You will complete 21 required practical activities if you are studying GCSE combined science: Synergy. You could be asked questions about the apparatus, methods, safety precautions, results, analysis and evaluation of these experiments.
There will be a number of different types of practical based questions. Some will be on the set required practicals, some will cover the working scientifically terms and some will be on other science practicals which you might have done in class. Use all the information given in the question particularly any diagrams to help you understand what the question is about.
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Alpha, beta and gamma are types of nuclear radiation.
A teacher sets up a demonstration of the penetration properties of alpha, beta and gamma radiation.
Here is a diagram that shows the demonstration.
a) Complete the diagram by writing the name of the radiation in each box. [2 marks]
b) Give two safety precautions the teacher should take in the demonstration. [2 marks]
a) Gamma, beta, alpha (2 marks for all three correct; 1 mark for one or two correct)
b) Any two from:
Blood glucose concentration in humans must be kept between 4.4 and 6.1 mmol per dm3.
Four students, A, B, C and D, tested their blood glucose concentration with glucose testing strips.
The results of their tests and the key from the test strip bottle are shown below.
a) Which student, A, B, C or D, has diabetes and has eaten a large piece of cake? [1 mark]
b) Which student, A, B, C or D, is in most need of eating carbohydrates? [1 mark]
c) Which student, A, B, C or D, has a healthy blood glucose concentration? [1 mark]
a) Student B .
b)Student D .
c) Student C .
Statins are drugs used to treat coronary heart disease (CHD).
New drugs must be trialled before they can be licensed for use.
Some scientists trialled two different types of statin.
A table showing the results of the trial.
|Drug A||Drug B|
|Number of patients who died during the trial||1||2|
|Number of patients who reported aching muscles||16||17|
|Number of patients who reported mild abdominal cramps||18||16|
|Change in blood cholesterol level in percentage||-50.5||-41.2|
|Change in thickness of artery wall in mm||-0.0033||+0.032|
a) Drug A is more effective than Drug B.
Give two reasons that support this conclusion.
Use information from the table. [2 marks]
b) A scientist concludes that Drug A is safer than Drug B.
Give two reasons why this is not a valid conclusion. [2 marks]
a) Drug A reduced the blood cholesterol level more than Drug B .
Drug A reduced the thickness of the artery or Drug B increased the thickness of the artery .
b) The number of patients reporting side effects are very similar .
We do not know what the patients died of .
Coronary heart disease (CHD) can be caused by many factors.
The table shows data related to CHD for five countries.
|Country||Number of deaths from CHD per 100,000 population per year||Percentage of population who smoke tobacco||Percentage of the population who drink alcohol heavily||Amount of fruit and vegetables eaten in kg per person per year|
A student concludes that the main cause of CHD is not eating enough fruit and vegetables.
Give three reasons why the student's conclusion is not correct.
Use information from the table. [3 marks]
The second highest death rate has the highest fruit and vegetable consumption .
The lowest death rates do not have high fruit and vegetable consumption .
Lowest death rates have a low percentage of the population that smokes .