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SUMMARY of chapter 1: Measurements

Physics is a branch of Science that deals with matter, energy and their relationship.
Some main branches of Physics are mechanics, heat, sound, light (optics),
electricity and magnetism, nuclear physics and quantum physics.
Physics plays an important role in our daily life. For example, electricity is widely
used everywhere, domestic appliances, office equipments, machines used in industry,
means of transport and communication etc. work on the basic laws and principles of
A measurable quantity is called a physical quantity.
Base quantities are defined independently. Seven quantities are selected as base
quantities. These are length, time, mass, electric current, temperature, intensity of
light and the amount of a substance.
The quantities which are expressed in terms of base quantities are called derived
quantities. For example, speed, area, density, force, pressure, energy, etc.
A world-wide system of measurements is known as international system of units
(SI). In SI, the units of seven base quantities are metre, kilogramme, second, ampere,
kelvin, candela and mole.
The words or letters added before a unit and stand for the
multiples orsubmultiples of that unit are known as prefixes.
For example, kilo, mega, milli, micro, etc.
A way to express a given number as a number between 1
and 10 multiplied by 10 having an appropriate power is
called scientific notation or standard form.
An instrument used to measure small lengths such as
internal or external diameter or length of a cylinder, etc is
called as Vernier Callipers.
A Screw gauge is used to measure small lengths such as
diameter of a wire, thickness of a metal sheet, etc.
Physical balance is a modified type of beam balance used to
measure small masses by comparison with greater accuracy.
A stopwatch is used to measure the time interval of an
event. Mechanical stopwatches have least count upto 0.1
seconds. Digital stopwatch of least count 0.01s are common.
A measuring cylinder is a graduated glass cylinder marked
in millilitres. It is used to measure the volume of a liquid and
also to find the volume of an irregular shaped solid object.
All the accurately known digits and the first doubtful digit
in an expression are called significant figures. It reflects the
precision of a measured value of a physical quantity.


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1.1 Express the following quantities using prefixes.
(a) 5000 g (b) 2000 000 W
(c) 52 x10-10 kg (d) 225x10-8s
{(a) 5 kg (b)2MW (c) 5.2 mg (d) 2.25 us }
1.2 How do the prefixes micro, nano and pico relate to each other?
1.3 Your hair grow at the rate of 1 mm per day. Find their growth rate in nm s-1. (11.57 nm s-1)
1.4 Rewrite the following in standard form.
(a) 1168x10-27 (b) 32x10-5
(c) 725 x10-5 kg (d) 0.02 x10-8
{(a) 1.168x10-24 (b) 3.2x106 (c)7.25g (d) 2x10-10}
1.5 Write the following quantities in standard form.
(a) 6400 km (b) 380 000 km
(c) 300 000 000 ms-1 (d) seconds in a day
{(a) 6.4x103 km (b) 3.8x105 km (c) 3x108ms-1 (d) 8.64x104s}
1.6 On closing the jaws of a Vernier Callipers, zero of the vernier scale is on the right to its main scale such that 4th division of its vernier scale
coincides with one of the main scale division. Find its zero error and zero correction.
(+0.04 cm, -0.04 cm)
1.7 A screw gauge has 50 divisions on its circular scale. The pitch of the screw gauge is 0.5 mm. What is its least count?
(0.001 cm)
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1.8 Which of the following quantities have three significant figures?
(a) 3.0066 m (b) 0.00309 kg
(c) 5.05x10-27 kg (d) 301.0 s
{(b) and (c)}
1.9 What are the significant figures in the following measurements?
(a) 1.009 m (b) 0.00450 kg
(c) 1.66x10-27 kg (d) 2001 s
{(a) 4 (b) 3 (c) 3 (d) 4}
1.10 A chocolate wrapper is 6.7 cm long and 5.4 cm wide. Calculate its area upto reasonable number of significant figures.
(36 cm2)

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SUMMARY of chapter 2: Kinematics
A body is said to be at rest, if it does not change its position with respect to its surroundings.
A body is said to be in motion, if it changes its position with respect to its surroundings.
Rest and motion are always relative.There is no such thing as absolute rest or absolute motion.
Motion can be divided into the following three types.
Translatory motion: In which a body moves without any rotation.
Rotatory motion: In which a body spins about its axis.
Vibratory motion: In which a body moves to and fro about its mean position.
Physical quantities which are completely described by their magnitude only are known as scalars.
Physical quantities which are dscribed by their magnitude and direction are called vectors.
Position means the location of a certain place or object from a reference point.
The shortest distance between two points is called the displacement.
The distance travelled in any direction by a body in unit time is called speed.
If the speed of a body does not change with time then its speed is uniform.
Average speed of a body is the ratio of the total distance covered to the total time taken.
We define velocity as rate of change of displacement or speed in a specific direction.

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Average velocity of a body is defined as the ratio of its net displacement to the total time.
If a body covers equal displacements in equal intervals of time, however small the interval may be, then its velocity is said to be uniform.
The rate of change of velocity of a body is called acceleration.
A body has uniform acceleration if it has equal changes in its velocity in equal intervals of time, however small the interval may be.
Graph is a pictorial way of describing information as to how various quantities are related to each other.
Slope of the distance-time graph gives the speed of the body.
Distance - time graphs provide useful information about the motion of an object. Slope of the displacement-time graph gives the velocity of the
Distance covered by a body is equal to area under speed - time graph.
Speed-time graph is also useful for studying motion along a straight line.
The distance travelled by a body can also be found from the area under a velocity - time graph if the motion is along a straight line.

Equations of motion for uniformly accelerated motion are:

When a body is dropped freely it falls down with an acceleration towards Earth. This acceleration is called acceleration due to gravity and is
denoted by g. The numerical value of ms-2 g is approximately 10 ms-2 near the surface of the Earth.

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2.1 A train moves with a uniform velocity of 36 kmh-1 for 10 s. Find the distance travelled by it.
(100 m)
2.2 A train starts from rest. It moves through 1 km in 100 s with uniform acceleration. What will be its speed at the end of 100 s.
( 20 ms-1 )
2.3 A car has a velocity of 10 ms-1.It accelerates at 0.2 ms-2 for half minute.Find the distance travelled during this time and the final velocity of the
(390 m, 16 ms-1 )
2.4 A tennis ball is hit vertically upward with a velocity of 30 ms-1 . It takes 3 s to reach the highest point. Calculate the maximum height reached by
the ball. How long it will take to return to ground?
(45 m, 6 s)
2.5 A car moves with uniform velocity of 40 ms-1 for 5 s. It comes to rest in the next 10 s with uniform deceleration.
Find (i) deceleration (ii) total distance travelled by the car.
(-4 ms-2, 400 m)
2.6 A train starts from rest with an acceleration of 0.5 ms-2. Find its speed in kmh-2 , when it has moved through 100 m.
(36 kmh-1 )
2.7 A train staring from rest, accelerates uniformly and attains a velocity 48 kmh-1 in 2 minutes. It travels at this speed for 5 minutes. Finally, it
moves with uniform retardation and is stopped after 3 minutes. Find the total distance travelled by the train.
(6000 m)
2.8 A cricket ball is hit vertically upwards and returns to ground 6 s later. Calculate (i) maximum height reached by the ball,
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SUMMARY of chapter 3: Dynamics
A force is a push or pull. It moves or tends to move, stops or tends to stop the
motion of a body.

