Physics Examination Questions for Senior Secondary School (SS1,SS2 & SS3)


Physics Examination Questions for Senior Secondary School (SS1,SS2 & SS3)

These Physics Examination Questions questions have been compiled to serve as a reference material to aid teachers set tests and examination questions without much stress.
School pupils/tutors will find it very helpful  in revision and exam preparation.


  1. The change in temperature of a body is due to (a)Kinetic energy (b)heat change (c)
    temperature change (d)thermometer
  2. The evidence for the particulate nature of matter is showed by  (a)diffusion (b)osmosis and diffusion(c)Brownian motion, diffusion and osmosis (d) Behavior of liquid
  3. Physical quantities that has both magnitude and direction are termed (a) Scalar quantities (b)vector quantities (c)fundamental quantities (d)derived  quantities
  4. The movement of solvent particulate matters across a semi permeable membrane is
    termed (a) linear expansivity (b)volume expansivity (b)osmosis (c)expansion of
    solid (d)length expanding
  5. The phenomenon whereby the surface of a material or substance act as a stretched
    skin is termed   (a) Solid expansion (b)cracking (c) density
    (d) surface tension
  6. Then reason why human body cannot be used for temperature measurement is due to (a) poor conductivity of the human body (b)unreliability of the human body (c)
    reliable nature of the human body (d)sensitivity of the human body
  7. The temperature of a body is 200oC calculate the value in kelvin scale  (a)473 (b)234 (c)983 (c)370 (d)440
  8. Water roof materials and the cleansing action of soap and detergent is an
    application of (a) tension (b)surface tension (c)density (d)friction and viscosity
  9. The land and sea breezes is an illustration to show  heat transfer by (a)Convection (b)conduction (c)radiation (d) transfer convection
  10. The tendency of a liquid to rise or fall in a narrow capillary tube  is termed (a) cohesion(b)viscosity(c)capillarity (d)tension

11.The force of attraction between molecules of different substances is known as  (a)Heat content (b)cohesion (c)adhesion (d)temperature and velocity

12.The transfer of heat from a hotter to a cooler region without  causing permanent displacement of the medium is termed (a)radiation (b)conduction (c)radiation plus (d)convection

13.The unit of electromotive force is (a) coefficient of linear expansivity (b) voltage
(c)Ampere(d)kinetic energy

14.The change in the total internal energy of a body is due to rise in (a)temperature
(b)heat (c)energy (d)power

15.Work done is the product of  force and (a)distance (b)mass (c)acceleration (d)newton

  1. The moment of a force is 25Nm and the distance moved is 10m determine the force  (a)None of the above (b)10cN (c019.5cN (d)8N

17.The  ratio of force to extension is  (a) elasticity  (b)elastic constant (c)Hooks law(d) gas

18.The conduction of heat from one region to another without a material medium is
termed (a)radiation (b)convection (c)transfer of heat (d) conduction

19.The force applied to an elastic material is 20N which provide an extension of 200m
determine the elastic stiffness (a) 500 (b)300 (c)373 (d)273 (e)None of the above

  1. The ability and the capacity to perform work in any working environment is referred
    to as (a) power of heat (b)heat energy (c)energy (d) heat content
  2. The work done of a body is 200joule, if the body covers a certain distance for
    400 meter calculate the force applied to overcome the work (a) 100N (b) 300N
    (c)290N (d)None of the above

22.The rate of change of distance with respect to time  is referred to as (a)velocity (b)speed (c)acceleration (d)   displacement


  1. Determine the moment of a force of 20N about point AB inclined at an angle of 30o to the horizontal, given that AB is 3m B. state the law of parallelogram of vectors
  2. Given that two vectors AB of magnitude 30N and 50N, determine the magnitude and direction of the vectors if :

(a)   Both are moving in the same direction

(b)  Both are moving in different direction

(c)   Both act at right angle to each other

  1. What are solar collectors  (a) List two  devices that are used to intercept solar
    radiation collectors (b) make a well labeled diagram of one  listed above in 3a
  2.  A stone is projected upward with a velocity of 20ms determine

(a)   The time of flight

(b)  Total time of flight

(c)   Maximum height

(d)  Horizontal range

  1. Give the difference between scalar and vector quantities, with 5 example each
  2. List 5 derive quantities and show how they are been derive.

