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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2015, High School Intro Physics

  Question 23: Open-Response  
A student conducts an investigation to determine a ball’s mass, displacement, velocity, and kinetic energy.
  1. Identify each of the following as either a vector quantity or a scalar quantity:
  • mass
  • displacement
  • velocity
  • kinetic energy
  1. Describe how vector quantities are different from scalar quantities.
The student measures the mass of the ball to be 0.25 kg. The ball is set in motion, and the student determines the magnitude of the ball’s maximum velocity to be 11 m/s.
  1. Calculate the maximum kinetic energy of the ball. Show your calculations and include units in your answer.

Scoring Guide and Sample Student Work
Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
4 The response demonstrates a thorough understanding of vector quantities, scalar quantities, and kinetic energy. The response correctly identifies the vector quantities and the scalar quantities in the investigation and clearly describes the difference between vector and scalar quantities. The response also correctly calculates the maximum kinetic energy of the ball.
4
3 The response demonstrates a general understanding of vector quantities, scalar quantities, and kinetic energy.
2 The response demonstrates a limited understanding of vector quantities, scalar quantities, and kinetic energy.
1 The response demonstrates a minimal understanding of vector quantities, scalar quantities, and kinetic energy.
0 The response is incorrect or contains some correct work that is irrelevant to the skill or concept being measured.

Note: There are 2 sample student responses for Score Point 4.

High School Intro Physics

Question 12: Electromagnetism
Question 23: Motion and Forces
Question 32: Motion and Forces
Question 44: Heat and Heat Transfer
Question 45: Waves and Radiation

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Last Updated: July 27, 2017
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