Inertia of a body is its property due to which it resists any change in its state of
rest or uniform motion in a straight line.

Momentum of a body is the quantity of motion possessed by the body.
Momentum of a body is equal to the product of its mass and velocity

The force that opposes the motion of a body is called friction.

Newtons first law of motion states that a body continues its state of rest or of
Mass of a body is the quantity of matter possessed by it. It is
a scalar quantity. SI unit of mass is kilogramme (kg).
Weight of a body is the force of gravity acting on it. It is a
vector quantity. SI unit of weight is newton (N).
Newtons third law of motion states that to every action
there is always an equal and opposite reaction.
The acceleration and tension in a system of two bodies
attached to the ends of a string that passes over a frictionless
pulley such that both move vertically are given by:
a = m1 - m2 g ; T = 2m1 m2 g
m1+m2 m1+m2
The acceleration and tension in a system of two bodies
attached to the ends of a string that passes over a frictionless
pulley such that one moves vertically and the other parts of

(ii) initial velocity of the ball.
(45 m, 30 ms-1 )
2.9 When brakes are applied, the speed of a train decreases from 96kmh-1 to 48 kmh-1 in 800 m. How much further will the train move before
coming to rest? (Assuming the retardation to be constant).
(266.66 m)
2.10 In the above problem, find the time taken by the train to stop after the application of brakes.
(80 s)
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uniform motion in a straight line provided no net force acts on it.

Newtons second law of motion states that when a net force acts on a body, it
produces acceleration in the body in the direction of the net force. The magnitude
of this acceleration is directly proportional to the net force acting on it and
inversely proportional to its mass. Mathematically, F = ma

SI unit of force is newton (N). It is defined as the force which produces an
acceleration of 1 ms-2 in a body of mass 1 kg. moves on a smooth horizontal
surface are given by:
a = m1 g ; T = m1 m2 g
m1+m2 m1+m2
Law of conservation of momentum states that the momentum of an isolated
system of two or more than two interacting bodies remains constant.
A force between the sliding objects which opposes the relative motion between
them is called friction.
Rolling friction is the force of friction between a rolling body and a surface over
which it rolls. Rolling friction is lesser than the sliding friction.
The friction causes loss of energy in machines and much work has to be done in
overcoming it. Moreover, friction leads to much wear and tear on the moving
the machine. The friction can be reduced by:

i. Smoothing the sliding surfaces in contact.
ii. Using lubricants between sliding surfaces.
iii. Using ball bearings or roller bearings.

The motion of a body moving along a circular path is called
circular motion.

The force which keeps the body to move in a circular path is
called the centripetal force and is given.Fc = mv2/r
According to Newtons third law of motion, there exists a
reaction to the centripetal force. Centripetal reaction that pulls
the string outward is sometimes called the centrifugal force.

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1. A force of 20 N moves a body with an acceleration of
2 ms-2. What is its mass?
(10 kg)

2. The weight of a body is 147 N. What is its mass? (Take the
value of g as 10 ms-2 )
(14.7 kg)

3. How much force is needed to prevent a body of mass 10kg
from falling?
(100 N)

4. Find the acceleration produced by a force of 100 N in a mass
of 50 kg.
(2 ms-2 )

5. A body has weight 20 N. How much force is required to move
it vertically upward with an acceleration of 2 ms-2 ?
(24 N)

6. Two masses 52 kg and 48 kg are attached to the ends of a
7. Two masses 26 kg and 24 kg are attached to the ends of a string which passes
over a frictionless pulley. 26 kg mass is lying over a smooth horizontal table. 24
N mass is moving vertically downward. Find the tension in the string and the
acceleration in the bodies.
(125 N, 4.8 ms-2)

8. How much time is required to change 22 Ns momentum by a force of 20 N?

9. How much is the force of friction between a wooden block of mass 5 kg and
the horizontal marble floor? The coefficient of friction between wood and the
marble is 0.6.
(30 N)

10. How much centripetal force is needed to make a body of mass 0.5 kg to
move in a circle of radius 50cm with a speed 3 ms-1?
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string that passes over a frictionless pulley. Find the tension in
the string and acceleration in the bodies when both the masses are
moving vertically.
(500 N,0.4 ms-2)

SUMMARY of chapter 4: Turning effects of forces
Parallel forces have their lines of action parallel to each other.
If the direction of parallel forces is the same, they are called like parallel forces. If two
parallel forces are in opposite direction to each other, then they are called unlike parallel
The sum of two or more forces is called the resultant force.
A graphical method used to find the resultant of two or more forces is called head to tail
Splitting up a force into two components perpendicular to each other is called resolution of
that force. These components are
Centre of mass of a body is such a point where a net
force causes it to move without rotation.
The centre of gravity of a body is a point where the
whole weight of a body acts vertically downward.
A couple is formed by two parallel forces of the same
magnitude but acting in opposite direction along
different lines of action.
A body is in equilibrium if net force acting on it is
zero. A body in equilibrium either remains at rest or
moves with a uniform velocity.
A body is said to satisfy second condition for
equilibrium if the resultant torque acting on it is zero.
A body is said to be in stable equilibrium if after a
slight tilt it returns to its previous position.
If a body does not return to its previous position when
sets free after slightly tilt is said to be in unstable
A body that remains in its new position when disturbed
from its previous position is said to be in a state of
neutral equilibrium.

A force can be determined from its perpendicular components as

Torque or moment of a force is the turning effect of the force. Torque of a force is equal to
the product of force and moment arm of the force.
According to the principle of moments, the sum of clockwise moments acting on a body in
equilibrium is equal to the sum of anticlockwise moments acting on it.

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4.1 Find the resultant of the following forces:
1. 10 N along x-axis
2. 6 N along y-axis and
3. 4 N along negative x-axis.
(8.5 N making 45 with x-axis)
4.7 A picture frame is hanging by two vertical strings. The tensions in the strings are 3.8 N
and 4.4 N. Find the weight of the picture frame.
(8.2 N)
4.2 Find the perpendicular component of a force of 50 N
making an angle of 30 with x axis.
(43.3 N, 25 N)
4.3 Find the magnitude and direction of a force, if its x-
component is 12 N and y- component is 5 N.
(13 N making 22.6 with x-axis)
4.4 A force of 100 N is applied perpendicularly on a
spanner at a distance of 10 cm from a nut. Find the
torque produced by the force.
(10 Nm)
4.5 A force is acting on a body making an angle of 30
with the horizontal. The horizontal component of the
force is 20 N. Find the force.
(23.1 N)
4.8 Two blocks of masses 5 kg and 3 kg are suspended by the two
strings as shown. Find the tension in each string.
(80 N, 30 N)
4.9 A nut has been tightened by a force of 200 N using 10 cm long
spanner. What length of a spanner is required to loosen the same nut
with 150 N force?

(13.3 cm)
4.6 The steering of a car has a radius16 cm. Find the
torque produced by a couple of 50 N.
(16 Nm)
4.10 A block of mass 10 kg is suspended at a distance of 20 cm from the centre of a uniform
bar 1 m long. What force is required to balance it at its centre of gravity by applying the
force at the other end of the bar?
(40 N)

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SUMMARY of chapter 5: Gravitation
Newtons law of universal gravitation states that everybody in the universe
attracts every other body with a force which is directly proportional to the product
of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between
their centres.
The Earth attracts a body with a force equal to its weight.
It is assumed that a gravitational field exists all around the Earth due to the
gravitational force of attraction of the Earth.
In the gravitational field of the Earth,
the gravitational force per unit mass is called the gravitational field strength of
the Earth. It is 10 N kg-1 near the surface of the Earth.

