Science Part I Solutions Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 1 Gravitation are provided here with simple stepbystep explanations. These solutions for Gravitation are extremely popular among Class 10 students for Science Gravitation Solutions come handy for quickly completing your homework and preparing for exams. All questions and answers from the Science Part I Solutions Book of Class 10 Science Chapter 1 are provided here for you for free. You will also love the adfree experience on Meritnationâ€™s Science Part I Solutions Solutions. All Science Part I Solutions Solutions for class Class 10 Science are prepared by experts and are 100% accurate.
Page No 14:
Question 1:
Study the entries in the following table and rewrite them putting the connected items in a single row.
I  II  III 
Mass  m/s^{2}  Zero at the centre 
Weight  kg  Measure of inertia 
Acceleration due to gravity

Nm^{2}/kg^{2}  Same in the entire universe 
Gravitational constant  N  Depends on height 
Answer:
I  II  III 
Mass  kg  Measure of inertia 
Weight  N  Zero at the centre 
Acceleration due to gravity  m/s^{2}  Depends on height 
Gravitational constant  Nm^{2}/kg^{2}  Same in the entire universe 
Page No 14:
Question 2:
Answer the following questions.
a. What is the difference between mass and weight of an object. Will the mass and weight of an object on the earth be same as their values on Mars? Why?
b. What are (i) free fall, (ii) acceleration due to gravity (iii) escape velocity (iv) centripetal force ?
c. Write the three laws given by Kepler. How did they help Newton to arrive at the inverse square law of gravity?
d. A stone thrown vertically upwards with initial velocity u reaches a height ‘h’ before coming down. Show that the time taken to go up is same as the time taken to come down.
e. If the value of g suddenly becomes twice its value, it will become two times more difficult to pull a heavy object along the floor. Why?
Answer:
a. Difference between mass and weight of an object is as follows:
S. No.  Mass  Weight 
1.  Mass is the amount of matter contained in a body.  Weight is the force exerted on a body due to the gravitational pull of another body such as Earth, the sun and the moon. 
2.  Mass is an intrinsic property of a body.  Weight is an extrinsic property of a body. 
3.  Mass is the measure of inertia.  Weight is the measure of force. 
4.  The mass of a body remains the same everywhere in the universe.  The weight of a body depends on the local acceleration due to gravity where it is placed. 
5.  The mass of a body cannot be zero.  The weight of a body can be zero. 
6.  The SI unit of mass is kilogram (kg).  Since weight is a force, its SI unit is newton (N). 
7.  The mass of a body can be measured using a beam balance and a pan balance.  The weight of a body can be measured using a spring balance and a weighing machine. 
The mass of an object on the Earth will be same as that on Mars but its weight on both the planets will be different. This is because the weight (W) of an object at a place depends on the acceleration due to gravity of that place i.e. $W=mg\mathrm{or}W\propto g$ and since the values of acceleration due to gravity on both the planets differ, thus the weight of the object will be different for both the planets.
b. (i) A body is said to be under free fall when no other force except the force of gravity is acting on it.
(ii) The acceleration with which an object moves towards the centre of Earth during its free fall is called acceleration due to gravity. It is denoted by the letter ‘g’. It is a constant for every object falling on Earth’s surface.
(iii) The minimum velocity required to project an object to escape from the Earth's gravitational pull is known as escape velocity. It is given as:
${v}_{e}=\sqrt{2gR}$
(iv) The force required to keep an object under circular motion is known as centripetal force. This force always acts towards the centre of the circular path.
c. Three laws given by Kepler is as follows:
First Law: The orbits of the planets are in the shape of ellipse, having the Sun at one focus.
Second Law: The area swept over per hour by the radius joining the Sun and the planet is the same in all parts of the planet’s orbit.
Third Law: The squares of the periodic times of the planets are proportional to the cubes of their mean distances from the Sun.
Newton used Kepler’s third law of planetary motion to arrive at the inversesquare rule. He assumed that the orbits of the planets around the Sun are circular, and not elliptical, and so derived the inversesquare rule for gravitational force using the formula for centripetal force. This is given as:
F = mv^{2}/ r^{ }...(i) where, m is the mass of the particle, r is the radius of the circular path of the particle and v is the velocity of the particle. Newton used this formula to determine the force acting on a planet revolving around the Sun. Since the mass m of a planet is constant, equation (i) can be written as:
F ∝ v^{2}/ r^{ }...(ii)
Now, if the planet takes time T to complete one revolution around the Sun, then its velocity v is given as:
v = 2πr/ T^{ }...(iii) where, r is the radius of the circular orbit of the planet
or, v ∝ r/ T ...(iv) [as the factor 2π is a constant]
On squaring both sides of this equation, we get:
v^{2} ∝ r^{2}/ T^{2}...(v)
On multiplying and dividing the righthand side of this relation by r, we get:
${v}^{2}\propto \frac{{r}^{3}}{{T}^{2}}\times \frac{1}{r}$ ...(vi)
According to Kepler’s third law of planetary motion, the factor r^{3}/ T^{2} is a constant. Hence, equation (vi) becomes:
v^{2} ∝ 1/ r...(vii)
On using equation (vii) in equation (ii), we get:
$F\propto \frac{1}{{r}^{2}}$
Hence, the gravitational force between the sun and a planet is inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.
