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    Physics Form 2


    1.1 Introduction:

    • Magnetism is the force that a magnetic object exerts, through its magnetic field, on another

    object. The two objects do not have to physically touch each other for the force to be exerted.

    Object 2 feels the magnetic force from Object 1 because of Object 1’s surrounding magnetic


    • Humans have known about magnetism for many thousands of years. For example, lodestone is

    a magnetized form of the iron oxide mineral magnetite. It has the property of attracting iron


    • The root of the English word magnet is from the Greek word magnes, probably

    from Magnesia in Asia Minor, once an important source of lodestone.

    1.2 MAGNETS

    A magnet is a substance which can identify North-south directions. The substance has north-south pole.

    Types of Magnets.

    1.       Bar magnets.

    2.       Horseshoe magnets.

    3.    Compass needle.

            The end pointing North is North seeking pole.

    The end pointing South is South seeking pole.


    1.      They can attract metals like iron, steel, cobalt and nickel.

    2.      The attractive forces are concentrated at the two ends.

    3.      When similar magnetic poles are brought near each other, they repel.

    4.      When different magnetic poles are brought near each other, they attract.


    • Like magnetic poles repel and unlike magnetic poles attract. 
    • This means that two N poles or two S poles will push away from each other while a N pole and a S pole will be drawn towards each other.


    The materials/substances which can be attracted towards magnets are called MAGNETIC SUBSTANCES. The materials are themselves not magnets because they don’t attract each other e.g. iron, steel, cobalt, and nickel.

    The materials which can’t be attracted towards a magnet are NON-MAGNETIC MATERIALS. E.g. wood, plastic, glass, zinc, carbon and rubber.



    Is the process of changing a magnetic material like steel, iron, cobalt to a magnet.

    There are 3 main methods:

    1.      STROKING METHOD.

    Stroke the piece of steel with the north pole. Start at end A of the magnet and lift the magnet clear at end B of each stroke. Do this about 10 times in the same direction. Finally end A is magnetized. For double touch, use two opposite poles to stroke at the same time.

    a.   Double touch 

    In this case the steel bar will be magnetized with south pole at A and north pole at B.


    A magnetic material is magnetized by bringing it into contact with a magnet.


    1.    Produces weak magnets not strong magnets.

    2.    Tend to loose magnetism very fast as soon as they are separated from the magnets.


    Wind about 1 metre of insulated copper wire around a large nail AB, then connect the ends of the wire to the battery.

    These magnets are called electromagnets.



    These are used in making devices such as electric bells, relay doors etc.


    Demagnetization is the process of removing magnetism from a material.

    Methods of demagnetization


    Place the magnet in East-West direction then heat it up and hammer it for some time.


    Coil a wire round the magnet and then connect the two ends of the wire to the two terminals of the battery. Then the connections to the battery terminal are quickly interchanged continuously for several minutes.


    • The small portions of a magnetic material which behave like a magnet. These small portions are called DOMAINS. For a magnetic material, domains have North and south magnetic poles aligning in different directions.

    • For this material to be magnetized, its domains have to be aligned in such a way that their North poles face one common direction and south poles face another common direction.
    • Magnetic field: The region around a magnet where it has a magnetic effect.
    • In any magnet there are several invisible lines that extend from north to south pole through the outside of the magnet and then move back to the north pole through the inside of the magnet forming closed loops. These imaginary lines are called magnetic lines of force which form magnetic field of a magnet.
    • NB – When two similar poles are placed close to each other, there is a point somewhere between them at which the magnetic field lines do not pass. This point is called neutral point. OR When a pair of S-poles are kept close to each other.
    • NB – A neutral point occurs because the magnetic lines of forces from similar poles do not join each other but repel and avoid each other.

    • A neutral point can’t form between two unlike poles because the magnetic field lines from one pole join the lines from the other pole.


    • The earth has a magnetic field that extends from deep below earth’s surface to the sky. The magnetic north pole of the earth corresponds to real magnetic south pole and the magnetic south pole corresponds to real north pole.