An object that revolves around a planet is called a satellite.
The moon revolves around the Earth so moon is a natural
satellite of the Earth.
Scientists have sent many objects into space. Some of these
objects revolve around the Earth. These are called artificial

5.2 What is meant by the force of gravitation?
5.3 Do you attract the Earth or the Earth attracts you? Which one is attracting with a
larger force? You or the Earth.
5.4 What is a field force?
5.5 Why earlier scientists could not guess about the gravitational force?
5.6 How can you say that gravitational force is a field force?
5.7 Explain, what is meant by gravitational field strength?
5.11 Can you determine the mass of our moon? If yes, then what
you need to know?
5.12 Why does the value of g vary from place to place?
5.13 Explain how the value of g varies with altitude.
5.14 What are artificial satellites?
5.15 How Newtons law of gravitation helps in understanding
the motion of satellites?
5.16 On what factors the orbital speed of a satellite depends?
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5.8 Why law of gravitation is important to us?
5.9 Explain the law of gravitation.
5.10 How the mass of Earth can be determined?
5.17 Why communication satellites are stationed at
geostationary orbits?

SUMMARY of chapter 6: Work and Energy
Work is said to be done when a force acting on a body moves it in the
direction of the force.
* work = W
* SI unit of work is joule (J)
When we say that a body has energy, we mean that it has the ability to do
work. SI unit of energy is also joule, the same as work.
Energy exists in various forms such as mechanical energy, heat energy,
light energy, sound energy, electrical energy, chemical energy and nuclear
energy etc. Energy from one form can be transformed into another.
The energy possessed by a body due to its motion is called kinetic energy.
The energy possessed by a body due to its position is called potential
Energy cannot be created nor destroyed, but it can be converted from one
form to another.

Processes in nature are the result of energy changes. Heat from the
Sun causes water of oceans to evaporate to form clouds. As they cool
down, they fall down as rain.
Einstein predicted the interconversion of matter and energy by the
equation E = mc2.
Fossil fuels are known as non renewable resources because it took
millions of years for them to attain the present form.
Sunlight and water power are the renewable resources of energy.
They will not run not like coal, oil and gas.
Environmental problems such as polluting emission consisting of
noise, air pollution and water pollution may arise by using different
sources of energy such as fossil fuels, nuclear energy
The ratio of the useful work done by a device or machine to the total
energy taken up by it is called its efficiency.
Power is defined as the rate of doing work.
The power of a body is one watt which is doing work at the rate of
one joule per second.

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6.1 Define work. What is its SI unit?
6.2 When does a force do work? Explain
6.3 Why do we need energy?
6.4 Define energy, give two types of mechanical energy.
6.5 Define K.E. and derive its relation.
6.6 Define potential energy and derive its relation.
6.7 Why fossils fuels are called non-renewable form of energy?
6.8 Which form of energy is most preferred and why?
6.9 How is energy converted from one form to another? Explain.
6.10 Name the five devices that convert electrical energy into mechanical energy.
6.11 Name a device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy.
6.12 What is meant by the efficiency of a system?
6.13 How can you find the efficiency of a system?
6.14 What is meant by the term power?
6.15 Define watt.
6.1 A man has pulled a cart through 35 m
applying a force of 300 N. Find the work
done by the man.
(10500 J)
6.2 A block weighing 20 N is lifted 6 m
vertically upward. Calculate the potential
energy stored in it.
(120 J)
6.3 A car weighing 12 kN has speed of 20
ms-1 . Find its kinetic energy.
(240 kJ)
6.8 A 50 kg man moved 25 steps up in 20 seconds. Find his power, if each step is 16 cm high.
(100 W)
6.9 Calculate the power of a pump which can lift 200 kg of water through a height of 6 m in 10 seconds.
(1200 watts)
6.10 An electric motor of 1hp is used to run water pump. The water pump takes 10 minutesto fill an
overhead tank. The tank has a capacity of 800 litres and height of 15 m.Find the actual work done by the
electric motor to fill the tank. Also find the efficiency of the system.
(Density of water = 1000 kgm-3 )
(Mass of 1 litre of water = 1 kg)
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6.4 A 500 g stone is thrown up with a
velocity of 15ms-1. Find its
(i) P.E. at its maximum height
(ii) K.E. when it hits the ground
(56.25 J, 56.25 J)
6.5 On reaching the top of a slope 6 m
high from its bottom, a
cyclist has a speed of 1.5 ms-1. Find the
kinetic energy and
the potential energy of the cyclist. The
mass of the cyclist
and his bicycle is 40 kg.
(45 J, 2400 J)

(447600 J, 26.8 %)

SUMMARY of chapter 7: Properties of matter
Kinetic molecular model explains the three states of matter assuming that:

Matter is made up of particles called molecules
The molecules remain in continuous motion
Molecules attract each other.
At very high temperature, the collision between atoms and molecules tears off
their electrons. Atoms become positive ions. This ionic state of matter is called
plasma-the fourth state of matter.
The changes in atmospheric pressure at a certain place indicate
the expected changes in the weather conditions of that place.
Liquids also exert pressure given by: P = p g h
Liquids transmit pressure equally in all directions. This is called
Pascals law.
When a body is immersed wholly or partially in a liquid, it loses
its weight equal to the weight of the liquid displaced. This is
known as Archimedes principle.
For an object to float, its weight must be equal or less than the

6.6 A motorboat moves at a steady speed of 4 ms-1. Water
resistance acting on it is 4000 N. Calculate the power of its
(16 kW)
6.7 A man pulls a block with a force of 300 N through 50 m
in 60 s. Find the power used by him to pull the block.
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Density is the ratio of mass to volume of a substance. Density of water is
1000 kgm-3.
Pressure is the normal force acting per unit area. Its SI unit is Nm-2 or pascal
Atmospheric pressure acts in all directions.
The instruments that measure atmospheric pressure are called barometers.
The atmospheric pressure decreases as we go up. Thus, knowing the
atmospheric pressure of a place, we can determine its altitude.
upthrust of the liquid acting on it.
The property of matter by virtue of which matter resists any
force which tries to change its length, shape or volume is called
Stress is the deforming force acting per unit area.
The ratio of change of length to the original length is called
tensile strain.
The ratio between stress and tensile strain is called Youngs

7.2 How kinetic molecular model of matter is helpful in
differentiating various states of matter?
7.3 Does there exist a fourth state of matter? What is that?
7.4 What is meant by density? What is its SI unit?
7.5 Can we use a hydrometer to measure the density of milk?
7.6 Define the term pressure.
7.7 Show that atmosphere exerts pressure.
7.8 It is easy to remove air from a balloon but it is very difficult to
remove air from a glass bottle. Why?
7.9 What is a barometer?
7.10 Why water is not suitable to be used in a barometer?
7.12 Why does the atmospheric pressure vary with height?
7.13 What does it mean when the atmospheric pressure at place fall suddenly?
7.14 What changes are expected in weather if the barometer reading shows a
sudden increase?
7.15 State Pascals law.
7.16 Explain the working of hydraulic press.
7.17 What is meant by elasticity?
7.18 State Archimedes principle.
7.19 What is upthrust? Explain the principle of floatation.
7.20 Explain how a submarine moves up the water surface and down into water.
7.21 Why does a piece of stone sink in water but a ship with a huge weight
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7.11 What makes a sucker pressed on a smooth wall sticks to it?

