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## NCERT Solutions for Class 12 Physics Chapter 9 Ray Optics Optical Instruments

Ray optics Class 12 Physics NCERT pdf is an important topic, for it has a good weightage of marks allotted in the examination. In this chapter, the phenomena of reflection, refraction and dispersion of light, using the ray picture of light is considered. Using the basic laws of reflection and refraction, students shall study the image formation by plane and spherical reflecting and refracting surfaces. They will learn to describe the construction and working of some important optical instruments, including the human eye.

### Topics covered in NCERT Solutions Class 12 Physics Chapter 9

Section Number |
Topic |

9.1 | Introduction |

9.2 | Reflection Of Light By Spherical Mirrors |

9.2.1 | Sign convention |

9.2.2 | Focal Length Of Spherical Mirrors |

9.2.3 | The Mirror Equation |

9.3 | Refraction |

9.4 | Total Internal Reflection |

9.4.1 | Total Internal Reflection In Nature And Its Technological Applications |

9.5 | Refraction At Spherical Surfaces And By Lenses |

9.5.1 | Refraction At A Spherical Surface |

9.5.2 | Refraction By A Lens |

9.5.3 | Power Of A Lens |

9.5.4 | Combination Of Thin Lenses In Contact |

9.6 | Refraction Through A Prism |

9.7 | Dispersion By A Prism |

9.8 | Some Natural Phenomena Due To Sunlight |

9.8.1 | The Rainbow |

9.8.2 | Scattering Of Light |

9.9 | Optical Instruments |

9.9.1 | The Eye |

9.9.2 | The Microscope |

9.9.3 | Telescope |

### Class 12 Physics NCERT Solutions Ray Optics Optical Instruments Important Questions

*Question 1: *

*A small candle, 2.5 cm in size is placed at 27 cm in front of a concave mirror of radius of curvature 36 cm. At what distance from the mirror should a screen be placed in order to obtain a sharp image? Describe
the nature and size of the image. If the candle is moved closer to the mirror, how would the screen have to be moved? *

*By how much the screen has to be moved if the candle is moved towards the mirror?*

*Answer*

Height of the candle, h =2.5 cm

Image size=h’

Object distance, u= -27 cm

Radius of the concave mirror, R= -36 cm

Focal length of the concave mirror,

Image distance=v

=

Therefore, to obtain a sharp image, the distance between the screen and the mirror should be 54cm.

Image magnification is:

5cm is the height of the image of the candle. As there is a negative sign, the image is inverted and virtual.

If the candle is moved closer to the mirror, then the screen needs to be moved away from the mirror so as to obtain the image.

*Question 2:*

*A 4.5 cm needle is placed 12 cm away from a convex mirror of focal length 15 cm. Give the location of the image and the magnification. Describe what happens as the needle is moved farther from the mirror.*

*Answer : *

Size of the needle, h1=4.5 cm

Object distance, u=-12 cm

Focal length of the convex mirror, f= 15 cm

Image distance= v

∴

The distance between the needle image and the mirror is 6.7cm and the image is obtained on the other side of the mirror.

Using magnification formula:

2.5cm is the height of the image. As it has a positive sign, the image is erect, virtual, and diminished.

As the needle is moved farther from the mirror, the image also moves away from the mirror resulting in a reduction in the size of the image.

*Question 3: *

*A tank is filled with water to a height of 12.5 cm. The apparent depth of a needle lying at the bottom of the tank is measured by a microscope to be 9.4 cm. What is the refractive index of water? If
water is replaced by a liquid of refractive index 1.63 up to the same height, by what distance would the microscope have to be moved to focus on the needle again?*

*Answer:*

Actual depth of the needle in water, h1=12.5cm

Apparent depth of the needle in water, h2 =9.4 cm

Refractive Index of water =

The value of

Hence, 1.33 is the refractive index of water.

Now water is replaced by a liquid of refractive index 1.63

The actual depth of the needle remains the same, but its apparent depth changes.

Let x be the new apparent depth of the needle.