    -The vertical plane containing the axis of a freely suspended magnet at rest under action of earth’s field at any place is magnetic meridian.

    -The vertical plane containing the earth’s axis of rotation at any place is called Geographic meridian.

    -The angle between direction of alignment of the magnet and the geographic axis is magnetic declination.

    -The horizontal direction in the magnetic meridian is magnetic dip-angle of dip.



    1.    The map readers use earth’s magnetic field to find locations of places.

    2.    Map readers with a compass can locate north pole using the compass.

    3.    It is used to detect minerals or rocks magnetized by earth’s field during solidification.

    4.    Used to fix satellites with magnetometers to transmit the information about earth’s field high above earth’s surface.


    1.9.1 USES OF MAGNETS.

    1.    Magnetic recording media-tapes and cassettes.

    2.    Making credit cards – ATM cards.

    3.    Making speakers and microphones.

    4.    In computers and televisions. – floppy and hard disks.

    5.    In transformers.

    6.    In electric motors.

    7.    In generators.

    8.    Used in hospitals when dealing with injuries caused by iron or steel.

    9.    Used in steel works.

    Comprehensive Physics notes prepared by Peter Lam Thuol

    Magnetism- comprehensive notes prepared by Peter Lam Thuol

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    Geography Form 1


    • Island. This is the piece of land which is completely surrounded by water eg Madagasca island country, Australia continent island, Ukerewe district island in Mwanza Tanzania
    • Cape. This is the piece of land jutting into the sea eg Cape of Good Hope in South Africa
    • Peninsula. This is the tract of land entering into the body of water eg Msasani peninsula in Dar es salaam Tanzania
    • Gulf. This is the water inlets the  land eg Guinea gulf, Benguela gulf
    • Strait. This is the narrow water path which separates one land mass from another eg Makasan strait inIndonesia
    • Volcanic mountains§  Are mountains formed from the pilling up and cooling of hot molten lava and ashes that are thrown out from the interior of the earth. Examples of volcanic mountains are:-
      •                   Kilimanjaro, OldonyoLengai, and Meru in Tanzania.
      • Types of volcanic mountains
      • §  Volcanic mountains are classified into three types on the basis of their eruptions, namely
      • (i) Active volcanic mountains
      • (ii) Dormant/inactive/sleeping volcanic mountains
      • (iii) Extinct/dead volcanic mountains   
      • Active volcanic mountains
      • §  Are volcanic mountains which are still experiencing periodic eruptions and have erupted in recent periods. Examples of volcanic mountains include
      • §      Mount Vesuvius in Italy,
      • §      Mauna Loa in Hawaii
      • §      Taal volcano in Philippines
      • §      Mufumbiro in Uganda
      • §      Sakurajima mountain in Japan
      • §      Merapi mountain in Indonesia
      • §      Nyiragongo mountain in Congo DR
      • §      Cameroon mountain in Equatorial Africa
      • §      Piton de La Fournaise in reunion.  
      • §      Oldonyo Lengai in Tanzania
      • Dormant volcanic mountains
      • §   Are those which erupted once in the past but have remained in active for fairly a long period.
      • §  They are sleeping volcanic mountains which may become active once again. Examples of dormant volcanic mountains are:-
      • §      Kilimanjaro and Meru mountains in Tanzania
      • §      Keo mountain in Hawaii island
      • §      Elbrus mountain in Russia
      • §      Teide mountain in Spain
      • §      Rainier mountain in USA
      • Extinct/dead volcanic mountains
      • §  Are those volcanic mountains which were active but have not erupted for a very long time and do not show any sign of ever erupting again
      • §  Most these mountains have craters at their peaks, which are normally conical in shape which when craters are filled with water they form crater lakes for example lake Duluti and Ngorongoro both in Arusha Tanzania  and lake Nakuru in Kenya. Examples of extinct volcanic mountains include:-
      • §      Elgon and Kulal  mountains in Kenya
      • §      Ngorongoro and Rungwe in Tanzania
      • §      Chimborazo mountain Ecuador
      • §      Ben Nevis mountain in Scotland 

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    Biology Form 1

    What is classification?

