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Chapter 1

Measurements and Experimentation

Class 9 - Concise Physics Selina Solutions


Exercise 1(A)

Question 1

What is meant by measurement?

Answer

Measurement is the process of comparison of the given quantity with the known standard quantity of the same nature.

Question 2

What do you understand by the term unit?

Answer

Unit is the quantity of a constant magnitude which is used to measure the magnitudes of other quantities of the same nature.

Question 3

What are the three requirements for selecting a unit of a physical quantity?

Answer

The three requirements for selecting a unit of a physical quantity are —

  1. The unit should be of convenient size.
  2. It should be possible to define the unit without any ambiguity.
  3. The unit should be reproducible.
  4. The value of unit should not change with space and time. (i.e. it must always remain same everywhere).

Question 4

Name the three fundamental quantities.

Answer

The three fundamental quantities are —

  1. Mass
  2. Length
  3. Time

Question 5

Name the three systems of unit and state the various fundamental units in them.

Answer

The three systems of unit and the corresponding fundamental units are as follows —

System of UnitsFundamental Units
C.G.S. system (or French system)Unit of Length - centimeter (cm)
Unit of Mass - gram(g)
Unit of Time - second(s)
F.P.S. system (or British system)Unit of Length - Foot(ft)
Unit of Mass - Pound(lb)
Unit of Time - Second(s)
M.K.S. system (or metric system)Unit of Length - Metre(m)
Unit of Mass - Kilogramme(kg)
Unit of Time -Second(s)

Question 6

Define a fundamental unit.

Answer

A fundamental unit is that which is independent of any other unit or which can neither be changed nor can be related to any other fundamental unit.

Example – Units of mass, length, time, temperature, current etc.

Question 7

What are the fundamental units in S.I. system? Name them along with their symbols.

Answer

The fundamental units in S.I. system along with their symbols are as follows —

QuantityUnitSymbol
Lengthmetrem
Masskilogramkg
Timeseconds
TemperaturekelvinK
Luminous intensitycandelacd
Electric currentampereA
Amount of substancemolemol
Angleradianrd
Solid anglesteradianst-rd

Question 8

Explain the meaning of derived unit with the help of one example.

Answer

The units of quantities other than those measured in fundamental units, can be expressed in terms of the fundamental units and they are called derived units.

Thus, derived units are those which depend on the fundamental units or which can be expressed in terms of the fundamental units.

Example – For the measurement of area, we need to measure length and breadth in the unit of length and then express area in a unit which is:

length x length or (length)2.

Question 9

Define standard metre.

Answer

The standard metre is defined in terms of speed of light, according to which, one metre is the distance travelled by light in 1/299,792,458 of a second in air (or vacuum).

Question 10

Name two units of length which are bigger than a metre. How are they related to the metre?

Answer

The units of length which are bigger than a metre are —

  1. Astronomical Unit (A.U.) — One astronomical unit is equal to the mean distance between the earth and the sun. Relation between metre and astronomical unit is expressed as:
        A.U. = 1.496 x 1011m
  2. Light year (ly) — A light year is the distance travelled by light in vacuum, in one year. Relation between metre and light year is expressed as:
        1 light year = 9.46 x 1015m

Question 11

Write the names of two units of length smaller than a metre. Express their relationship with metre?

Answer

The two units of length smaller than a metre are —

  1. Angstrom (Å) — To express the wavelength of light, size and separation between two molecules (or atoms), radius of orbit of electron, etc. a small size unit is used called the Angstrom. Relation between metre and angstrom is expressed as:
        1 Angstrom = 10-10m
  2. Fermi (f) — Size of the nucleus is expressed by a still smaller unit called Fermi. Relation between metre and fermi is expressed as:
        1 fermi = 10-15m

Question 12

How is nanometer related to Angstrom ?

Answer

Relation between nanometer (nm) and Angstrom (Å) is expressed as:
    1 nanometer = 10 Å

Question 13

Name the three convenient units used to measure length ranging from very short to very long value. How are they related to the S.I. unit ?

Answer

The 3 convenient units used to measure length ranging from very short to very long value are —

  1. Centimeter (cm)
  2. Metre (m)
  3. Kilometer (km)

S.I. unit of length is meter (m). Relation between meter (m) and centimeter is —

    1 m = 100cm

Relation between meter (m) and kilometer is —

    1 km = 1000m

Question 14

Name the S.I. unit of mass and define it.

Answer

The S.I. unit of mass is Kilogram (Kg).

One kilogram is defined as the mass of a cylindrical piece of platinum-iridium alloy kept at International Bureau of Weights and Measures at Serves near Paris.

Question 15

Complete the following —

  1. 1 light year = ________ m
  2. 1 m = ________ Å
  3. 1 m = ________ µ
  4. 1 micron = ________ Å
  5. 1 fermi = ________ m

Answer

  1. 1 light year = 9.46 x 1015 m
  2. 1 m = 1010 Å
  3. 1 m = 106 µ
  4. 1 micron = 104 Å
  5. 1 fermi = 10-15 m

Question 16

State two units of mass smaller than a kilogram. How are they related to kilogram ?

Answer

The two units of mass smaller than a kilogram (kg) are:

  1. gram (g) — Relation between gram and kilogram is:
        1 g = 10-3 kg
  2. milligram (mg) — Relation between miligram and kilogram is:
        1 mg = 10-6 kg

Question 17

State two units of mass bigger than a kilogram. Give their relationship with the kilogram.

Answer

The two units of mass bigger than a kilogram (kg) are:

  1. Quintal — It is one hundred times a kilogram. Relation between quintal and kilogram is:
        1 quintal = 100 kg
  2. Metric tonne — It is one thousand times a kilogram. Relation between metric tonne and kilogram is:
        1 metric tonne = 1000 kg

Question 18

Complete the following —

  1. 1g = ______kg
  2. 1mg = ________kg
  3. 1 quintal = ________kg
  4. 1 a.m.u (or u) = ________kg

Answer

  1. 1 g = 10-3 kg
  2. 1 mg = 10-6 kg
  3. 1 quintal = 100 kg
  4. 1 a.m.u (or u) = 1.66 x 10-27 kg

Question 19

Name the S.I. unit of time and define it.

Answer

The S.I. unit of time is second (s).

A second can be defined as 1/86400th part of a mean solar day,

i.e.,

1s=186400×one mean solar day1s = \dfrac{1}{86400} \times \text{one mean solar day}

Question 20

Name two units of time bigger than a second. How are they related to second?

Answer

The two units of time bigger than a second (s) are:

  1. Minute (min) — One minute is the duration of 60 seconds. Relation between minute and second is:
        1 min = 60s
  2. Hour (h) — One hour is the duration of 60m minutes. Relation between hour and second is:
        1 h = 3600s

Question 21

What is a leap year?

Answer

A leap year is the year in which the month of February is of 29 days.

1 Leap year = 366 days

Every fourth year (i.e., the year divisible by 4) has one day extra in the month of february (i.e., February has 29 days) and so it is the leap year.

Question 22

‘The year 2020 will have February of 29 days’. Is this statement true?

Answer

We know that, if any year is divisible by 4, then it is a leap year and in a leap year, February has 29 days.

As, the year 2020 is divisible by 4, so it will have 29 days in February. Hence the statement is true.

Question 23

What is a lunar month?

Answer

A lunar month is the time of one lunar cycle, which is nearly 29.5 days.

Hindu (Vikram and Shak) and Muslim (Hizri) calenders are based on lunar month.

Question 24

Complete the following —

  1. 1 nano second = ________s
  2. 1 µs = _______s
  3. 1 mean solar day = ________s
  4. 1 year = ________s

Answer

  1. 1 nano second = 10-9 s
  2. 1 µs = 10-6 s
  3. 1 mean solar day = 86400 s
  4. 1 year = 3.15 x 107 s

Question 25

Name the physical quantities which are measured in the following units —

  1. u
  2. ly
  3. ns
  4. nm

Answer

Physical quantity related to the unit are as follows —

UnitPhysical quantity
uMass
lyLength
nsTime
nmLength

Question 26

Write the derived units of the following —

  1. Speed
  2. Force
  3. Work
  4. Pressure

Answer

The derived units of the following quantities are as follows —

QuanityDerived unit
Speedms-1
Forcekg m s-2
Workkg m2s-2
Pressurekg m-1s-2

Question 27

How are the following derived units related to the fundamental units?

