Chapter 10 : Magnetism - Selina Solutions for Class 9 Physics ICSE

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Chapter 10 - Magnetism Excercise Ex 10(A)

Question 1

What is a lodestone? 

Solution 1

Lodestone is an ore of iron oxide (Fe3O4). This ore attracts small pieces of iron and it sets itself along a definite direction when it is suspended freely. It is a natural magnet which was used for the navigation by the mariners.

Question 2

Two like magnetic poles:

(a) Repel each other

(b) Attract each other

(c) First attract each other, then repel

(d) Neither attract nor repel.

Solution 2

Repel each other 

Question 3

What is a natural magnet? State two limitations of a natural magnet. 

Solution 3

The pieces of lodestone found in nature are called the natural magnets. Limitations of a natural magnet are as listed below:

(i) They are irregular and odd shaped.

(ii) They are not magnetically very strong.

Question 4

In a uniform magnetic field, the field lines are:

(a) Curved

(b) Parallel equidistant straight lines

(c) Parallel but non-equispaced straight lines

(d) Nothing can be said.

Solution 4

Parallel equidistant straight lines 

Question 5

What is an artificial magnet? State two reasons for the requirement of artificial magnets. 

Solution 5

An artificial magnet is a magnetized piece of iron (or other magnetic material). Artificial magnets are required because natural magnets have odd and irregular shape and they are not magnetically very strong. Artificial magnets can be given desired shape and made very strong.

Question 6

How will you test whether a given rod is made of iron or copper?

[Hint : Iron rod gets magnetised when placed near a bar magnet by magnetic induction, while copper rod does not get magnetised]

Solution 6

Iron rod is magnetized when placed near a bar magnet by magnetic induction, while copper rod is not magnetized.

 

Question 7

You are provided with two similar bars, one is a magnet and the other is a soft iron. How will you distinguish between them without the use of any other magnet or bar?

[Hint : A magnet when suspended freely will rest only in the north-south direction, but the soft iron bar will rest in any direction]

Solution 7

A magnet when suspended freely will rest only in north-south direction, but the soft iron bar will rest in any direction.

Question 8

Fill in the blanks to complete the sentences:

(a) The two ends of a magnet are called __________.

(b) Unlike poles of a magnet ___________ each other.

(c) Like poles of a magnet ______________ each other.

(d) A freely suspended magnet rests in the geographic ___________ direction.

Solution 8

(a) Poles, (b) Attract (c) repel (d) north-south 

Question 9

A small magnet is suspended by a silk thread from a rigid support such that the magnet can freely swing. How will it rest? Draw a diagram to show it.

Solution 9

If a small magnet is suspended by a silk thread such that it can swing freely then it rests itself in the geographic north-south direction.

 

 

Question 10

Explain the meaning of the term induced magnetism.

Solution 10

The magnetism acquired by a magnetic material when it is kept near (or in contact with) a magnet, is called induced magnetism.

Question 11

Explain what you understand by magnetic induction. What role does it play in attraction of a piece of iron by a magnet?

Solution 11

The process in which a piece of magnetic material acquires the magnetic properties temporarily in presence of another magnet near it is called the magnetic induction.

When a piece of iron is placed near or in contact with a magnet, the piece of iron becomes a magnet i.e., it acquires the property of attracting iron filings when they are brought near its ends. Thus, a piece of iron behaves as a magnet as long as it is kept near (or in contact with) a magnet.

 

Question 12

Explain the mechanism of attraction of iron nails by a magnet when brought near them.

Solution 12

When iron nails are brought near one end of a magnet, the nearer end of piece acquires an opposite polarity by magnetic induction. Since unlike poles attract each other, therefore, iron nails are attracted towards the end of the magnet. Thus, the iron nail first becomes a magnet by induction and then it is attracted.

Question 13

Explain the following :

(a) When two pins are hung by their heads from the same pole of a magnet, their pointed ends moves apart.

(b) Several soft iron pins can cling, one below the other, from the pole of a magnet.

(c) The north end of a freely suspended magnetic needle gets attracted towards a piece of soft iron placed a little distance away from the needle.

Solution 13

(a) When two pins are hung by their heads from the same pole of a magnet, they acquire same polarity. Because like poles repel each other, their pointed ends move apart.

(b) Several soft iron pins can cling one below the other from the pole of a magnet because the magnet induces magnetism in an iron nail which gets attracted by the magnet and clings to it. This magnetized nail magnetizes the other nail near it by magnetic induction and attracts it. This process continues until force of attraction on first nail is sufficient to balance the total weight of all nails in chain.

(c) When a piece of soft iron is placed a little distance away from the needle, the needle induces magnetism to the piece of soft iron. Thus, soft iron piece starts behaving like a magnet and it attracts the magnetic needle towards it.

 

Question 14

A small iron bar is kept near the north pole of a bar magnet. How does the iron bar acquire magnetism? Draw a diagram to show the polarity on the iron bar. What will happen if the magnet is removed?