     It is the system of sorting out and placing organisms into different groups on the basis of their similarities and differences.

    Types of classification:

    There are two types of classification:

    1. Artificial classification/system.
    2. Natural classification/system.


    Artificial system.

    In this system only one or a small number of features are considered e.g. birds and bats all have the ability to fly. So by using this system, one can place the birds and bats in one group. Just by considering one feature that is the ability to fly. But in reality, birds and bats are classified into different groups.

    Birds -> Aves.

    Bats -> Mammals.


    Natural system.

    In this system, organisms are placed in their natural groups by:

    1. Considering many features in common.
    2. Characters that show:

    Homology- Similarity of origin.

    Analogy- Similarity of use.

    Example of Homology:

    The arms of a man, forelimbs of whales and wings of birds or bats are homologous because they have same order and pattern of bones. So these show that they have the same origin.

    Example of Analogy:

    The wings of birds and grasshoppers are analogous, because birds have internal skeleton (endoskeleton) and grasshoppers have external skeleton (exoskeleton). So these wings perform the same function but have different origins.


    Importance of classification:

    1. It helps us understand the characteristics of living things.
    2. It enables man to identify and name numerous organisms.
    3. It brings together living organisms with similar characteristics but separates those with different features.
    4. It helps man arrange information about living organisms in an orderly manner to avoid confusion.
    5. It makes the study of living organisms very easy.
    6. It provides an organized system into which newly identified similar organisms can be fitted in future.


    Advantages of Artificial classification.

    1. Based on easy and simple characteristics.
    2. Uses convenient and readily observable characteristics.
    3. Based exclusively on arbitrary criteria.


    Disadvantages of Artificial classification.

    1. Unrelated organisms may be placed in the same group.
    2. Tends to place closely related organisms into different groups instead of being grouped together.


    Advantages of Natural classification.

    1. Avoids confusion

    -Unrelated organisms can’t be placed in the same group.


    1. Accuracy.

    -Closely related organisms with common characteristics features are placed in the same related group.


    1. Universal.

    -Because it uses same system of naming organisms.


    Disadvantages of Natural classification.

    It is not based on easy and simple characteristics but on evolutionary relationships.


    Is a scientific system of naming living organisms whereby each organism is assigned two names. The first name being the Genus and the second name is the species.

    Note- Bi means two, Nomino means name.

    So Binominal means two names.

    Rules of binominal nomenclature:

    1. Only the first letter of the genetic name is capitalized and then the whole genetic name is underlined eg. Homo.
    2. The first letter of the species name is never capitalized, and then the whole species name is underlined eg. sapiens. So the scientific name for man is Homo – genus, sapiens – species.
    3. If the scientific name is written in italics, then it should never be underlined, but other rules remain the same.

    Eg: Homo     sapiens    (Romanic)

    Homo sapiens (Italic)


    Examples of scientific names:


    Man – Romanic:Homo  sapiens.

    Italic:Homo sapiens.


    Elephant – Romanic:Loxodorita   africane.

    Italic:Loxodorita africane.


    Maize – Romanic:Zea   mays.

    Italic:Zea mays.


    Dog – Romanic:Canis  familiasis.

    Italic:Canis familiasis.


    Leopard:Panthea pardus.

    Italic:Panthea pardus.


    Lion – Romanic:Panthea leo.

    Italic:Panthea leo.


     Ranks of classification (Toxonomic.)

    Ranks are the groups into which organisms are placed as the matter of convenience based on easily observable features, that are shared in common for group identification.


    These are seven major ranks of classification, they are:



    Genus:Is a group of organisms with a large number of similarities but unable to interbreed successfully.