  1. Newton
  2. Watt
  3. Joule
  4. Pascal

Answer
Derived unit | Fundamental unit
-------------|------------------ Newton | kg m s-2 Watt | kg m2s-3 Joule | kg m2s-2 Pascal | kg m-1s-2

Question 28

Name the physical quantities related to the following units —

  1. km2
  2. newton
  3. joule
  4. pascal
  5. watt

Answer

The physical quantities related to the following units are —

UnitPhysical quantity
km2area
newtonforce
jouleenergy
pascalpressure
wattpower

Multiple Choice Type

Question 1

The fundamental unit is —

  1. newton
  2. pascal
  3. hertz
  4. second ✓

Answer

Out of the given units, only 'second' is a fundamental unit.

Question 2

Which of the following unit is not a fundamental unit:

  1. metre
  2. litre ✓
  3. second
  4. kilogram

Answer

Metre, second and kilogram are the fundamental units whereas litre is a derived unit.

Question 3

The unit of time is:

  1. light year
  2. parsec
  3. leap year ✓
  4. angstrom

Answer

Leap year is the unit of time. Light year, parsec, angstrom are unit of distance. A leap year is the year in which the month of February is of 29 days.

Question 4

1 Å is equal to:

  1. 0.1 nm ✓
  2. 10-10cm
  3. 10-8m
  4. 104µ

Answer

10 Å = 1nm
∴ 1 Å = 0.1nm

Question 5

ly is the unit of:

  1. time
  2. length ✓
  3. mass
  4. none of these

Answer

ly is the short form for light year that is a unit of distance or length.

Numericals

Question 1

The wavelength of light of a particular colour is 5800 Å.

Express it in —

(a) nanometer and

(b) metre

Answer

As we know, 1nm = 10 Å

Given,

The wavelength of light = 5800 Å

Substituting the value of wavelength in the relation above, we get,

10A˚=1nm1A˚=110nm5800A˚=110×5800nm5800A˚=580nm10 Å = 1nm \\[0.5em] 1 Å = \dfrac{1}{10}nm \\[0.5em] 5800 Å = \dfrac{1}{10} \times 5800 nm\\[0.5em] \Rightarrow 5800 Å = 580 nm\\[0.5em]

Hence, wavelength of 5800 Å in nm = 580 nm.

(b) As we know,
1m = 1010 Å

Given,

The wavelength of light = 5800 Å

Substituting the value of wavelength in the relation above, we get,

1010A˚=1m1A˚=1010m5800A˚=5800×1010m5800A˚=5.8×107m10^{10} Å = 1m \\[0.5em] 1 Å = 10^{-10} m \\[0.5em] 5800 Å = 5800 \times 10^{-10} m \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow 5800 Å = 5.8 \times 10^{-7} m \\[0.5em]

Hence, wavelength of 5800 Å in m = 5.8 x 10 -7m.

Question 2

The size of a bacteria is 1 µ. Find the number of bacteria in 1m length.

Answer

Given,

Size of a bacteria = 1 µ

Total length = 1m

∴ Number of bacteria in 1m length = 1m1µ\dfrac{1 m}{ 1 µ}

As we know, 1 µ = 10-6m, substituting the value in the relation above we get:

Number of bacteria in 1m length = 1m106m\dfrac{1 m}{10^{-6}m}

Hence,
number of bacteria in 1m length = 106 bacteria.

Question 3

The distance of a galaxy from the earth is 5.6 x 1025m. Assuming the speed of light to be 3 x 108 ms-1, find the time taken by light to travel this distance.

Hint —

Time taken=distance travelledspeed\text{Time taken} =\dfrac{\text{distance travelled}}{\text{speed}}

Answer

Given,

Time taken=distance travelledspeed\text{Time taken} =\dfrac{\text{distance travelled}}{\text{speed}}

distance = 5.6 x 1025m

speed = 3 x 108 ms-1

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

Time taken=5.6×10253×108Time taken=1.87×1017s\text{Time taken} =\dfrac{5.6 \times 10^{25}}{3 \times 10^8} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Time taken} ={1.87 \times 10^{17}} s \\[0.5em]

Therefore, time taken by light = 1.87 x 1017s.

Question 4

The wavelength of light is 589nm. What is its wavelength in Å?

Answer

As we know, 1nm = 10 Å

Given,

The wavelength of light = 589nm

Substituting the value of wavelength in the relation above, we get,

1nm=10A˚589nm=589×10A˚589nm=5890A˚1nm = 10 Å \\[0.5em] 589nm = 589 \times 10 Å \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow 589nm = 5890 Å \\[0.5em]

Hence, the wavelength of light in Å is 5890 Å.

Question 5

The mass of an oxygen atom is 16.00 u. Find its mass in kg.

Answer

As we know, 1 u = 1.66 x 10-27 kg

Given,

Mass = 16.00 u

Substituting the value of mass in the relation above, we get,

1u=1.66×1027kg16u=16×1.66×1027kg16u=2.656×1026kg1 u = 1.66 \times 10^{-27} kg \\[0.5em] 16 u = 16 \times1.66 \times 10^{-27} kg \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow 16 u = 2.656 \times 10^{-26} kg \\[0.5em]

Hence, the weight of oxygen atom is 2.656 x 10-26 kg.

Question 6

It takes time 8 min for light to reach from the sun to the earth surface. If speed of light is taken to be 3 x 108ms-1, find the distance from the sun to the earth in km.

Answer

As we know, Distance = speed x time

Given,

Speed = 3 x 108ms-1

Time = 8 min = 8 x 60s = 480s

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

Distance = 3 x 108 x 480 = 1440 x 108 m.

Converting the distance to km:

Distance in km = 1440×1081000\dfrac{1440 \times 10^8}{1000} km
= 1.44 x 108 km

Therefore,
the distance from the sun to the earth is 1.44 x 108 km.

Question 7

'The distance of a star from the earth is 8.33 light minutes'. What do you mean by this statement? Express the distance in metre.

Answer

'The distance of a star from the earth is 8.33 light minutes' implies, it takes 8.33 minutes for light to reach the earth from the star.

As we know,
Distance = speed x time

Given,

Speed = 3 x 108ms-1

Time = 8.33 min
= 8.33 x 60s
= 499.8s
≈ 500s

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

Distance = 3 x 108 x 500
= 1500 x 108
= 1.5 x 1011

Therefore, the distance from the star to the earth is 1.5 x 1011 m.

Exercise 1(B)

Question 1

Explain the meaning of the term ‘least count of an instrument’ by taking a suitable example.

Answer

The least count of an instrument is the smallest measurement that can be taken accurately with it.

Example — The least count of a stop watch is 0.5 second, if there are 10 divisions between 0 and 5s marks.

Question 2

A boy makes a ruler with graduation in cm on it (i.e., 100 divisions in 1m). To what accuracy this ruler can measure ? How can this accuracy be increased ?

Answer

The ruler graduated by the boy, was having its zero mark at one end and 100 cm mark at the other end.

It had 100 subdivisions in one metre length, so the value of its one small division is 1 cm.

Thus, the ruler can be used to measure length accurately up to 1 cm.

In order to increase the accuracy, each cm should be further divided into 10 divisions so that the ruler can have a least count of 1 mm.

Question 3

A boy measures the length of a pencil and expresses it to be 2.6cm. What is the accuracy of his measurement? Can he write it as 2.60cm?

Answer

Given, the length of the pencil is 2.6 cm.

As the length is measured in cm till one place of decimal, we can assume that it was measured using a metre rule.

So, the measurement is accurate

No, it cannot be written as 2.60, as it would mean that length is measured precisely up to second decimal place using vernier callipers or a screw gauge.

Question 4

Define least count of a vernier callipers. How do you determine it?

Answer

The least count of a vernier callipers is equal to the difference between the values of one main scale division and one vernier scale division.

It is calculated as below —

Least count (L.C.)= Value of 1 main scale divValue of 1 vernier scale div\text{Least count (L.C.)} = \text{ Value of 1 main scale div} - \text{Value of 1 vernier scale div}

Question 5

Define the term 'Vernier constant'.

Answer

The term 'Vernier constant' is defined as the difference between the values of one main scale division and one vernier scale division.

It is also known as least count of vernier.

It is calculated as below —

Least count (L.C.)= Value of 1 main scale div Value of 1 vernier scale div\text{Least count (L.C.)} = \text{ Value of 1 main scale div} - \text{ Value of 1 vernier scale div}

Question 6

When is a vernier callipers said to be free from zero error?

Answer

On bringing, the movable jaw in contact with the fixed jaw, the zero mark of the vernier scale should coincide with the zero mark of the main scale. In this position, the tenth division of the vernier callipers coincides with the ninth division of the main scale.

If it is so, the vernier is said to be free from zero error.

