NCERT Notes (Science & Tech)

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Components of food
· Nutrients: Food component needed by our body

Type of food Nutrient Function Sources
Energy giving
Carbohydrate Provides energy Wheat, Rice, Bajra,
Papaya, Sugarcane. Melon,
Energy giving
Fat · Gives energy (more than
· Not soluble in water
· To build nerves and brain. The
brain is 40% fat.
· To insulate the body.
· To produce sex hormones and
adrenal cortex hormone
· To produce cholesterol (essential
for cell membranes and bile salts,
for example).
· To absorb certain vitamins (A, D,
E, and K).
· To store energy.
Mustard oil, coconut oil,
Milk, Ghee, Butter, Cream,
Body building
Protein Needed for growth and repair of
Pulses, egg, fish, paneer,
peas, soyabean, milk
Vitamins Protects against disease Fish, oil, Milk, carrot,
Body prepares Vitamin-D
from sunlight
Minerals Proper growth and good health
Needed in small quantity
Iodine: Spinach, Fish,
Phosphorus: Milk, banana
Iron: Radish, Apple
Calcium: Milk, Egg

Proteins are used by the body to:
· enable growth, development and repair.
· build structures such as muscles, tissues and organs, including the heart, lungs, digestive organs.
· enzymes, such as those required for digestion.
· hormones, such as those for the endocrine glands.
· Proteins, therefore, are needed not only for obvious body structures, such as muscles, but also for the immune and digestive systems, etc.
· Fat-soluble vitamins are vitamins A, D, E and K. Water-soluble vitamins include vitamins C and B.
· Fibre and water

Dietary Fiber/
· Do not provide any nutrient
· Add to food bulk and lubrication
· Help get rid of undigested food
· Nutrition for friendly bacteria in the colon.
Provided by plant
Whole grain, pulses,
potatoes, fresh fruits and
water · Absorb Nutrients
· Throws out wastes from body as urine and sweat.
From liquids like water,
milk and tea
  • Balance Diet: Provides all the nutrients that our body needs, in right quantities, along with adequate amount of roughage and water.
    · Cooking: Make food tastier and help digest easy
    · Fat causes obesity Trans fatty acids (TFAs) or Trans fats
    · Most harmful type of fats
    · Have much more adverse effects on our body than any other dietary constituent.
    · Artificially(largely) , also occurs naturally (in small amount).
    · Thus in our diet, these may be present as Artificial TFAs and/ or Natural TFAs.
    · Artificial TFAs are formed when hydrogen is made to react with the oil to produce fats resembling pure ghee/butter.
    · In our diet the major sources of artificial TFAs are the partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (PHVO)/Vanaspati/ margarine while the natural TFAs are present in meats and dairy products, though in small amounts.
    · PHVO is rather high in TFA, all food items prepared, baked or fried by using Vanaspati/Margarine contain TFA. These include: Cakes and Pastries; Patty, Rusk; Fried Aloo Chaat , AlooTikki (prepared in ‘Vanaspati’), Sweets (Mithai) (prepared in ‘Vanaspati’), Cookies / biscuits, French fries, Potato chips, Bhatura, Samosa, Parantha, etc.
    Harmful effects
    · Higher risk of heart disease than saturated fats. While saturated fats raise total cholesterol levels, TFAs not only raise total cholesterol levels but also reduce the good cholesterol (HDL), which helps to protect us against heart disease.
    · Higher risk of developing obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, infertility, certain types of cancers and can also lead to compromised fetal development causing harm to the yet to be born baby.

Why they are increasingly being used?
· TFA containing oils can be preserved longer, they give the food the desired shape and texture and can easily substitute ‘Pure ghee’.
· These are comparatively far lower in cost and thus add to profit/saving.
Deficiency disease

· Deficiency of protein causes stunted growth, swelling of face, discoloration of hair, skin diseases and diarrhea.
· If food is deficient in both carbohydrates and proteins, the growth may stop completely, a person becomes very lean,
thin and so weak that he/she may not even be able to move.

Testing for nutrient presence in food

Fat · Oily patch when rubbed on paper
Carbohydrates · Mainly in form of starch and sugar
· Iodine solution for testing starch
· Turns blue-black
Protein · The biuret test used for detecting the presence of peptide bonds and hence protein.
· Copper sulphate and caustic soda solution
· Turns violet

Cell-Structure and Function
· Discovery of cell- Robert Hook
· Cell: Basic structural units of living organisms.
· The egg of a hen represents a single cell and is big enough to be seen by the unaided eye
· Egg of ostrich is the largest cell
· Pseudopodia in amoeba help capture food and movement, it changes shape.
· A white blood cell (WBC) in human blood is a single cell which can change its shape.
· The size of the cells has no relation with the size of the body of the animal or plant but related to its