7.22 What is Hookes law? What is meant by elastic limit?
7.23 Take a rubber band. Construct a balance of your own using a rubberband.
Check its accuracy by weighing various objects.

SUMMARY of chapter 8: Thermal properties of matter
The temperature of a body is the degree of hotness or coldness of the body.
Thermometers are made to measure the temperature of a body or places.
The lower fixed point is the mark that gives the position of mercury in the thermometer when it is placed in ice.
The upper fixed point is the mark that shows the position of mercury in the thermometer when it is placed in steam from boiling water at standard
Inter-conversion between scales:

From Celsius To Kelvin Scale:
T(K)=273 + C
From Kelvin to Celsius Scale:
C =T(K)-273
From Celsius to Fahrenheit Scale:
F =1.8C+32
Heat is a form of energy and this energy is called heat as long as it is in the process of transfer from one body to another body. When a body is

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heated, the kinetic energy of its molecules increases, the average distances between the molecules increase.
The specific heat of a substance is defined as the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of a unit mass of that substance through one
degree centigrade (1C) or one kelvin (1K).
The heat required by unit mass of a substance at its melting point to change it from solid state to liquid state is called the latent heat of fusion.
The quantity of heat required by the unit mass of a liquid at a certain constant temperature to change its state completely from liquid into gas is
called the latent heat of vaporization.
It has been observed that solids expand on heating and their expansion is nearly uniform over a wide range of temperature. Mathematically, L
The thermal coefficient of linear expansion of a substance is defined as the fractional increase in its length per kelvin rise in temperature.
The volume of a solid changes with the change in temperature and is called as volume or cubical expansion. V =V0(1+ b rT)
The thermal coefficient of volume expansion b is defined as the fractional change in its volume per kelvin change in temperature.
There are two types of thermal volume expansion for liquids as well as for gases. Apparent volume expansion and real volume expansion.

8.2 Why does heat flow from hot body to cold body?
8.3 Define the terms heat and temperature.
8.4 What is meant by internal energy of a body?
8.5 How does heating affect the motion of molecules of a gas?
8.6 What is a thermometer? Why mercury is preferred as a thermometric substance?
8.7 Explain the volumetric thermal expansion.
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8.8 Define specific heat. How would you find the specific heat of a solid?
8.9 Define and explain latent heat of fusion.
8.10 Define latent heat of vaporization
8.11 What is meant by evaporation? On what factors the evaporation of a liquid depends? Explain how cooling is produced by evaporation.

SUMMARY of chapter 9: Transfer of heat
Heat flows from a body at higher temperature to a body at lower, temperature.
There are three ways of heat transfer. These are conduction, convection and radiation.
The mode of transfer of heat by vibrating atoms and free electrons in solids from hotter to colder part of a body is called conduction of heat.
The amount of heat that flows in unit time is called the rate of flow of heat.
The rate at which heat flows through solids depends on the cross sectional area of the solid, length between hot and cold ends temperature
difference between hot and cold ends and nature of the material.
The rate of flow of heat across the opposite faces of a metre cube maintained at a difference of 1 K is called the thermal conductivity of the
material of the cube.
Good conductors are used for quick transfer of heat. Thus cookers, cooking plate, boiler, radiators and condensers of refrigerators etc. are made of
Water is a poor conductor of heat.
Materials which trap air are also bad conductors such as wool, felt, fur, feathers, polystyrenes and fibre glass.
Transfer of heat by actual movement of molecules from hot place to a cold place is known as convection.
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Gliders use upward movement of hot air currents due to convection of heat. Air currents help them to stay in air for a long period.
Birds are able to fly for hours without flapping their wings due to the upward movement of air currents.
The term radiation means the continual emission of energy from the surface of a body in the form of electromagnetic waves.
Radiations are emitted by all bodies. The rate at which radiations are emitted depends on various factors such as colour and texture of the surface,
temperature and surface area.
A dull black surface is a good absorber of heat as its temperature rises rapidly.
A polished surface is poor absorber of heat as its temperature rises very slowly.
Radiations from the Sun pass easily through glass/polythene and warm up the materials inside a greenhouse. The radiations given out by them are
of much longer wavelengths. Glass/polythene does not allow them to escape out and thus maintains the inside temperature of the greenhouse.
Earths atmosphere contains carbon dioxide and water vapours. It causes greenhouse effect and thus retains the temperature of the Earth.
The bottoms of cooking pots are made black to increase the absorption of heat from fire.
White surfaces reflect more heat than coloured or black surfaces. Similarly, polished surfaces are good reflectors than rough surfaces and
reflection of heat radiations is greater from polished surfaces. Therefore, We wear white or light coloured clothes in summer.

We polish the interior of the cooking pots for reflecting back most of the heat radiation inside the hot pots.
A thermos flask consists of a double-walled glass vessel. It reduces the transfer of heat by conduction, convection and radiation.
9.2 Why metals are good conductors of heat?
9.3 Explain why:
(a) a metal feels colder to touch than wood kept in a cold place?
(b) land breeze blows from land towards sea?
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(c) double walled glass vessel is used in thermos flask?
(d) deserts soon get hot during the day and soon get cold after sunset?
9.4 Why conduction of heat does not take place in gases?
9.5 What measures do you suggest to conserve energy in houses?
9.6 Why transfer of heat in fluids takes place by convection?
9.7 What is meant by convection current?
9.8 Suggest a simple activity to show convection of heat in gases not given in the book.
9.9 How does heat reach us from the Sun?
9.10 How various surfaces can be compared by a Leslie cube?
9.11 What is greenhouse effect?
9.12 Explain the impact of greenhouse effect in global warming.

SUMMARY of chapter 10: SHM and waves
Simple harmonic motion (SHM) is a to and fro oscillatory motion in which acceleration of the body is directly proportional to the displacement of
the body from the mean position and is always directed towards the mean position.
The motion of a mass attached to a spring, simple pendulum and that of a ball inside a bowl is SHM.
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of the mass and amplitude of the pendulum.
The number of cycles completed in one second is called frequency of a vibrating body. It is reciprocal of time period.
The maximum displacement from mean position of a body performing SHM is called amplitude.
Wave is a phenomenon of transferring energy from one place to another without the transfer of matter.
Mechanical waves are those waves which require some medium for their propagation.
Electromagnetic waves do not require any medium for their propagation.
Transverse waves are the mechanical waves in which particles of the medium vibrate about their mean position perpendicular to the direction of
propagation of the waves.
Compressional (longitudinal) waves are the mechanical waves in which particles of the medium vibrate about their mean position along the
direction of propagation of the waves.
The speed (v) of a wave is equal to the product of frequency ( f ) and wavelength () i.e.,v = f
Ripple tank is a device used to produce water waves and to demonstrate different properties of water waves like reflection, refraction and
When a wave travelling from one medium falls on the surface of another medium, it may bounce back into the first medium. This phenomenon is
called reflection of waves.
When waves from one medium enter the second medium at some angle their direction of travel may change. This phenomenon is called refraction
of waves. The speed and wavelength of wave change in different media but frequency does not change.
The bending of waves around obstacles or sharp edges is called diffraction of waves.