Solution 14

The iron bar acquires magnetism due to magnetic induction.

If the magnet is removed, the iron bar loses its magnetism.

Question 15

'Induced magnetism is temporary'. Comment on this statement.

Solution 15

Induced magnetism is temporary as it lasts as long as the magnet causing induction remains in it vicinity.

Question 16

'Induction precedes attraction'. Explain the statement.

Solution 16

When a piece of magnetic material is brought near a magnet, it first becomes a magnet by induction and then it is attraction. Thus, we say that induction precedes attraction.

Question 17

What do you understand by the term magnetic field lines?

Solution 17

A magnetic field line is a continuous curve in a magnetic field such that tangent at any point of it gives the direction of the magnetic field at that point.

Question 18

State four properties of magnetic field lines.

Solution 18

Properties of magnetic field lines:

1. They are closed and continuous curves.

2. They are directed from the North Pole towards the South Pole outside the magnet.

3. The tangent at any point on a field line gives the direction of magnetic field at that point.

4. Two magnetic lines never intersect each other.

 

Question 19

Explain why iron filings which are sprinkled on a sheet of cardboard over a bar magnet take up a definite pattern when cardboard is slightly tapped.

Solution 19

The iron filings take up a definite pattern (curved lines). This happens because each piece of iron filing becomes a magnet to the magnetic induction of the magnet. It thus experiences a force in the direction of magnetic field of the bar magnet at that point and aligns itself along curved lines.

Question 20

Explain the method of plotting the magnetic field lines by using a small compass needle.

Solution 20

Method of plotting the magnetic field lines using a compass needle:

Fix a sheet of paper on a drawing board by means of board pins. Place a small compass needle at position 1 as shown in fig (a) and looking from the top of the needle, mark two pencil dots exactly at two ends of the needle. Then move the compass needle to position 2 in such a way that one end of needle coincides with the second pencil dot. Repeat the process of moving the compass needle to positions 3, 4,… to obtain several dots. On joining the different dots, you will get a straight line. Thus one line of magnetic field of earth is traced.

This process is repeated starting from a different point and tracing out another line of magnetic field. In this manner, several lines of magnetic field can be drawn. Each line should be labeled with an arrow from the south pole of the needle towards the north pole to indicate the direction of the magnetic field. Fig (b) shows several magnetic lines so obtained.

 

Question 21

Can two magnetic field lines intersect each other? Give reason to your answer.

Solution 21

No two magnetic field lines can intersect each other. If they do, there would be two directions of the field at that point which is not possible.

Question 22

In following figure, draw at least two magnetic field lines between the two magnets.

 

Solution 22

In (a) The North Pole of two magnets is facing each other. So, the field lines will be

 

 

In (b) The North Pole of one magnet is facing the South Pole of the other. So, the field lines will be

 

Question 23

State two evidences of the existence of earth's magnetic field.

Solution 23

Two evidences of existence of earth's magnetic field:

(i) A freely suspended magnetic needle always rests in geographic north-south direction.

(ii) Neutral points are obtained on plotting the field lines of a magnet.

Question 24

Sketch four magnetic field lines as obtained in a limited space on a horizontal plane in the earth's magnetic field alone.

Solution 24

Question 25

a. Draw the pattern of magnetic field lines near a bar magnet placed with its North Pole pointing towards the geographic North. Indicate the position of neutral points by marking X.

b. State whether the magnetic field lines in part (a) represent a uniform magnetic field or non-uniform magnetic field?

Solution 25

a.

 

 

b. The magnetic field lines are non-uniform in nature.

 

Question 26

Fig. shows a bar magnet placed on the table top with its north pole pointing towards south. The arrow shows the north-south direction. There are no other magnets or magnetic materials nearby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a) Insert two magnetic field lines on either side of the magnet using  

 arrow head to show the direction of each field line.

(b) Indicate by crosses, the likely positions of the neutral points.

(c) What is the magnitude of the magnetic field at each neutral point?  

 Give a reason for your answer.

Solution 26

(a)

 

 (b)

(c) Magnitude of magnetic field at neutral points is zero. It is so because at these points, the magnetic field of the magnet is equal in magnitude to the earth's horizontal magnetic field, but it is in opposite direction. Hence, they cancel each other.

Question 27

What conclusion is drawn regarding the magnetic field at a point if a compass needle at that point rests in any direction? Give reason for your answer.

Solution 27

It can be concluded that magnetic field at that point is zero. This is because the earth's magnetic field at that point is neutralized by the magnetic field of some other magnetized material.

Question 28

What is a neutral point? How is the position of neutral point located with the use of a compass needle?

Solution 28

Neutral points are the points where the magnetic field of the magnet is equal in magnitude to the earth's horizontal magnetic field, but it is in opposite direction. Thus the net magnetic field at the neutral points is zero.