Cell structure and function
Parts of cell

Cell membrane/Plasma
· Covering around cell found in both plants and animals
· Separates cells from one another and also the cell from the surrounding medium.
· Is porous and allows the movement of substances or materials both inward and outward.
Cell wall · Additional covering around cell membrane in plants only, gives shape and rigidity to cell
· required by the plants for protection against variations in temperature, high wind speed, atmospheric moisture
· Bacteria cell also has cell wall
Cytoplasm Jelly like substance between cell membrane and nucleus
Nucleus · spherical and located in the centre of the cell.
· Separated from the cytoplasm by a membrane called the nuclear membrane.
· Nuclear membrane is porous and allows movement of materials
· Contains nucleolos and chromosome (containing gene)
· Nucleus, in addition to its role in inheritance, acts as control centre of the
activities of the cell.
Vacuoles · Blank looking structure in cytoplasm
· Plant cells have large central vacuole
· Vacuoles in animal cells are much smaller and larger in number
Plastids · Small colored bodies in the cytoplasm
· Green pigment: Chlorophyll
· Found only in plants
Cell Organelles · Various other components called cell organelles are present in cytoplasm
like mitochondria, ribosome, golgi bodies.
· Mitochondria – Powerhouse of cell
· Lysosome: Suicidal bag
  • The entire content of a living cell is known as protoplasm. It includes the cytoplasm and the nucleus.
    Protoplasm is called the living substance of the cell
    · The cells having nuclear material without nuclear membrane are termed prokaryotic cells.(pro : primitive; karyon: nucleus). Examples are bacteria and blue green algae.
    · Cells having well organised nucleus with a nuclear membrane are designated as eukaryotic cells. All organisms other than bacteria and blue green algae are called eukaryotes.

Movement of Human Body
Joints: Places where two parts of body are joined like elbow, shoulder, neck We can move only those parts where bones meet.
· Ball and socket joint: Allows movement in all direction. Eg: At arm and shoulder
· Pivotal Joint: Neck and head, allows forward and backward movement, cylindrical bone rotates in a ring
· Hinge Joint: open and closing of door, allows move back and forth, eg. At elbow
· Fixed Joint: Bones cannot move at these joints.
Skeleton: Framework of body made of bones, gives shape to body
Earthworm does not have bones
Birds: Their bones are hallow and light. The bones of the hind limbs are typical for walking and perching.
The bony parts of the forelimbs are modified as wings. The shoulder bones are strong. The breastbones are modified to hold muscles of flight which are used to move the wings up and down
Fish: Streamlined body – body tapering at both ends, front and back are smaller than the middle portion.
This shape allows water to flow easily and let fish move easily in water
Nutrients in Plants
· Carbon dioxide taken from air through pores in leaves called stomata. Pores surrounded by guard cells
· Chlorophyll : Green pigment in leaves, helps leaves capture energy from sunlight
· Pitcher plant: pitcher is modified leaf
· Population Interaction “Environment”
Nutrition in Animals
Human Digestive System
Nutrition is a complex process involving: (i) ingestion, (ii) digestion, (iii) absorption, (iv) assimilation and (v) egestion.
Alimentary Canal (Digestive tract) Compartments
(1) the buccal cavity, (2) foodpipe or oesophagus, (3) stomach, (4) small intestine, (5) large intestine ending in the rectum and (6) the anus.
· The digestive tract and the associated glands together constitute the digestive system.
· Saliva (salivary amylase) breaks down the starch into sugars
· The pancreas and salivary gland make amylase (alpha amylase) to hydrolyse dietary starch into disaccharides and disaccharides which are converted by other enzymes to glucose to supply the body with energy. (Starch -> Disachharides/Trischharides -> Glucose)
· Food is pushed down by movement of the wall of the food pipe
· The stomach is a thick-walled bag. Its shape is like a flattened U and it is the widest part of alimentary canal.
· The inner lining of the stomach secretes mucous, hydrochloric acid and digestive juices.
· The mucous protects the lining of the stomach.
· The acid kills many bacteria that enter along with the food and makes the medium in the stomach acidic and helps the digestive juices to act.
· The digestive juices break down the proteins into simpler substances.
· Small Intestine: highly coiled and is about 7.5 metres long.
· Villi: Finger-like outgrowths in small intestine, help in food absorption
· Liver: Reddish brown, largest gland, lies in upper part of abdomen on right side

