Science Ncert Solutions Chapter 1 Class 10

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Q1 Why should a magnesium ribbon be cleaned before burning in air?

Answer. Magnesium is a very reactive metal. When stored, it reacts with oxygen to form a layer of magnesium oxide on its surface. This layer of magnesium oxide is quite stable and prevents further reaction of magnesium with oxygen. The magnesium ribbon is cleaned with sandpaper to remove this layer so that the underlying metal can be exposed to air.

Q2 Write the balanced equation for the following chemical reactions.
(i) Hydrogen + Chlorine → Hydrogen chloride
(ii) Barium chloride + Aluminium sulphate → Barium sulphate + Aluminium chloride
(iii) Sodium + Water → Sodium hydroxide + Hydrogen

Q3 Write a balanced chemical equation with state symbols for the following reactions.
(i) Solutions of barium chloride and sodium sulphate in water react to give insoluble barium sulphate and the solution of sodium chloride.
(ii) Sodium hydroxide solution (in water) reacts with hydrochloric acid solution (in water) to produce sodium chloride solution and water.

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Q1 A solution of a substance ‘X’ is used for whitewashing.
(i) Name the substance ‘X’ and write its formula.
(ii) Write the reaction of the substance ‘X’ named in (i) above with water.

Answer. (i) The substance ‘X’ is calcium oxide. Its chemical formula is CaO.
(ii) Calcium oxide reacts vigorously with water to form calcium hydroxide (slaked lime).

Q2 Why is the amount of gas collected in one of the test tubes in Activity 1.7 double of the amount collected in the other? Name this gas.

Answer. WaterH₂O contains two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. Therefore, the amount of hydrogen and oxygen produced during electrolysis of water is in a 2 : 1 ratio. During electrolysis, since hydrogen goes to one test tube and oxygen goes to another, the amount of gas collected in one of the test tubes is double of the amount collected in the other.

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Q1 Why does the colour of copper sulphate solution change when an iron nail is dipped in it?
Answer. When an iron nail is dipped in a copper sulphate solution, iron (which is more reactive than copper) displaces copper from copper sulphate solution forming iron sulphate, which is green in colour.

Q2 Give an example of a double displacement reaction other than the one given in Activity 1.10.
Answer. Sodium carbonate reacts with calcium chloride to form calcium carbonate and sodium chloride.

Q3 Identify the substances that are oxidised and the substances that are reduced in the following reactions.
(i) 4Na(s) + O₂(g) → 2Na₂O(s)
(ii) CuO (s) + H₂(g] → Cu(s) + H₂O(1)

Answer. (i) Sodium (Na) is oxidised as it gains oxygen and oxygen gets reduced.
(ii) Copper oxide (CuO) is reduced to copper (Cu) while hydrogen (H₂) gets oxidised to water(H₂O)

Exercise Questions

Q1 Which of the statements about the reaction below are incorrect?
2PbO(s) + C(s) → 2Pb(s) + CO₂(g)
(a) Lead is getting reduced.
(b) Carbon dioxide is getting oxidised.
(c) Carbon is getting oxidised.
(d) Lead oxide is getting reduced

(i) (a) and (b)
(ii) (a) and (c)
(iii) (a), (b) and (c)
(iv) all

Q2 Fe2Oa + 2A1→ Al₂Os + 2Fe
The above reaction is an example of a,
(a) combination reaction
(b) double displacement reaction
(c) decomposition reaction
(d) displacement reaction

Q3 What happens when dilute hydrochloric acid is added to iron fillings? Tick the correct answer.
(a) Hydrogen gas and iron chloride are produced
(b) Chlorine gas and iron hydroxide are produced
(c) No reaction takes place
(d) Iron salt and water are produced

Q4 What is a balanced chemical equation? Why should chemical equations be balanced?

Answer. A reaction which has an equal number of atoms of all the elements on both sides of the chemical equation is called a balanced chemical equation. The law of conservation of mass states that mass can neither be created nor destroyed. Hence, in a chemical reaction, the total mass of reactants should be equal to the total mass of the products. It means that the total number of atoms of each element should be equal on both sides of a chemical equation. Hence, it is for this reason that chemical equations should be balanced.

Q5 Translate the following statements into chemical equations and then balance them.

(a) Hydrogen gas combines with nitrogen to form ammonia.

(b) Hydrogen sulphide gas burns in air to give water and sulphur dioxide.

(c) Barium chloride reacts with aluminium sulphate to give aluminium chloride and a precipitate of barium sulphate.

(d) Potassium metal reacts with water to give potassium hydroxide and hydrogen gas.