Therefore y=

The new apparent depth of the needle is 7.67cm. It is observed that the value is less than

Distance to be moved to focus=9.4-7.67=1.73cm

*Question 4:*

* The figures above show the refraction of a ray in air incident at 60° with the normal to a glass-air and water-air interface, respectively. Predict the angle of refraction in glass when the angle of incidence
in water is 45° with the normal to a water-glass interface.*

For the glass-air interface:

Angle of incidence, i =60*°*

Angle of refraction, r=35*°*

From Snell’s law we know that the refractive index of the glass with respect to air is given as:

For the air-water interface:

Angle of incidence, i=

Angle of refraction, r=

From Snell’s law we know that the refractive index of the water with respect to air is given as:

With the help of equations (i) and (ii) the relative refractive index of glass with respect to water can be found:

Angle of incidence, i=

Angle of refraction= r

r can be calculated from Snells’s law=

Therefore,

*Question 5:*

*A small bulb is placed at the bottom of a tank containing water to a depth of 80cm. What is the area of the surface of water through which light from the bulb can emerge out? Refractive index of water is 1.33. (Consider the bulb to be a point source.)*

*Answer :*

Actual depth of the bulb in water, d1=80 cm =0.8 m

Refractive Index of water,

I = Angle of incidence

r =Angle of refraction – 90°

As the bulb is used as a point source, the emergent light is considered to be a circle.

R=

Using Snell’s law, we can write the relation for the refractive index of water as:

The relation:

tan i=

Therefore R=

Area of the surface of water=

*Question 6:*

*A prism is made of glass of unknown refractive index. A parallel beam of light is incident on the face of the prism. The angle of minimum deviation is measured to be 40°. What is the refractive index of the
material of the prism? The refracting angle of the prism is 60°. If the prism is placed in water (refractive index 1.33), predict the new angle of minimum deviation of a parallel beam of light.*

*Answer:*

Angle of minimum deviation,

Angle of the prism, A =

Refractive Index of water,

Refractive Index of the material=

The angle of deviation is related to refractive index (

=

1.532 is the refractive index of the material of the prism

The relation shows the refractive index of glass with respect to the water:

*Question 7: *

*Double-convex lenses are to be manufactured from a glass of refractive index 1.55, with both faces of the same radius of curvature. What is the radius of curvature required if the focal length is to be 20cm?*

*Answer: *

Refractive Index of glass,

Focal length of the double-convex lens, f=20 cm

Radius of curvature of one face of the lens=R1

Radius of curvature of the other face of the lens=R2

Radius of curvature of the double-convex lens=R

Therefore

The value of R is calculated as:

22cm is the radius of curvature of the double-convex lens.

* **Question 8: *

*A beam of light converges at a point P. Now a lens is placed in the path of the convergent beam 12cm from P. At what point does the beam converge if the lens is (a) a convex lens of focal length 20cm, and (b) a concave lens of focal length 16cm?*

*Answer : *

The object is virtual and the image formed is real.

Object distance, u= +12 cm

(i) The focal length of the convex lens, f =20 cm

Image distance=v

The image will be formed 7.5cm away from the lens, to the right.

(ii) Focal length of the concave lens, f =-16 cm

Image distance =v

∴ v=48cm.

Therefore, the image obtained is 48cm away from the lens towards the right.

*Question 9:*

*An object of size 3.0cm is placed 14cm in front of a concave lens of focal length 21cm. Describe the image produced by the lens. What happens if the object is moved further away from the lens? *

*Answer:*

Size of the object,

Object distance, u = -14 cm

Focal length of the concave lens, f = -21 cm

Image distance = v

Therefore, the image obtained is 8.4cm away and is obtained on the other side of the lens. Since there is negative sign, it is understood that the image is virtual and erect.

The height of the image is 1.8cm.

If the object is moved further away from the lens, then the virtual image will move towards the mirror. As the object distance increases, the image size decreases.

*Question 10: *

*What is the focal length of a convex lens of focal length 30cm in contact with a concave lens of focal length 20cm? Is the system a converging or a diverging lens? Ignore the thickness of the lenses. *

*Ignore the thickness of the lenses. *

*Answer: *

Focal length of the convex lens, f1=30cm

Focal length of the concave lens, f2= -20cm

Focal length of the system of lenses= f

The equivalent focal length of a system of two lenses in contact is given as:

Therefore f=-60cm

Therefore, 60cm is the focal length of the combination of lenses. Also, the negative sign is an indication that the system of lenses used act as a diverging lens.