Secrets bile juice that is stored in a sac called gall bladder
· Bile help in digestion of fat
· Pancreas- below stomach, pancreatic juice acts on carbohydrates, fats and proteins and changes them in simpler form.
· Carbohydrates get broken into simple sugars such as glucose,
· Fats into fatty acids and glycerol,
· Proteins into amino acids
· The digested food is absorbed in the blood vessels from the small intestine.
· The absorbed substances are transported to different parts of the body
· Large Intestine: wider and shorter than small intestine, absorb water and some salts from the undigested food material.
· The undigested and unabsorbed residues are expelled out of the body as faeces through the anus
· Digestion of carbohydrates, like starch, begins in the buccal cavity.
· The digestion of protein starts in the stomach.
· The bile secreted from the liver, the pancreatic juice from the pancreas and the digestive juice from the intestinal wall complete the digestion of all components of food in the small intestine.
· Amoeba ingests its food with the help of its false feet or pseudopodia. The food is digested in the food vacuole
Digestion in grass eating animals
· The grazing animals like cows, buffaloes and deer are known as ruminants.
· Ruminants have a large sac-like structure called rumen between the oesophagus and the small intestine. The cellulose of the food is digested here by the action of certain bacteria which are not present in humans.
· Cud- Partially digested food in rumen
· Cud returns to mouth and then chewed by animal- this is called rumination.
· Humans cannot digest cellulose
· Cellular respiration: Breakdown of food in the cell with the release of energy
· Aerobic respiration: Breakdown of glucose occurs with the use of oxygen
· Anaerobic respiration: Food can also be broken down, without using oxygen.
· In the absence of oxygen, glucose breaks down into alcohol and carbon dioxide.
· Yeasts respire anaerobically and yield alcohol, therefore, used to make wine and beer.
· Our muscle cells can also respire anaerobically, but only for a short time, when there is a temporary deficiency of oxygen. During heavy exercise, fast running, cycling, walking for many hours or heavy weight lifting, the demand for energy is high. But the supply of oxygen to produce the energy is limited. Then anaerobic respiration takes places in the muscle cells to fulfil the demand of energy when muscle cells respire anaerobically. The partial breakdown of glucose
produces lactic acid. The accumulation of lactic acid causes muscle cramps.
· Inhalation: Ribs move up and outwards and diaphragm moves down. This movement increases space in our chest cavity and air rushes into the lungs. The lungs get filled with air.
· Exhalation: Ribs move down and inwards, while diaphragm moves up to its former position. This reduces the size of the chest cavity and air is pushed out of the lungs
· Breathing in Insects: through spiracles (opening on the sides to take air in) and trachea for exchange of air. Tracheal system found only in insects and not in other animals.
· Frog and earthworm can breathe through their skins.

  • Fish respires through gills.

Transportation in Plants and Animals
Circulatory system
Blood: Transports substances like digested food from the small intestine to the other parts of the body.
It carries oxygen from the lungs to the cells of the body. It also transports waste for removal from the body.
Blood components

Plasma The fluid part of the blood
Red Blood Cell (RBC) Contain a red pigment called haemoglobin. Haemoglobin
binds with oxygen and transports it to all the parts of the body
White Blood Cell (WBC) Fight germs that may enter our body
Platelets Helps in blood clotting

Blood vessels

Arteries (carry blood from heart) Vein (Carry blood to heart)
Carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to all
parts of the body.
Since the blood flow is rapid and at a high
pressure, the arteries have thick elastic walls.
Carry carbon dioxide-rich blood from all parts of the
body back to the heart.
The veins have thin walls. Valves present in veins allow
blood to flow only towards the heart.
Pulmonary artery
carries blood from the heart, so it is called an
artery and not a vein. It carries carbon
dioxide-rich blood to the lungs.
Pulmonary vein
carries oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the heart.

Four chambers- Upper chambers are called the atria and the two lower chambers are called the ventricles
· Sponges and Hydra do not possess any circulatory system. The water in which they live brings food and oxygen as it enters their bodies. The water carries away waste materials and carbon dioxide as it moves out. Thus, these animals do not need a circulatory fluid like the blood.
Excretory system in Humans
· Kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra form the excretory system.
· An adult human being normally passes about 1-1.8 L of urine in 24 hours. The urine consists of 95% water, 2.5% urea and 2.5% other waste products.
Transportation in Plants
· Xylem: Water and minerals from root to plant parts
· Phloem: Food from leaf to plant parts

Reproduction in Plants
Flowers are the reproductive part of plant, Flowers may have male, female or both parts.

Sexual Asexual
From seeds Without production of seeds.

Asexual reproduction types
· Vegetative reproduction : Asexual, produced from vegetative parts like stem, leaves, buds
Roots of some plants can also give rise to new plants such as sweet potato and dahlia
· Budding: Eg yeast, buds produced and separated
3. Fragmentation: Eg: Algae breaks up into fragments.
4. Spore Formation: in Mosses, ferns
Sexual Reproduction
· Stamens are male reproductive part and Pistil female reproductive part.
· The flowers which contain either only the pistil or only the stamens are called unisexual flowers. Eg: Corn, papaya and cucumber
· The flowers which contain both stamens and pistil are called bisexual flowers. Eg: mustard, rose and petunia
· Anther contains pollen grains which produce male gametes.
· A Pistil consists of stigma, style and ovary. The ovary contains one or more ovules. The female gamete or the egg is formed in an ovule
· Pollination: Transfer of pollen from the anther(stamen) to the stigma (pistil) of a flower. This takes place in the angiosperms, the flower bearing plants.
· If the pollen lands on the stigma of the same flower it is called self-pollination
· Cross-pollination: When the pollen of a flower lands on the stigma of another flower of the same plant, or that of a different plant of the same kind.
· Fertilization: In sexual reproduction a male and a female gamete fuse to form a zygote. This fusion is called fertilization. From zygote embryo is formed.
· Secretion of sweat glands and sebaceous glands (oil glands) increases at puberty causes acne
· Female hormone or estrogen makes the breasts develop.
· Hormones for pituitary gland stimulates testes and ovaries to release testosterone (by testes in male) and estrogen (by ovary in female). These causes secondary male and female sexual characteristics .
· Pituitary gland is endocrine and is attached to the brain.
· All human beings have 23 pairs of chromosomes in the nuclei of their cells. Two chromosomes out of these are the sex chromosomes, named X and Y.
· A female has two X chromosomes, while a male has one X and one Y chromosome
· The gametes (egg and sperm) have only one set of chromosomes.
· The unfertilized egg always has one X chromosome, but sperms are of two kinds X and Y
· X +X gives female child while X+Y gives male child. Thus father determine the sex of baby.
Endocrine Glands: Release hormones directly into the bloodstream, also termed ductless glands.
Some Endocrine glands

