I.S.C. Board Question Paper Class XII – 2009

Physics (Theory)

Paper – 1

Candidates are allowed additional 15 minutes for only reading the paper. They must not start writing during this time.

General Instruction:

(i) Answer all question in Part I and six questions from Part II, choosing two questions from each of the Section A, B and C.

(ii) All working including rough work should be done on the same sheet as, and adjacent to the rest of the answer.

(iii) The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ]. Material to be supplied: Log tables including Trigonometric functions.

(iv) A list of useful physical constants is given at the end of this paper.

PART I  ( Compulsory )

Question 1

Answer all question briefly and to the point.


Explain the statement ‘relative permittivity of water is 81′.


Draw (at least three) electric lines of force due to an electric dipole.


Find the value of resistance X in the circuit below so that the junction M and N are at the same potential.



When the cold junction of a certain thermocouple was maintained at 20\,^0C , its neutral temperature was found to be 180\,^0C . Find its temperature of inversion.


State how the magnetic susceptibility of a ferromagnetic change when it is heated.


Write an equation of Lorentz force \vec{F} acting on a charged particle having charge q moving in a magnetic field B with a velocity \vec{v} in vector form.


What is the value of power factor in a series LCR circuit at resonance?


An a.c. generator generates an emf 'e' given by: e = 311 \sin (100 \,\pi t) \,volt. Find the rms value of the emf generated by the generator.


A ray LM of monochromatic light incident normally on one refracting surface AB of a regular glass prism ABC emerges in air from the adjacent surface AC as shown in Figure. Calculate the refractive index of the material of the prism.



Describe the absorption spectrum of Sodium.


A thin converging lens of focal length 15\,cm is kept in contact with a thin diverging lens of focal length 20\,cm. Find the focal length of this combination.


Can two sodium vapor lamps act as coherent sources? Explain in brief.


Why all over the world, giant telescopes are of reflecting type? State any one reason.


A ray of ordinary light is incident on a rectangular block of glass at Brewster’s angle. What is the angle between the reflected ray and the refracted ray of light?


Find the momentum of a photon of energy 3\,eV .


The half life of a certain radio active element is 8\,hours . If a pupil starts with 32\,g of this element, how much of the sample will be left behind at the end of one day?


If a hydrogen atom goes from III excited state to II excited state, what kind of radiation (visible light, ultra violet, infrared, etc.) is emitted?


Where in our universe is the thermonuclear energy being released naturally?


In which of the solids (semi-conductors, conductors or insulators) do conduction band and valence band overlap?


What is the symbol of a NOR gate?


Answer six questions in this part, choosing two questions from each of the Sections A, B and C.


(Answer any two questions)

Question 2


With the help of a labeled diagram, obtain an expression for the electric field intensity 'E' at a point P in broad side position (i.e. equatorial plane) of an electric dipole.


Find the electric charge Q_1 on plate of capacitor C_1, shown in Figure below:



(i) What is meant by: (1) Drift velocity and (2) Relaxation time?

(ii) A metallic plug AB is carrying a current I (see Figure below). State how the drift velocity of free electrons varies, if at all, from end A to end B.


Question 3


Figure below shows a uniform manganin wire XY of length 100\,cm and resistance 9\, \Omega , connected to an accumulator D of emf 4\,V and internal resistance 1\,\Omega through a variable resistance R, E is a cell of emf 1.8\,V connected to the wire XY via a jockey J and a central zero galvanometer G. It is found that the galvanometer shows no deflection when XJ = 80\,cm. Find the value of R.



Obtain an expression for magnetic flux density 'B' at the center of a circular coil of radius R and having N turns, when a current I is flowing through it.


(i) State any two differences between a moving coil galvanometer and a tangent galvanometer.

(ii) What is the use of a Cyclotron?

Question 4


What is meant by the time constant of an LR circuit? When the current flowing through a coil P decreases from 5\,A \to 0 \,A in 0.2\,second, an emf of 60\,V is induced across the terminals of an adjacent coil Q. Calculate the coefficient of mutual inductance of the two coils P and Q.


When an alternating emf e = 300 \,\sin(100\hspace{2pt} \pi t + \frac{\pi}{6}) \, volt is applied to a circuit, the current I through it is I = 5.0 \, \sin(100\, \pi t + \frac{\pi}{6}) \, ampere. Find the:

(i) Phase difference between the emf and the current.

(ii) Average power consumed by the circuit.


(Answer any two questions)

Question 5


In which part of the electromagnetic spectrum, do the following radiations lie:

(i) Having wavelength of 20\,nm.

(ii) Having frequency of 10\,MHz.


In Young’s double slit experiment, what is meant by ‘fringe width’ or ‘fringe separation’? State two ways of increasing the fringe width, without changing the source of light.


A thin convex lens which is made of glass ( refractive index 1.5\,second ) has a focal length of 20\,cm. It is now completely immersed in a transparent liquid having refractive index 1.75\,second. Find the new focal length of the lens.

Question 6


Draw a labeled graph showing the variation in intensity of light with distance in a single slit Fraunhofer diffraction experiment.


Give any two methods by which (ordinary) light can be polarized.


A point source of monochromatic light ‘S’ is kept at the center C of the bottom of a cylinder. Radius of the circular base of the cylinder is 50.0\,cm. The cylinder contains water ( refractive index = \frac{4}{3} ) to a height of 7.0\,cm. (see Figure below):


Find the area of water surface through which light emerges in air. ( Take \pi = \frac{22}{7} )

Question 7


An astronomical telescope consists of two convex lenses having focal length 80\,cm and 4\,cm. When it is in normal adjustment, what is its:

(i) Length

(ii) Magnifying power?


A convex lens of focal length 5\,cm is to be used as a simple microscope. Where should an object be kept so that image formed by the lens lies at least distance D of distinct vision ( D = 20\,cm )? Also calculate the magnifying power of this instrument in this set up.


What is meant by ‘Chromatic aberration’? A thin convex lens of focal length 30\,cm and made of flint glass ( dispersive power = 0.03 ) is kept in contact with a thin concave lens of focal length 20\,cm and made of crown glass. Calculate the dispersive power of crown glass if the above said combination acts as an achromatic doublet.


(Answer any two questions)

Question 8


Electrons, initially at rest, are passed through a potential difference of 2\,kV. Calculate their:

(i) Final velocity and

(ii) de Broglie wavelength


What are characteristic X rays? How are they different from continuous X rays? Give any one difference.


Wavelength of the 1st line (Ha) of Balmer series of hydrogen is 656.3\,nm. Find the wavelength of its 2nd line (Hb).

Question 9


Plot a labeled graph of |V_s| where |V_s| is stopping potential of photo-electrons versus frequency 'f' of incident radiation. How will you use this graph to determine the value of Planck’s constant? Explain.


(i) Define ‘unified atomic mass unit’.

(ii) Find the minimum energy which a gamma ray photon should possess so that it is capable of producing an electron positron pair.


Fission of U-235 nucleus releases 200 \,MeV of energy. Calculate the fission rate (i.e. no. of fission per second) in order to produce a power of 320 \,MW.

Question 10


Draw a neatly labelled circuit diagram of a Full Wave rectifier using two Junction diodes.


A sinusoidal voltage c = r_0 \sin (\omega t) is fed to a common emitter amplifier. Draw neatly labelled diagrams to show:

(i) Signal voltage

(ii) Output voltage of the amplifier.


Make a truth table showing input at A and B and output at X, Y and Z for the combination of gates shown in Figure below.




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