Question 7

What is meant by zero error of a vernier callipers? How is it determined? Draw neat diagrams to explain it. How is it taken in account to get the correct measurement?

Answer

Sometimes due to mechanical error in vernier callipers, the zero mark of the vernier scale does not coincide with the zero mark on the main scale. Hence, the vernier callipers is said to have a zero error.

In order to find the zero error, we note the division of the vernier scale which coincides with any division of the main scale. The number of this vernier division when multiplied by the least count of the vernier gives the zero error.

What is meant by zero error of a vernier callipers? How is it determined? Draw neat diagrams to explain it. How is it taken in account to get the correct measurement? Measurements and Experimentation, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 9.

For example if the least count is 0.01 cm and the 6th division of the vernier scale, coincides with a main scale division then.

we get,

Zero Error=6×L.C.Zero Error=6×0.01cmZero Error=0.06cm\text{Zero Error} = 6 \times \text{L.C.} \\[0.5em] \text{Zero Error}= 6 \times 0.01 \text{cm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Zero Error}= 0.06 \text {cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, zero error = 0.06 cm.

In order to correct the measurement of the vernier callipers with zero error, the zero error with proper sign is subtracted from the observed reading.

Hence, Correct reading = observed reading – zero error (with sign)

Question 8

A vernier callipers has a zero error +0.06cm. Draw a neat labelled diagram to represent it.

Answer

Below diagram shows a vernier callipers with a zero error of +0.06 cm.

A vernier callipers has a zero error +0.06cm. Draw a neat labelled diagram to represent it. Measurements and Experimentation, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 9.

The least count of the vernier callipers shown in the diagram is 0.01 cm and the 6th division of the vernier scale, coincides with a main scale division.

Therefore,

Zero Error=6×L.C.Zero Error=6×0.01cmZero Error=0.06cm\text{Zero Error} = 6 \times \text{L.C.} \\[0.5em] \text{Zero Error}= 6 \times 0.01 \text{cm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Zero Error}= 0.06 \text {cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, we get the zero error = 0.06 cm.

Question 9

Draw a neat labelled diagram of a vernier callipers. Name its main parts and state their functions.

Answer

A neat labelled diagram of a vernier callipers is shown below:

Draw a neat labelled diagram of a vernier callipers. Name its main parts and state their functions. Measurements and Experimentation, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 9.

The main parts of the vernier callipers are as follows —

PartFunction
Outside jawsTo measure the length of a rod, diameter of a sphere, external diameter of a hollow cylinder.
Inside jawsTo measure the internal diameter of a hollow cylinder or pipe.
StripTo measure the depth of a beaker or a bottle.
Main scaleTo measure length correct up to 1 mm.
Vernier scaleHelps to measure length correct upto 0.1 mm.

Question 10

State three uses of a vernier callipers.

Answer

Three uses of vernier callipers are as follows —

  1. It is used to measure the length of a rod.

  2. It is used to measure the diameter of a sphere.

  3. It is used to measure the internal and external diameter of a hollow cylinder.

Question 11

Name the two scales of a vernier callipers and explain, how it is used to measure a length correct up to 0.01 cm.

Answer

The two scales of a vernier callipers are —

  1. Main scale - it is fixed
  2. Vernier scale – slides along the main scale.
Name the two scales of a vernier callipers and explain, how it is used to measure a length correct up to 0.01cm. Measurements and Experimentation, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 9.

In the figure shown above, the main scale is graduated to read up to 1mm and the vernier scale has the length of 10 divisions equal to the length of 9 divisions of main scale.

Value of 1 division of main scale (x) = 1mm.

Total number of divisions on the vernier scale (n) = 10

Using the formula given below,

Least count (L.C.)= Value of 1 main scale div (x)total no. of div on vernier (n)\text{Least count (L.C.)} = \dfrac{\text{ Value of 1 main scale div (x)}}{\text {total no. of div on vernier (n)}}

Substituting the value in the formula above, we get,

Least count (L.C.)=xnLeast count (L.C.)=110mmLeast count (L.C.)=0.1mmLeast count (L.C.)=0.01cm\text{Least count (L.C.)} = \dfrac{\text{x}}{\text{n}} \\[0.5em] \text{Least count (L.C.)} = \dfrac{\text{1}}{\text{10}} \text{mm} \\[0.5em] \text{Least count (L.C.)} = 0.1\text{mm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Least count (L.C.)} = 0.01\text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, a vernier callipers is used to measure a length accurately up to 0.01cm.

Question 12

Describe in steps, how would you use a vernier callipers to measure the length of a small rod?

Answer

In order to measure the length of a small rod, we follow the following steps:

Describe in steps, how would you use a vernier callipers to measure the length of a small rod? Measurements and Experimentation, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 9.
  1. Find the least count and zero error of the vernier callipers.

  2. The rod is placed between the fixed end and the vernier scale as shown in the diagram.

  3. Note the main scale reading.

  4. Note that division p on vernier scale which coincide or is in line with any division of the main scale. Multiply this vernier division p with the least count. This is the vernier scale reading i.e., Vernier scale reading = p x L.C.

  5. Repeat it two times and record the observation.

Observations —

Total number of divisions on vernier scale (n) = ...........

Value of one division on main scale (x) = ........... cm

Least count (L.C.)=xn=..........cm\text {Least count (L.C.)} = \dfrac{\text{x}}{\text{n}} = ..........\text{cm}

Zero error = ....... cm

S No.Main scale reading a (in cm)Vernier division coinciding (p)Vernier scale division b = p x L.C.(in cm)Observed length = a + b (in cm)
(1)             
(2)             
(3)             

Mean observed length = ......... cm

From the mean observed length, subtract zero error, if any, with its proper sign to obtain the true measurement of the length of the given project.

Thus we get,

Observed length = main scale reading + (vernier division p coinciding with any division on the main scale) x least count.

True length = observed length - zero error (with sign).

Question 13

Name the part of the vernier callipers which is used to measure the following —

  1. External diameter of a tube,

  2. Internal diameter of a mug,

  3. Depth of a small bottle,

  4. Thickness of a pencil.

Answer

  1. External diameter of a tube — Outside jaws

  2. Internal diameter of a mug — Inside jaws

  3. Depth of a small bottle — Strip

  4. Thickness of a pencil — Outer jaws

Question 14

Explain the terms —

(i) pitch, and

(ii) least count of a screw gauge.

How are they determined?

Answer

  1. Pitch of a screw gauge — The pitch of a screw gauge is the linear distance moved by its screw on the main scale when the circular scale is given one complete rotation.

  2. Least count of a screw gauge — Least count of a screw gauge is the linear distance moved by its screw along the main scale when the circular scale is rotated by one division on it.

The pitch and least count of the screw gauge are determined by using the formula —

Least Count=Pitch of screw gaugeTotal no. of div on circular scale\text{Least Count} = \dfrac{\text{Pitch of screw gauge}}{\text{Total no. of div on circular scale}}

Question 15

How can the least count of a screw gauge be decreased?

Answer

The least count can be decreased by —

  1. Decreasing the pitch.

  2. Increasing the total number of divisions on the circular scale.

Question 16

Draw a neat and labelled diagram of a screw gauge. Name its main parts and state their functions.

Answer

Below is the diagram of a screw gauge with all its parts labelled:

Draw a neat and labelled diagram of a screw gauge. Name its main parts and state their functions. Measurements and Experimentation, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 9.

The main parts and their functions of a screw gauge are as follows —

PartFunction
RatchetTo advance the screw by turning it till the object is gently held between the stud and the spindle of the screw.
SleeveTo mark main scale and base line.
ThimbleTo mark circular scale.
Main scaleTo read length correct up to 1 mm.
Circular scaleHelps to read length correctly to 0.01 mm.

Question 17

State one use of a screw gauge.

Answer

A screw gauge is used to measure the diameter of a wire or thickness of a paper, etc.

Question 18

State the purpose of ratchet in a screw gauge.

Answer

The purpose of a ratchet in a screw gauge is to advance the screw by turning it till the object is gently held between the stud and the spindle of the screw.

Question 19

What do you mean by zero error of a screw gauge? How is it accounted for?

Answer

In an ideal case, when the flat end B of the screw is in contact with the stud A, and if the zero mark of circular scale coincide with the base line of main scale, the screw gauge is said to be free from zero error.

But sometimes, due to the mechanical error, on bringing the stud A in contact with stud B, the zero mark of the circular scale is either below or above the base line of the main scale, then the screw gauge is said to have a zero error.

There are two types of zero error —

  1. Positive zero error and

  2. Negative zero error.

The zero error is accounted by subtracting the zero error with its sign from the observed reading.

