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Board Paper of Class 12-Science 2015 Physics (SET 3) - Solutions

General Instructions:

(i) There are 26 questions in all. All questions are compulsory.

(ii) This question paper has five sections : Section A, Section B, Section C, Section D and Section E.

(iii) Section A contains five questions of one mark each, Section B contains five questions of two marks each, Section C contains twelve questions of three marks each, Section D contains one value based question of four marks and Section E contains three questions of 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 the three questions of five marks weightage. You have to attempt only one of the choices in such questions.

  • Question 1
    The line AB in the ray diagram represents a lens State whether the lens is convex or concave.


  • Question 2
    Distinguish between emf and terminal voltage of a cell. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 3
    Draw a graph to show variation of capacitive-reactance with frequency in an a.c. circuit. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 4
    What is the function of a 'Repeater' used in communication system? VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 5
    The field lines of a negative point charge are as shown in the figure. Does the kinetic energy of a small negative charge increase or decrease in going from B to A?


  • Question 6
    The equivalent wavelength of a moving electron has the same value as that of a photon of energy 6 × 10–17 J. Calculate the momentum of the electron. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 7
    What is ground wave communication? Explain why this mode cannot be used for long distance communication using high frequencies. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 8
    A ray of light passes through an equilateral glass prism such that the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of emergence and each of these angles is equal to 3/4 of angle of prism. Find the angle of deviation.

    Calculate the speed of light in a medium whose critical angle is 45°. Does critical angle for a given pair of media depend on the wavelength of incident light ? Give reason. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 9
    How does one explain, using de Broglie hypothesis, Bohr's second postulate of quantization of orbital angular momentum? VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 10
    In a meter bridge shown in the figure, the balance point is found to be 40 cm from end A. If a resistance of 10 Ω is connected in series with R, balance point is obtained 60 cm from A. Calculate the values of R and S.


  • Question 11
    State Lenz's law. Illustrate, by giving an example, how this law helps in predicting the direction of the current in a loop in the presence of a changing magnetic flux.
    In a given coil of self-inductance of 5 mH, current changes from 4 A to 1 A in 30 ms. Calculate the emf induced in the coil.

    In what way is Gauss's law in magnetism different from that used in electrostatics ? Explain briefly.
    The Earth's magnetic field at the Equator is approximately 0.4 G. Estimate the Earth's magnetic dipole moment. Given : Radius of the Earth = 6400 km. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 12
    How are electromagnetic waves produced? What is the source of energy of these waves?
    Draw a schematic sketch of the electromagnetic waves propagating along the + x-axis. Indicate the directions of the electric and magnetic fields. Write the relation between the velocity of propagation and the magnitudes of electric and magnetic fields. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 13
    Obtain the relation between the decay constant and half life of a radioactive sample.
    The half life of a certain radioactive material against α-decay is 100 days. After how much time, will the undecayed fraction of the material be 6.25%? VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 14
    Write two important considerations used while fabricating a Zener diode. Explain, with the help of a circuit diagram, the principle and working of a Zener diode as voltage regular. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 15
    Find the equivalent capacitance of the network shown in the figure, when each capacitor is of 1 μF. When the ends X and Y are connected to a 6 V battery, find out (i) the charge and (ii) the energy stored in the network.


  • Question 16
    State the underlying principle of a potentiometer. Write two factors by which current sensitivity of a potentiometer can be increased. Why is a potentiometer preferred over a voltmeter for measuring the emf of a cell? VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 17

    (a) Define the term 'intensity of radiation' in terms of photon picture of light.

    (b) Two monochromatic beams, one red and the other blue, have the same intensity. In which case (i) the number of photons per unit area per second is larger, (ii) the maximum kinetic energy of the photoelectrons is more? Justify your answer.


  • Question 18

    (a) Give two reasons to explain why reflecting telescopes are preferred over refracting type.

    (b) Use mirror equation to show that convex mirror always produces a virtual image independent of the location of the object.