d. For vertical upward motion of the stone:
S = h
u = u
v = 0
a = g
Let t be the time taken by the ball to reach height h. Thus, using second equation of motion, we have
$2gh={v}^{2}{u}^{2}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow u=\sqrt{2gh}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\mathrm{Now},\mathrm{from}\mathrm{first}\mathrm{equation}\mathrm{of}\mathrm{motion},\mathrm{we}\mathrm{have}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}v=ugt\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}t=\frac{u}{g}=\sqrt{\frac{2h}{g}}.....\left(\mathrm{i}\right)$
For vertical downward motion of the stone:
S = h
u = 0
a = g
Let v' be the velocity of the ball with which it hits the ground.
Let t' be the time taken by the ball to reach the ground. Thus, using second equation of motion, we have
$2gh=v{\text{'}}^{2}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow v\text{'}=\sqrt{2gh}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\mathrm{Now},\mathrm{from}\mathrm{first}\mathrm{equation}\mathrm{of}\mathrm{motion},\mathrm{we}\mathrm{have}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}v\text{'}=u+gt\text{'}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}t\text{'}=\frac{v\text{'}}{g}=\sqrt{\frac{2h}{g}}.....\left(\mathrm{ii}\right)$
Hence, from (i) and (ii), we observe that the time taken by the stone to go up is same as the time taken by it to come down.
e. Let the mass of the heavy object be m. Thus, the weight of the object or the pull of the floor on the object is
W = mg
Now, if g becomes twice, the weight of the object or the pull of the floor on the object also becomes twice i.e. W' = 2mg = 2W
Thus, because of doubling of the pull on the object due to the floor, it will become two times more difficult to pull it along the floor.
Page No 15:
Question 3:
Explain why the value of g is zero at the centre of the earth.
Answer:
At the centre of Earth, the force due to upper half of the Earth will cancel the force due to lower half. In the similar manner, force due to any portion of the Earth at the centre will be cancelled due to the portion opposite to it. Thus, the gravitational force at the centre on any body will be 0. Since, from Newton's law, we know
F = mg
Since, mass m of an object can never be 0. Therefore, when F = 0, g has to be 0. Thus, the value of g is zero at the centre of Earth.
Page No 15:
Question 4:
Let the period of revolution of a planet at a distance R from a star be T. Prove that if it was at a distance of 2R from the star, its period of revolution will be $\sqrt{8}$ T.
Answer:
From Kepler's third law of planetary motion, we have
${T}^{2}\propto {r}^{3}$ .....(i)
Thus, when the period of revolution of planet at a distance R from a star is T, then from (i), we have
${T}^{2}\propto {R}^{3}$ .....(ii)
Now, when the distance of the planet from the star is 2R, then its period of revolution becomes
${T}_{1}^{2}\propto (2R{)}^{3}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\mathrm{or}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}{T}_{1}^{2}\propto 8{R}^{3}.....(\mathrm{iii})$
Dividing (iii) by (ii), we get
$\frac{{T}_{1}^{2}}{{T}^{2}}=\frac{8{R}^{3}}{{R}^{3}}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow {T}_{1}=\sqrt{8}T$
Page No 15:
Question 5:
Solve the following examples.
a. An object takes 5 s to reach the ground from a height of 5 m on a planet. What is the value of g on the planet?
b.The radius of planet A is half the radius of planet B. If the mass of A is M_{A}, what must be the mass of B so that the value of g on B is half that of its value on A?
c. The mass and weight of an object on earth are 5 kg and 49 N respectively. What will be their values on the moon? Assume that the acceleration due to gravity on the moon is 1/6th of that on the earth.
d. An object thrown vertically upwards reaches a height of 500 m. What was its initial velocity? How long will the object take to come back to the earth? Assume g = 10 m/s^{2 }
e. A ball falls off a table and reaches the ground in 1 s. Assuming g = 10 m/s^{2}, calculate its speed on reaching the ground and the height of the table.
f. The masses of the earth and moon are 6 × 10^{24} kg and 7.4 × 10^{22} kg, respectively. The distance between them is 3.8 × 10^{5} km. Calculate the gravitational force of attraction between the two? Use G = 6.7 × 10^{–11} N m^{2} kg^{–2}
g. The mass of the earth is 6 × 10^{24} kg. The distance between the earth and the sun is 1.5 × 10^{11} m. If the gravitational force between the two is 3.5 × 10^{22} N, what us the mass of the sun? Use G = 6.7 × 10^{–11 }N m^{2} kg^{–2}
Answer:
a. Here, u = 0
S = 5 m
t = 5 s
From second equation of motion, we have
$S=ut+\frac{1}{2}g{t}^{2}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}5=\frac{1}{2}g(5{)}^{2}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}g=\frac{10}{25}=0.4\mathrm{m}/{\mathrm{s}}^{2}$
Hence, the value of g on the planet is 0.4 m/s^{2}.
