NCERT solutions for class 8 Science Chapter 16 Light

Solution for Exercise

Q.1 Suppose you are in a dark room. Can you see objects in the room? Can you see objects out¬side the room ?


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If we are in a dark room, then it is not possible for us to see objects in the room. However, objects outside the room are visible to us. An object becomes visible when light reaches our eye after being reflected from the object. If there is no light in the room, then the objects inside the room cannot reflect any light. Hence, we cannot see in a dark room. If there is light present outside the room, then we can see the objects outside the room.

Q.2 Differentiate between regular and diffused reflection. Does diffused reflection mean the failure of the laws of reflection?


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Regular Reflection
(i) All the reflected rays are parallel.
(ii) It occurs on a smooth and polished surface.
(iii) Reflected rays are in one direction.
diffused reflection
(i) The reflected rays are not parallel.
(ii) It occurs on the rough surface.
(iii) Reflected rays are scattered in different directions.

Q.3 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


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(a) Polished wooden table - Regular reflection
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) Chalk powder - 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) Cardboard surface - Diffused reflection
Cardboard surface is also an example of an irregular surface. Hence, diffused reflection will take place from a cardboard surface.
(d) Marble floor with water spread over it - 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) Mirror _ Regular reflection
Mirror has a smooth surface. Therefore, it will give a regular reflection.
(f) Piece of paper - 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.

Q.4 State the laws of reflection.


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The laws of reflections are:

(1) The incident ray, the normal and the reflected ray, all lie in the same plane.
(2) The angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection.

Q.5 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.


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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.

Q.6 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 a right hand in front of a plane mirror it will be seen in the mirror that your right ear is touched with _____
(c) The size of the pupil becomes _______ when you see in dim light.
(d) Night birds have _______ cones than rods in their eyes.


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(b) 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 right hand in front of a plane mirror it will be seen in the mirror that your right ear is touched with the __left hand__.
(c) The size of the pupil becomes __large__ when you see in dim light.
(d) Night birds have __fewer__ cones than rods in their eyes

Q.7 The angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection
(a) Always
(b) Sometimes
(c) Under special conditions
(d) Never


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(a) Always

Q.8 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.


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

Q.9 Describe the construction of a kaleidoscope.


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Construction of a kaleidoscope:
Three rectangular mirror strips of dimensions 15cm x 4cm (l x b) are joined together to form a prism (fig a). This prism is fixed into a circular cardboard tube. The circular cardboard tube should be slightly longer that the prism (fig b). 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 (fig c) .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 (fig d).

Q.10 Draw a labelled sketch of the human eye.


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Q.11 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 advise?


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Her teacher advised her not to do so because of the intensity of the laser light is very high, it is harmful to the human eyes. It can cause damage to the retina and leads to blindness. Hence, it is advisable not to look at a laser beam directly.

Q.12 Explain how you can take care of your eyes.


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To protect our eyes, the given points should be taken into account:
(i) Visit an eye specialist regularly.
(ii) Avoid reading in dim light and very bright light.
(iii) While reading, there should be a distance of at least 25 cm between the eyes and the book.
(iv) Avoid direct exposure of sunlight to the eye.
(v) Clean your eyes with cold water quickly if dust particles or small insects enter your eye. Do not rub your eyes.

Q.13 What is the angle of incidence of a ray if the reflected ray is at an angle of 90° to the incident ray?


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If the reflected ray is at the angle of 90 degree. to the incident ray, then the angle of incidence is 45 degree. According to the law of reflection, the angle of incidence and the angle of reflection are equal. Therefore, the angle of incidence and the angle of reflection both are 90/2=45 degree.

Q.14 How many images of a candle will be formed if it is placed between two parallel plane mirrors separated by 40 cm?


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Infinite or multiple images of the candle will be formed because of multiple reflections between the mirrors. When two mirrors are placed parallel to each other, then infinite numbers of images are formed.

Q.15 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.


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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°.

Q.16 Boojho stands at A just on the side of a plane mirror as shown in Fig. Can he see himself in the mirror? Also can he see the image of objects situated at P, Q and R?


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No, Boojho can’t see himself in the mirror. He can see the image of the object at P and Q but not of R

Q.17 (a) Find out the position of the image of an object situated at A in the plane mirror (Fig. 16.23).
(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?


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(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 can see the image of A.
(c) Yes, Boojho can see the image of A.
(d) Image of the object at A will not move as an object is not moving.



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