Gland Hormone Function
Thyroid and adrenals secrete their hormones when they receive orders from the pituitary through its hormones. Pituitary also secretes growth hormone which is necessary for the normal growth of a person
Testes Testosterone Sex hormone in male
Ovary Estrogen Sex hormone in female
Thyroid Thyroxine Deficiency causes goiter
Pancreas Insulin Deficiency causes diabetes
Adrenal Adrenalin A hormone that maintain correct salt balance in body
Adrenalin: helps body to adjust to stress

Metamorphosis (sudden change when growing up like tadpole to frog) in insects is controlled by insect hormones. In a frog, it is controlled by thyroxine, the hormone produced by thyroid. Thyroxine production requires the presence of iodine in water. If the water in which the tadpoles are growing does not contain sufficient iodine, the tadpoles cannot become adults
· Milk is balanced food in itself
· Iron builds blood and iron-rich food such as leafy vegetables, jaggery, meat, citrus, Indian gooseberry (amla) are good for adolescents
Reproduction in Animals
Mode of reproduction

Sexual Asexual
Male and female gametes fuse to form zygote No zygote formation

Sexual Reproduction
Male reproductive organs-
· Testes, Two sperm ducts, Penis
· Testes produce the male gametes called sperms
Female reproductive organs
· Pair of ovaries, oviducts (fallopian tubes) and the uterus
· Ovary produces female gamete called ova(egg)
Process of reproduction
· Fertilization: Fusion of sperm and ovum forming zygote
Fertilization which takes place inside the female body is called internal fertilization. Internal fertilization occurs in many animals including humans, cows, dogs and hens.
· IVF or in vitro fertilization(fertilization outside the body). Placed inside the uterus after 1 week.
Babies born are called test tube baby.
· Fusion of a male and a female gamete takes place outside the body of the female is called external fertilization. Common in aquatic animals such as fish, starfish, etc.
· Embryo formation
· Foetus – when all part of body can be identified.
· The animals which give birth to young ones are called viviparous animals.
· Those animals which lay eggs are called oviparous animals
The transformation of the larva into an adult through drastic changes is called metamorphosis.
Asexual Reproduction
· Single parent is involved
· Budding: Individual develops from buds, eg: Hydra
· Binary Fission: Breaking into two parts. Eg: amoeba
First mammal to be cloned- Dolly sheep by Ian Wilmot
India’s only double coconut tree artificially pollinated
· It bears the largest seed known to science.
· Pollinated by scientists of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI).
Double coconut tree ( Lodoicea maldivica ):
· It is one of the rare and globally threatened species of palm. The tree was planted at the botanical garden in 1894.
· The tree took almost a hundred years to mature.
· The Double Coconut tree not only bears the largest seed known to science — weighing around 25 kg — but this unique species is also the longest surviving palm which can live for as long as 1,000 years.
· The tree also bears the largest leaf among palms and one leaf can thatch a small hut.
· This species of palm is diecious (where male and female flowers are borne on different plants).
· The palm tree is located in the large palm house of the Botanical Garden which has the largest collection of palms in South East Asia with around 110 palm species.
· This rare tree can be found in only two of the 115 Seychelles islands and is also called Coco de Mer (coconut of the sea).
Fibres: Thin strands of thread. Fabric made of yarns, yarn made of fibers. Cotton, for example, is a polymer called cellulose. Cellulose is made up of a large number of glucose units
Fibre types

Natural Man-made/artificial/synthetic
Obtained from plants and animals Produced chemically
Animal fibre: Silk, Wool,
Plants fibre: Cotton, jute
Nylon, Polyster, acrylic

Wool is obtained from the fleece of sheep or goat. It is also obtained from the hair of rabbits, yak and camels. Silk fibre is drawn from the cocoon of silkworm
· Grown in black soil and warm climate
· Ginning: Separating cotton fiber from seeds by combing Jute
· Obtained from stem of Jute plants
· Grown in Bihar, West Bengal and Assam

Harvested at flowering stage
Animal Fibres

Wool · Sheep, goat, yak, camel, rabbit hair bearing animals
· Hair traps of a lot of air and air being poor conductor of heat keeps warm
· Yak wool is common in Tibet and Ladakh
· Angora wool obtained from Angora rabbit
· Mohair from Angora goat
· Cashmere from Cashmere goat
· Pashmina shawl from Pashmina goat (Kashmir)
· Camelids- Llama and Alpaca found in S America also yield wool.
Silk · Sericulture: rearing of silkworm for obtaining silk
· Silk worm life history: egg àCaterpillar/silkworm àPupa (with silk protein covering called cocoon)à moth
· Silk yarn is as strong as steel, obtained from cocoon
· Types of silk: Tassar, Mulberry(most common), Mooga, Kosa, Eri
· China leads in silk production

