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Can You Actually Pass Physics GCSE Now?

If physics GCSE was 12 multiple-choice questions, anyway. Questions from AQA past papers.

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  1. 1.

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    Correct
    Incorrect
    0.5°C
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1°C
    Correct
    Incorrect
    2°C
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    One- or 2-degree resolution wouldn't be fine enough to give the detail you see in that chart.

  2. 2.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    20°C
    Correct
    Incorrect
    20.5°C
    Correct
    Incorrect
    21°C
    Correct
    Incorrect
    21.5°C
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's when the temperature starts to go up again.

  3. 3.

    AQA / BuzzFeed
    Correct
    Incorrect
    A
    Correct
    Incorrect
    B
    Correct
    Incorrect
    C
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The higher the resistance, the lower the current.

  4. 4.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Newtons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Watts
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Ohms
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Joules
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    After the German physicist Georg Simon Ohm.

  5. 5.

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    Correct
    Incorrect
    It has no charge.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    It has a positive charge.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    It has a negative charge.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The plum pudding model was disproved by Ernest Rutherford's experiments in 1909.

  6. 6.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    The splitting of an atomic nucleus.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The fusion of two atomic nuclei.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The splitting of an atom.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sadly, the mark scheme specifically says "do not accept 'the splitting of an atom'".

  7. 7.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Proton
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Neutron
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Electron
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Quark
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Boson
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Neutrons are chargeless particles in the nucleus of atoms.

  8. 8.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Four years
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Six years
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Eight years
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Twelve years
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Eighteen years
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If you divide 80 by 2, then divide it by 2 again, then again, you get 10.

    So it's been halved three times in 36 years, meaning it takes 12 years to halve.

  9. 9.

    AQA / BuzzFeed
    Correct
    Incorrect
    A
    Correct
    Incorrect
    B
    Correct
    Incorrect
    C
    Correct
    Incorrect
    D
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It speeds up as gravity pulls it, but the rate of its acceleration is slowed by air resistance.

    Hence the curve.

  10. 10.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    J
    Correct
    Incorrect
    K
    Correct
    Incorrect
    L
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Only stars about the same size as or smaller than the sun become black dwarfs.

  11. 11.

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    Correct
    Incorrect
    Friction
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Gravity
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Weight
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Friction between the moving tyre and the road pushes the bike forward.

  12. 12.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Gravity
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Air resistance
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Convection
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The cyclist is pushing against the air, which slows him down.

    If forces A and B are equal, the cyclist will move at a steady pace.

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