b. The acceleration due to gravity of a planet is given as
$g=\frac{GM}{{r}^{2}}$
For planet A: ${g}_{\mathrm{A}}=\frac{G{M}_{\mathrm{A}}}{{r}_{\mathrm{A}}^{2}}$
For planet B: ${g}_{\mathrm{B}}=\frac{G{M}_{\mathrm{B}}}{{r}_{\mathrm{B}}^{2}}$
Now,
${g}_{\mathrm{B}}=\frac{1}{2}{g}_{\mathrm{A}}\left(\mathrm{Given}\right)\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\mathrm{or},\frac{G{M}_{\mathrm{B}}}{{r}_{\mathrm{B}}^{2}}=\frac{G{M}_{\mathrm{A}}}{2{r}_{\mathrm{A}}^{2}}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow {M}_{\mathrm{B}}=\frac{{M}_{\mathrm{A}}{r}_{\mathrm{B}}^{2}}{2{r}_{\mathrm{A}}^{2}}$
Given: ${r}_{\mathrm{A}}=\frac{1}{2}{r}_{\mathrm{B}}$
$\Rightarrow {M}_{\mathrm{B}}=\frac{{M}_{\mathrm{A}}{r}_{\mathrm{B}}^{2}}{2({\displaystyle \frac{1}{2}}{r}_{\mathrm{B}}{)}^{2}}=2{M}_{\mathrm{A}}$
Thus, the mass of planet B should be twice that of planet A.
c. Mass of the object on Earth, m = 5 kg
Weight of the object on Earth, W_{E} = 49 N
Weight of the object on Moon,
${W}_{\mathrm{M}}=\frac{1}{6}{W}_{\mathrm{E}}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow {W}_{\mathrm{M}}=\frac{49}{6}=8.17\mathrm{N}$
Mass of the object on Moon = 5 kg (since mass is independent of the place of observation)
d. For vertical upward motion of the object,
S = 500 m
g = $$10 m/s^{2}
v = 0
Let u be the initial velocity of the object. From third equation of motion, we have
${v}^{2}{u}^{2}=2aS\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow 0{u}^{2}=2\times 10\times 500\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow u=100\mathrm{m}/\mathrm{s}$
Now, let t_{1} be time taken by the object to reach at 500 m height. Thus,
$v=u+at\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow 0=10010\times {t}_{1}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}{t}_{1}=10\mathrm{s}$
For vertical downward motion of the object,
S = 500 m
g = 10 m/s^{2}
u = 0
Let t_{2} be the time taken by the object to come back to the Earth from height of 500 m.
From second equation of motion, we have
$S=ut+\frac{1}{2}a{t}^{2}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow 500=\frac{10}{2}\times {t}_{2}^{2}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow {t}_{2}=10\mathrm{s}$
Thus, the total time taken by the object to reach back to Earth = t_{1} + t_{2} = 20 s
e. Here, t =1 s
g = 10 m/s^{2}
u = 0
Let v be the velocity of the ball on reaching the ground.
Thus, from first equation of motion, we have
v = u + gt
$\Rightarrow $v = 10$\times $1 = 10 m/s
Hence, the speed of the object on reaching the ground is 10 m/s.
Let h be the height of the table. Thus, from second equation of motion, we have
$S=ut+\frac{1}{2}g{t}^{2}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow h=0+\frac{1}{2}\times 10\times {1}^{2}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow h=5\mathrm{m}$
Hence, the height of the table is 5 m.
f. The gravitational force between the Moon and the Earth can be found out using the formula,
$F=G\frac{{M}_{\mathrm{e}}{M}_{\mathrm{m}}}{{R}^{2}}$
where, M_{e} and M_{m} are the masses of the Earth and the Moon, respectively. Using all the given values, we have
$F=(6.7\times {10}^{11})\frac{(6\times {10}^{24})(7.4\times {10}^{22})}{(3.8\times {10}^{5}\times 1000{)}^{2}}=20.6\times {10}^{19}\simeq 2\times {10}^{20}\mathrm{N}$
g. The gravitational force between the Sun and the Earth can be found out using the formula,
$F=G\frac{{M}_{\mathrm{e}}{M}_{\mathrm{s}}}{{R}^{2}}$
where, M_{e} and M_{s} are the masses of the Earth and the Sun, respectively. Using all the given values, we have
$3.5\times {10}^{22}=(6.7\times {10}^{11})\frac{(6\times {10}^{24})\times {M}_{\mathrm{s}}}{(1.5\times {10}^{11}{)}^{2}}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}\Rightarrow {M}_{\mathrm{s}}=\frac{(3.5\times {10}^{22})\times (1.5\times {10}^{11}{)}^{2}}{(6.7\times {10}^{11})\times (6\times {10}^{24})}=1.96\times {10}^{30}\mathrm{kg}$
View NCERT Solutions for all chapters of Class 10