Steps involved in processing fibre into wool
· Shearing: Shaving the animals, done in summer
· Scouring: Washing the sheared wool to remove dirt
· Sorting: different textures
· Picking small flluffy fibres called burrs, scoured again and then drawn into fibers
· Dying in colors
· Straightened, combed, and rolled into yarn
Anthrax disease:
· Caused by Bacillus Anthracis bacteria
· Also called Sorter’s disease in wool industry.
· It affects animals more than men through contact with infected animals, wool, meat, etc.
· Spread by spores.
Use in Bioterrorism:
· Used in biological warfare by agents and by terrorists to intentionally infect.
· It was spread in US through a mail. It killed 5 people and made 22 sick.
Synthetic Fibre

· Obtained from unnatural source, woodpulp.
· Cheaper than silk, can be dyed, mixed with cotton to make bed sheets or mixed with wool to make carpets
Nylon · Using coal, water and air
· First fully synthetic fibre
· Strong, elastic and light , lustrous and easy to wash
· Used in manufacture of rope, parachute, belt,
· Nylon thread is stronger than steel
Polyester · Does not get wrinkled easily, remain crisp and easy to wash
· Terylene is a popular polyester
· PET(Polyethylene terephthalate) is also a polyster used in making bottles, utensils, films, wire·         Polyster- Poly+ester (repeating unit of ester)

·         Ester are chemicals which gives fruit their smell.

·         Fabrics like polycot polywool etc are made by mixing polyster with cotton and wool respectively.

Acrylic · Artificial polymer  (polyacrylonitrile) fibre,  resembles wool


Disadvantage of synthetic fiber
· They melt on heating hence not suitable while working in kitchen as it catches fire easily and stick to body
· All the synthetic fibres are prepared by a number of processes using raw materials of petroleum origin,
called petrochemicals.


  • Are also polymer- can be linear or cross linked Can be molded in all shape and sizes, recycled, reused, coloured, melted, rolled into sheets or made into wires
  • Polythene(Poly+ethene) is an example of a plastic. It is used for making commonly used polythene bags.
Thermoplastic Thermosetting
· Get deformed easily on
heating, bent easily
Eg. Polythene, polypropylene
and PVC
· Used in making toys, combs,
· When moulded once, cannot be softened by heating
· Eg: bakelite and melamine.
· Bakelite is a poor conductor of heat and electricity, used for
making electrical switches, handles of utensils, etc.
· Melamine- a versatile material. Resists fire and can tolerate heat
better than other plastics. Used for making floor tiles,
kitchenware and fabric
s which resist fire. Uniform of fireman
have coating of melamine

Characteristics of plastic
· light weight, lower price, good strength and easy handling and durable
· Non-reactive: do not react with water and air, do not corrode
· Poor conductor – Teflon is a special plastic on which oil and water do not stick. It is used for nonstick coating on cookwares Polypropylene
· High-grade plastic and a by-product in crude oil refining.
· A thermoplastic polymer
· Used in packing and labeling, textiles, stationery, furniture, vehicles.
· Would greatly help in production of lighter vehicles that would offer enhanced mileage.
· Does not get damaged by water exposure because its moisture absorption is very low.
· Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL) recently dispatched its first consignment of polypropylene pearls — Mangpol — manufactured at its recently commissioned polypropylene unit, to one of its dealers, Petrotech Products in Bengaluru.
· MRPL is the only refinery in South India producing polypropylene. Indian Oil Corporation’s Panipat refinery is the other major producer of polypropylene in the country.

Acid Bases and Salts
· has sour taste, eg: curd, lemon, juice,
· Indicators are used test the substance as acid or base.
· Natural indicators: Turmeric, litmus, china rose petals (Gudhal)

Bases (turns litmus Blue)
· bitter in taste and feel soapy
· Litmus-Natural indicator obtained from lichens, when added acidic solution turns red, when basic solution added turns blue. Available as red and blue litmus paper
· Lime water is made from mixing lime (chuna) in water
· China rose indicator turns acidic solutions to dark pink (magenta) and basic solutions to green
· Neutralization: Reaction between an acid and a base, Salt and water are produced with the evolution of heat
Neutralization in everyday life:
· Indigestion: Too much acid causes indigestion, antacid such as milk of magnesia containing magnesium
hydroxide taken to neutralize.
· Ant Bite: Formic acid in ant bite neutralized by rubbing moist baking soda (sodium hydrogen carbonate) or calamine solution, which contains zinc carbonate
· Soil treatment
· Too acidic soil is treated with bases like quick lime (calcium oxide) or slaked lime (calcium hydroxide)
· If the soil is basic, organic matter is added to it. Organic matter releases acids.
Metals and Non-metals
· Metals: hard, lustrous, malleable, ductile, sonorous and good conductors of heat and electricity

Non-metals: which does not possess above quality.
· Metals like sodium and potassium are soft and can be cut with a knife.
· Mercury is the only metal which is found in liquid state at room temperature
Chemical properties of metals and non-metals