Correct reading = Observed reading - Zero error (with sign)

Question 20

A screw gauge has a least count 0.001 cm and zero error + 0.007 cm. Draw a neat diagram to represent it.

Answer

Below diagram shows a screw gauge with least count 0.001 cm and zero error + 0.007 cm:

A screw gauge has a least count 0.001 cm and zero error + 0.007 cm. Draw a neat diagram to represent it. Measurements and Experimentation, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 9.

Question 21

What is backlash error? Why is it caused? How is it avoided?

Answer

Sometimes, it is observed that on reversing the direction of rotation of the thimble, the tip of the screw does not start moving in the opposite direction at once, but it remains stationary for a part of rotation. This causes error in the observation which is called backlash error.

The reason for this is the wear and tear of threads of screw.

To avoid the error, while taking the measurements, screw should be rotated in one direction only.

If it is required to change the direction of rotation of screw then do not change the direction of rotation at once. Move the screw still further, stop there for a while and then rotate it in the reverse direction.

Question 22

Describe the procedure to measure the diameter of a wire with the help of a screw gauge.

Answer

In order to measure the diameter of a wire with the help of a screw gauge we follow the following steps —

  1. Find the least count and the zero error of the screw gauge.

  2. Turn the ratchet anticlockwise, so as to obtain a gap between the stud A and the flat end B. Place the wire in the gap between the stud A and the flat end B. Then turn the ratchet clockwise so as to hold the given wire gently between the stud A and the flat end B of the screw.

  3. Note the main scale reading.

  4. Note that division p of the circular scale that coincides with the base line of the main scale. This circular scale division p when multiplied by the least count, gives the circular scale reading i.e., Circular scale reading = p x L.C.

  5. Add the circular scale reading to the main scale reading to obtain the total reading (i.e., the observed diameter of the wire).

  6. Repeat it by keeping the wire in perpendicular direction. Take two more observations at different places of the wire and record them in a table.

Observations —

Pitch of the screw = ......... cm

Total number of divisions on the circular scale (n) = ...........

L.C. of screw gauge=PitchTotal no. of circular scale div=..........cm\text {L.C. of screw gauge} = \dfrac{\text{Pitch}}{\text{Total no. of circular scale div}} = ..........\text{cm}

Zero error = ....... cm

S No.Main scale reading a (in cm)Circular scale reading b = number of division of circular scale in line with the base line, p x L.C. (in cm)Observed diameter = a + b (in cm)
(1) (i) in one direction
    (ii) in perpendicular direction
             
(2) (i)
     (ii)
             
(3) (i)
     (ii)
             

Mean observed length = ......... cm

From the mean observed length, subtract zero error, if any, with its proper sign to obtain the true measurement of the length of the given project.

Thus we get,

Thus,

Observed diameter = main scale reading + (circular scale division p coinciding the coinciding the base line of main scale x least count).

True diameter = observed diameter - zero error (with sign)

Question 23

Name the instrument which can measure accurately the following —

  1. the diameter of a needle,
  2. the thickness of a paper,
  3. the internal diameter of the neck of a water bottle,
  4. the diameter of a pencil.

Answer

The given physical quantities can be measured accurately with the help of the following instruments —

  1. the diameter of a needle — screw gauge.
  2. the thickness of a paper — screw gauge.
  3. the internal diameter of the neck of a water bottle — vernier callipers.
  4. the diameter of a pencil — screw gauge.

Question 24

Which of the following measures a small length to a high accuracy — metre rule, vernier callipers, screw gauge?

Answer

A screw gauge measures a small length to a high accuracy.

Question 25

Name the instrument which has the least count —

  1. 0.1 mm
  2. 1 mm
  3. 0.01 mm

Answer

The following instruments have the given least count —

  1. 0.1 mm — vernier callipers
  2. 1 mm — metre rule
  3. 0.01 mm — screw gauge

Multiple Choice Type

Question 1

The least count of a vernier callipers is —

  1. 1 cm
  2. 0.001 cm
  3. 0.1 cm ✓
  4. 0.01 cm

Answer

Using the formula given below,

Least count (L.C.)= Value of 1 main scale div (x)total no. of div on vernier(n)\text{Least count (L.C.)} = \dfrac{\text{ Value of 1 main scale div (x)}}{\text {total no. of div on vernier(n)}}

we get,

Least count (L.C.)=xnLeast count (L.C.)=0.1mmLeast count (L.C.)=0.01cm\text{Least count (L.C.)} = \dfrac{\text{x}}{\text{n}} \\[0.5em] \text{Least count (L.C.)} = 0.1\text{mm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Least count (L.C.)} = 0.01\text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, least count of vernier callipers is 0.01cm.

Question 2

A microscope has its main scale with 20 divisions in 1cm and vernier scale with 25 divisions, the length of which is equal to the length of 24 divisions of main scale. The least count of microscope is —

  1. 0.002 cm ✓
  2. 0.001 cm
  3. 0.02 cm
  4. 0.01 cm

Answer

The value of one main scale division x = 120\dfrac{1}{20} cm

The number of divisions on vernier scale n = 25

Using the formula given below,

Least count (L.C.)= Value of 1 main scale div (x)total no. of div on vernier(n)\text{Least count (L.C.)} = \dfrac{\text{ Value of 1 main scale div (x)}}{\text {total no. of div on vernier(n)}}

we get,

L.C.=xnL.C.=12025cmL.C.=1500cmL.C.=0.002cm\text {L.C.} = \dfrac{\text{x}}{\text{n}} \\[0.5em] \text{L.C.} = \dfrac{\dfrac{\text{1}}{\text{20}}}{25}\text{cm} \\[0.5em] \text{L.C.} = \dfrac{\text{1}}{\text{500}}\text{cm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{L.C.} = 0.002\text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, least count of microscope is 0.002 cm.

Question 3

The diameter of a thin wire can be measured by —

  1. A vernier callipers
  2. A metre rule
  3. A screw gauge ✓
  4. None of these

Answer

A screw gauge is used to measure the diameter of a thin wire.

Numericals

Question 1

A stop watch has 10 divisions graduated between the 0 and 5s marks. What is its least count?

Answer

Using the formula given below,

Least count (L.C.)= Value of one div (x)Total no. of div on stop watch (n)\text{Least count (L.C.)} = \dfrac{\text{ Value of one div (x)}}{\text {Total no. of div on stop watch (n)}}

Given,

Total number of divisions on stop watch = 10

we get,

L.C.=xnL.C.=510L.C.=12L.C.=0.5s\text{L.C.} = \dfrac{\text{x}}{\text{n}} \\[0.5em] \text{L.C.} = \dfrac{5}{10} \\[0.5em] \text{L.C.} = \dfrac{1}{2} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{L.C.} = 0.5\text{s}

Hence, least count of stop watch is 0.5s.

Question 2

A vernier has 10 divisions and they are equal to 9 divisions of main scale in length. If the main scale is calibrated in mm, what is its least count?

Answer

(i) As we know,

L.C.=Value of 1 main scale div (x)Total no. of div on vernier (n)\text{L.C.} = \dfrac{\text{Value of 1 main scale div (x)}}{\text{Total no. of div on vernier (n)}}

Given,

Total number of divisions on vernier = 10

Value of one main scale division(x) = 1 mm

Substituting the values in the formula given above we get,

L.C.=1mm10L.C.=0.1mmL.C.=0.01cm\text{L.C.} = \dfrac{\text{1mm}}{\text{10}} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{L.C.} = 0.1 \text{mm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{L.C.} = 0.01 \text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, least count of the vernier callipers is 0.01cm.

Question 3

A microscope is provided with a main scale graduated with 20 divisions in 1cm and a vernier scale with 50 divisions on it of length same as of 49 divisions of main scale. Find the least count of the microscope.

Answer

i) As we know,

L.C.=Value of 1 main scale div (x)Total no. of div on vernier(n)\text{L.C.} = \dfrac{\text{Value of 1 main scale div (x)}}{\text{Total no. of div on vernier(n)}}

Given,

20 divisions = 1 cm

Therefore,

1 division=1201 division=0.05cm\text{1 division} = \dfrac{1}{20} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{1 division} = 0.05 \text{cm}

Hence, value of one main scale division = 0.05 cm

Total number of divisions = 50

Substituting the values in the formula above, we get,

L.C.=0.05cm50L.C.=0.001cm\text{L.C.} = \dfrac{\text{0.05} \text{cm}}{\text{50}} \\[0.5em] \text{L.C.} = 0.001 \text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, least count of the microscope is 0.001 cm.