    Species:Is a group of organisms which are capable of interbreeding together and produce fertile offsprings.



    There are five major kingdoms of living things. These major kingdoms exclude a virus. Because the virus is between living and non-living things. The major kingdoms are:

    1. Kingdom Monera.
    2. Kingdom Protoctista.
    3. Kingdom Fungi.
    4. Kingdom Plantae.
    5. Kingdom Animalia.



    Is a chemical between living and non-living things.

    Characteristics of a virus:

    1. They are living and non-living things.
    2. They are RNA or DNA.
    3. They can multiply only in living cells.
    4. Each virus is specific in its host and even of the type of a cell within its host.
    5. They are the smallest living or non-living organisms about 50 times bacteria.
    6. They can only be seen under electronic microsopes.


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    Economic importance of virus.

    1. They cause plant diseases.
    2. They cause animal diseases.
    3. They attack and kill bacteria.
    4. Used in making vaccines etc.


    Kingdom Monera (Bacteria)

    General characteristics.

    1. They are unicellular and very small organisms.
    2. They have cell wall made up of polysaccharides, cellulose, fat, proteins and chitin.
    3. They store food in form of glycogen, fats, proteins, sometimes sulphur.
    4. They are heterotrophic organisms.
    5. They are obligate bacteria’s- respires aerobically. Facultative bacteria- respire anaerobically, micro-aerophilous- respire in very low oxygen.
    6. They are capable of producing toxins which can poison other organisms.
    7. Bacteria can grow best in 30º-37ºc, 15º-20ºc, -2º – -9ºc, 60ºc and above.
    8. They reproduce by binary fission.
    9. They live in soil, dust, water, air, animals and plants. In addition to that, bacteria’s are enormous e.g. in 1cm3 of fresh milk, it contains more than 300,000,000 bacterias.
    10. Together with fungi, they cause decay of organic materials and hence recycling of nutrients.
    11. They are prokaryotic.

    Forms of bacteria.

    Coccus:It causes sore throat.

    Diplacoccus:Causes pneumonia.

    Streptococcus:Causes sore throat.

    Staphylococcus:Causes boils.

    Spirillium:Causes Syphilis.


    Bacterium:Bacillus anthrax:Causes anthrax.

    Economic importance of bacteria:

    1. Production of antibiotics.

    1. Used in sewage (They decompose pollutants)
    2. Used in cheese and butter making.
    3. Used in vinegar and alcohol production.
    4. Used in fermentation process etc.


    Kingdom Protoctista.

    Members of these kingdom resembles the ancestors of plants, animals and fungi. These are the algae, protozoa etc. In protozoa we have amoeba and paramecium etc. other members of this kingdom are euglena and trypanosome. Algae contains red, brown and green algae.

    General characteristics of Kingdom Protoctista:

    1. Are eukaryotic organisms.
    2. Many are unicellular.
    3. It includes organisms which resembles early plants (algae), early animals (protozoa) and early fungi (Oomycetes).
    4. Are the links between prokaryotes and modern eukaryotes.
    5. They locomote by the use of cilia or flagella.
    6. They have a contractile vacuole for excretion.
    7. They feed holophytically (This means that they feed autotrophically e.g. euglena and heterotrophically e.g. amoeba and paramecium.)
    8. They reproduce by binary fission and multiple division which means sexual and asexual.
    9. They contain a clear and visible nucleus.
    10. The locomotary structures are:

    Amoeba- Pseudopolis.

    Paramecium- Cilia.

    Euglena- flagella.

    Trypanosome- flagella.

    Plasmodium- flagella.


    Economic importance of Kingdom protoctista.

    1. Causes diseases e.g. sleeping sickness in man by a trypanosome transmitted by a vector called tsetse fly.
    2. Plasmodium causes malaria in man transmitted by female anopheles mosquito.

    There are of 4 species:

    Plasmodium vivax.

    Plasmodium malariae.

    Plasmodium ovale.

    Plasmodium falciparum.


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