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  • FCAT Prep Week


  • FCAT practice

    questions Energy


  • 18

    Quinn has a container for making frozen juice bars.

    He pours juice into the container and then puts the

    container into the freezer for 12 hours. What

    happens to the juice molecules in the container

    during these 12 hours?

    A. They lose kinetic energy.

    B. B. They lose chemical energy.

    C.C. They gain electrical energy.

    D.D. They gain gravitational energy.


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  •  Leah is using a 3.4meter (m) ladder to paint the

    exterior of her house. Leah has a mass of 50kilograms

    (kg). The acceleration due to gravity is equal to 9.8

    meters per second squared(m/s²). What force, in

    Newton's (N) does Leah exert on the ladder when she is

    standing on it?


  •  Calculate the mechanical energy of an object being

    thrown through the air. The object has 28 Joules (J) of

    potential energy due to its position above the ground,

    and 41 Joules (J) of kinetic energy due to its motion.

    Mechanical energy = potential energy


    Kinetic energy


  •  If a pendulum is swinging back and forth, energy is

    being converted from to another. Kinetic energy is the

    energy of motion…so why does the pendulum slow down

    and eventually stop if energy is conserved?


  •  Gail’s cross-country coach advised her to eat well-balanced meals in order

    to have plenty of energy for their upcoming track meet. To which

    transformation of energy is Gail’s coach referring?

     A. heat energy to mechanical energy

     B. mechanical energy to electrical energy

     C. chemical energy to mechanical energy

     D. thermodynamic energy to dynamic energy


  • Explain the changes in potential & kinetic energy as the golf ball moves

    through A – D.


  • FCAT practice

    questions Solar System:

    Earth / Space


  •  For thousands of years, astronomers believed that all the objects in the

    night sky that had produced their own light were individual stars. Since

    the invention of the modern telescope, we have been able to examine

    those sources of light and have discovered that many of them are not

    individual stars. Which sources of light have been found to be collections

    of billions of stars and not individual stars?

     A. comets

     B. constellations

     C. galaxies

     D. meteors


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  •  23

     Carol and Deborah are looking at stars on a dark night and notice that two

    stars next to each other are equally bright, but one is red and one is

    orange. Which of the following best explains why the stars are different


     A. The stars are in different galaxies.

     B. The stars are different distances away.

     C. The stars are at different stages in their life cycles.

     D. The stars have different numbers of planets orbiting them


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     Although the planets in our solar system have unique features, they also

    have similarities. Which of the following characteristics is most similar

    among the planets in our solar system?

     F. mass

     G. shape of orbit

     H. number of satellites

     I. chemical composition


  • Explain how our current understanding of the solar system differs from an Earth

    centered system.


  • Based on the data in the table, approximately how

    many planetary years does Mercury complete during the

    length of time that Earth has one Planetary year?

    Name of


    Distance from

    sun (km)

    Period of


    Mercury 58 88

    Venus 108 225

    Earth 150 365


    a. ¼ of a year b. 4 years c. 6 years d. 24 years

  • a. Earth is in side the galaxy

    b. Earth is close to the other galaxy

    c. Earth is rotating too quickly to view the galaxy

    d. Earth’s atmosphere distorts light from the galaxy

     The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, yet when Gordon looked at the stars one

    night, they Milky Way galaxy looked like a flat band of star across the sky.

    Why does the Milky Way galaxy appear to be flat?


  • a. Electric forces are acting on the ball

    b. Air resistance is accelerating the ball

    c. Magnetic forces are pushing the ball

    d. gravitational force is pulling on the ball

     Sam drops a rubber ball from the top of a staircase to his friend on the

    bottom of the staircase. The speed of the ball increases as it gets farther

    away from Sam’s hand.

    What is the best explanation for the increase of speed of the ball?


  • What causes a comet to have a

    tail when it nears the Sun?

    a. Streams of burning gas

    b. Dust that reflects sunlight

    c. Gas from the comet’s melting ice

    d. Water vapor trailing behind the

    comet’s orbit.


  • To date, space probes have visited

    or have passed near

    all the planets except which one?




    d.Uranus 20

  • Which best describes

    our Sun?

    a.A red giant in the

    Papillion Galaxy

    b.A white dwarf in

    the Pinwheel


    c.A blue supergiant

    in the Andromeda


    d.A yellow, main

    sequence star in

    the Milky way



  • What are sunspots?

     A. The white halo spots around the sun

     B. Huge, reddish loops of gas that extend over the edge

    of the Sun

     C. gases on the Sun’s surface that are cooler than

    surrounding gases

     D. The reddish glow that comes from the middle layer

    of the Sun’s atmosphere.


  • Which is the most common

    element found in most stars,

    including our Sun?

     A. Helium

     B. hydrogen

     C. nitrogen

     D. oxygen


  • Which is not a type of galaxy?

     A. Elliptical

     B. Irregular

     C. nebula

     D. spiral


  • Why are spring tides the

    highest tides?

    a. The moon is closer to

    the earth and has a

    stronger gravitational


    b. The moon and the sun

    are pulling on the

    earth at right angles

    c. The gravitational

    pulls of the moon and

    the sun are


    d. The sun is pulling the

    moon more

    powerfully than at

    other times of the



  • How often do

    neap tides


    a. Daily in

    summer and


    b. Twice a


    c. Once a

    month in


    d. Once every

    week 26

  • FCAT practice

    Problems Force and Motion


  • 36

    Amanda placed a small television on a metal rolling cart. On her

    way to the library, her friend Carlos stepped in front of the cart.

    Although Amanda stopped suddenly, the television stayed in place

    on the cart.

    What kept the television on the cart when she stopped suddenly?

    A. friction

    B. magnetism

    C. air pressure

    D. Buoyant force


  •  Which is NOT a result of unbalanced forces acting on an


     A. The object will start moving

     B. the object will stop moving

     C. the object will change directions

     D. the object will change in mass and volume


  •  Suppose an object is acted upon by two forces acting in the same

    direction. What will be the effect on the object?

     A. the object will move in a direction opposite the forces.

     B. the object will move in the same direction as the forces.

     C. the object will not move because the forces cancel each other out.

     D. the object will not move because two different forces can not act on an



  • Calculate

     How much work, In Joules, is done by a pulley system

    when a 1000 Newton crate is lifted to a height of 3



  •  Suppose a railroad car suddenly slows from 5m/s to

    rest. What would happen to empty cardboard boxes

    inside the car?

     A. they would remain in place

     B. they would slide backwards

     C. they would continue to move forward

     D. they would spread out in all directions


  •  What is the attractive force between two objects that

    have mass?

     A. Acceleration

     B. gravity

     C. magnetism

     D. momentum