Question 4

A boy uses a vernier callipers to measure the thickness of his pencil. He measures it to be 1.4mm. If the zero error of vernier callipers is +0.02cm, what is the correct thickness of pencil?

Answer

As we know,

Correct reading = observed reading – zero error (with sign)

Given,

Thickness of the pencil = 1.4 mm

Zero error of the vernier callipers = +0.02cm = 0.2 mm

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

Correct reading = observed reading - zero error (with sign)
Correct reading = 1.4mm - 0.2mm
Correct reading = 1.2mm

Hence, correct thickness of pencil is 1.2 mm

Question 5

A vernier callipers has its main scale graduated in mm and 10 divisions on its vernier scale are equal in length to 9 mm. When the two jaws are in contact, the zero of vernier scale is ahead of zero of main scale and 3rd division of vernier scale coincides with a main scale division.

Find —

(i) the least count and

(ii) the zero error of the vernier callipers.

Answer

(i) As we know,

L.C.=Value of 1 main scale div (x)Total no. of div on vernier(n)\text{L.C.} = \dfrac{\text{Value of 1 main scale div (x)}}{\text{Total no. of div on vernier(n)}}

Given,

Total number of divisions on vernier (n) = 10

Value of one main scale division (x) = 1 mm

Substituting the values in the formula above, we get,

L.C.=1mm10L.C.=0.1mmL.C.=0.01cm\text{L.C.} = \dfrac{\text{1mm}}{\text{10}} \\[0.5em] \text{L.C.} = 0.1 \text{mm} \\[0.5em] \text{L.C.} = 0.01 \text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, least count of the vernier callipers is 0.01cm.

(ii) As we know,

Zero error = L.C. x Coinciding division (with sign)

and

Coinciding division = 3

L.C. = 0.01 cm

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

Zero error=0.01 cm x 3Zero error=0.03 cm\text {Zero error} = \text {0.01 cm x 3} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text {Zero error} = \text {0.03 cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, the zero error of the vernier callipers = + 0.03 cm.

Question 6

The main scale of a vernier callipers is calibrated in mm and 19 divisions of main scale are equal in length to 20 divisions of vernier scale. In measuring the diameter of a cylinder by this instrument, the main scale reads 35 divisions and 4th division of vernier scale coincides with a main scale division.

Find —

(i) least count and

(ii) radius of cylinder.

Answer

(i) As we know,

Least count (L.C.)= Value of 1 main scale div (x)total no. of div on vernier (n)\text{Least count (L.C.)} = \dfrac{\text{ Value of 1 main scale div (x)}}{\text{total no. of div on vernier (n)}}

Given,

Value of one main scale division(x) = 1 mm

Total number of divisions on vernier callipers (n) = 20

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

L.C.=120L.C.=0.05mmL.C.=0.005cm\text{L.C.} = \dfrac{1}{\text{20}} \\[0.5em] \text{L.C.} = 0.05 \text{mm} \\[0.5em] \text{L.C.} = 0.005 \text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, least count of the vernier callipers is 0.005 cm.

(ii) As we know,

circular scale reading = L.C. x Coinciding division

Given,

Coinciding division = 4

L.C. = 0.005 cm

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

circular scale reading=0.005 cm x 4circular scale reading=0.02 cm\text {circular scale reading} = \text {0.005 cm x 4} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text {circular scale reading} = \text {0.02 cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, the circular scale reading = 0.02 cm. ...... (1)

Main scale reading = 3.5 cm (as it reads 35th division on mm scale)

Hence, the main scale reading = 3.5 cm. ........ (2)

Substituting the values 1 and 2 in the formula for total reading we get,

Total reading=main scale reading + vernier scale readingDiameter = Total reading=3.5 cm + 0.02 cmDiameter=3.52 cmRadius=3.522cmRadius=1.76cm\text{Total reading} = \text{main scale reading } + \text{ vernier scale reading} \\[0.5em] \text{Diameter = Total reading} = \text{3.5 cm + 0.02 cm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Diameter} = \text{3.52 cm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Radius} = \dfrac{3.52}{2}\text{cm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Radius} = 1.76\text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, the radius of the cylinder = 1.76 cm.

Question 7

In a vernier callipers, there are 10 divisions on the vernier scale and 1 cm on the main scale is divided in 10 parts. While measuring a length, the zero of the vernier lies just ahead of 1.8 cm mark and 4th division of vernier coincides with a main scale division.

  1. Find the length

  2. If zero of vernier callipers is -0.02cm, what is the correct length?

Answer

(i) As we know,

Least count (L.C.)= Value of 1 main scale div (x)total no. of div on vernier (n)\text{Least count (L.C.)} = \dfrac{\text{ Value of 1 main scale div (x)}}{\text{total no. of div on vernier (n)}}

Given,

Total number of divisions on the vernier scale (n) = 10

Value of one main scale division (x) = 1 mm

Coinciding division = 4

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

L.C.=110L.C.=0.1mmL.C.=0.01cm\text{L.C.} = \dfrac{1}{\text{10}} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{L.C.} = 0.1\text{mm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{L.C.} = 0.01\text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, least count of the vernier callipers is 0.01 cm.

As we know,

Vernier scale reading=Vernier scale division×L.C.Vernier scale reading=4×0.01cmVernier scale reading=0.04cm\text{Vernier scale reading} = \text{Vernier scale division} \times \text{L.C.} \\[0.5em] \text{Vernier scale reading} = 4 \times 0.01 \text{cm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Vernier scale reading} = 0.04 \text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, Vernier scale reading is 0.04 cm.

and

Main scale reading of the vernier callipers = 1.8 cm

Therefore,

Total reading=main scale reading+vernier scale readingTotal reading=1.8cm+0.04cmTotal reading=1.84cm\text{Total reading} = \text{main scale reading} + \text{vernier scale reading} \\[0.5em] \text{Total reading} = 1.8 \text{cm} + 0.04 \text{cm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Total reading}= 1.84\text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, the length is 1.84 cm.

(b) As we know,

Correct reading=observed reading–zero error\text{Correct reading} = \text {observed reading} – \text{zero error}

Given,

zero error is -0.02cm,

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

Correct reading=1.84(0.02)Correct reading=1.84+0.02Correct reading=1.86cm\text{Correct reading} = 1.84 – (-0.02) \\[0.5em] \text{Correct reading} = 1.84 + 0.02 \\[0.5em] \text{Correct reading} = 1.86 \text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, the correct length is 1.86 cm.

Question 8

While measuring the length of a rod with a vernier callipers, figure below shows the position of its scales. What is the length of the rod?

While measuring the length of a rod with a vernier callipers, figure below shows the position of its scales. What is the length of the rod? Measurements and Experimentation, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 9.

Answer

As we know,

Least count (L.C.)= Value of 1 main scale div (x)total no. of div on vernier (n)\text{Least count (L.C.)} = \dfrac{\text{ Value of 1 main scale div (x)}}{\text{total no. of div on vernier (n)}}

There are 10 divisions on 1 cm on the main scale

Therefore,

Value of 1 main scale division(x)=110 cm=0.1cm\text{Value of 1 main scale division(x)} = \dfrac{1}{10}\text{ cm} = 0.1 \text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Total number of divisions on the vernier scale (n) = 10

Least count (L.C.)=0.110L.C.=0.01cm\text{Least count (L.C.)} = \dfrac{0.1}{10} \\[0.5em] \text{L.C.} = 0.01 \text {cm}\\[0.5em]

Hence, the least count = 0.01 cm.

Given,

Main scale reading = 3.3 cm

coinciding division = 6

As we know,

Vernier scale reading=Vernier scale division×L.C.Vernier scale reading=6×0.01cmVernier scale reading=0.06cm\text{Vernier scale reading} = \text{Vernier scale division} \times \text{L.C.} \\[0.5em] \text{Vernier scale reading} = 6 \times 0.01 \text{cm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Vernier scale reading} = 0.06 \text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, Vernier scale reading is 0.06 cm.

Observed reading=main scale reading+vernier scale readingObserved reading=3.3cm+0.06cmObserved reading=3.36cm\text{Observed reading} = \text{main scale reading} + \text{vernier scale reading} \\[0.5em] \text{Observed reading} = 3.3 \text{cm} + 0.06 \text{cm} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Observed reading} = 3.36\text{cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, the length of the rod is 3.36 cm.

Question 9

The pitch of a screw gauge is 0.5 mm and the head scale is divided in 100 parts. What is the least count of screw gauge ?