Q7 Write the balanced chemical equations for the following reactions.
(a) Calcium hydroxide + Carbon dioxide → Calcium carbonate + Water
(b) Zinc + Silver nitrate → Zinc nitrate + Silver
(c) Aluminium + Copper chloride → Aluminium chloride + Copper
(d) Barium chloride + Potassium sulphate → Barium sulphate + Potassium chloride

Q8 Write the balanced chemical equation for the following and identify the type of reaction in each case.
(a) Potassium bromide(aq) + Barium iodide(aq) → Potassium iodide(aq) + Barium bromide(s)
(b) Zinc carbonate(s) Zinc oxide(s) + Carbon dioxide (g)
(c) Hydrogen(g) + Chlorine(g) → Hydrogen chloride (g)
(d) Magnesium(s) + Hydrochloric acid(aq) → Magnesium chloride (aq) + Hydrogen(g)

(a) Double displacement reaction
2KBr(aq) + Bal2(aq) → 2Kl(aq) + BaBr₂(s)
(b) Decomposition reaction
H₂(g) + Cl₂(g) 2HCl(g)
(c) Combination reaction
H₂(g) + Cl₂(g) → 2HCl(g)
(d) Displacement reaction
Mg(s) + 2HCl(aq) -> MgCl₂(aq) + H₂(g)

Q9 What does one mean by exothermic and endothermic reactions? Give examples.
Answer. Exothermic Reaction: Chemical reactions that release energy in the form of heat, light, or sound are called exothermic reactions. For example Burning of methane in air gives heat and light.

Endothermic Reaction: Reactions that absorb energy or require energy in order to proceed are called endothermic reactions. For example, Silver chloride absorbs the heat from sunlight and gets decomposed into Silver and Chlorine.

Q10 Why is respiration considered an exothermic reaction? Explain?

Answer. Energy is required to support life. Energy in our body is obtained from the food we eat. During digestion, large molecules of food are broken down into simpler substances such as glucose. Glucose combines with oxygen in the cells and provides energy. The special name of this combustion reaction is respiration. Since energy is released in the whole process, it is an exothermic process.

Q11 Why are decomposition reactions called the opposite of combination reactions? Write equations for these reactions.
Answer. Decomposition reactions are those in which a compound breaks down into two or more substances. These reactions require a source of energy to proceed. Thus, they are the exact opposite of combination reactions in which two or more substances combine to give a new substance with the release of energy.
Decomposition Reaction

Combination Reaction

Q12 Write one equation each for decomposition reactions where energy is supplied in the form of heat, light or electricity.

Q13 What is the difference between displacement and double displacement reactions? Write equations for these reactions.
Displacement Reaction: In a displacement reaction, a more reactive element replaces a less reactive element from a compound.
A + BC →AC + B (Here A is more reactive than B)
(Here Zn is more reactive than Ag)
Double Displacement Reaction: In a double displacement reaction, two atoms or a group of atoms switch places to form new compounds.
AM + BN → AN + BM

Q14 In the refining of silver, the recovery of silver from silver nitrate solution involved displacement by copper metal. Write down the reaction involved.

Q15 What do you mean by a precipitation reaction? Explain by giving examples.

Answer. A reaction in which an insoluble solid (called precipitate) is formed is called a precipitation reaction.

In this reaction, barium sulphate is obtained as a precipitate. Hence, it is a precipitation reaction.

Q16 Explain the following in terms of gain or loss of oxygen with two examples each.
(a) Oxidation (b) Reduction

Answer. (a) Oxidation is the gain of oxygen. For example :

In equation (i), H₂ is oxidized to H₂0 and in equation (ii), Cu is oxidised to CuO.
(b) Reduction is the loss of oxygen.

In equation (i), CO₂is reduced to CO and in equation (ii), Cuo is reduced to Cu.

Q17 A shiny brown-coloured element ‘X’ on heating in air becomes black in colour. Name the element ‘X’ and the black-coloured compound formed.
Answer. ‘X’ is copper (Cu) and the black-coloured compound formed is copper oxide (CuO). The equation of the reaction involved in heating copper is given below.

Q18 Why do we apply paint on iron articles?
Answer. Iron articles are painted because it prevents them from rusting. When painted, the contact of iron articles from moisture and air is cut off. Hence, rusting is prevented, their presence is essential for rusting to take place.

Q19 Oil and fat containing food items are flushed with nitrogen. Why?
Answer. Nitrogen is an inert gas and does not easily react with these substances. On the other hand, oxygen reacts with food substances and makes them rancid. Thus, bags used in packing food items are flushed with nitrogen gas to remove oxygen inside the pack. When oxygen is not present inside the pack, rancidity of oil and fat containing food items is avoided.

Q20 Explain the following terms with one example each. (a) Corrosion (b) Rancidity
Answer. (a) Corrosion: Corrosion is defined as a process where materials, usually metals, deteriorate as a result of a chemical reaction with air, moisture, chemicals, etc.
Example. Iron, in the presence of moisture, reacts with oxygen to form hydrated iron oxide (a brown flaky substance) called rust.
(b) Rancidity: The process of oxidation of fats and oils that can be easily noticed by the change in taste and smell is known as rancidity.
For example, the taste and smell of butter change when kept for long.
Rancidity can be avoided by:
– Storing food in air-tight containers
-Adding antioxidants
– Storing food in an environment of nitrogen.


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