*Question 11: *

*A compound microscope consists of an objective lens of focal length 2.0cm and an eyepiece of focal length 6.25cm separated by a distance of 15 cm. How far from the objective should an object be placed in order to obtain the final image at (a) the least distance of distinct vision (25 cm), and (b) at infinity? What is the magnifying power of the microscope in each case? *

*Answer: *

Focal length of the objective lens, f1=2.0 cm

Focal length of the eyepiece, f2=6.25 cm

Distance between the objective lens and the eyepiece, d =15 cm

(a) Least distance of distinct vision, d’ = 25 cm

Image distance for the eyepiece,

Object distance for the eyepiece= u2

According to the lens formula, we have the relation:

Image distance for the objective lens,

Object distance for the objective lens =

Hence, 20 is the magnifying power of the microscope.

(b) The final Image is formed at infinity.

Therefore image distance for the eyepiece,

Object distance for the eyepiece=

According to the lens formula, we have the relation:

Image distance for the objective lens,

Object distance for the objective lens=u1

Following relation is obtained from the lens formula:

Magnitude of the object distance,

Following is the relation explaining the magnifying power of a compound microscope:

m=

=

Hence, 13.52 is the magnifying power of the microscope.

*Question 12: *

*A person with a normal near point (25 cm) using a compound microscope with objective of focal length 8.0 mm and an eyepiece of focal length 2.5cm can bring an object placed at 9.0 mm from the objective in sharp focus. What is the separation between the two lenses? Calculate the magnifying power of the microscope, *

*Answer: *

Focal length of the objective lens,

Focal length of the eyepiece,

Object distance for the objective lens,

Least distance of distant vision, d=25 cm

Image distance for the eyepiece,

Object distance for the eyepiece =

Using the lens formula, we can obtain the value of

With the help of lens formula, the value of the image distance for the objective (v) lens is obtained:

The distance between the objective lens and the eyepiece=Ind yo =2.27 – 7.2 = 9.47 cmttUl / id) The magnifying power of the microscope is calculated as:

= —7.2(1 +25 —25)=80 + 10)=88 0.9

Hence, 88 is the magnifying power of the microscope.

*Question 13:*

*A small telescope has an objective lens of focal length 144 cm and an eyepiece of focal
length 6.0 cm. What is the magnifying power of the telescope? What is the separation
between the objective and the eyepiece?
Answer:*

Focal length of the objective lens,

Focal length of the eyepiece,

The magnifying power of the telescope is given as:

=

The separation between the objective lens and the eyepiece is calculated as:

Therefore 24 is the magnifying power of the telescope and the separation between the objective lens and the eyepiece is 150cm

*Question 14:*

*(i) A giant refracting telescope at an observatory has an objective lens of focal
length 15 m. If an eyepiece of focal length 1.0 cm is used, what is the angular
magnification of the telescope?*

*(ii)If this telescope is used to view the moon, what is the diameter of the image
of the moon formed by the objective lens? The diameter of the moon is $3.48 \times 106 m$,and the radius of lunar orbit is $3.8 \times 108m$.*

*Answer:*

Focal length of the objective lens,

Focal length of the eyepiece, **(i) **

=

Hence, the angular magnification of the given refracting telescope is 1500.**(ii) **Diameter of the moon, d =

Radius of the lunar orbit,

Consider d’ to be the diameter of the image of the moon formed by the objective lens.

The angle subtended by the diameter of the moon is equal to the angle subtended by

the image.

Therefore d’=

Therefore 13.74cm is the diameter of the image of the moon formed by the objective lens.

** ***Question 15:*

Use the mirror equation to deduce that:

(i) an object placed between f and 2f of a concave mirror produces a real image

beyond 2f.

(ii) a convex mirror always produces a virtual image independent of the location

of the object.

(iii) the virtual image produced by a convex mirror is always diminished in size

and is located between the focus and the pole.

(iv) an object placed between the pole and focus of a concave mirror produces a

virtual and enlarged image.

[Note: This exercise helps you deduce algebraically properties of images

that one obtains from explicit ray diagrams.]

Answer:**(i) **The focal length is negative for a concave mirror.

Therefore f < 0

The object distance (u) is negative when the object is placed on the left side of the mirror.