Properties Metals Non-metals
Oxidation Metal oxide are basic in nature Generally oxides of non-metals are
acidic in nature
Reaction with
Reacts with water Do not react with water though they
may be very reactive in air.
Reaction with
React with acids and produce hydrogen
gas that burns with a ‘pop’ sound.
Generally do not react with acids
Reaction with
Metals react with sodium hydroxide to
produce hydrogen gas.
Reactions of non-metals with bases
are complex.
  • Sodium metal is very reactive. It reacts vigorously with oxygen and water. A lot of heat is generated in the reaction. It is, therefore, stored in kerosene.
    · Phosphorus is a very reactive non-metal. It catches fire if exposed to air, hence kept inside water.
    · More reactive metal can replace a less reactive metal, but a less reactive one cannot replace a more reactive metal.
    Mercury (Hg)
    · Common names: Quicksilver, hydrargyrum.
    · Only metal in liquid form at std. temperature and pressure.
    · The only other element that is liquid under these conditions is bromine.
    · Occurrence: Cinnabar (mercuric sulfide).
    · Mercury poisoning can result from exposure to water-soluble forms of mercury (such as mercuric chloride or methylmercury), inhalation of mercury vapor, or eating seafood contaminated with mercury.
    · Usages: In thermometers, barometers, manometers, sphygmomanometers, float valves, mercury switches, mercury relays, fluorescent lamps and other devices.
    · It is also used in lighting: electricity passed through mercury vapor in a fluorescent lamp produces short-wave ultraviolet light which then causes the phosphor in the tube to fluoresce, making visible light.
    · Mercury is a very rare element in the Earth’s crust. It accounts for only about only 0.08 parts per million (ppm).
    · It is a relativelypoor conductor of heat. Most metals are excellent thermal conductors.
    Effects of Mercury on Health:
    · Exposure to mercury – even small amounts – may cause serious health problems, and is a threat to the development of the child in uterus and early in life.
    · Toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes.
    · Considered by WHO as one of the top ten chemicals or groups of chemicals of major public health concern.
    · People are mainly exposed to methylmercury, an organic compound, when they eat fish and shellfish that contain the compound

Disease caused: Minamata Disease
· International Convention: Minamata Convention on Mercury
Coal and Petroleum
· Coal is processed in industry to get some useful products such as coke, coal tar and coal gas

Coke · Tough, porous and black, almost pure carbon
· Used in manufacture of steel
· Black, thick liquid, with unpleasant smell
· Used as starting materials for manufacturing various substances used in everyday
life and in industry, like synthetic dyes, drugs, explosives, perfumes, plastics, paints,
photographic materials, roofing materials, naphthalene balls , etc.
· obtained during the processing of coal to get coke
· Used as fuel

· Petrol and diesel are obtained from a natural resource called petroleum
· Petroleum was formed from organisms living in the sea.
· The world’s first oil well was drilled in Pennsylvania, USA, in 1859. Eight years later, in 1867, oil was
stuck at Makum in Assam. In India, oil is found in Assam, Gujarat, Mumbai High and in the river basins of Godavari and Krishna
· Petroleum is a dark oily liquid. It has an unpleasant odour. It is a mixture of various constituents such as petroleum gas, petrol, diesel, lubricating oil, paraffin wax, etc.
· The process of separating the various constituents fractions of petroleum is known as refining
· ‘Petrochemicals’ are used in the manufacture of detergents, fibres (polyester, nylon, acrylic etc.), polythene and other man-made plastics.
· Hydrogen gas obtained from natural gas, is used in the production of fertilisers (urea).
· Due to its great commercial importance, petroleum is also called ‘black gold.

Natural Gas
· Easy to transport through pipes
· Stored under high pressure in form of CNG
· Used in fuel, less polluting, cleaner
· Used as a starting material for the manufacture of a number of chemicals and fertilisers.
· India has vast reserves of natural gas found in Tripura, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and in the Krishna Godavari delta
Changes- Physical and Chemical
Physical changes-Shape, size, colour and state of a substance are called its physical properties.
· A change in which a substance undergoes a change in its physical properties is called a physical change.
· Generally reversible.
· No new substance is formed

Crystallization: Some substances can be obtained in pure state from their solutions by crystallization
Chemical Change: A change in which one or more new substances are formed.
· Rusting: Presence of both water and oxygen required. Salt water makes rusting faster.
Method to prevent rusting:
· Galvanization: Depositing a layer of zinc on iron. It prevents iron pipes from rusting.
· Alloy: Stainless steel is made by mixing iron with carbon and metals like chromium, nickel and manganese to prevent rusting. Stainless steels are iron alloys with a minimum of 10.5% chromium.
Other alloying elements are added to enhance their structure and properties such as formability, strength and cryogenic toughness. These include Metals such as:
o Nickel
o Molybdenum
o Titanium
o Copper

· Non-metal additions are also made, the main ones being:
o Carbon
o Nitrogen
· Painting on the metals