Answer

As we know,

Least Count=PitchTotal no. of div on circular head\text {Least Count} = \dfrac{\text{Pitch}}{\text {Total no. of div on circular head}} \\[0.5em]

Given,

Pitch = 0.5 mm

Number of divisions on circular head = 100

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

Least count=0.5100Least count=0.005 mm=0.0005 cm\text {Least count} = \dfrac{0.5}{100} \\[0.5em] \text {Least count} = 0.005 \text { mm} = 0.0005 \text { cm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, the least count of the screw gauge = 0.005 mm or 0.0005 cm.

Question 10

The thimble of a screw gauge has 50 divisions. The spindle advances 1 mm when the screw is turned through two revolutions.

(i) What is the pitch of the screw gauge?

(ii) What is the least count of the screw gauge?

Answer

(i) As we know,

Pitch = distance moved ahead in 1 revolution

Given,

Distance covered in two revolutions = 1 mm

Therefore, we get,

Pitch=12 mm=0.5 mm\text {Pitch} = \dfrac{1}{2} \text{ mm} = 0.5 \text{ mm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, pitch of the screw gauge = 0.5 mm

(ii) As we know,

Least Count=PitchTotal no. of div on circular head\text{Least Count} = \dfrac {\text{Pitch}}{\text{Total no. of div on circular head}}\\[0.5em]

Given,

Pitch = 0.5 mm

Total number of divisions on circular scale = 50

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

Least count=0.550Least count=0.01 mm\text {Least count} = \dfrac{0.5}{50} \\[0.5em] \text {Least count} = 0.01 \text { mm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, the least count of the screw gauge = 0.01 mm

Question 11

The pitch of a screw gauge is 1 mm and its circular scale has 100 divisions. In measurement of the diameter of a wire, the main scale reads 2 mm and 45th mark on circular scale coincides with the base line.

Find —

  1. The least count, and
  2. The diameter of the wire

Answer

(i) As we know,

Least Count=PitchTotal no. of div on circular head\text{Least Count} = \dfrac {\text{Pitch}}{\text{Total no. of div on circular head}}\\[0.5em]

Given,

Pitch = 1 mm

Number of divisions on circular head = 100

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

Least count=1100mmLeast count=0.01mm=0.001cm\text {Least count} = \dfrac{1}{100} \text{mm} \\[0.5em] \text {Least count} = 0.01 \text {mm} = 0.001 \text {cm}\\[0.5em]

Hence, the least count of the screw gauge = 0.001 cm

(ii) As we know,

Diameter of the wire = main scale reading + circular scale reading     [Equation 1]

and

Circular scale reading = p x L.C.     [Equation 2]

p = 45

L.C. = 0.001 cm

Substituting the values in the Equation 2 we get,

Circular scale reading = 45 x 0.001 = 0.045

Hence, circular scale reading = 0.045 cm

Given, main scale reads 2 mm = 0.2 cm

Hence, main scale reading = 0.2 cm

Substituting the values in Equation 1 we get,

Diameter of the wire = 0.2 cm + 0.045 cm = 0.245 cm

Hence, the diameter of the wire is 0.245 cm.

Question 12

When a screw gauge of least count 0.01 mm is used to measure the diameter of a wire, the reading on the sleeve is found to be 1 mm and the reading on the thimble is found to be 27 divisions.

  1. What is the diameter of the wire in cm?

  2. If the zero error is +0.005 cm, what is the correct diameter?

Answer

As we know,

Diameter of the wire = main scale reading + circular scale reading     [Equation 1]

and

Reading on thimble = p x L.C.     [Equation 2]

Given,

p = 27

L.C. = 0.01 mm = 0.001 cm

Substituting the values in the Equation 2 we get,

reading on thimble = 27 x 0.001 = 0.027 cm

Hence, reading on thimble = 0.027 cm and reading on sleeve = 1 mm = 0.1 cm

Using Equation 1 we get,

Diameter of the wire = 0.1 cm + 0.027 cm = 0.127 cm

Hence, the diameter of the wire is 0.127 cm.

(ii) As we know,

Correct reading = observed reading - zero error

Given,

Zero error = + 0.005 cm

Substituting the value of zero error in the formula above we get,

Correct reading = 0.127 cm - 0.005 cm = 0.122 cm

Hence, the correct diameter of the wire is 0.122 cm

Question 13

A screw gauge has 50 divisions on its circular scale and its screw moves by 1 mm on turning it by two rotations. When the flat end of the screw is in contact with the stud, the zero of circular scale lies below the base line and 4th division of circular scale is in line with the base line.

Find —

(i) the pitch,

(ii) the least count and

(iii) the zero error, of the screw gauge.

Answer

As we know,

Pitch = Distance moved ahead in 1 revolution.

Given,

Total number of divisions on circular scale = 50

Distance covered in two revolutions = 1 mm

Therefore, we get,

Pitch=12 mm=0.5 mm\text {Pitch} = \dfrac{1}{2} \text{ mm} = 0.5 \text{ mm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, pitch of the screw gauge = 0.5 mm

(ii) As we know,

Least count=PitchTotal no. of div on circular head\text{Least count} = \dfrac {\text{Pitch}}{\text{Total no. of div on circular head}}\\[0.5em]

Here,

Pitch = 0.5 mm

Number of divisions on circular head = 50

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

Least count=0.550Least count=0.01mm\text {Least count} = \dfrac{0.5}{50} \\[0.5em] \text {Least count} = 0.01 \text {mm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, the least count of the screw gauge = 0.01 mm

(iii) As we know,

Zero error = Coinciding Division x Least Count

Coinciding Division = 4

L.C. = 0.01 mm

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

Zero error = 4 x 0.01 = + 0.04 mm

Hence, zero error, of the screw gauge = + 0.04 mm

Question 14

Figure below shows the reading obtained while measuring the diameter of a wire with a screw gauge. The screw advances by 1 division on main scale when circular head is rotated once.

Figure below shows the reading obtained while measuring the diameter of a wire with a screw gauge. The screw advances by 1 division on main scale when circular head is rotated once. Find (i) pitch of the screw gauge (ii) least count of the screw gauge (iii) the diameter of the wire. Measurements and Experimentation, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 9.

Find —

(i) pitch of the screw gauge,

(ii) least count of the screw gauge, and

(iii) the diameter of the wire.

Answer

(i) As we know,

Pitch = distance moved ahead in 1 revolution

and given,

Distance covered in one revolutions = 1 mm

Hence, Pitch of the screw gauge = 1 mm

(ii) As we know,

Least count=PitchTotal no. of div on circular head\text{Least count} = \dfrac {\text{Pitch}}{\text{Total no. of div on circular head}}\\[0.5em]

Here,

Pitch = 1 mm

Number of divisions on circular head = 50

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

Least count=150Least count=0.02 mm\text {Least count} = \dfrac{1}{50} \\[0.5em] \text {Least count} = 0.02 \text { mm} \\[0.5em]

Hence, the least count of the screw gauge = 0.02 mm

(iii) As we know,

Diameter of the wire = main scale reading + circular scale reading     [Equation 1]

and

Circular scale reading = p x L.C.     [Equation 2]

p = 47

L.C. = 0.02 mm

Substituting the values in the Equation 2 we get,

Circular scale reading = 47 x 0.02 = 0.94 mm

Hence, circular scale reading = 0.94 mm and main scale reading = 4 mm.

Using Equation 1 we get,

Diameter of the wire = 4 mm + 0.94 mm = 4.94 mm

Hence, the diameter of the wire is 4.94 mm.

Question 15

A screw has a pitch equal to 0.5 mm. What should be the number of division on its head so as to read correct up to 0.001mm with its help?

Answer

As we know,

Least count=PitchTotal no. of div on circular head\text {Least count} = \dfrac{\text{Pitch}}{\text{Total no. of div on circular head}} \\[0.5em]

Given,

Pitch = 0.5 mm

L.C. = 0.001 mm

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

0.001mm=0.5Total no. of div on circular headTotal no. of div on circular head=0.50.001Total no. of div on circular head=5000.001\text{mm} = \dfrac{0.5}{\text{Total no. of div on circular head}} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Total no. of div on circular head} = \dfrac{0.5}{0.001} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text{Total no. of div on circular head} = 500

Hence, total number of divisions on circular head = 500.

Exercise 1(C)

Question 1

What is a simple pendulum? Is the pendulum used in a pendulum clock simple pendulum? Give reason to your answer.

Answer

A simple pendulum is a heavy point mass (known as bob) suspended from a rigid support by a massless and inextensible string.

No, the pendulum used in the pendulum clock is not a simple pendulum, but it is a compound pendulum.(i.e., a body capable of oscillating about a horizontal axis passing through it.)