  • Question 19

    (a) Write the necessary conditions to obtain sustained interference fringes.

    (b) In Young's double slit experiment, plot a graph showing the variation of fringe width versus the distance of the screen from the plane of the slits keeping other parameters same. What information can one obtain from the slope of the curve?

    (c) What is the effect on the fringe width if the distance between the slits is reduced keeping other parameters same?


  • Question 20

    A series LCR circuit is connected across an a.c. source of variable angular frequency 'ω'. Plot a graph showing variation of current 'i' as a function of 'ω' for two resistances R1 and R2 (R1 > R2).

    Answer the following questions using this graph :

    (a) In which case is the resonance sharper and why?

    (b) In which case in the power dissipation more and why?


  • Question 21
    Draw the necessary energy band diagrams to distinguish between conductors, semiconductors and insulators.
    How does the change in temperature affect the behaviour of these materials ? Explain briefly. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 22
    (a) What are the three basic units in communication systems ? Write briefly the function of each of these.
    (b) Write any three applications of the Internet used in communication systems. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 23
    During a thunderstorm the 'live' wire of the transmission line fell down on the ground from the poles in the street. A group of boys, who passed through, noticed it and some of them wanted to place the wire by the side. As they were approaching the wire and trying to lift the cable, Anuj noticed it and immediately pushed them away, thus preventing them from touching the live wire. During pushing some of them got hurt. Anuj took them to a doctor to get them medical aid.

    Based on the above paragraph, answer the following questions :
    (a) Write the two values which Anuj displayed during the incident.
    (b) Why is it that a bird can sit on a suspended 'live' wire without any harm whereas touching it on the ground can give a fatal shock ?
    (c) The electric power from a power plant is set up to a very high voltage before transmitting it to distant consumers. Explain, why. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 24
    (a) Use Huygens' principle to show the propagation of a plane wavefront from a denser medium to a rarer medium. Hence find the ratio of the speeds of wavefronts in the two media.

    (b) (i) Why does an unpolarised light incident on a polaroid get linearly polarised ?

         (ii) Derive the expression of Brewster's law when unpolarised light passing from a rarer to a denser medium gets polarised on reflection at the inteface.

    A biconvex lens with its two faces of equal radius of curvature R is made of a transparent medium of refractive index μ1. It is kept in contact with a medium of refractive index μ2 as shown in the figure.

    (a) Find the equivalent focal length of the combination.
    (b) Obtain the condition when this combination acts as a diverging lens.
    (c) Draw the ray diagram for the case μ1 > (μ2 + 1) / 2, when the object is kept far away from the lens. Point out the nature of the image formed by the system. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 25
    Two infinitely long straight parallel wires, '1' and '2', carrying steady currents I1 and I2 in the same direction are separated by a distance d. Obtain the expression for the magnetic field B due to the wire '1' acting on wire '2'. Hence find out, with the help of a suitable diagram, the magnitude and direction of this force per unit length on wire '2' due to wire '1'. How does the nature of this force changes if the currents are in opposite direction? Use this expression to define the S.I. unit of current.


    Draw a necessary arrangement for winding of primary and secondary coils in a step-up transformer. State its underlying principle and derive the relation between the primary and secondary voltages in terms of number of primary and secondary turns. Mention the two basic assumptions used in obtaining the above relation.

    State any two causes of energy loss in actual transformers. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 26
    (a) State Kirchhoff's rules and explain on what basis they are justified.
    (b) Two cells of emfs E1 and E2 and internal resistances r1 and r2 are connected in parallel. Derive the expression for the (i) emf and (ii) internal resistance of a single equivalent cell which can replace this combination.

    (a) "The outward electric flux due to charge +Q is independent of the shape and size of the surface which encloses is." Give two reasons to justify this statement.
    (b) Two identical circular loops '1' and '2' of radius R each have linear charge densities −λ and +λ C/m respectively. The loops are placed coaxially with their centres R3 distance apart. Find the magnitude and direction of the net electric field at the centre of loop '1'. VIEW SOLUTION
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