Math PP May 2006





Paper 02—General Proficiency

2 hours 40 minutes

25 May 2006 (am)




  1.  Answer ALL questions in Section I and ANY TWO in Section II.
  2. Write your answers in the booklet provided.
  3. All working must be shown clearly.
  4. A list of formulae is provided on page 2 of this booklet.



Required Examination Materials

Electronic Calculator

Geometry Set

Graph Paper (Provided)








Volume of a prisim

V= Ah where A is the area of a cross-section and h is the perpendicular length.

Volume of cylinder

V=∏r2h where r is the radius of the base and h is the perpendicular height.


C=2∏r where r is the radius of the circle.

Area of a circle

A=∏r2 where r is the radius of the circle.

Area of a trapezium

A=1/2 (a+b)h where a and b are the lengths of the parallel sides and h is the perpendicular distance between the parallel sides.

Roots of quadratic equations

If ax2 + bx + c = 0; then x = -b + √b2 – 4ac/ 2a

Trigonometric Ratios

Sin Ѳ = Opposite side/Hypoteneuse

Cos Ѳ = Adjacent side/Hypoteneuse

Tan Ѳ = Opposite side/Adjacent Side



 Area of triangle

Area of triangle= 1/2 bh where b is the length of the base and h is the perpendicular height.

Area of triangle ABC= 1/2 ab sinC

Area of triangle ABC=√s(s-a) (s-b) (s-c) where s = (a+b+c)/2

area of triangle

Sine rule




Section I

Answer ALL the questions in this section.

ALL working must be clearly shown.

1. (a) Using a calculator, or otherwise, determine the value of

(12.3)2 – (0.246 ÷ 3) and write the answer:

(i) exactly

(ii) correct to two significant figures

(2 marks)

(b) The table below gives information on the values and rates of depreciation in value of two motor vehicles.

May 2006 S1 Q1b


(i) the values of p and q

(ii) the value of the Taxi after 2 years

(6 marks)

(c) GUY $1.00 = US $0.01 and EC $1.00 = US $0.37.

Calculate the value of:

(i) GUY $60,000 in US $

(2 marks)

(ii) US $925 in EC $

(2 marks)

Total 12 marks

2. (a) Simplify

May 2006 S1 Q2

(3 marks)

(b) (i) Factorise

(a) x2 – 5x

(1 mark)

(b) x2 – 81

(1 mark)

(ii) Simplify

May 2006 S1 Q2ii

(3 marks)

(c) Two cassettes and three CD’s cost $175, while four cassettes and one CD cost $125.

(i) Given that one cassette cost $x and one CD costs $y, write two equations in x and y to represent the information.

(2 marks)

(ii) Calculate the cost of one cassette.

(2 marks)

Total 12 marks

3. (a) In the quadrilateral KLMN, not drawn to scale, LM= LN=LK, angle KLM = 140°, and angle LKN = 40°.

May 2006 S1 Q3

Giving the reason for each step of your answer, calculate the size of:

(i) angle LNK

(2 marks)

(ii) angle NLM

(2 marks)

(iii) angle KNM

(2 marks)

(b) In a survey of 39 students, it was found that

18 can ride a bicycle,

15 can drive a car,

x can ride a bicycle and drive a car,

3x can do neither.

B is the set of students in the survey who can ride a bicycle, and C is the set of students who can drive a car.

(i) Copy and complete the Venn diagram to represent the information.

 May 2006 S1 Q3b

(ii) Write an expression in x for the number of students in the survey.

(iii) Calculate the value of x.

(5 marks)

4. (a) Using a ruler, a pencil and a pair of compasses, construct the triangle ABC in which

AB = 8 cm

 angle BAC = 60°

AC = 5 cm

(Credit will be given for a neat, clear diagram)

(4 marks)

(b) Measure and state the length of BC

(1 mark)

(c) Find the perimeter of triangle ABC

(1 mark)

(d) Draw on your diagram, the line CD which is perpendicular to AB and meets AB at D.