SUBJECT:    Physics

CLASS:    S S 2

TIME:      2 hours

INSTRUCTION:       Answer all questions


  1. All of these are scalar quantities except (a) Temperature (b) Speed (c) Momentum (d) Distance
  2. The S.I unit of acceleration due to gravity is _____
  3. A mango fruit drops to the ground from the top of its tree which is 10m high. How long does it take to reach the ground? (a) 2.5 sec. (b) 10 sec. (c) 2.2 sec (d) 2 sec.
  4. For a projectile, the maximum range is obtained when the angle of projection is (a) 300 (b) 900 (c) 450 (d) 600
  5. The single force which acting alone will have the same effect in magnitude and direction as two or more forces acting together is called ____
  6. The S.I unit of momentum is (a) NM (b) m/s (c) KM/J (d) M2
  7. The 3rd equation of motion is given by _____ (a) V = U + 1/­2 at2 (b) V2 + U2 (c) V = U + at (d) V2 = U2 + 2as
  8. The examples of stable equilibrium are; except (a) A cone resting on its base (b) A ball in the middle of a bowl (c) An egg resting on its side (d) A racing car with lo C. G and wide base
  9. Which of the following is not a vector quantity? (a) Speed (b) Acceleration (c) Electric field (d) Force
  10. The slope of a straight line displacement time graph indicates ____ (a) Uniform speed (b) Uniform acceleration (c) Distance (d) Uniform Velocity


Instruction: Answer any four questions you know

  1. A projectile is first with initial velocity of 80 m/s at angle of 300 with the horizontal. Calculate

            (a) Time of flight (b) The Maximum height (c) The range

  1. Define the following with 4 examples each

(i) Scalar quantities (ii) Vector quantities

  1. Define the following

(i) Stable equilibrium (ii) Centre of gravity (iii) Velocity

4(i).     Calculate the time it takes a piece of stone thrown vertically upwards with a velocity 20 m/s, to reach its maximum height. [g = 10m/s2]

  1. Differentiate between speed and velocity
  2. State the principle of moment
  3. If a force P of 40N acts in the direction due East and another force Q of 30N acts in the direction due North, calculate the resultant of these two forces.

Physics Examination Questions for Senior Secondary School (SS1,SS2 & SS3)


CLASS:    S S 3

TIME:    2 hours

INSTRUCTION:  Answer all questions in this section A

  1. The maximum displacement of particles of a wave from their equilibrium position is called ______ (a) Wave velocity (b) Amplitude (c) Wave length (d) Frequency
  2. Which of the following is not a mechanical wave (a) Waves in a closed pipes (b) Radio wave (c) Water waves (d) Sound waves
  3. If V is the velocity of a wave, λ its wave length and T its period, the V, λ and T are related by t he expression (a) λ = v/­T2 (b) V = λT (c) λ = VT (d) V = T/λ
  4. An image which can be formed on a screen is said to be (a) Vertical (b) Inverted (c) Real (d) Erect
  5. What will be the number of images forms when two mirrors are inclined at an angle 900 (a) 3 images (b) 1 images (c) 6 images (d) 4 images
  6. The centre of the sphere of which the mirror form a part is called _____
  7. The direction of a light ray changes as it passes from one medium to another. The phenomenon is called ______ (a) diffraction (b) Reflection (c) Refraction (d) Dispersion
  8. For correcting long sight defects in the human eye we require a (a) Converging lens (b) Diverging lens (c) Microscope (d) All of the above
  9. The three primary colours are (a) Green, blue and yellow (b) Red, Black and white (c) Red, Green and Blue (d) Green, Blue and black.


Instruction: Answer any four questions you know

  1. With the help of a ray diagram, list the characteristic of image form when the object is beyond C
  2. Define the following terms (i) Wave length (ii) Amplitude (iii) Frequency (iv) Period (v) Self-heminous
  3. A radio station broadcast at frequency of 600 KHZ. If the speed of light in air is 3×108m/s, calculate the wave length of the radio wave
  4. What is wave
  5. State the laws of refraction
  6. An object is placed 10cm in front of a concave mirror whose radius of curvature is 12cm. calculate the position and magnification of image produced.
  7. Explain the following

(i)    Mirage

(ii)    Critical Angle

8. List any six optical features of the eye

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