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Board Paper of Class 12-Science 2013 Physics (SET 2) - Solutions

General Instructions:
(i) All questions are compulsory.
(ii) There are 29 questions in total. Question Nos. 1 to 8 are very short answer type questions and carry one mark each.
(iii) Questions Nos. 9 to 16 carry two marks each. Questions Nos. 17 to 25 carry three marks each and questions Nos. 27 to 29 carry five marks each.
(iv) There is no overall choice. However, an internal choice has been provided in one question of two marks, one question of three marks and all three questions of five marks each. You have to attempt only one of the choices in such questions.
(v) Questions No. 26 is value based question carries four marks.
(vi) Use of calculators is not permitted. However, you may use log tables if necessary.
  • Question 1

    How does the mutual inductance of a pair of coils change when

    (i) distance between the coils is increased and

    (ii) number of turns in the coils is increased?

  • Question 2

    Write the expression for the de Broglie wavelength associated with a charged particle having charge ‘q’ and mass ‘m’, when it is accelerated by a potential V. (1)

  • Question 3

    Two identical cells, each of emf E, having negligible internal resistance, are connected in parallel with each other across an external resistance R. What is the current through this resistance? (1)

  • Question 4

    Two charges of magnitudes −3Q and + 2Q are located at points (a, 0) and (4a, 0) respectively. What is the electric flux due to these charges through a sphere of radius ‘5a’ with its centre at the origin? (1)

  • Question 5

    The graph shown in the figure represents a plot of current versus voltage for a given semiconductor. Identify the region, if any, over which the semiconductor has a negative resistance. (1)

  • Question 6

    Welders wear special goggles or face masks with glass windows to protect their eyes from electromagnetic radiations. Name the radiations and write the range of their frequency.

  • Question 7

    A light metal disc on the top of an electromagnet is thrown up as the current is switched on. Why? Give reason.

  • Question 8

    Define the activity of a given radioactive substance. Write its S.I. unit.

  • Question 9

    In the circuit shown in the figure, identify the equivalent gate of the circuit and make its truth table. (2)

  • Question 10

    A slab of material of dielectric constant K has the same area as that of the plates of a parallel plate capacitor but has the thickness d/3, where d is the separation between the plates. Find out the expression for its capacitance when the slab is inserted between the plates of the capacitor. (2)

  • Question 11

    Draw typical output characteristics of an n-p-n transistor in CE configuration. Show how these characteristics can be used to determine output resistance. (2)

  • Question 12

    A capacitor, made of two parallel plates each of plate area A and separation d, is being charged by an external ac source. Show that the displacement current inside the capacitor is the same as the current charging the capacitor.

  • Question 13

    A parallel beam of light of 500 nm falls on a narrow slit and the resulting diffraction pattern is observed on a screen 1 m away. It is observed that the first minimum is at a distance of 2.5 mm from the centre of the screen. Calculate the width of the slit. (2)

  • Question 14

    In the block diagram of a simple modulator for obtaining an AM signal, shown in the figure, identify the boxes A and B. Write their function. (2)

  • Question 15

    Explain the term ‘drift velocity’ of electrons in conductor. Hence obtain the expression for the current through a conductor in terms of ‘drift velocity’. (2)


    Describe briefly, with the help of a circuit diagram, how a potentiometer is used to determine the internal resistance of a cell.

  • Question 16

    A convex lens of focal length f1 is kept in contact with a concave lens of focal length f2. Find the focal length of the combination. (2)

  • Question 17

    Draw V − I characteristics of a p-n junction diode. Answer the following questions, giving reasons:

    (i) Why is the current under reverse bias almost independent of the applied potential up to a critical voltage?

    (ii) Why does the reverse current show a sudden increase at the critical voltage?

    Name any semiconductor device which operates under the reverse bias in the breakdown region. (3)

  • Question 18

    Define the current sensitivity of a galvanometer. Write its S.I. unit.

    Figure shows two circuits each having a galvanometer and a battery of 3V.

    When the galvanometers in each arrangement do not show any deflection, obtain the ratio R1/R2.

  • Question 19

    A wire AB is carrying a steady current of 10 A and is lying on the table. Another wire CD carrying 6 A is held directly above AB at a height of 2 mm. Find the mass per unit length of the wire CD so that it remains suspended at its position when left free. Give the direction of the current flowing in CD with respect to that in AB. [Take the value of g = 10 ms−2] (3)

  • Question 20

    A rectangular conductor LMNO is placed in a uniform magnetic field of 0.5 T. The field is directed perpendicular to the plane of the conductor. When the arm MN of length of 20 cm is moved towards left with a velocity of 10 ms−1, calculate the emf induced in the arm. Given the resistance of the arm to be 5 Ω (assuming that other arms are of negligible resistance) find the value of the current in the arm.