(2 marks)

(e) Determine the length of CD.

(f) Calculate the area of triangle ABC giving your answer to 1 decimal point.

(2 marks)

Total 12 marks

5. The diagram below shows the graph of the function f(x) = x2 – 2x – 3 for a ≤ x ≤ b. The tangent to the graph at (2, -3) is also drawn. Use the graph to determine the

(a) values of a and b which define the domain of the graph.

(2 marks)

(b) values for x which x2 – 2x – 3 = 0.

(2 marks)

(c) coordinates of the minimum point on the graph.

(2 marks)

(d) whole number values of x for which x2 – 2x – 3 < 1.

(2 marks)

(e) gradient of f(x) = x2 – 2x – 3 at x = 2.

(3 marks)

May 2006 S1 Q5

Total 11 marks

6. A man walks x km, due north, from point G to point H. He then walks (x+7) km due east from H to point F. the distance along a straight line from G to F is 13 km. The diagram below, not drawn to scale, shows the relative positions of G, H and F The direction of north is also shown.

May 2006 S1 Q6

(a) Copy the diagram and show on the diagram, the distances x km, (x+7) km and 13 km.

(2 marks)

(b) From the information on your diagram, write an equation in x which satisfies Pythagoras’ Theorem. Show that the equation can be simplified to give x2 + 7x – 60 = 0.

(3 marks)

(c) Solve the equation and find the distance GH.

(2 marks)

(d) Determine the bearing of F from G.

(4 marks)

Total 11 marks

7. In an agricultural experiment, the gains in mass, of 100 cows during a certain period were recorded in kilograms as shown in the table below.

May 2006 S1 Q7

(a) Copy and complete the mid-interval values column.

(1 mark)

(b) (i) Calculate an estimate of the mean gain in mass of the 100 cows.

Hint: EACH of the 29 cows in the “10-14” interval is assumed to have a mass of 12 kg.

(3 marks)

(ii) On your answer sheet, complete the drawing of the frequency polygon for the gain in mass of the cows.

(5 marks)

(c) Calculate the probability that a cow chosen at random from the experimental group gained 20 kg or more.

(2 marks)

Total 11 marks

8. The drawings below show a sequence of squares made from toothpicks.

May 2006 S1 Q8

(a) On the answer sheet provided,

(i) Draw the next shape in the sequence

(2 marks)

(ii) insert appropriate values in columns 2 and 3 when

a) n = 4

b) n = 7

(4 marks)

(b) Complete the table by inserting appropriate values at

(i) r

(2 marks)

(ii) s

(2 marks)

Total 10 marks


Answer TWO questions in this section.


9. (a) Solve the pair of similtaneous equations

y= x + 2

y= x2

(5 marks)

(b) A strip of wire length 32 cm is cut into two pieces.One piece is bent to form a square of side x cm. The other piece is bent to form a rectangle of length 1 cm and width 3 cm.

The diagrams below, not drawn to scale, show the square and rectangle.

May 2006 S2 Q9b

(i) Write an expression in terms of l and x, for the length of the strip of wire.

(2 marks)

(ii) Show that l= 13 – 2x

(2 marks)

The sum of the areas of the square and the rectangle is represented by S.

(iii) Show that S = x2 – 6x + 39

(2 marks)

(iv) Calculate the values of x for which S = 30.25

(4 marks)

Total 15 marks

10. The owner of a parking lot wishes to park x vans and y cars for persons attending a function. The lot provides parking space for no more than 60 vehicles.

(i) Write an inequality to represent this information.

(2 marks)

To get a good bargain, he must provide parking space for at least ten cars.

(ii) Write an inequality to represent this information.

(1 mark)

The number of cars parked must be fewer than or equal to twice the number of vans parked.

(iii) Write an inequality to represent this information.