Since the net magnetic field is zero at neutral points, the compass needle remains unaffected (i.e. it comes to rest pointing in any direction) at these points and hence, they can be detected.

Question 29

State the positions of neutral points when a magnet is placed with its axis in the magnetic meridian and with its north pole (i) pointing towards the geographic north and (ii) pointing towards the geographic south.

Solution 29

(i) Neutral points will be in east-west direction.

(ii) Neutral points will be north-south direction.

Question 30

Complete the following sentences :

(a) If the field lines in a magnetic field are parallel and equidistant, the magnetic field is __________  .

(b) At a neutral point, the resultant magnetic field is ___________.

(c) The neutral points of a bar magnet kept with its north pole pointing towards geographic north are located ____________.

Solution 30

(a) Uniform, (b) Zero  and (c) On either side of the magnet in east and west. 

Chapter 10 - Magnetism Excercise Ex 10(B)

Question 1

What is an electromagnet?

Solution 1

An electromagnet is a temporary strong magnet made from a piece of soft iron when current flows in the coil wound around it. It is an artificial magnet.

Question 2

Electromagnets are made up of:

a. steel

b. copper

c. soft iron

d. aluminium

 

Solution 2

Electromagnets are made up of soft iron.

Question 3

Name the material used for preparing an electromagnet.

Solution 3

The material used for preparing an electromagnet is soft iron.

Question 4

The strength of the electromagnet can be increased by

a. reversing the directions of current

b. using alternating current of high frequency

c. increasing the current in the coil

d. decreasing the number of turns of coil

 

Solution 4

The strength of an electromagnet can be increased by

 i. increasing the number of turns of coil, and

 ii. increasing the current through the coil

 

Hence, the correct answer is option c.

 

Question 5

How is an electromagnet made? Name two factors on which the strength of magnetic field of the electromagnet depends.

Solution 5

An electromagnet is made by winding an insulated copper wire around a soft iron core either in the shape of a solenoid or U-shape.

 

The strength of magnetic field of an electromagnet depends on:

1. The number of turns of wire wound around the coil, and

2. The amount of current flowing through the wire.

Question 6

You are required to make an electromagnet from a soft iron bar by using a cell, an insulated coil of copper wire and a switch.

a. Draw a circuit diagram to represent the process.

b. Label the poles of the electromagnet.

 

Solution 6

Question 7

Following Figure shows a coil wound around a soft iron bar XY. (a) State the polarity at the ends X and Y as the switch is pressed. (b) Suggest one way of increasing the strength of electromagnet so formed.

 

 

Solution 7

The polarity at X is North and at Y is South.

 

By increasing the number of turns of winding in the solenoid, the strength of the electromagnet can be increased.

Question 8

A coil of insulated copper wire is wound around a piece of soft iron and current is passed in the coil from a battery. What name is given to the device so obtained? Give one use of the device mentioned by you.

Solution 8

The device formed is an electromagnet.

 

Use:

For separating the magnetic substances such as iron from other debris.

Question 9

Show with the aid of a diagram how a wire is wound on a U-shaped piece of soft iron in order to make it an electromagnet. Complete the circuit diagram and label the poles of the electromagnet.

Solution 9

Question 10

State two ways through which the strength of an electromagnet can be increased. 

Solution 10

The strength of an electromagnet can be increased by following ways:

 i. Increasing the number of turns of winding in the solenoid.

 ii. Increasing the current through the solenoid.

 

Question 11

Name one device that uses an electromagnet.

Solution 11

The electromagnet is used in an electric relay.

Question 12

State two advantages of an electromagnet over a permanent magnet.

Solution 12
  1. An electromagnet can produce a strong magnetic field.
  2. The strength of the magnetic field of an electromagnet can easily be changed by changing the current in its solenoid.
Question 13

State two differences between an electromagnet and a permanent magnet.

Solution 13

 

Electromagnet 

Permanent magnet 

It is made up of soft iron 

It is made up of steel 

The magnetic field strength can be changed 

The magnetic field strength cannot be changed 

Electromagnets of very strong field can be made. 

Permanent magnets are not so strong. 

 

Question 14

Why is soft iron used as the core of the electromagnet in an electric bell?

Solution 14

The soft iron bar acquires the magnetic properties only when an electric current flows through the solenoid and loses the magnetic properties as the current is switched off. Hence, soft iron is used as the core of the electromagnet in an electric bell.

Question 15

How is the working of an electric bell affected, if alternating current be used instead of direct current? 

Solution 15

If an a.c. source is used in place of a battery, the core of the electromagnet will get magnetized, but the polarity at its ends will change. Since attraction of armature does not depend on the polarity of the electromagnet, the bell will still ring on pressing the switch.

Question 16

Name the material used for making the armature of an electric bell. Give a reason for your answer. 

Solution 16

The material used for making the armature of an electric bell is soft iron which can induce magnetism rapidly.