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Measurement II Questions


1.  A ball bearing of mass 0.0015 kg is held between the anvil and spindle of a micrometer screw

gauge. The reading on the gauge when the jaws are closed without anything in between is 0.11mm. Use this information and the position of the scale in the figure below to answer the questions (a) and (b) below:





  a) What is the diameter of the ball bearing?  

b) Find the density of the ball bearing giving your answer correct to three significant

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 The springs A, B, C and D are identical and each extends by 2cm, when a force of 6N is

suspended on the system. Determine the extension of the system  


3.  Water in a dam falls through a height 24.5m. If we assume that there are no energy losses,

 calculate the new temperature of the water as it strikes the lower end, given that its initial

 temperature at the top of the dam is 18.9°C  


4.  Lycopodium powder is lightly sprinkled on a clean water surface in a large tray. A red hot

 needle is plunged at the centre of the water surface. State and explain the observation


5.  A micrometer screw gauge has a negative zero error of 0.06mm. Show on a micrometer screw

  gauge, including the essential parts only a reading of 5.99mm  


6.  (a) The data below was obtained in an experiment to estimate the diameter of an oil molecule:-

– Level of oil in burette= 26cm3

– Level of oil in burettes after adding 50drops of oil=25.2cm3

– Diameter of oil patch= 7cm

 (i) Determine the volume of one drop of oil  

 (ii) Calculate the thickness of a molecule

 (iii) State any two assumptions made in this experiment

 (iv) In the experiment 14.(a) lycopodium powder is used on the water surface. What is the role

of the lycopodium powder?

 (b) A molecule of a liquid occupies a space about 1.5 x 10-9m high and about 0.6 x 10-9m in

  thickness and breadth. Calculate the number of molecules in a litre of the liquid  


7.  The vernier calipers shown below have a zero error of -0.06 cm

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 State the actual reading on the instrument.  


8.  A micrometer screw gauge with zero error of -0.01mm is used to determine the diameter of a

 marble whose diameter is 2.32mm.

 (i) State the reading taken when the cylinder is grasped by the jaws  

 (ii) In the space below, sketch the scale that gives the reading in (a) above if it has a pitch


9.  Figure 1 below shows an object of volume 300cm3 placed on the pan of a beam balance.

The pointer was initially at the zero mark










Determine the density of the object in Kgm-3  

10.  Figure 1 shows marble of mass 2.0g placed between the jaws of Vernier calipers. The

  magnified section is also shown. The reading of the gauge when the jaws were fully

 closed without the marble was 0.01cm. Use this information and the figure to answer

 questions 1 and 2.










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 What is the diameter of the marble?


11.  Determine the density of the marble give your answer to three significant figure (assume that the

 marble is spherical)  


12.  Three identical springs A, B and C of negligible weight are arranged as shown below;

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 If C stretches by 3cm, and bar XY is assumed to be weightless, determine the extension in A


13.  When a drop of olive oil of radius 1.36mm is placed on the surface of water, it spreads out

to form a circular film of diameter 40cm. Calculate;  

 (a) The volume of the olive oil drop in m3 (Take  = 22/7)  

 (b) Using the value of (a) above, estimate the thickness of the film.

 (c) Explain why lycopodium powder is sprinkled on the surface of water before the

oil is dropped on it.

 (d) State two assumptions made when finding the thickness of the film formed.  


14.  Figure (a) Shows vernier calipers with the jaws completely closed while (b) shows the same

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 Determine the actual diameter of the coin  



15.  Give the reading on the micrometer screw gauge if it has a positive zero error of 0.01mm  


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16.  Draw a sketch of a micrometer screw gauge showing a reading of 8.53mm.

  1. The figure below shows a measuring cylinder containing some water.


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  Another 10cm3 of water was in to the cylinder from a burette delivering volumes from

  0cm3 to 50 cm. Record in the spaces provided the new reading indicated on each vessel.

