# CHAPTER 16 LIGHT QUESTION ANSWERS

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Q1. Suppose you are in a dark room. Can you see objects in the room? Can you see objects outside the room? Explain.

Answer We can see any object, when light reflected by that object reaches our eyes. But in the dark room, no light is reflected by the object so we are unable to see objects in dark room. If there is light present outside the room, then we can see the objects outside the room.
Q2. Differentiate between regular and diffused reflection. Does diffused reflection mean the failure of the laws of reflection?

 Regular reflection Diffused reflection 1. When all the parallel rays reflected from a plane surface are parallel, the reflection is known as regular reflection When all the parallel rays reflected from a plane surface are not parallel, the reflection is known as diffused or irregular reflection 2. It takes place from a smooth or regular surface It takes place from a rough surface 3. Images are formed by regular reflection. Images are not formed by irregular reflection.

The diffused reflection is not due to the failure of laws of reflection but caused by irregularities in the reflecting surface.
Q3. Mention against each of the following whether regular or diffused reflection will take place when a beam of light strikes. Justify your answer in each case.
(a) Polished wooden table

(b) Chalk powder
(c) Cardboard surface

(d) Marble floor with water spread over it
(e) Mirror

(f) Piece of paper
A polished surface is an example of a smooth surface. A polished wooden table has a smooth surface. Hence, reflections from the polished table will be regular.

(b) Diffused reflection
Chalk power spread on a surface is an example of an irregular surface. It is not smooth. Therefore, diffused reflection will take place from chalk powder.

(c) Diffused reflection
Cardboard surface is also an example of an irregular surface. Hence, diffused reflection will take place from a cardboard surface.

(d) Regular reflection
Marble floor with water spread over it is an example of a regular surface. This is because water makes the marble surface smooth. Hence, regular reflection will take place from this surface.

(e) Regular reflection
Mirror has a smooth surface. Therefore, it will give a regular reflection.

(f) Diffused reflection
Although a piece of paper may look smooth, but it has many irregularities on its surface. Due to this reason, it will give a diffused reflection.
Q4. State the laws of reflection.

→ The angle of reflection is always equal to the angle of iincidence.
→ The incident ray, the reflected ray and the normal to the reflective surface at the point of incidence all lie in the same plane.
Q5. Describe an activity to show that the incident ray, the reflected ray and the normal at the point of incidence lie in the same plane.

Answer Place a plane mirror on the table. Take a paper sheet and make a small hole in its centre. Make sure that the light in the room is not bright. Hold the sheet normal to the table. Take another sheet and place it on the table in contact with the vertical mirror. Draw a normal line on the second sheet from the mirror. Now, light a torch on the mirror through the small hole such that the ray of light falls on the normal at the bottom of the mirror. When the ray from this hole is incident on the mirror, it gets reflected in a certain direction. You can easily observe the incident ray, reflected ray and the normal to the mirror at the point of incidence on the sheet placed on the table. This shows that the incident ray, the reflected ray, and the normal to the surface at the point of incidence all lie in the same plane.

Q6. Fill in the blanks in the following.
(a) A person 1 m in front of a plane mirror seems to be ________ m away from his image.
(b) If you touch your ________ ear with your right hand in front of a plane mirror, it will be seen in the mirror that your right ear is touched with your _________.
(c) The size of the pupil becomes ________ when you see in dim light.
(d) Night birds have _________ cones than rods in their eyes.

Answer  (a) A person 1 m in front of a plane mirror seems to be 2 m away from his image.

(b) If you touch your left ear with your right hand in front of a plane mirror, it will be seen in the mirror that your right ear is touched with your left hand.
(c) The size of the pupil becomes large when you see in dim light.
(d) Night birds have less cones than rods in their eyes.
Q7. Angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection.
(a) Always

(b) Sometimes
(c) Under special conditions

(d) Never

► (a) Always

Q8. Image formed by a plane mirror is

(a) virtual, behind the mirror and enlarged.
(b) virtual, behind the mirror and of the same size as the object.
(c) real at the surface of the mirror and enlarged.
(d) real, behind the mirror and of the same size as the object.

► (b) virtual, behind the mirror and of the same size as the object.

Q9. Describe the construction of a kaleidoscope.

Answer Three rectangular mirror strips of dimensions 15cm x 4cm (l x b) are joined together to form a prism. This prism is fixed into a circular cardboard tube. The circular cardboard tube should be slightly longer that the prism. This circular tube is now closed at one end with a cardboard disc. This disc has a hole in it through which we can see .At the other end of the circular tube, a plane glass plate is fixed. It is important that this glass plate touches the prism mirrors. On this glass plate, several small and broken pieces of coloured glass are placed. This end is now closed by a round glass plate allowing enough space for the coloured glass pieces to move.

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Q10. Gurmit wanted to perform Activity 16.8 using a laser torch. Her teacher advised her not to do so. Can you explain the basis of the teacher’s advice?

Answer Laser light is harmful for the human eyes, because its intensity is very high. It can cause damage to the retina and lead to blindness. Hence, it is advisable not to look at a laser beam directly.
Q11. Explain how you can take care of your eyes.

Answer We can take care of eyes by:
→ Visit an eye specialist regularly.
→ Avoid reading in dim light and very bright light.
→ Avoid direct exposure of sunlight to the eye.
→ Clean your eyes with cold water quickly if dust particles or small insects enter your eye. Do not rub your eyes.
→ Maintain a distance of at least 25 cm between the book and your eyes while reading.
Q12. What is the angle of incidence of a ray if the reflected ray is at an angle of 90° to the incident ray?

Answer As per the laws of reflection
The angle of incidence ∠i = angle of reflection ∠r
Here as given ∠i + ∠r = 90°
∴ ∠i + ∠i = 90 °
or ∠i = 90/2 = 45 °
Hence angle of incidence of a ray = 45 degree
Q13. How many images of a candle will be formed if it is placed between two parallel plane mirrors separated by 40 cm?

Answer Infinite images of the candle will be formed due to parallel mirrors.

Q14. Two mirrors meet at right angles. A ray of light is incident on one at an angle of 30° as shown in Fig. 16.19. Draw the reflected ray from the second mirror.
Answer The first law of reflection is used to obtain the path of reflected light.

It can be observed that the given ray of light will reflect from the second mirror at an angle 60°.
Q15. Boojho stands at A just on the side of a plane mirror as shown in Fig. 16.20. Can he see himself in the mirror? Also can he see the image of objects situated at P, Q and R?
Answer A plane mirror forms a virtual image behind the mirror. The image is as far behind the mirror as the object is in front of it. A cannot see his image because the length of the mirror is too short on his side. However, he can see the objects placed at points P and Q, but cannot see the object placed at point R (as shown in the given figure).

Q16. (a) Find out the position of the image of an object situated at A in the plane mirror (Fig. 16.21).
(b) Can Paheli at B see this image?
(c) Can Boojho at C see this image?
(d) When Paheli moves from B to C, where does the image of A move?

Answer  (a) Image of the object placed at A is formed behind the mirror. The distance of the image from the mirror is equal to the distance of A from the mirror. Image of A is shown in the given figure.
(b) Yes. Paheli at B can see this image.

(c) Yes. Boojho at C can see this image.

(d) Image of the object at A will not move. It will remain at the same position when Paheli moves from B to C.

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