) Vicky combs her hair with a plastic hair comb.
The comb now has a negative charge.

(i) Complete the sentence by putting a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.
The comb has a negative charge because it has
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A gained electrons
B lost electrons
C gained protons
D lost protons

## (ii) Vicky’s hair has also become charged.

Explain how Vicky’s hair has become charged.
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(iii) Vicky holds the comb over a small piece of metal foil.
The foil jumps up and sticks to the comb.

## Show on the diagram where the foil is negatively charged.

(1)
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## (b) Vicky combs her hair with a metal comb.

Then she tries to pick up some small pieces of metal foil with the comb.
The metal comb does not pick up any pieces of metal foil.
Explain why the metal foil is not picked up by the comb.
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(c) The picture shows an electrostatic paint sprayer about to be used to paint a metal
object.

## wire connecting metal

object to earth

When the paint particles leave the sprayer, they are negatively charged.
Explain the benefits of using this sprayer compared with one that does not charge
the paint.
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Static electricity
2 (a) A lightning strike on a metal tower can be described as follows.

In the cloud.
A thunder cloud contains moving ice particles.
Some of these ice particles are negatively charged and some are positively
charged.
The negatively charged particles move to the bottom of the cloud.

thunder cloud

scale

## When the charged cloud is over the metal tower.

A charge builds up on the top of the metal tower as the cloud passes over.
During the lightning flash.
Eventually a flash of lightning travels between the cloud and the tower.
(i) Which row of this table is correct when the cloud is over the top of the tower
before the lightning flash?
Put a cross ( ) in the box next to your answer.
(1)

## charge on top of the cloud is charge on top of the tower is

A negative negative

B negative positi e

C positive positive

D positive negative
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## (ii) Here are four statements.

Three of these are a reason for what happens at each stage.

## 4: ice particles lose protons

Choose the best reason for each of the stages listed below by writing its
number in the box next to the description of what happens.
One has been done for you.
A reason can only be used once.
(2)

## electrons move through the air 1

(iii) Explain what happens to the charge on the metal tower as a result of the
lightning flash.
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## (b) During the lightning flash a total charge of 52 C flows.

The average current is 2600 A.
Calculate the duration of the flash in seconds.
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(c) When fuel tanks on an aircraft are being filled, the aircraft, fuel pipes and tanker
are connected by a metal wire to the ground.
Explain why this greatly reduces the chance of a spark.
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## (Total for Question 4 = 10 marks)

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## 3 (a) Balloon P hangs from an insulating thread.

A teacher gives the balloon a positive electric charge, as shown in Figure 15.

+ +

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+ P +

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Figure 15

## (i) When the balloon is charged like this, it has

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A gained electrons
B lost electrons
C gained protons
D lost protons
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(ii) Two more balloons, Q and R, are charged and placed either side of balloon P.
The balloons move to the positions shown in Figure 16.
Add the charges on balloons Q and R in Figure 16.
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Figure 17

## (i) As fuel moves through the pipe, it becomes positively charged.

Explain how the worker can prevent a build-up of charge when pumping fuel
into the aircraft.
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(ii) Explain how an aircraft can become electrically charged as it flies through
the air.
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## (c) Fuel weighing 230 000 N is pumped into the aircraft.

This fuel moves upwards through a vertical height of 4.7 m.
The power developed by the pump is 1600 W.
Calculate the time needed to refuel the aircraft.
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Figure 8

## (i) Pumping fuel into an aircraft can be dangerous.

The worker connects an earth wire to the aircraft before pumping fuel.
Give one reason why earthing reduces the risk of fire.
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(ii) Explain how an aircraft can become electrically charged as it flies through
the air.
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## (b) Fuel weighing 230 000 N is pumped into the aircraft.

This fuel moves upwards through a vertical height of 4.7 m.
The power developed by the pump is 1600 W.
Calculate the time needed to refuel the aircraft.
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## (c) Figure 9 shows an electrostatic method for spray-painting a car door.

The car door has a negative charge.
The droplets of paint receive a positive charge as they leave the spray gun.

Figure 9
Explain how charging the door helps the paint to form an even coating on both
sides of the door.