10.1. What is simple harmonic motion? What are the necessary conditions for a body to execute simple harmonic motion?
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10.2. Think of several examples of motion in everyday life that are simple harmonic.
10.3. What are damped oscillations. How damping progressively reduces the amplitude of oscillation?
10.4. How can you define the term wave? Elaborate the difference between mechanical and electromagnetic waves. Give examples of each.
10.5. Distinguish between longitudinal and transverse waves with suitable examples.
10.6. Draw a transverse wave with an amplitude of 2 cm and a wavelength of 4 cm. Label a crest and trough on the wave.
10.7. Derive a relationship between velocity, frequency and wavelength of a wave. Write a formula relating velocity of a wave to its time period and
10.8. Waves are the means of energy transfer without transfer of matter. Justify this statement with the help of a simple experiment.
10.9. Explain the following properties of waves with reference to ripple tank experiment:
a. Reflection b. Refraction c. Diffraction
10.10. Does increasing the frequency of a wave also increase its wavelength? If not, how are these quantities related?
10.1. If the length of a simple pendulum is doubled, what will be the change in its time period?
10.2. A ball is dropped from a certain height onto the floor and keeps bouncing. Is the motion of the ball simple harmonic? Explain.
10.3. A student performed two experiments with a simple pendulum. He/She used two bobs of different masses by keeping other parameters
constant. To his/her astonishment the time period of the pendulum did not change! Why?
10.4. What types of waves do not require any material medium for their propagation?
10.5. Plane waves in the ripple tank undergo refraction when they move from deep to shallow water. What change occurs in the speed of the waves?

SUMMARY of chapter 11: Sounds

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Sound is produced by a vibrating body. It travels in the medium from one place to another in the form of compressional waves.
Loudness is a feature of sound by which a loud and a faint sound can be distinguished. It depends upon the amplitude, surface area and distance
from the vibrating body.
Sound energy flowing per second through unit area held perpendicular to the direction of sound waves is called the intensity of sound. bel is unit
of the intensity level of sound, where 1 bel = 10 decibels.
Pitch of the sound is the characteristics of sound by which a shrill sound can be distinguished from a grave one. It depends upon the frequency.
The characteristics of sound by which two sound waves of same loudness and pitch are distinguished from each other is called the quality of
The sounds with jarring effect on our ears are called noise and the sounds having pleasant effect on our ears are called musical sounds.
Noise pollution has become a major issue of concern in some big cities. Any form of sound which disturbs the normal functioning of any natural
ecosytem or some human community is the cause of noise pollution.
Noise pollution can be reduced to acceptable level by replacing the rusty noisy machinery with environment friendly machinery and equipments,
putting sound reducing barriers, or using hearing protection devices.
The technique or method used to reduce the loss of sound energy by soft and porous surfaces is called acoustic protection. This can be done by
using rigid, smooth and non-porous materials.
Human audible frequency range lies between 20 Hz to 20, 000 Hz.
Sound waves of frequency higher than 20, 000 Hz are called ultrasound while sound waves of frequency lower than 20 Hz are called infrasound.
Ultrasound is used in many fields of science and technology such as medical,engineering, agriculture. In medical field ultrasound is used to
diagnose and treat different ailments. Ultrasound is also used to locate underwater depths or for locating objects lying deep on the ocean floor. The
technique is called SONAR, an acronym for sound navigation and ranging.

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11.1 What is the necessary condition for the production of sound?
11.2 What is the effect of the medium on the speed of sound? In which medium sound travels more faster: air, solid or liquid? Justify
your answer.
11.3 How can you prove the mechanical nature of sound by a simple experiment?
11.4 What do you understand by the longitudinal wave? Describe the longitudinal nature of sound waves.
11.5 Sound is a form of wave. List at least three reasons to support the idea that sound is a wave.
11.6 We know that waves manifest phenomenon of diffraction, reflection and refraction. Does sound also manifest these characteristics?
11.7 What is the difference between the loudness and intensity of sound? Derive the relationship between the two.
11.8 On what factors does the loudness of sound depend?
11.9 What do you mean by the term intensity level of the sound? Name and define the unit of intensity level of sound.
11.10 What are the units of loudness? Why do we use logarithmic scale to describe the range of the sound intensities we hear?
11.11 What is difference between frequency and pitch? Describe their relationship graphically.
11.12 Describe the effect of change in amplitude on loudness and the effect of change in frequency on pitch of sound.
11.13 If the pitch of sound is increased, what are the changes in the following?
a. the frequency b. the wavelength
c. the wave velocity d. the amplitude of the wave
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explain how does this happen?
11.15 What is the audible frequency range for human ear? Does this range vary with the age of people? Explain.
11.16 Explain that noise is a nuisance.
11.17 Describe the importance of acoustic protection.
11.18 What are the uses of ultrasound in medicine?
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11.1 Why two tin cans with a string stretched between them could be better way to communicate than merely shouting through the air?
11.2 We can recognize persons speaking with the same loudness from their voice. How is this possible?
11.3 You can listen to your friend round a corner, but you cannot watch him/her. Why?
11.4 Why must the volume of a stereo in a room with wall-to-wall carpet be tuned higher than in a room with a wooden floor?
11.5 A student says that the two terms speed and frequency of the wave refer to the same thing. What is your response?
11.6 Two people are listening to the same music at the same distance. They disagree on its loudness. Explain how this could happen.
11.7 Is there any difference between echo and reflection of sound? Explain.
11.8 Will two separate 50dB sounds together constitute a100dB sound? Explain
11.9 Why ultrasound is useful in medical field?

SUMMARY of chapter 12: Geometrical optics
When light travelling in a certain medium falls on the surface of another medium, a part of it turns back in the same medium. This is called
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i. The incident ray, the reflected ray, and the normal all lie in the same plane.
ii. The angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection (i.e., i = r).
Like plane surfaces, spherical surfaces also reflect light satisfying the two laws of reflection.
In mirrors, image formation takes place through reflection of light while in lenses image is formed through refraction of light.
The equation relating the distance of the object p from the mirror/lens, distance of the image q and the focal length f of the mirror/lens is called
mirror/lens formula, given by

Magnification of a spherical mirror or thin lens is defined as the ratio of the image height to the object height. i.e.,

Power of a lens is defined as the reciprocal of its focal length in metres.
Thus Power of a lens = P = 1 / foca length in metres. The SI unit of power of a lens is Dioptre, denoted by a symbol D. If f is expressed in
metres so that 1 D = 1 m-1. Thus, 1 Dioptre is the power of a lens whose focal length is 1 metre.
The refractive index n of a material is the ratio of the speed of light c in air to the speed of light v in the material, thus

The bending of light from its straight path as it passes from one medium into another is called refraction.
Refraction of light takes place under two laws called laws of refraction. These are stated as:
i. The incident ray, the refracted ray, and the normal at the point of incidence all lie in the same plane.
ii. The ratio of the sine of the angle of incidence i to the sine of the angle of refraction r is always equal to a constant i.e.,

where the ratio sin i / sin r is equal to the refractive index of the second medium with respect to the first medium.
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This is also called Snells law.

