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ICSE Class 10 Physics Previous Year Question Paper 2017

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Question 1
 (a) A brass ball is hanging from a stiff cotton thread. Draw a neat labelled diagram showing the forces acting on the brass ball and             cotton thread.

 (b) The distance between two bodies is doubled. How is the magnitude of gravitational force between them affected?

 (c) Why is a jack screw provided with a long arm?

 (d) If the power of a motor is 100 kW, at what speed can it raise a load of 50,000 N?

 (e) Which class of lever will always have MA > 1 and why?

Question 2
 (a) Define heat capacity and state its SI unit.

 (b)Why is the base of a cooking pan generally made thick?

 (c) A solid of mass 50 g at 150 ºC is placed in 100 g of water at 11 ºC, when the final temperature recorded is 20 ºC. Find the       specific heat capacity of the solid. (specific heat capacity of water = 4.2 J/g ºC)

 (d)How is the refractive index of a material related to:
    (i) real and apparent depth?
    (ii) velocity of light in vacuum or air and the velocity of light in a given medium?

 (e)State the conditions required for total internal reflection of light to take place.

Question 3
 (a) Draw a ray diagram to show the refraction of a monochromatic ray through a prism when it suffers minimum deviation.

 (b)The human ear can detect continuous sounds in the frequency range from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. Assuming that the speed of         sound in air is 330 ms-1 for all frequencies; calculate the wavelengths corresponding to the given extreme frequencies of the  audible range.

 (c) An enemy plane is at a distance of 300 km from a radar. In how much time the radar will be able to detect the plane? Take       velocity of radio waves as 3 × 108 ms-1

 (d) How is the frequency of a stretched string related to:
    (i) it’s length?
    (ii) it’s tension?

 (e) Define specific resistance and state its SI unit.

Question 4
 (a) An electric bulb of 300Ω draws a current of 0.4 A. Calculate the power of the bulb and the potential difference at its ends.
 (b) State two causes of energy loss in a transformer.
 (c) State two characteristics of a good thermion emitter.
 (d) State two factors upon which the rate of emission of thermions depends.
 (e) When does the nucleus of an atom tend to be radioactive?

Question 5
 (a) A uniform half metre rule balances horizontally on a knife edge at 29 cm mark when a weight of 20 gf is suspended from one  end.
   (i) Draw a diagram of the arrangement
   (ii) What is the weight of the half metre rule?

  (i) A boy uses a single fixed pulley to lift a load of 50 kgf to some height. Another boy uses a single movable pulley to lift the     same load to the same height. Compare the effort applied by them. Give a reason to support your answer.
  (ii) How does uniform circular motion differ from uniform linear motion?
  (iii)Name the process used for producing electricity using nuclear energy.

(c) A pulley system with VR = 4 is used to lift a load of 175 kgf through a vertical height of 15 m. The effort required is 50 kgf in        the downward direction.  (g = 10 N kg-1)
  (i) Distance moved by the effort
  (ii) Work done by the effort
  (iii) M.A. of the pulley system
  (iv) Efficiency of the pulley system

Question 6
  (i) How is the transference of heat energy by radiation prevented in a calorimeter?
  (ii) You have a choice of three metals A,B and C, of specific heat capacities
    900 Jkg-1oC -1, 380 Jkg-1oC -1 and 460 Jkg-1oC -1 respectively, to make a calorimeter. Which material will you select? Justify            your answer.

(b) Calculate the mass of ice needed to cool 150g of water contained in a
calorimeter of mass 50 g at 32ºC such that the final temperature is 5ºC.
Specific heat capacity of calorimeter = 0.4J/gºC
Specific heat capacity of water = 4.2 J/gºC
Latent heat capacity of ice = 330 J/g

  (i) Name the radiations which are absorbed by greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere.
  (ii) A radiation X is focused by a particular device on the bulb of a thermometer and mercury in the thermometer shows a rapid           increase. Name the radiation X.
  (iii) Name two factors on which the heat energy liberated a body depend.

Question 7
 (a) A lens forms an upright and diminished image of an object when the object is placed at the focal point of the given lens.
    (i) Name the lens.
    (ii) Draw a ray diagram to show the image formation.

(b) A ray of light travels from water to air as shown in the diagram given below:

  (i) Copy the diagram and complete the path of the way. Given the critical angle for water is 48o.
  (ii) State the condition so that internal reflection occurs in the above diagram.

(c) The diagram below shows a point source P inside a water container. Four rays A, B, C, D starting from the source P are shown          upto the water surface.

(i) Show in the diagram the path of these rays after striking the water surface.
    The Critical Angle for water air surface is 48o
(ii) Name the phenomenon which the rays B and D exhibit.

Question 8
 (a) Name the factor that determines:
    (i) Loudness of the sound heard.
   (ii) Quality of the note.
   (iii) Pitch of the note.

  (i) What are damped vibrations?
  (ii) Give one example of damped vibrations.
  (iii) Name the phenomenon that causes a loud sound when the stem of a vibrating tuning fork is kept pressed on the surface of a      table.

  (i) A wire of length 80 cm has a frequency of 256 Hz. Calculate the length of a similar wire under similar tension, which will have       frequency 1024 Hz.
  (ii) A certain sound has a frequency of 256 hertz and a wavelength of 1.3 m.
     1. Calculate the speed with which this sound travels
     2. What difference would be felt by a listener between the above sound and another sound travelling at the same speed, but of           wavelength 2.6 m?

Question 9
   (i) Name the colour code of the wire which is connected to the metallic body of an appliance.
   (ii) Draw the diagram of a dual control switch when the appliance is switched ‘ON’.

   (i) Which particles are responsible for current in conductors?
   (ii) To which wire of a cable in a power circuit should the metal case of geyser be connected.
   (iii) To which wire should the fuse be connected?

  (i) Explain the meaning of the student ‘current rating of a fuse is 5A’.
  (ii) In the transmission of power the voltage of power generated at the generating stations is stepped up from 11kV to 132 kV            before it is transmitted. Why?

Question 10
 (a)Answer the following questions based on a hot cathode ray tube.
   (i) Name the charged particles
   (ii) State the approximate voltage used to heat the filament
   (iii) What will happen to the beam when it passes through the electric field?

(b)State three factors on which the rate of emission of electrons from a metal surface depends

  (i) What are free electrons?
  (ii) Why do they not leave the metal surface on their own
  (iii) How can they be made to leave the metal surface? (State any two ways)

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