(2 marks)

(iv) (a) Using a scale of 2 cm to represent 20 vans on the x-axis, and 2 cm to represent 10 cars on the y-axis, draw the graphs of the lines associated with the inequalities at (i), (ii) and (iii) above.

(5 marks)

(b) Identify, by shading, the region which satisfies all three inequalities.

(1 mark)

The parking fee for a van is $6 and for a car is $5.

(v) Write an expression in x and y for the total fees charged for parking x vans and y cars.

(1 mark)

(vi) Using your graph write down the coordinates of the vertices of the shaded region.

(1 mark)

(vii) Calculate the maximum fees charged.

(2 marks)

Total 15 marks


11. (a) The diagram below, not drawn to scale, shows a vertical tower, FT, and a vertical antenna, TW, mounted on the top of the tower.

A point P is on the same horizontal ground as F, such that PF= 28 m, and the angles of elevation of T and W from P are 40° and 54° respectively.

May 2006 S2 Q11

(i) Copy and label the diagram clearly showing

a) the distance 28 m

b) the angles of 40° and 54°

c) any right angles

(ii) Calculate the length of the antenna TW.

(7 marks)

(b) The diagram below, not drawn to scale, shows a circle, centre O. The lined BD and DCE are tangents to the circle, and angle BCD = 70°.

Calculate, giving reasons for each step of your answer.

May 2006 S2 Q11b

(i) angle OCE

(ii) angle BAC

(iii) angle BOC

(iv) BDC

(8 marks)

Total 15 marks

12. (a) The diagram below, not drawn to scale, shows parallellogram EFGH in which EF = 6 cm, EH = 4.2 cm, and angle FEH = 70°.

May 2006 S2 Q12


(i) the length of the diagonal HF

(3 marks)

(ii) the area of the parallelogram EFGH

(2 marks)

(b) In this question use ∏=3.14 and assume the earth to be a sphere of radius 6370 km.

The diagram below, not drawn to scale, shows a sketch of the earth with the North and South poles labelled N and S respectively. The circle of latitude 41°N is shown. Arcs representing circles of longitude 4°E and 74°W are drawn but not labelled.

May 2006 S2 Q12b

(i) Copy the sketch above and draw and label two arcs to represent

(a) The Equator

(b) The Greenwhich Meridian

(2 marks)

(ii) Two points, Y and M, on the surface of the earth have coordinates Y(41°N, 74°W) and M(41°N 4°E).

(a) Insert the points Y and M on your diagram.

(2 marks)

(b) Calculate, to the nearest kilometer, the circumference of the circle of latitude 41°N.

(3 marks)

(c) Calculate the shortest distance between Y and M measured along the circle of latitude 41°N.

(3 marks)

Total 15 marks


13. The diagram below shows the position vectors of two points, A and C, relative to an origin O.

May 2006 S2 Q13

(a) Copy and complete the diagram to show

(i) The point B such that OABC is a parallelogram.

(1 mark)

(ii) The vector May 2006 S2 Q13q

(2 marks)

(b) Write as a column vector, in the form May 2006 S2 Q13b the vector

May 2006 S2 Q13bi

(c) Given that G is the midpoint of OB, use a vector method to

(i) determine the coordinates of G

(3 marks)

(ii) prove, using a vector method, that A, G and C lie on a straight line.

(5 marks)

Total 15 marks

14. (a) The value of the determinant May 2006 S2 Q14a is 9.

(i) Calculate the value of x

(3 marks)

(ii) For this value of x, find M-1

(2 marks)

(iii) Show that M-1M=1

(2 marks)

(b) The graph below shows the line segment AC and its image A’C’ after a transformation by the matrix May 2006 S2 Q14b

May 2006 S2 Q14bi

(i) Write in the form of a single 2×2 matrix, the coordinates of

a) A and C

(2 marks)

b) A’ and C’

(2 marks)

(ii) Using matrices only, write an equation to represent the transformation of AC onto A’C’.

(2 marks)

(iii) Determine the values of p, q, r and s.

(2 marks)

Total 15 marks


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