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Dumbed down markschemes?

Today I was working through the June 2014 Edexcel M1 paper for my year 13s, noting down thought processes etc and I arrived at this question:


It’s quite a nice, general bouncing ball question that takes into account many of the rules of mechanics. When I finished the question I checked it against the markscheme so I could jot down where each mark came from and on part E I received a bit if a shock.

The weight of the ball is given as is the distance it’s dropped from and the distance it bounces to. In earlier parts of the question you have been asked to calculate the final speed of the bit before the first bounce and the initial speed after. Part E asks for the time between the ball being dropped and the second bounce. I split it into to, used s = ut + (1/2)at^2 (u=0, s=2,a=9.8) to find the time it took to drop, then the same equation for the time between bounces (this time s=0, u= the value already calculated, a=(-9.8)). A simple question, a simple solution and a nice answer. The markscheme, however, says this:


I don’t understand why they have felt the need to work out the time between the first bounce and the top then double it. It’s a valid mrthod, granted, but surely looking at the whole motion is sensible as acceleration is constant?

Worryingly, in the notes there’s no other solutions offered and I was left wondering if examiner’s might miss that thus method is not only correct,, but actually more sensible.

Which way would you have done it? Do you think I’m correct thinking mines the mire logical sensible way?

  1. Judith
    May 23, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    The examiners have a much more detailed mark scheme and would often have 2 or 3 alternative methods with the marks allocated. But I agree that yours is the more obvious choice.

    • Jemma
      July 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Was just about to say the same – for some reason the very detailed examiners’ mark schemes rarely get released.

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