Question 2

Define the terms: (i) oscillation (ii) amplitude (iii) frequency, and (iv) time period as related to a simple pendulum

Answer

(i) Oscillation – One complete to and fro motion of the bob of pendulum is called one oscillation.

(ii) Amplitude – The maximum displacement of the bob from its mean position on either side, is called the amplitude of oscillation. It is denoted by the letter a or A and is measured in metre(m).

(iii) Frequency – The number of oscillations made in one second is called the frequency. It is denoted by f or n. Its unit is per second (s-1) or hertz (Hz).

(iv) Time period – The time taken to complete one oscillation is the time period. It is denoted by the symbol T. Its unit is in second (s).

Question 3

Draw a neat diagram of a simple pendulum. Show on it the effective length of the pendulum and its one oscillation.

Answer

Below diagram shows the effective length and one oscillation of a simple pendulum:

Draw a neat diagram of a simple pendulum. Show on it the effective length of the pendulum and its one oscillation. Measurements and Experimentation, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 9.

Question 4

Name two factors on which the time period of a simple pendulum depends. Write the relation for the time period in terms of the above named factors.

Answer

Factors affecting the time period of a simple pendulum are —

  1. Effective length of the pendulum — the time period of oscillation is directly proportional to the square root of its effective length.
    i.e., TlT \propto \sqrt{l}

  2. Acceleration due to gravity — the time period of oscillations is inversely proportional to the square root of acceleration due to gravity
    i.e., T1gT \propto \dfrac{1}{\sqrt {g}}

Relation between time period, effective length and acceleration due to gravity is as follows —

T=2πlgT = 2\pi \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}}

where,

T = Time period

l = effective length of the pendulum

g = acceleration due to gravity.

Question 5

Name two factors on which the time period of a simple pendulum does not depend.

Answer

The time period of a simple pendulum does not depend on —

  1. The mass or material of the body suspended (i.e., the bob).

  2. The extent of swing on either side (i.e. on amplitude), provided the swing is not too large.

Question 6

How is the time period of a simple pendulum affected, if at all, in the following situations:

(a) The length is made four times,

(b) The acceleration due to gravity is reduced to one-fourth.

Answer

As we know that,

T=2πlgT = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}}

where,

T = Time period

l = effective length of the pendulum

g = acceleration due to gravity.

(a) In the case when length is made four times, let time period be T1, we see that —

T1=2π4lgT1=2×2πlgT1=2×TT_1 = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{4l}{g}} \\[0.5em] T_1= 2 \times 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}} \\[0.5em] T_1 = 2 \times T \\[0.5em]

Hence, we can say that when the length is made four times, time period of a simple pendulum is doubled.

(b) In the case, when acceleration due to gravity is reduced to one fourth, let time period be T1, we see that —

T1=2πlg4T1=2π4lgT1=2×2πlgT1=2×TT_1 = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{\dfrac{g}{4}}} \\[0.5em] T_1 = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{4l}{g}} \\[0.5em] T_1 = 2 \times 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}} \\[0.5em] T_1 = 2 \times T \\[0.5em]

Hence, we can say that when acceleration due to gravity is reduced to one fourth, time period of a simple pendulum is doubled.

Question 7

How are the time period T and frequency f of an oscillation of a simple pendulum related?

Answer

The time period (T) and frequency (f) of oscillation of a simple pendulum are related as stated below —

f=1T\bold{f} = \dfrac{\bold{1}}{\bold{T}}

Question 8

How do you measure the time period of a given pendulum? Why do you note the time for more than one oscillation ?

Answer

To measure the time period of a given pendulum, we record the time for 20 or more oscillations and then divide the recorded time with the number of oscillations. Hence, we get the time period for one oscillation.

The time for more than one oscillation is noted, as the least count of stop watch is either 1s or 0.5s. It cannot record the time period in fraction such as 1.2s or 1.4s and so on.

Hence, it is made possible by noting the time t for 20 oscillations or more and then dividing it by the number of oscillations.

Question 9

How does the time period (T) of a simple pendulum depend on its length (l) ? Draw a graph showing the variation of T2 with l. How will you use this graph to determine the value of g (acceleration due to gravity)?

Answer

Time period of a simple pendulum is directly proportional to the square root of its effective length.

i.e., T ∝ l\sqrt{l}

Graph showing the variation of T2 with l is given below:

How does the time period (T) of a simple pendulum depend on its length (l)? Draw a graph showing the variation of T<sup>2</sup> with l. How will you use this graph to determine the value of g (acceleration due to gravity)? Measurements and Experimentation, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 9.

In order to find the acceleration due to gravity with the help of the above graph, we follow the following steps —

The slope of the straight line obtained in the T2 vs l graph, as shown in fig, can be obtained by taking two points P and Q on the straight line and drawing normals from these points on the X and Y axes. Then, note the value of T2, say T12 and T22 at a and b respectively, and also the value of l say l1 and l2 respectively at c and d.

Then,

Slope=PRQR=abcd=T12T22l1l2\text{Slope} = \dfrac{PR}{QR} = \dfrac{ab}{cd} = \dfrac{T_1^2 - T_2^2}{l_1 - l_2}

This slope is found to be a constant at a place and,

Slope=4π2g\text{Slope} = \dfrac{4π^2}{g}

where, g = acceleration due to gravity at that place.

Thus, g can be determined at a place from the graph using the following relation,

g=4π2Slope of T2 vs l graphg = \dfrac{4π^2}{\text{Slope of } T^2 \text{ vs l graph}}

Question 10

Two simple pendulum A and B have equal lengths, but heir bobs weigh 50 gf and 100 gf respectively. What would be the ratio of their time periods? Give reason for your answer.

Answer

As we know that,

T=2πlgT = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}}

where,

T = Time period

l = effective length of the pendulum

g = acceleration due to gravity.

So we see that, time period does not depend on the weight of the bob.

As, lengths are equal so,

T1 : T2 = 1 : 1

Question 11

Two simple pendulums A and B have lengths 1.0 m and 4.0 m respectively at a certain place. Which pendulum will make more oscillations in 1 minute? Explain your answer.

Answer

Given,

lA = 1.0m
lB = 4.0m

Since,

TlT \propto \sqrt{l} \\[0.5em]

Therefore,

TATB=lAlB\dfrac {T_A}{T_B} = \dfrac{\sqrt{l_A}}{\sqrt{l_B}} \\[0.5em]

Substituting the values of l in the formula above we get,

So,

TATB=14TATB=12\dfrac {T_A}{T_B} = \dfrac{\sqrt{1}}{\sqrt{4}} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \dfrac {T_A}{T_B} = \dfrac{1}{2} \\[0.5em]

i.e., T1 : T2 = 1 : 2

Therefore, time period of B is more (twice) than that of A. Hence, A will make more oscillations (twice) in a given time than B.

Question 12

State how does the time period of a simple pendulum depend on —

(a) length of pendulum,

(b) mass of bob,

(c) amplitude of oscillation and

(d) acceleration due to gravity.

Answer

The time period of a simple pendulum varies as follows —

(a) Length of pendulum (l) — Time period of a simple pendulum is directly proportional to the square root of the length of the pendulum.

TlT \propto \sqrt{l}

(b) Mass of bob — Time period of a simple pendulum is independent of the mass of the bob.

(c) Amplitude of oscillation — Time period of a simple pendulum is independent of the amplitude of oscillation

(d) Acceleration due to gravity (g) — Time period of a simple pendulum is inversely proportional to the the square root of acceleration due to gravity .

T1gT \propto \sqrt{\dfrac{1}{g}}

Question 13

What is a seconds’ pendulum?

Answer

A pendulum with a time time period of oscillation equal to two seconds is known as the seconds pendulum. Its effective length, at a place, where g = 9.8 ms-2 is nearly 1 meter.

Question 14

State the numerical value of the frequency of oscillation of a seconds’ pendulum. Does it depend on the amplitude of oscillation ?

Answer

As we know that,

f=1Tf = \dfrac{1}{T}

and T for a seconds’ pendulum = 2s.

So, substituting the value of T in equation above we get,

f=12f=0.5f = \dfrac{1}{2} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow f = 0.5

Hence, the numerical value of the frequency of oscillation of a seconds’ pendulum is 0.5 s-1.

No, it does not depend on the amplitude of oscillation.

Multiple Choice Type

Question 1

The length of a simple pendulum is made one-fourth. Its time period becomes —

  1. Four times
  2. One-fourth
  3. Double
  4. Half ✓

Answer

As we know that

T=2πlgT = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}} \\[0.5em]

Time period is directly proportional to the square root of the length of the pendulum.

