Success on the upcoming NYS Regents examination in Physics as well as on classroom quizzes and tests necessitates thorough familiarity with the newly published Reference Tables for Physical Setting/Physics 2006 Edition. This document supersedes the previous Reference Tables for Physics, particularly the edition last used for the January, 2002 Physics Regents exam. The following exercise is designed to assist you becoming more familiar with the new ReferenceTables as an essential data source in Physics problem-solving. Bear in mind that solutions to each of the following twenty-five multiple choice questions relies in some way on information provided in the Reference Tables. Therefore, you must have your Reference Tables alongside you in order to complete this exercise. Place the answers to each question in the left-hand margin adjacent to the respective question number.
1. The units in which the Universal Gravitational Constant is expressed are
a. m/s-s b. N-m-m/C-C c. N-m-m/kg-kg d. m/s
2. Fifteen gigameters of distance would be correctly expressed as
a. 15 gm b. 15 km c. 15 Gm d. 15 Mm
3. Three million (3,000,000) nm could also be expressed as
a. 3 mm b. 0.03 m c. 30,000 pm d. 3 dm
4. Which of the following is shown in the correct order from highest to lowest value
of coefficient of static friction?
a. steel on steel - rubber on concrete (dry) - wood on wood - copper on steel
b. rubber on concrete (dry) - steel on steel - copper on steel - wood on wood
c. wood on wood - rubber on concrete (dry) - steel on steel - copper on steel
d. wood on wood - copper on steel - steel on steel - rubber on concrete (dry)
5. Which would require the greatest applied force to keep in motion at the same
a. A 1.0 kg block of steel sliding on steel.
b. A 1.0 kg block of rubber sliding on dry asphalt.
c. A 1.0 kg block of rubber sliding on wet concrete.
d. A 1.0 kg block of rubber sliding on ice.
6. Which of the following is the greatest value?
a. The ratio of the rest mass of the proton to the rest mass of the electron.
b. The ratio of the rest mass of the neutron to the rest mass of the proton.
c. The ratio of the mass of the Earth to the mass of the Moon.
d. The ratio of the Earth-Sun mean distance to the Earth-Moon mean distance.
7. Planck's Constant can also be expressed in which units?
a. N/s-s b. N-m/s-s c. N-m-s d. kg-m-m/s-s
8. Which of the following could not be an x-ray wavelength?
a. 1 pm b. 10 nm c. 100 pm d. 1 x 10exp-6 m
9. Which is shown in the correct order from highest to lowest frequency?
a. Gamma rays - ultraviolet - visible light - infrared
b. X-rays - infrared - Am waves - TV waves
c. Radio waves - Infrared - ultraviolet - gamma rays
d. Gamma rays - ultraviolet - radio waves - infrared
10. Which substance possesses the smallest index of refraction?
a. crown glass b. flint glass c. zircon d. glycerol
11. The table of Absolute Indices of Refraction is referenced to visible light with a
specific frequency (f). The color of this light which our eyes would perceive is
a. orange b. blue c. red d. yellow
12. Which represents the accomplishment of the least amount of work (smallest
a. Ionization of a mercury atom in the ground state.
b. Ionization of a hydrogen atom in the ground state.
c. Applying a force of 1 x 10exp-12 N over a distance of 1 x 10exp-5 m.
d. Generating a power of 1 x 10exp-10 W over a time of 2 x 10exp-5 s.
13. Which are the two basic subdivisions of matter?
a. baryons and hadrons b. baryons and mesons
c. mesons and leptons d. hadrons and leptons
14. Which of the following statements is incorrect?
a. Baryons consist of three quarks. b. Leptons do not possess any quarks.
c. Only mesons possess antiquarks. d. Only certain types of matter possess quarks.
15. As the length of an electrical conductor increases only, its resistance to
a. increases b. decreases c. remains unchanged d. becomes zero
16. Which possess the greatest resistance to electrical current at 20 degrees Celsius?
a. copper b. silver c. gold d. aluminum
17. The greater the resistance to electrical current a conductor possesses, the more
heat it generates in response to that current. Which of the following would be the
best material from which to construct the electrical circuit of a room air conditioner?
a. nichrome b. copper c. tungsten d. aluminum
18. The velocity of light traveling through a clear diamond is closest to
a. 1 x 10exp8 m/s b. 3 x 10exp8 m/s c. 9 x 10exp9 m/s d. 1 x 10exp2 m/s
19. Which two quantities are necessary to calculate the coefficient of sliding friction
between object A which is moving at a constant speed with respect to horizontal
a. The mass and the weight of object A.
b. The mass and the weight of surface B.
c. The applied force and the mass of object A.
d. The applied force and height of surface B.
20. An object's potential energy is not dependent upon
a. speed b. mass c. height d. gravitational acceleration
21. If the elongation of a spring is doubled, the amount of elastic potential energy
stored in the spring
a. increases by a factor of 2. b. decreases by a factor of 4.
c. increases by a factor of 4. d. remains unchanged.
22. A stretching force is applied to a spring that is less than the elastic limit. As the
spring extends from 3 cm to 9 cm, the value of k,
a. decreases by a factor of 3. b. increases by a factor of 3.
c. decreases by a factor of 6. d. remains unchanged.
23. Which three features constitute the total energy state of an object?
a. work - power - time
b. speed - electrical charge - gravitational force
c. potential energy - kinetic energy - internal energy
d. mass - gravitational acceleration - height
24. Which electrical device possesses the symbol shown below?
a. ammeter b. battery c. lamp d. voltmeter
25. Which of the following statements is incorrect?
a. The ratio of electric charge to time is current.
b. The product of voltage and current is resistance.