The angle of incidence for which the angle of refraction becomes 90ois called critical angle. When the angle of incidence becomes larger than the
critical angle, no refraction occurs. The entire light is reflected back into the denser medium. This is known as total internal reflection of light.
A simple microscope, also known as a magnifying glass, is a convex lens which is used to produce magnified images of small objects.
A compound microscope is used to investigate structure of small objects and has two converging lens, the objective and the eyepiece.
Telescope is an optical instrument which is used to observe distant objects using lenses or mirrors. A telescope that uses two converging lenses is
called refracting telescope. A telescope in which the objective lens is replaced by a concave mirror is called reflecting power telescope.
The magnifying power is defined as the ratio of the angle subtended by the image as seen through the optical device to that subtended by the
object at the unaided eye.
The resolving power of an instrument is its ability to distinguish between two closely placed objects.
The ability of the eye to change the focal length of its lens so as to form a clear image of an object on its retina is called its power of
The disability of the eye to form distinct images of distant objects on its retina is known as nearsightedness. The nearsighted eye can be corrected
with glass or contact lenses that use diverging lenses. Light rays from the distant objects will diverge by this lens before entering the eye.
The disability of the eye to form distinct images of nearby objects on its retina is known as farsightedness. This defects can be corrected with the
aid of a suitable converging lens. The lens refracts the light rays more towards the principal axis before they enter the eye.

12.1. What do you understand by reflection of light? Draw a diagram to illustrate reflection at a plane surface.
12.2. Describe the following terms used in reflection:
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12.3. State laws of reflection. Describe how they can be verified graphically.
12.4. Define refraction of light. Describe the passage of light through parallel-sided transparent material.
12.5. Define the following terms used in refraction:
(i) angle of incidence (ii) angle of refraction
12.6. What is meant by refractive index of a material? How would you determine the refractive index of a rectangular glass slab?
12.7. State the laws of refraction of light and show how they may be verified using rectangular glass slab and pins.
12.8. What is meant by the term total internal reflection?
12.9. State the conditions for total internal reflection.
12.10. What is critical angle? Derive a relationship between the critical angle and the refractive index of a substance.
12.11. What are optical fibres? Describe how total internal reflection is used in light propagating through optical fibres.
12.12. Define the following terms applied to a lens:
(i) principal axis (ii) optical centre (iii) focal length
12.13. What is meant by the principal focus of a (a) convex lens (b) concave lens? Illustrate your answer with ray diagrams.
12.14. Describe how light is refracted through convex lens.
12.15. With the help of a ray diagram, how you can show the use of thin converging lens as a magnifying glass.
12.16. A coin is placed at a focal point of a converging lens. Is an image formed? What is its nature?
12.17. What are the differences between real and virtual images?
12.18. How does a converging lens form a virtual image of a real object? How does a diverging lens can form a real image
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of a real object?
12.19. Define power of a lens and its units.
12.20. Describe the passage of light through a glass prism and measure the angle of deviation.
12.21. Define the terms resolving power and magnifying power.
12.22. Draw the ray diagrams of (i) simple microscope (ii) compound microscope (iii) refracting telescope
12.23. Mention the magnifying powers of the following optical instruments:
(i) simple microscope (ii) compound microscope (iii) refracting telescope
12.24. Draw ray diagrams to show the formation of images in the normal human eye.
12.25. What is meant by the terms nearsightedness and farsightedness? How can these defects be corrected?

12.1. A man raises his left hand in a plane mirror, the image facing him is raising his right hand. Explain why.
12.2. In your own words, explain why light waves are refracted at a boundary between two materials.
12.3. Explain why a fish under water appears to be at a different depth below the surface than it actually is. Does it appear deeper
or shallower?
12.4. Why or why not concave mirrors are suitable for makeup?
12.5. Why is the drivers side mirror in many cars convex rather than plane or concave?
12.6. When an opticians testing room is small, he uses a mirror to help him test the eyesight of his patients. Explain why.
12.7. How does the thickness of a lens affect its focal length?
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12.8. Under what conditions will a converging lens form a virtual image?
12.9. Under what conditions will a converging lens form a real image that is the same size as the object?
12.10. Why do we use refracting telescope with large objective lens of large focal length?

SUMMARY of chapter 13: Electrostatic
Electric charges are of two types, positive charge and negative charge. Like charges repel each other and unlike charges attract each other.
Electrostatic induction is the process of charging a conductor without any contact with the charging body.
Coulombs law states that the force of attraction or repulsion between two charged bodies is directly proportional to the product of the charges and
inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. Mathematically, it is given by

Electric field is a region of space surrounding a charged body in which a unit positive point charge can experience a force.
Electric potential at any point in the field is defined as the work done in moving a unit positive charge from infinity to that point. Unit of potential is
volt which is equal to one joule of work done in moving one coulomb of positive charge from infinity to that point.
Capacitor is a device which is used to store electric charge. Capacitance is the ability of a capacitor to store electric charge. Its SI unit is farad (F). If
one coulomb of positive charge given to one of the plates of the capacitor develops a potential difference of one volt, then its capacitance will be one
The equivalent capacitance Ceq of a parallel combination of n capacitors is given by
Ceq= C1+ C2+C3 +.............+Cn
The equivalent capacitance Ceq of a series combination of ncapacitors is given by

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SUMMARY of chapter 14: Current and electricity
The time rate of flow of electric charge through any cross section is called electric current.
The current due to flow of positive charge which is equivalent to current due to flow of negative charge in opposite direction is known as
conventional current.
Ampere is the SI unit of current.
e.m.f. is the total amount of energy supplied by the battery or the cell in moving a one coulomb of positive charge from the -ve to the +worve
terminal of the battery.
Ohms law states that the current I passing through a conductor is directly proportional to the potential difference V applied across its ends
provided the temperature and physical state of the conductor do not change.
Resistance R is a measure of opposition to the flow of current through a conductor. Its SI unit is ohm. It is denoted by the symbol . When a
potential difference of one volt is applied across the ends of a conductor and one ampere of current passes through it, then its resistance will be one
Materials in which electrons can freely move so as to pass electricity are called conductors while in insulators no free electrons are available for
the conduction of electricity.
The equivalent resistance Re of a series combination of n resistances is given by
Re = R1 + R2 + R3 +......+ Rn
The equivalent resistance R of a parallel combination of n resistances is given by
1/Re = 1/R1 + 1/R2 + 1/R3 +................. +1/Rn
Galvanometer is a sensitive instrument which detects current in a circuit. It is always connected in series with the circuit.
Ammeter is an electrical instrument which measures larger current. It is always connected in series in a circuit.
Voltmeter is an electrical instrument used to measure potential difference between two points in a circuit. It is always connected parallel to a
circuit component.
The amount of heat energy generated in a resistance due to flow of electric current is equal to the product of the square of current, resistance and
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the time interval (W = I2Rt). This is called Joules law.
kilowatt-hour is the amount of energy obtained from a source of one kilowatt in one hour. It is equal to 3.6 mega joule.
The current which does not change its direction of flow is known as direct current or d.c.
The current which changes its direction of flow after regular intervals of time is known as alternating current or a.c.