· A chemical process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give off heat
· Matchstick contains antimony trisulphide and potassium chlorate. Rubbing surface has red phosphorus
Why water control fire?
· Water cools the combustible material so that its temperature is brought below its ignition temperature.
· This prevents the fire from spreading. Water vapors also surround the combustible material, helping in cutting off the supply of air. So, the fire is extinguished.
· Three essential requirement for combustion: Fuel, Oxygen, Ignition temperature,
· Fire extinguisher: Contains carbon dioxide, mostly used for electrical fire. CO2 being heavier than
oxygen, covers the fire like a blanket. Since the contact between the fuel and oxygen is cut off, the fire is controlled. The added advantage of CO2 s that in most cases it does not harm the electrical equipment.
Caron dioxide is stored in compressed liquid form, so when released expands enormously providing cooling effect too.
· Dry powder of chemicals like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or potassium bicarbonate also used in extinguishing fire . Near the fire, these chemicals give off CO2.
· Flames: The substances which vaporize during burning, give flame. Eg: kerosene, wax
· Charcoal does not vaporize and hence does not give flame
· Outermost part of candle flame is hottest. Blue flame is hotter than red.
· Fuels in decreasing order of calorific value:

Hydrogen > LPG > CNG=Methane > Diesel=Kerosene=Petrol > Biogas > coal > wood > cow dung
· CNG – Mostly methane
· LPG – Propane + Butane

Forces and Pressure
Application of force changes state of motion or shape of object
Contact Forces: Force applied in contact with object
Muscular forces
Friction: Always acts on all the moving objects and its direction is always opposite to the direction of motion.
Non-contact Forces: Force applied without being in contact with object
Magnetic force

Electrostatic force
Gravitational force
Liquids exert pressure on the walls of the container and equal pressure at same depth.
Factors affecting friction
Surface smoothness: rough surface more friction. Friction is caused by interlocking of
irregularities on the surfaces
Pressure increases friction
Also depends on the shape of the object and the nature of the fluid.
Substances which reduce friction are called lubricant
Rolling friction
Wheels reduce friction
Rolling friction is applied when two body rolls
Rolling friction < sliding friction <static friction
Rolling friction provided by ball bearing
The frictional force exerted by fluids is also called drag.


Rectilinear motion Straight line
Circular In circle
Periodic Repeating


Uniform Motion Non uniform motion
Speed does not vary Varying speed

The materials which get attracted towards magnet are magnetic – for example, iron, nickel or cobalt, Lodestone. The materials which are not attracted towards a magnet are non-magnetic
All magnets have two poles whatever their shape may be- North and South
Magnets lose their properties if they are heated, hammered or dropped from some height.
Magnets become weak if they are not stored properly
Magnets should be kept in pairs with their unlike poles on the same side. They must be
separated by a piece of wood while two pieces of soft iron should be placed across their ends
Keep magnets away from cassettes, mobiles, television, music system, compact disks (CDs) and the computer. Very strong magnet can destroy the hard drive inside a PC.
When electric current passes through a wire, it behaves like a magnet
Electric Current
Water is good conductor of electricity as it contains minerals, but distilled water is free of salts and hence bad conductor of electricity.
Most liquids that conduct electricity are solutions of acids, bases and salts.
Electroplating: The process of depositing a layer of any desired metal on another material by means of

Chromium has a shiny appearance. It does not corrode. It resists scratches. However, chromium is
expensive and it may not be economical to make the whole object out of chromium
Zinc coating (galvanization) on iron to prevent corrosion
The electrical charges generated by rubbing are static. They do not move by themselves. When
charges move, they constitute an electric current.
Electroscope: used to determine if and object is charged or not.
Similar charges repel, opposite charges attract each other
The process of transferring of charge from a charged object to the earth is called earthing. Earthing is
provided in buildings to protect us from electrical shocks due to any leakage of electrical current.
The Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, has developed knowhow to make quake proof


When a glass rod is rubbed with a piece of silk cloth the glass rod becomes positively charged while
the silk cloth has a negative charge.

Law of reflection

Law of reflection
r=i (angle of reflection=angle of incidence) the incident ray, the normal at the point of incidence and the reflected ray all lie in the same plane.

Regular Reflection: Parallel rays reflected by smooth surface are also parallel and produce images

Irregular or diffused reflection: All parallel rays reflected from the irregular surface are not parallel.
The objects which emit their own light are known as luminous objects.
The objects which shine in the light of other objects are called illuminated objects.
Periscopes are used in submarines, tanks and also by soldiers in bunkers to see things outside.
This idea of number of images formed by mirrors placed at an angle to one another is used in a kaleidoscope to make numerous beautiful patterns. Designers of wallpapers and fabrics and artists use kaleidoscopes to get ideas for new patterns.
Structure of Human eye

Outer coat of the eye is white, tough so that it can protect the interior of the eye from accidents.
Cornea: Transparent front part
Iris: Behind the cornea a dark muscular structure. It gives distinctive colour to eye. It controls the amount of light entering into the eye.
Pupil: Small opening in Iris. The size of the pupil is controlled by the iris.
Lens: Behind the pupil thicker in the center.
Retina: The lens focuses light on the back of the eye, on a layer called retina. Retina contains several nerve cells. Sensations felt by the nerve cells are then transmitted to the brain through the optic nerve.