    A wheel with 8 metallic spokes each 50 cm long is rotated with a speed of 120 rev/min in a plane normal to the horizontal component of the Earth’s magnetic field. The Earth’s magnetic field at the place is 0.4 G and the angle of dip is 60°. Calculate the emf induced between the axle and the rim of the wheel. How will the value of emf be affected if the number of spokes were increased?

  • Question 21

    (a) What is linearly polarized light? Describe briefly using a diagram how sunlight is polarised.

    (b) Unpolarised light is incident on a polaroid. How would the intensity of transmitted light change when the polaroid is rotated? (3)

  • Question 22

    Write Einstein’s photoelectric equation and point out any two characteristic properties of photons on which this equation is based.

    Briefly explain the three observed features which can be explained by this equation. (3)

  • Question 23

    Name the type of waves which are used for line of sight (LOS) communication. What is the range of their frequencies?

    A transmitting antenna at the tope of a tower has a height of 20 m and the height of the receiving antenna is 45 m. Calculate the maximum distance between them for satisfactory communication in LOS mode. (Radius of the Earth = 6.4 × 106 m) (3)

  • Question 24

    (a) For a given a.c., i = im sin ωt, show that the average power dissipated in a resistor R over a complete cycle is R.

    (b) A light bulb is rated at 120 W for a 220 V a.c. supply. Calculate the resistance of the bulb. 3

  • Question 25

    Draw a labelled ray diagram of a refracting telescope. Define its magnifying power and write the expression for it.

    Write two important limitations of a refracting telescope over a reflecting type telescope. (3)

  • Question 26

    One day Chetan’s mother developed a severe stomach ache all of a sudden. She was rushed to the doctor who suggested for an immediate endoscopy test and gave an estimate of expenditure for the same. Chetan immediately contacted his class teacher and shared the information with her. The class teacher arranged for the money and rushed to the hospital. On realizing that Chetan belonged to a below average income group family, even the doctor offered concession for the test fee. The test was conducted successfully.

    Answer the following questions based on the above information:

    (a) Which principle in optics is made use of in endoscopy?

    (b) Briefly explain the values reflected in the action taken by the teacher.

    (c) In what way do you appreciate the response of the doctor on the given situation? (4)

  • Question 27

    Using Bohr’s postulates, derive the expression for the frequency of radiation emitted when electron in hydrogen atom undergoes transition from higher energy state (quantum number ni) to the lower state, (nf).

    When electron in hydrogen atom jumps from energy state ni = 4 to nf = 3, 2, 1, identify the spectral series to which the emission lines belong. (5)


    (a) Draw the plot of binding energy per nucleon (BE/A) as a functino of mass number A. Write two important conclusions that can be drawn regarding the nature of nuclear force.

    (b) Use this graph to explain the release of energy in both the processes of nuclear fusion and fission.

    (c) Write the basic nuclear process of neutron undergoing β-decay.

    Why is the detection of neutrinos found very difficult?

  • Question 28

    (a) Using Biot − Savart’s law, derive the expression for the magnetic field in the vector form at a point on the axis of a circular current loop.

    (b) What does a toroid consist of? Find out the expression for the magnetic field inside a toroid for N turns of the coil having the average radius r and carrying a current I. Show that the magnetic field in the open space inside and exterior to the toroid is zero.


    (a) Draw a schematic sketch of a cyclotron. Explain clearly the role of crossed electric and magnetic field in accelerating the charge. Hence derive the expression for the kinetic energy acquired by the particles.

    (b) An α-particle and a proton are released from the centre of the cyclotron and made to accelerate.

    (i) Can both be accelerated at the same cyclotron frequency?

    Give reason to justify your answer.

    (ii) When they are accelerated in turn, which of the two will have higher velocity at the exit slit of the does? 

  • Question 29

    (a) Define electric dipole moment. Is it a scalar or a vector? Derive the expression for the electric field of a dipole at a point on the equatorial plane of the dipole.

    (b) Draw the equipotential surfaces due to an electric dipole. Locate the points where the potential due to the dipole is zero.


    Using Gauss’ law deduce the expression for the electric field due to a uniformly charged spherical conducting shell of radius R at a point

    (i) outside and (ii) inside the shell.

    Plot a graph showing variation of electric field as a function of r > R and r < R.

    (r being the distance from the centre of the shell) (5)

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