14.1 Define and explain the term electric current.
14.2 What is the difference between electronic current and conventional current?
14.3 What do we mean by the term e.m.f.? Is it really a force? Explain.
14.4 How can we differentiate between e.m.f. and potential difference?
14.5 Explain Ohms law. What are its limitations?
14.6 Define resistance and its units.
14.7 What is the difference between conductors and insulators?
14.8 Explain the energy dissipation in a resistance. What is Joules law?
14.9 What is difference between D.C and A.C?
14.10 Discuss the main features of parallel combination of resistors.
14.11 Determine the equivalent resistance of series combination of resistors.
14.12 Describe briefly the hazards of household electricity.
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14.13 Describe four safety measures that should be taken in connection with the household circuit.
14.14 Design a circuit diagram for a studyroom that needs the following equipment in parallel:
(a) One 100 W lamp operated by one switch;
(b) One reading lamp fitted with a 40 W bulb which can be switched ON and OFF from two points.
(c) What is the advantage of connecting the equipments in parallel instead of series?
14.1 Why in conductors charge is transferred by free electrons rather than by positive charges?
14.2 What is the difference between a cell and a battery?
14.3 Can current flow in a circuit without potential difference?
14.4 Two points on an object are at different electric potentials. Does charge necessarily flow between them?
14.5 In order to measure current in a circuit why ammeter is always connected in series?
14.6 In order to measure voltage in a circuit voltmeter is always connected in parallel. Discuss.
14.7 How many watt-hours are there in 1000 joules?
14.8 From your experience in watching cars on the roads at night, are automobile headlamps connected in series or in parallel?
14.9 A certain flash-light can use a 10 ohm bulb or a 5 ohm bulb. Which bulb should be used to get the brighter light? Which bulb will discharge the
battery first?
14.10 It is impracticable to connect an electric bulb and an electric heater in series. Why?
14.11 Does a fuse in a circuit control the potential difference or the current?

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SUMMARY of chapter 15: Electromagnetism
When electric current passes through a conductor, a magnetic field is set up in the space surrounding the conductor. In case of a straight current-
carrying conductor, the lines of force are in the form of concentric circles.
Direction of magnetic field around a current-carrying conductor can be found using right hand rule: Grasp a wire with your right hand such that
your thumb pointed in the direction of the current. Then curling fingers of your hand will point in the direction of the magnetic field.
When a straight current-carrying conductor is placed perpendicularly in a magnetic field, it experiences a force in a direction at right angles to
both the directions of the field and the current.
When a current-carrying coil is placed in magnetic field, it experiences a couple due to which the coil begins to rotate. A D.C. motor operates on
this principle. It converts electrical energy into mechanical energy.
The number of magnetic lines of force passing a certain surface is known as the magnetic field strength through that surface.
When a magnetic field strength through a coil is changing, an e.m.f. is induced in it. The value of this induced e.m.f. is directly proportional to the
rate of change of magnetic field strength.
An A.C. generator consists of a coil and a magnet. When this coil is made to rotate in a magnetic field, the magnetic field strength through it
continuously changes due to which an alternating voltage is induced in it. Thus A.C. generator converts mechanical energy into electrical energy.
If the change of current in a circuit induces a current in another circuit this phenomenon is known as mutual induction.
Transformer is an electrical device which is used to increase or decrease the value of an alternating voltage. It works on the principle of mutual

15.1 Demonstrate by an experiment that a magnetic field is produced around a straight current-carrying conductor.
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15.3 You are given an unmarked magnetized steel bar and bar magnet, its north and south ends marked N and S respectively. State how would you
determine the polarity at each end of the unmarked bar?
15.4 When a straight current-carrying conductor is placed in a magnetic field, it experiences a force. State the rule by which the direction of this
force can be found out.
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15 .5 State that a current-carrying coil in a magnetic field experiences a torque.
15 .6 What is an electric motor? Explain the working principle of D.C. motor.
15 .7 Describe a simple experiment to demonstrate that a changing magnetic field can induce e.m.f. in a circuit.
15 .8 What are the factors which affect the magnitude of the e.m.f. induced in a circuit by a changing magnetic field?
15 .9 Describe the direction of an induced e.m.f. in a circuit? How does this phenomena relate to conservation of energy?
15 .10 Draw a labelled diagram to illustrate the structure and working of A.C. generator.
15 .11 What do you understand by the term mutual induction?
15 .12 What is a transformer? Explain the working of transformer in connection with mutual induction.
15 .13 The voltage chosen for the transmission of electrical power over large distances is many times greater than the voltage of the
domestic supply. State two reasons why electrical power is transmitted at high voltage.
15 .14 Why is the voltage used for the domestic supply much lower than the voltage at which the power is transmitted?

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15 .1 Suppose someone handed you three similar iron bars and told you one was not magnet but the other two were. How would you
find the iron bar that was not magnet?
15 .2 Suppose you have a coil of wire and a bar magnet. Describe how you could use them to generate an electric current.
15 .3 Which device is used for converting electrical energy into mechanical energy?
15 .4 Suppose we hang a loop of wire so that it can swing easily. If we now put a magnet into the coil, the coil will start swinging. Which
way will it swing relative to the magnet and why?
15 .5 A conductor wire generates a voltage while moving through a magnetic field. In what direction should the wire be moved, relative
to the field to generate the maximum voltage?
15 .6 What is the difference between a generator and a motor?
15 .7 What reverses the direction of electric current in the armature coil of D.C. motor?
15 .8 A wire lying perpendicular to an external magnetic field carries a current in the direction shown in the diagram below. In what
direction will the wire move due to the resulting magnetic force?

15.9 Can a transformer operate on direct current?

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SUMMARY of chapter 16: Basic Electronics
Electronics is that branch of applied physics which deals with control of motion of electrons in different devices.
The process of emission of electrons from the surface of hot metal is called thermionic emission.
Cathode rays are electrons which are emitted from the hot surface of cathode and travel towards anode due to potential difference.
Beam of electrons emitted from cathode surface can be deflected by electric and magnetic fields.
The cathode-ray oscilloscope is an instrument which can be used to display the magnitudes of rapidly changing electric current or potential. It
consists of the following three parts: the electron gun, the deflecting plate and a fluorescent screen.
Those quantities which change continuously with time are known as analogue quantities. And the quantities which change in discrete steps are
called digital quantities.
Electronic devices have become integral part of our daily lives. Television, computers, cell phone, audio and video cassette recorders and players,
radio, hi-fi sound system have made our lives more comfortable and pleasant.
The branch of electronics which processes the data being provided in the form of analogue quantities is called analogue electronics.
The branch of electronics which processes the data being provided in the form of digits is known as digital electronics.
Logic gates are the circuits which implement the various logic operations. These are digital circuits which have one or more inputs but only one
There are three basics logic gates: AND gate, OR gate and NOT gate. While NAND gate and NOR gate are combinations of these basic gates.
The AND gate is a logic gate that gives an output of 1 only when all of its inputs are 1. The OR gate is a logic gate that gives an output of 0
only when all of its inputs are 0. The NOT gate is a logic gate that gives an output that is opposite to the state of its input.
The truth tables are tables which give the values of the inputs and outputs of the basic types of logic gates or combination of such gates.