There are two kinds of cells in retina
cones, which are sensitive to bright light and sense color.
rods, which are sensitive to dim light.
Blind Spot: At the junction of the optic nerve and the retina, there are no sensory cells, so no vision is possible at that spot.
The impression of an image does not vanish immediately from the retina. It persists there for about 1/16th of a second. So, if still images of a moving object are flashed on the eye at a rate faster than 16 per second, then the eye perceives this object as moving. Movies are made to move across the eye usually at the rate of 24 pictures per second (faster than 16 per second).
Eyelids protect eyes from any object entering the eye. Eyelids also shut out light when not required.
The most comfortable distance at which one can read with a normal eye is about 25 cm.
Sometimes, particularly in old age, eyesight becomes foggy. It is due to the eye lens becoming cloudy. When it happens, persons are said to have cataract.
Vitamin A good for eyes: Raw carrots, broccoli and green vegetables (such as spinach) and cod liver oil are rich in vitamin A. Eggs, milk, curd, cheese, butter and fruits such as papaya and mango are also rich in vitamin A
Plane Mirror
In a plane mirror the image is formed behind the mirror. It is virtual, erect, of the same size and is at the same distance from the mirror as the object is in front of it.
Lateral inversion takes place i.e. left appears right and vice versa

Curved Mirror
If the reflecting surface of a spherical mirror is concave, it is called a concave mirror.
If the reflecting surface is convex, then it is a convex mirror
Real/Virtual Image
If image formed on a screen is called a real image where rays actually meet.
Image formed by a plane mirror could not be obtained on a screen. Such an image is called a
virtual image.
Usage of concave mirror
Can form a real and inverted image. When the object is placed very close to the mirror, the image formed is virtual, erect and magnified
By dentists to see an enlarged image, reflectors of torches, headlights of cars and scooters, shaving mirror, magnifying glass

Usage of convex mirror
Image formed by a convex mirror is erect, virtual and smaller in size than the object.
side view mirror in vehicles
Convex mirrors can form images of objects spread over a large area. So, these help the drivers to see traffic behind them
Convex Lens
Convex Lenses (converging): thicker in the middle than at the edges.
Converges (bends inward) the light generally falling on it and called converging lens.
Convex lens used in magnifying glass

Concave Lens
Concave lenses (diverging): Thinner in the middle than at the edges
Diverges (bends outward) the light and is called a diverging lens
Image formed by concave lens is always virtual, erect and smaller than the object.
Prism splits sunlight in seven colors. Splitting of light in seven colors is called dispersion. Rainbow is natural dispersion by water droplets

Conduction Generally in solid
Convection Generally in liquid
Radiation Transfer without any medium such as from sun to earth

Temperature: Measurement of hotness
Clinical thermometer contains mercury, kink present in the thermometer prevents mercury level from falling on its own
Normal Body temperature is 37 0C
Temperature of body ranges from 35-42 0C
Maximum and Minimum thermometer to measure weather temperature.
Heat flow from hotter to colder objects
Heat transfer processes
Note: The water and air are poor conductors of heat
Dark-colored objects absorb radiation better than the light-coloured objects. That is the reason we feel more comfortable in light-colored clothes in the summer
Woolen clothes keep us warm during winter. It is so because wool is a poor conductor of heat and it has air trapped in between the fibers.
In human sound is produced by the voice box or the larynx. It is at the upper end of the windpipe. Two vocal cords, are stretched across the voice box or larynx in such a way that it leaves a narrow slit between them for the passage of air. When the lungs force air through the slit, the vocal cords vibrate, producing sound.
Propagation of sound:

  • Sound need a medium to travel. Sound cannot travel in vacuum
  • Speed of sound more in solid than liquid
  • Amplitude and frequency are two important properties of sound
  • Loudness of sound is proportional to the square of the amplitude of the vibration producing thesound
  • Above 80 db , loudness of sound is harmful
  • The frequency determines the shrillness or pitch of a sound.
  • Audible range for human ear 20 Hz- 20,000 Hz
  • Dogs can hear sound with frequency > 20,000 Hz
  • Ultrasound works at more than 20,000 Hz
Soft: Compressed or scratched easily, cotton, sponge
Hard: Difficult to scratch, iron

Properties of Material
Luster: Metal, eg: iron, copper, magnesium, gold

  1. Soluble/Insoluble:
    Soluble : Completely disappear or dissolved
    Insoluble: DO not mix or dissolve
    Water can dissolve large number of substances, so called universal solvent.
    Sink/Float: heavier sink, lighter float
    4. Transparency:
    a. Opaque: Through which we cannot see, eg: wood, metal container
    b. Transparent: Things through which we can see, glass air, water
    c. Translucent: Through which can be seen but not very clearly Separation of materials
    1. Handpicking for slightly larger impurities
    2. Threshing to separate grains from stalks
    3. Winnowing for separating components from mixture. Separating heavier and lighter elements by
    wind or blowing air
    4. Sieving for separating finer particles from bigger ones
    5. Sedimentation: Heavier component settles after water is added

Decantation: Water along with dust is removed
7. Filtration: Using strainer to separate liquid from solid
8. Evaporation: Conversion of water into vapor. Used in common slat preparation
9. Condensation: Conversion of water vapor into liquid form
· Materials expands on heating and contracts on cooling


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