Therefore u < 0

Lens formula for image distance v is written as:

The object lies between f and 2f.

Therefore 2f<u<f

Using equation (i), we get:

2f>v

-v>-2f

Therefore, the image lies beyond 2f.**(ii) **The focal length is positive for a convex mirror.

Therefore f > 0

The object distance (u) will be negative if the object is placed on the left side of the mirror.

Therefore u < 0

Using mirror formula, we can calculate the image distance v:

Usig eqn (ii), we can conclude that:

v>0

Thus, the image is obtained on the back side of the mirror, Therefore, it can be concluded that a convex mirror always produces a virtual image irrespective of the object distance.

**(iii) **The focal length is positive for a convex mirror.

Therefore f > 0

The object distance (u) is negative when the object is placed on the left side of the mirror

Therefore u < 0

For image distance v, we have the mirror formula:

But we have u<0

Therefore

v<f

Therefore, the image is formed between the focus and the pole and is diminished.**(iv) **The focal length of the concave mirror is negative.

Therefore f < 0

The object distance, u is negative for an object that is placed on the left side of the mirror.

Therefore u < 0

It is placed between the focus (f) and the pole.

Therefore f>u>0

For image distance v, we have the mirror formula:

Therefore

v>0

The image obtained is virtual since it is formed on the right side of the mirrror.

For u < 0 and v > 0, we can write:

v>u

Magnification, m=

Hence, the formed image is enlarged.

*Question 16:*

A small pin fixed on a tabletop is viewed from above from a distance of 50 cm. By

what distance would the pin appear to be raised if it is viewed from the same point

through a 15 cm thick glass slab held parallel to the table? Refractive index of glass =

1.5. Does the answer depend on the location of the slab?

Answer:

The actual depth of the pin, d = 15 cm

Apparent depth of the pin =d’

Refractive index of glass,

The ratio of actual depth to the apparent depth and the refractive index of the glass are equal.

i.e.

Therefore d’=

The distance at which the pin appears to be raised =d’-d=15-10=5cm

When the angle of incidence is small, the distance is independent of the location of the slab.

** ***Question 17:*

(i) Figure below shows a cross-section of a ‘light pipe’ made of a glass fibre of refractive

index 1.68. The outer covering of the pipe is made of a material of refractive index

1.44. What is the range of the angles of the incident rays with the axis of the pipe

for which total reflections inside the pipe take place, as shown in the figure.

(ii) What is the answer if there is no outer covering of the pipe?

Answer:**(i) **Refractive index of the glass fibre,

Refractive index of the outer covering of the pipe,

Angle of incidence = i

Angle of refraction = r

Angle of incidence at the interface = i’

The refractive index (

For the critical angle, total internal reflection (TIR) takes place only when i>i’, i.e., i

>

Maximum angle of reflection,

Let,

The refractive index at the air − glass interface,

1.68 sin 31°

Therefore

Thus, all the rays incident at angles lying in the range 0 < i <

**(ii) **If the outer covering of the pipe is not present, then:

Refractive index of the outer pipe,

For the angle of incidence i =

as:

Therefore

Since i’>r, all incident rays will suffer total internal reflection.

*Question 18:*

Answer the following questions:

(i) You have learnt that plane and convex mirrors produce virtual images of objects.

Can they produce real images under some circumstances? Explain.

(ii) A virtual image, we always say, cannot be caught on a screen.

Yet when we ‘see’ a virtual image, we are obviously bringing it on to the ‘screen’

(i.e., the retina) of our eye. Is there a contradiction?

(iii) A diver underwater, looks obliquely at a fisherman standing on the bank of a lake.

Would the fisherman look taller or shorter to the diver than what he actually is?

(iv) Does the apparent depth of a tank of water change if viewed obliquely? If so,

does the apparent depth increase or decrease?

(v) The refractive index of diamond is much greater than that of ordinary glass.

Is this fact of some use to a diamond cutter?

Answer:**(i) **Yes.

Real images can be obtained from plane and convex mirrors too. When the light rays converge at a point behind the plane or convex mirror, the object is said to be virtual. The real image of this object is obtained on the screen which is placed in the front of the mirror. This is where the real image is obtained.**(ii) **No

To obtain a virtual image, the light rays must diverge. In the eyes, the convex lens help in converging these divergent rays at the retina. This is an example where the virtual image acts as an object for the lens to produce a real image.