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SUMMARY of chapter 17: information and communication technology
The scientific method used to store information, to arrange it for proper use and to communicate it to others is called information technology.
The methods and means that are used to communicate information to distant places instantly is called telecommunication.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is defined as the scientific methods and means to store, process and transmit vast amounts of
information in seconds with the help of electronic equipment.
Flow of information means the transfer of the information from one place to another through different electronic and optical equipments.
In telephone, information can be sent through wires in the form of electrical signals. In radio, television and cell phone information can be sent
either through space in the form of electromagnetic waves or it can be sent through optical fibres in the form of light signals.
There are five parts that must come together in order to produce a Computer- Based Information System (CBIS). These are called the components
of information technology. These are: hardware, software, data, procedures and people.
Information storing devices store the information for later use and benefits. These include audio cassettes, video tapes, compact discs, laser disks,
floppy disks, and hard disks.
Telephone changes sound into electrical signals and sends these signals to the receiver. The receiver changes the electrical signals again to sound
by a system fitted in the receiver.
Mobile phone is a sort of radio with two-way communications. It sends and receives the message in the form of radiowaves.
Fax machine is the means to send the copy of documents from one place to another through telephone lines.
Radio is an instrument which transmits the sound waves to us.
Computer is an electronic computing machine that is used for adding, subtracting and multiplying.
Hardware refers to the parts of a computer that we can see and touch i.e. keyboard, monitor, printer, scanner, mouse, etc.
The most important piece of hardware is the central processing unit (CPU). It is the brain of computerthe part that translates instructions and
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Software refers to the instructions, or programs, that are installed in the hardware to perform different tasks. Window and Linux Operating
Systems (OS) are examples of softwares.
Word processing is such a use of computer through which we can write a letter, prepare reports and books. By means of this we can develop any
document and see it on the screen after typing.
To collect information for a special purpose and to store it in a computer in a file form, which may help at times when needed, is called data
Internet is a network of large number of computers which is major source of information and world communication.

SUMMARY of chapter 18: Atomic and nuclear Physics
There are two parts of an atom. Its central part is called the nucleus which contains neutrons and protons called nucleons. The nucleus is positively
charged and electrons revolve around it in nearly circular orbits.
The number of protons present inside a nucleus is called the charge number or the atomic number and is denoted by the letter Z.
The sum of neutrons and protons present in a nucleus is called its atomic mass number. It is denoted by the letter A.
The atoms of same element with same atomic number but different atomic mass number are called isotopes.
The elements whose atomic number is greater than 82 are unstable. The process of decaying such elements into daughter elements is called natural
radioactivity and such elements are called radioactive elements.
Radioactivity is a random process which does not depend on space and time.

The time during which the atoms of a radioactive element are reduced to one half is called the half-life of that element.
Background radiations are caused by some radioactive elements present in rocks, soil and water.
A process in which nucleus of an unstable heavy element breaks into two nuclei of lighter elements with the emission of radiation is called nuclear

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The isotopes which emit radiations are called radioactive isotopes. They are used in medicine, agriculture and industry for a variety of purposes.
The age of a dead human, animal or tree can be estimated by comparing the activity of carbon-14 in the live and dead tree. The technique is called
carbon dating.
A process in which a heavy nucleus breaks into two nearly equal parts with the release of large energy is called nuclear fission.
A process in which two light nuclei diffuse to form a heavier nucleus with release of enormous amount of energy is called fusion reaction.
18.1. What is difference between atomic number and atomic mass number? Give a symbolical representation of a nuclide.
18.2. What do you mean by the term radioactivity? Why some elements are radioactive but some are not?
18.3. How can you make radioactive elements artificially? Describe with a suitable example.
18.4. What are the three basic radioactive decay processes and how do they differ from each other?
18.5. Write the alpha decay process for 91234P. Identify the parent and daughter nuclei in this decay.
18.6. Explain whether the atomic number can increase during nuclear decay Support your answer with an example.
18.7. What do you understand by half-life of a radioactive element?
18.8. Is radioactivity a spontaneous process? Elaborate your answer with a simple experiment.
18.9. What is meant by background radiations? Enlist some sources of background radiations.
18.10. Describe two uses of radioisotopes in medicine, industry or research?
18.11. What are two common radiation hazards? Briefly describe the precautions that are taken against them.
18.12. Complete this nuclear reaction:

Does this reaction involve fission or fusion? Justify your answer.

18.13. Nuclear fusion reaction is more reliable and sustainable source of energy than nuclear fission chain reaction. Justify this statement with
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plausible arguments.
18.14. A nitrogen nuclide 714N decays to become an oxygen nuclide by emitting an electron. Show this process with an equation.

18.15. Determine which of these radioactive decay processes are possible:

18.1. Is it possible for an element to have different types of atoms? Explain.
18.2. What nuclear reaction would release more energy, the fission reaction or the fusion reaction? Explain.
18.3. Which has more penetrating power, alpha particle or gamma ray photon?
18.4. What is the difference between natural and artificial radioactivity?
18.5. How long would you likely have to wait to watch any sample of radioactive atoms completely decay?
18.6. Which type of natural radioactivity leaves the number of protons and the number of neutrons in the nucleus unchanged?
18.7. How much of a 1g sample of pure radioactive matter would be left undecayed after four half-lives?
18.8. Tritium 13H is radioactive isotope of hydrogen. It decays by emitting an electron. What is the daughter nucleus?
18.9. What information about the structure of the nitrogen atom can be obtained from its nuclide 714N ? In what way atom in 714N is different
from the atom in 716N.
18.1. The half-life of 716N is 7.3 s. A sample of this nuclide of nitrogen is observed for 29.2s. Calculate the fraction of the original

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radioactive isotope remaining after this time.
Ans. (1/16)
18.2. Cobalt-60 is a radioactive element with half-life of 5.25 years. What fraction of the original sample will be left after 26 years?
Ans. (1/32)
18.3. Carbon-14 has a half-life of 5730 years. How long will it take for the quantity of carbon-14 in a sample to drop to one-eighth of
the initial quantity?
Ans. (1.72 104 years).
18.4. Technetium-99m is a radioactive element and is used to diagnose brain, thyroid, liver and kidney diseases. This element has
half-life of 6 hours. If there is 200 mg of this technetium present, how much will be left in 36 hours.
Ans.(3.12 mg)
18.5. Half-life of a radioactive element is 10 minutes. If the initial count rate is 368 counts per minute, find the time for which count
rate reaches 23 counts per minute.
Ans. (40 minutes)

18.6. In an experiment to measure the half-life of a radioactive element, the following results were obtained:
Count rate/ minute 400 200 100 50 25
Time (in minutes) 0 2 4 6 8
Plot a graph between the count rate and time in minutes. Measure the value for the half-life of the element from the graph.
Ans. (half-life is 2 minutes)
18.7. A sample of certain radioactive element has a half-life of 1500 years. If it has an activity of 32000 counts per hour at the present time then plot

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a graph of the activity of this sample over the period in which it will reduce to 1/16 of its present value.
18.8. Half-life of a radioactive element was found to be 4000 years. The count rates per minute for 8 successive hours were found to be 270, 280,
300, 310, 285, 290, 305, 312. What does the variation in count rates show? Plot a graph between the count rates and time in hours. Why the graph is
a straight line rather than an exponential?
Ans. (variation in count rate shows the random nature of radiactive decay, graph is almost horizontal line rather than exponential curve which is due
to long half-life as compared to period of 8 hours)
18.9. Ashes from a campfire deep in a cave show carbon-14 activity of only one-eighth the activity of fresh wood. How long ago was that campfire
Ans. (17190 years)