18.  Sketch a vernier calipers scale reading 3.41 cm.

Image From EcoleBooks.com19.  In an experiment to determine a certain length ‘L‘ in a pendulum experiment the following

 results were obtained:












The up thrust was calculated from the spring balance and it was found to be 0.5N when the cylinder was fully submerged. Determine:

  (i) Volume of the metal cylinder.

  (ii) Mass of the liquid displaced by the cylinder.

  (iii) Density of the liquid



20.  The figure below shows a scale of part of venier caliper

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State the correct reading of the scale if the instrument has a zero error of -0.02cm.  




Measurement II Answers

1.  a)Exact diameter reading – 0.11

b) Find the density of the ball bearing giving your answer correct to three significant figures

V = 4


3 Z

P = m/v

2.  Determine the extension of the system  

6N purchase 2cm extension

50N = 2X50 = 16.667 cm  33.33

6 8.33

Total extension = 16.667X2 + 16.667
41.66 cm


3.  Water in a dam falls through a height 24.5m. If we assume that there are no energy losses, calculate the new temperature of the water as it strikes the lower end, given that its initial temperature at the top of the dam is 18.9°C.

Take specific heat capacity of water = 4200Jkg -1

mhg = mC

24.5 X 1Ø= 420Øj/kg k X ( -18.9)

24.5 =  – 18.9


 = 18.95830c or k

4.  The powder around the hot needle moves away.


  • The high temperature of the needle lowers the surface tension of the water around it.
  • High surface tension on the sided pits the powder away


5.  (a) (i) Volume of one drop = 26.00 – 25.2


= 0.8 = 0.016cm3


 (ii) Thickness of oil molecule = vol. of drop

Area of drop

= 0.016

3.142 x 3.5 x 3.5= 4.15 x 10-4cm

(iii) – The patch is even

  •  Oil drop forms a monolayer

(iv) – To show the circular patch formed by the oil drop

 (b) Vol. of molecule = 1.5 x 10-9 x 0.6 x 10-9 x 0.6 x 10-9

= 0.54 x 10-27 = 5.4 x 10-28m3

1 litre = 1000cm3

 = 1.0 x 10-3 m3

 No. of molecules in 1litre = 1.0 x 10-3

5.4 x 10-28

= 0.18515 x 1025

 = 1.8519 x 1024 molecules



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6.  Actual reading = 3.21 + 0.06; = 3.27cm;


of 0.5mm


7.  (i) Reading = actual reading = zero error

= 2.32mm + -0.01

= 2.31mm  (1mk)








9.  Reading, mass = 2.75Kg 1

 Density = mass/volume = 2.75Kg/3×10-4m3  1


= 9.167 x 103Kg/m31


= 9167Kg/m3


10.  Main scale reading = 3.1cm = 3.1cm

  Vernier scale reading = (4x 0.01) = 0.04cm

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Image From EcoleBooks.com11.  Volume of the marble = 4/3r3

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= 10.0476 x 10-6m3

Mass of the marble = 2.0 x 10-3kg

Density of the disc = mass


  = 2.0 x 10-3

  16.0476 x 10-6

  = 0.1246 x 103

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12   ½ X 3   = 1.5cm  1


13.  a) Volume of drop = 4/3 r3

V = 4/3 X 22/7 X (1.36/1000)3
 1

 = 1.054 X 108m3


 b) 4/3r3 = R 2t1

t= 4/3 X (1.36 X 10 -3)3

(4.0 X 10-1)  2  1

t = 4/3 X 1.36 3X 10 -9

4.02 X 10-2

= 0.2096 X 10-7

= 2.096 X 10-8m  1 3 mks


 c) Lycopodium powder makes the film outline clearly visible  1  1 Mk


 d)  – The film/ patch is a perfect circle

   – The film is a monolayer

– There is no space between the molecules An


14.  Zero error + 0.04

Reading diameter   = 0.93 – 0.04


15.  Main scale = 5.5mm

  Head scale coincidence = 23mm


Reading =   5.50



Actual reading = 5.73mm – 0.01mm = 5.72mm



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a ward 1m for the correct diagram

showing the correct reading. 1

No mark if the student uses 50

disks on the thimble scale.








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