**(iii) **The diver is in the water while the fisherman is on the land. Air is less dense when compared to the water as a medium. It is mentioned that the diver is viewing the fisherman. This explains that the light rays are travelling from the denser medium to the rarer medium. This means that the refracted rays move away from the normal making fisherman appear taller.

**(iv) **Yes; Decrease

The reason behind the change in depth of the tank when viewed obliquely is because the light rays bend when they travel from one medium to another. This also means that the apparent depth is less than the near-normal viewing.

**(v) **Yes

2.42 is the refractive index of the diamond while 1.5 is the refractive index of the ordinary glass. Also, the critical angle of the diamond is less than the glass. The sparkling effect of a diamond is possible because of the large cuts in the angle of incidence. Larger cuts ensures that the light entering the diamond is totally reflected from all the faces.

*Question 19:*

The image of a small electric bulb fixed on the wall of a room is to be obtained on the

opposite wall 3 m away by means of a large convex lens. What is the maximum

possible focal length of the lens required for the purpose?

Answer:

Distance between the object and the image, d = 3 m

Maximum focal length of the convex lens =

For real images, the maximum focal length is given as:

Hence, for the required purpose, the maximum possible focal length of the convex lens

is 0.75 m.

*Question 20:*

A screen is placed 90 cm from an object. The image of the object on the screen is

formed by a convex lens at two different locations separated by 20 cm. Determine the

focal length of the lens.

Answer:

Distance between the image (screen) and the object, D = 90 cm

Distance between two locations of the convex lens, d = 20 cm

Focal length of the lens = f

Focal length is related to d and D as:

=

Therefore, the focal length of the convex lens is 21.39 cm.

*Question 21:*

(i) Determine the ‘effective focal length’ of the combination of the two lenses in

Exercise 9.10, if they are placed 8.0 cm apart with their principal axes coincident. Does

the answer depend on which side of the combination a beam of parallel light is incident?

Is the notion of effective focal length of this system useful at all?

*(ii) **An object 1.5 cm in size is placed on the side of the convex lens in the arrangement
(a) above. The distance between the object and the convex lens is 40 cm. Determine
the magnification produced by the two-lens system, and the size of the image.
Answer:*

Focal length of the convex lens,

Focal length of the concave lens,

Distance between the two lenses, d = 8.0 cm

**(i)**When the parallel beam of light is incident on the convex lens first:

Using lens formula, we can write:

Where,

Therefore

For a concave lens, the image acts as a virtual object

Using lens formula for the concave lens, we can write:

Where,

= (30 − d) = 30 − 8 = 22 cm

Therefore

** **The parallel incident beam appears to diverge from a point that

is

When the parallel beam of light is incident, from the left, on the concave lens

first:

Using the lens formula, we can write:

Where,

Therefore

For a convex lens, the image will act as a real object.

Applying lens formula to the convex lens, we have:

Where,

= −(20 + d) = −(20 + 8) = −28 cm

Therefore

The parallel incident beam appears to diverge from (420-4) 416cm. The diversion happens from the left of the centre of the combination of the two lenses. The answer is dependent on the side of the combination where the incident beam of light is parallel.

**(ii) **Height of the image,

Object distance from the side of the convex lens,

Using the lens formula:

Where,

Therefore

Magnification, m=

Therefore, 3 is the magnification of the convex lens.

The image of the convex lens is an object for the concave lens.

According to the lens formula:

Where,

= +(120 − 8) = 112 cm.

Therefore

Magnification, m’=

Hence, the magnification due to the concave lens is

The magnification produced by the combination of the two lenses is calculated as:

The magnification of the combination is given as:

Where,

Therefore

Hence, the height of the image is 0.98 cm.

*Question 22:*

At what angle should a ray of light be incident on the face of a prism of refracting angle

Answer:

The incident, refracted, and emergent rays associated with a glass prism ABC are

shown in the given figure.

Angle of prism, Therefore A =

Refractive index of the prism,

e= Emergent angle =

According to Snell’s law, for face AC, we can have:

=

Therefore

Therefore

It is clear from the figure that angle A=

According to Snellȁ