CBSE Class 12

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 Multiple Choice QuestionsShort Answer Type


Obtain the relation between the decay constant and half-life of a radioactive sample.

The half-life of a certain radioactive material against straight alpha decay is 100 days. After how much time, will the undecayed fraction of the material be 6.25%?



(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.


 Multiple Choice QuestionsLong Answer Type


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. 


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 -and + C/m respectively. The loops are placed coaxially with their centre distance apart. Find the magnitude and direction of the net electric field at the centre of loop '1'.




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  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.

Consider a straight conductor XY lying in the plane of paper. Consider a point P at a perpendicular distance from the straight conductor.


Magnetic field induction (B) at a point P due to current I passing through conductor XY is given by,


where,  are the angles made by point X and Y respectively.

At the centre of the infinite long wire, 1 = 2 = 90o

So, magnetic field is given by, 

Magnetic field produced by current I1 at any point on conductor Rs is given by, 


Force acting on length l of the conductor RS will be,

An equal force is exerted into the wire PQ by the field of conductor RS which is given by, 

Thus, the force is attractive when the current is acting along the same direction. When, current flows in opposite direction, the forces between the two conductors are repulsive.

One Ampere is that value of constant current which when flowing through each of the two parallel uniform long conductors placed in free space at a distance of 1m from each other will attract or repel with a force of 2 10-7 Newton per metre of their length.



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.



(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 wavefront in the two media.

(b) (i) Why does an unpolarized light incident on a polaroid get linearly polarized ?

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



A biconvex lens with its two faces of equal radius of curvature R is made of a transparent medium of refractive index 1. It is kept in contact with a medium of refractive index 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 when the object is kept far away from the lens. Point out the nature of the image formed by the system.