In the case when length is made one-fourth, we see that —

T=2πl4×gT=22×πlgT=πlgT = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{4\times g}} \\[0.5em] T = \dfrac{2}{2} \times π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}} \\[0.5em] T = π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}} \\[0.5em]

Hence, we can say that when the length is made four times, time period of a simple pendulum is reduced to half.

Question 2

The time period of a pendulum clock is —

  1. 1 s
  2. 2 s ✓
  3. 1 min
  4. 12 h

Answer

A pendulum clock takes 1 second in moving from one extreme to the other extreme, so the time taken for one complete oscillation is 2 seconds. Hence, its time period is 2s.

Question 3

The length of a seconds' pendulum is nearly —

  1. 0.5 m
  2. 9.8 m
  3. 1.0 m ✓
  4. 2.0 m

Answer

The effective length of a seconds' pendulum, at a place where g = 9.8 ms-2 is nearly 1 meter.

Numericals

Question 1

A simple pendulum completes 40 oscillations in one minute.

Find its —

(a) frequency,

(b) time period.

Answer

(a) Given,

40 oscillations in one minute, so

frequency per second=4060=23=0.67s1\text {frequency per second} = \dfrac{40}{60} \\[0.5em] = \dfrac{2}{3} \\[0.5em] = \text {0.67} s^{-1} \\[0.5em]

Hence, frequency of oscillation = 0.67 s-1.

(b) As we know that,

T=1fT = \dfrac{1}{f}

So, substituting the value of f = 0.67 s-1, in equation above we get,

T=10.67T=1.49253s1.5sT = \dfrac{1}{0.67} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow T = 1.49253s \approx 1.5s \\[0.5em]

Hence, time period of the simple pendulum is 1.5 s.

Question 2

The time period of a simple pendulum is 2s. What is its frequency? What name is given to such a pendulum?

Answer

As we know that,

f=1Tf = \dfrac{1}{T}

Given,

T = 2s

So, substituting the value of T in equation above we get,

f=12f=0.5f = \dfrac{1}{2} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow f = 0.5

Hence, the frequency of oscillation of the simple pendulum is 0.5 s-1.

The name given to such a pendulum is seconds' pendulum.

Question 3

A seconds' pendulum is taken to a place where acceleration due to gravity falls to one forth. How is the time period of the pendulum affected, if at all? Give reason. What will be its new time period?

Answer

As we know,

T=2πlgT = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}}

We observe that time period is inversely proportional to the square root of acceleration due to gravity.

Hence, when 'g' falls to one-fourth, time period increases.

When acceleration due to gravity is reduced to one fourth, we see that —

T=2πlg4T=2π4lgT=2×2πlgT = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{\dfrac{g}{4}}} \\[0.5em] T = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{4l}{g}} \\[0.5em] T = 2 \times 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}} \\[0.5em]

Hence, we can say that when acceleration due to gravity is reduced to one fourth, time period of a simple pendulum doubles.

As, the given pendulum is a seconds' pendulum so T = 2s

New T = 2 x 2 = 4s

Question 4

Find the length of a seconds' pendulum at a place where g = 10 ms-2 (Take π = 3.14).

Answer

As we know,

T=2πlgT = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}}

Given,

g = 10 ms-2

π = 3.14

T = 2 s

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

2=2×3.14l10(22×3.14)=l10(22×3.14)2=l10(13.14)2=l10(0.3184)2=l100.10142=l10l=1.01422 = 2 \times 3.14 \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{10}} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow (\dfrac{2}{2 \times 3.14}) = \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{10}} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow (\dfrac{2}{2 \times 3.14})^2 = \dfrac{l}{10} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow (\dfrac{1}{3.14})^2 = \dfrac{l}{10} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow (0.3184)^2 = \dfrac{l}{10} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow 0.10142 = \dfrac{l}{10} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow l = 1.0142 \\[0.5em]

Hence, length of a seconds’ pendulum = 1.0142 m

Question 5

Compare the time periods of two pendulums of length 1m and 9m.

Answer

As we know that,

T=2πlgT = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}} \\[0.5em]

Time period is directly proportional to the square root of the length of the pendulum.

In the case when length is 1m,

T1=2π1gT_1 = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{1}{g}} \\[0.5em]

and

In the case when length is 9m,

T2=2π9gT_2 = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{9}{g}} \\[0.5em]

So, comparison of T1 and T2 gives —

T1:T2=2π1g:2π9gT1:T2=19T1:T2=13T_1 : T_2 = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{1}{g}} : 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{9}{g}} \\[0.5em] T_1 : T_2 = \sqrt{\dfrac{1}{9}} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow T_1 : T_2 = \dfrac{1}{3} \\[0.5em]

Hence, T1 : T2 = 1 : 3

Question 6

A pendulum completes 2 oscillations in 5s.

(a) What is its time period?

(b) If g = 9.8 ms-2, find its length.

Answer

Given,

2 oscillations in 5 seconds, so

frequency per second=25frequency per second=0.4 hertz\text {frequency per second} = \dfrac{2}{5} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \text {frequency per second} = \text {0.4 hertz} \\[0.5em]

Hence, frequency of oscillation = 0.4 hertz.

As we know that,

T=1fT = \dfrac{1}{f}

So, substituting the value of f = 0.4 hertz, in equation above we get,

T=10.4T=2.5sT = \dfrac{1}{0.4} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow T = 2.5s \\[0.5em]

Hence, time period of pendulum is 2.5 s

(b) As we know,

T=2πlgT = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}} \\[0.5em]

Given,

g = 9.8 ms-2

and we know,

π = 3.14

T = 2.5 s

Substituting the values in the formula above we get,

2.5=2×3.14l9.8(2.52×3.14)=l9.8(2.52×3.14)2=l9.8(2.56.28)2=l9.8(0.398)2=l9.80.158=l9.8l=9.8×0.158l=1.552.5 = 2 \times 3.14 \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{9.8}} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow (\dfrac{2.5}{2 \times 3.14}) = \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{9.8}} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow (\dfrac{2.5}{2 \times 3.14})^2 = \dfrac{l}{9.8} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow (\dfrac{2.5}{6.28})^2 = \dfrac{l}{9.8} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow (0.398)^2 = \dfrac{l}{9.8} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow 0.158 = \dfrac{l}{9.8} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow l = 9.8 \times 0.158 \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow l = 1.55

Hence, length of a seconds’ pendulum = 1.55 m

Question 7

The time periods of two simple pendulums at a place are in the ratio 2:1. What will be the ratio of their lengths ?

Answer

As we know that,

T=2πlgT = 2 π \sqrt{\dfrac{l}{g}} \\[0.5em]

Time period is directly proportional to the square root of the length of the pendulum.

In the case when,
T1 : T2 = 2 : 1     [Equation 1]

we know that,

T1 : T2 = l1:l2\sqrt{l_1} : \sqrt{l_2}     [Equation 2]

So we get,

l1:l2=2:1l1l2=21\sqrt{l_1} : \sqrt{l_2} = 2 : 1 \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \dfrac{\sqrt{l_1}}{\sqrt{l_2}} = \dfrac{2}{1}

Squaring both sides we get,

l1l2=2212l1l2=41l1:l2=4:1\dfrac{l_1}{l_2} = \dfrac{2^2}{1^2} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow \dfrac{l_1}{l_2} = \dfrac{4}{1} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow l_1 : l_2 = 4 : 1

Hence, ratio of lengths = 4 : 1

Question 8

It takes 0.2s for a pendulum bob to move from mean position to one end. What is the time period of pendulum?

Answer

As we know that,

Time period = 4 x (time a pendulum bob takes to move from mean position to one end).

Given,

Time a pendulum bob takes to move from mean position to one end = 0.2s

Substituting the value in the equation above we get,

Time taken to complete one oscillation(T) —

=(4×0.2)s=0.8s= (4 \times 0.2)s \\[0.5em] = 0.8s \\[0.5em]

Hence, time period of the pendulum = 0.8s

Question 9

How much time does the bob of a seconds' pendulum take to move from one extreme of its oscillation to the other extreme?

Answer

As we know that, the time period of a seconds' pendulum is 2s.

So, time taken for a seconds’ pendulum to move from one extreme to other is equal to the half of time period.

Thalf=T2Thalf=22=1sT_{half} = \dfrac{T}{2} \\[0.5em] \Rightarrow T_{half} = \dfrac{2}{2} = 1s \\[0.5em]

Hence, time taken for a seconds' pendulum to move from one extreme to other extreme = 1s

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