Class Ten Science Chapter 14 NCERT Solutions

Chapter 14: Sources of Energy


Q.1. What is a good source of energy?

Ans. A good source of energy fulfils the following criteria :

(i) It produces a lot of heat per unit mass.

(ii) It is easily accessible.

(iii) It is easy to store and transport.

(iv) It is economical.

(v) It produces less amount of smoke.

Q.2. What is a good fuel?

Ans. A good fuel should produce a huge amount of heat on burning, should not produce a lot of smoke, have proper ignition temperature and is easily available.

Q.3. If you could use any source of energy for heating your food, which one would you use and why?

Ans. Natural gas can be used for heating and cooking food because it is a clean source of energy. It does not produce a huge amount of smoke on burning. Although is highly inflammable, it is easy to use, transport, and it produces a huge amount of heat on burning.

Q.4. What are the disadvantages of fossil fuels?

Ans. The disadvantages of fossil fuels are as follows :

(a) Burning of coal and petroleum produces a lot of pollutants causing air pollution.

(b) Fossil fuels release oxide of carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, etc. that cause acid rain, which affects soil fertility and potable water.

(c) Burning of fossil fuels produces greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide that causes global warming.

Q.5. Why are we looking at the alternate source of energy?

Ans. Fossil fuels, which have been traditionally used by human beings as an energy source, are a non-renewable source of energy. These sources of energy are limited and cannot replenish on their own within a reasonable time. They are being consumed at a large rate. If this rate of consumption continues, then the fossil fuels would be exhausted from the Earth.

Also, traditional sources such as fossil fuels emit pollutants and greenhouse gases. Hence, we should look for alternative sources of energy.

Q.6. How has the traditional use of wind and water energy been modified for our convenience?

Ans. Traditionally, the energy of falling water to waterfalls were used to convert to electricity with the help of turbines. Since waterfalls are few in number, water dams have been constructed in large numbers. Large dam store water and increase potential energy. The flowing water from high level rotates the turbine, which produces electricity.

Earlier, the windmills were used to harness wind energy to do mechanical work such as lifting/ drawing water from a well. Today, tall wind turbines are used to generate electricity. In windmills, the kinetic energy of wind is converted into electricity. The rotatory motion of the blades turns the turbine of the electric generator to generate electricity.

Q.7. What kind of mirror – concave, convex or plain – would be best suited for use in a solar cooker? Why?

Ans. A solar cooker uses the heat of the sunlight to cook food. A mirror is used in order to reflect and focus sunlight at a point. A concave mirror is used in a solar cooker for this purpose. The mirror focuses all the incident sunlight at a point. The temperature at that point increases, thereby cooking and heating the food placed at that point.

Q.8. What are the limitations of the energy that can be obtained from the oceans?

Ans. The forms of energy that can be obtained from the ocean are tidal energy, wave energy, and ocean thermal energy. There are several limitations in order to harness these energies.

(i) Tidal energy depends on the relative positions of the Earth, the moon, and the Sun.

(ii) High dams are required to be built to convert tidal energy into electricity.

(iii) Very strong waves are required to obtain electricity from wave energy.

(iv) To harness ocean thermal energy efficiently, the difference in the temperature of surface water (hot) and the water at depth (cold) must be 20 °C or more.

Q.9. What is geothermal energy?

Ans. Geothermal power plants use the heat of the Earth to generate electricity. This heat energy of the Earth is known as geothermal energy.

When there are geological changes, the molten rocks present in the core of the earth are pushed to the earth’s crust. This forms regions of a hot spot. Steam is generated when the underground water comes in contact with these hot spots forming hot springs. This trapped steam is used to generate electricity in the geothermal power plants.

Q.10. What are the advantages of nuclear energy?

Ans. The advantages of nuclear energy are as follows :

(a) A large amount of energy is produced per unit mass.

(b) It does not produce smoke. It is clean energy.

(c) Fission of one atom of uranium produces 10 million times the energy released by burning of one atom of carbon.

(d) The fusion of four hydrogen atoms produces a huge amount of energy approximately equal to 27 MeV.

Q.11. Can any source of energy be pollution-free? Why or why not?

Ans. No source of energy can be pollution-free. It is considered that solar cells are pollution-free. However, their manufacture process causes pollution indirectly.

Also, in the case of nuclear energy, there is no waste produced after the fusion reactions. However, it is not totally pollution-free. To start the fusion reactions, approximately 107 K temperature is required, which is provided by fission reactions. The wastes released from fission reactions are very hazardous. Hence, no source of energy is pollution-free.

Q.12. Hydrogen has been used as rocket fuel. Would you consider it a cleaner fuel than CNG? Why or why not?

Ans. Hydrogen gas is cleaner than CNG. CNG contains hydrocarbons. Therefore, it has carbon contents. Carbon is a form of pollutant present in CNG. On the other hand, hydrogen is waste-free. The fusion of hydrogen does not produce any waste. Hence, hydrogen is cleaner than CNG.