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### PSEB Class 10 Mathematics Question Paper 2016 Paper A with Solutions

**Paper Code – 04/A**

**PART – A**

**1. (i) **Find the value of x in the pair of linear equations 3x – y = 4 and 2x + y = 6.

**Solution:**

Given,

3x – y = 4â€¦.(i)

2x + y = 6â€¦.(ii)

Adding (i) and (ii),

3x – y + 2x + y = 4 + 6

5x = 10

x = 10/5

x = 2

**(ii)** Write the first four terms of AP, when first term a = 4 and common difference d = 3.

**Solution:**

Given,

First term = a = 4

Common difference = d = 3

Second term = a + d = 4 + 3 = 7

Third term = a + 2d = 4 + 2(3) = 4 + 6 = 10

Fourth term = a + 3d = 4 + 3(3) = 4 + 9 = 13

Hence, the first four terms of the AP are 4, 7, 10, 13.

**(iii) **Fill in the blanks (?):

If Î”ABC ~ Î”DEF, then ar(Î”ABC)/ar(Î”DEF) = AC^{2}/?

**Solution:**

ar(Î”ABC)/ar(Î”DEF) = AC^{2}/**DF ^{2}**

**(iv)** Evaluate: cosec 59Â° – sec 31Â°

**Solution:**

cosec 59Â° – sec 31Â°

= cosec (90Â° – 31Â°) – sec 31Â°

= sec 31Â° – sec 31Â°

= 0

**(v)** The length, breadth and height of the hall is 14 m, 9 m, and 7 m respectively. Find the area of its floor.

**Solution:**

Given,

Length = l = 14 m

Breadth = b = 9 m

Height = h = 7 m

Area of the floor of hall = 2(l + b)h

= 2(14 + 9) Ã— 7

= 2(23) Ã— 7

= 46 Ã— 7

= 322 m^{2}

**PART – B**

**2. **Given that HCF(315, 657) = 9, find LCM(315, 657).

**Solution:**

Given,

HCF(315, 657) = 9

We know that,

LCM Ã— HCF = Product of the two given numbers

LCM Ã— 9 = 315 Ã— 657

LCM = (315 Ã— 657)/9

= 22995

Therefore, LCM(315, 657) = 22995

**3. **Find a quadratic polynomial, the sum and product of whose zeroes is -3 and 2, respectively.

**Solution:**

Given,

Sum of the zeroes = -3

Product of the zeroes = 2

Hence, the quadratic polynomial = x^{2} – (sum of the zeroes)x + (product of the zeroes)

= x^{2} – (-3)x + 2

= x^{2} + 3x + 2

**4.** Find the roots of quadratic equation 3x^{2} – 5x – 2 = 0, if they exist.

**Solution:**

Given,

3x^{2} – 5x – 2 = 0

Comparing with the standard form ax^{2} + bx + c = 0,

a = 3, b = -5 and c = -2

Discriminant = b^{2} – 4ac

= (-5)^{2} – 4(3)(-2)

= 25 + 24

= 49 > 0

Thus, the given quadratic equation has two real and distinct roots.

3x^{2} – 5x – 2 = 0

3x^{2} – 6x + x – 2 = 0

3x(x – 2) + 1(x – 2) = 0

(3x + 1)(x – 2) = 0

x = -â…“, x = 2

Therefore, the roots of the given quadratic equation are -â…“ and 2.

**OR**

Find two consecutive odd positive integers, the sum of whose squares is 202.

**Solution:**

Let x and (x + 2) be the two consecutive odd positive integers.

According to the given,

x^{2} + (x + 2)^{2} = 202

x^{2} + x^{2} + 4x + 4 = 202

2x^{2} + 4x + 4 = 202

2(x^{2} + 2x + 2) = 202

x^{2} + 2x + 2 – 101 = 0

x^{2} + 2x – 99 = 0

x^{2} + 11x – 9x – 99 = 0

x(x + 11) – 9(x + 11) = 0

(x – 9)(x + 11) = 0

x = 9, -11

The value of x cannot be negative.

Now, x + 2 = 9 + 2 = 11

Hence, the required numbers are 9 and 11.

**5. **Find the sum of the first 15 multiples of 8.

**Solution:**

The first 15 multiples of 8 are:

8, 16, 24, 32,…., 120

This is an AP with a = 8 and d = 8

n = 15

a_{n} = 120

Sum of first n terms

S_{n} = n/2(a + a_{n})

S_{15} = (15/2) Ã— (8 + 120)

= (15/2) Ã— 128

= 15 Ã— 64

= 960

Hence, the sum of the first 15 multiples of 8 is 960.

**OR**

Find the 33rd term of AP whose 11th term is 38 and the 16th term is 73.

**Solution:**

Let a be the first term and d be the common difference of an AP.

Given,

a_{11} = 38

a + 10d = 38â€¦.(i)

And

a_{16} = 73

a + 15d = 73â€¦.(ii)

Subtracting (i) from (ii),

a + 15d – (a + 10d) = 73 – 38

5d = 35

d = 35/5

d = 7

Substituting d = 7 in (i),

a + 10(7) = 38

a = 38 – 70

a = -32

a_{33} = a + 32d

= -32 + 32(7)

= -32 + 224

= 192

Hence, the 33rd term if the AP is 192.

**6. **In figure, if DE || AC and DF || AE. Prove that BF/FE = BE/EC.

**Solution:**

Given that in Î”ABC,

DE || AC

By BPT,

âˆ´BD/DA = BE/EC….(i)

In Î”ABC,

DF || AE

By BPT,

âˆ´BD/DA = BF/FE….(ii)

From (i) and (ii),

BE/EC = BF/FE

Hence proved.

**OR**

Let Î”ABC ~ Î”DEF and their area be respectively 64 cm^{2} and 121 cm^{2}. If EF = 13.2 cm, find BC.

**Solution:**

Given,

Î”ABC ~ Î”DEF

ar(Î”ABC) = 64 cm^{2}

ar(Î”DEF) = 121 cm^{2}

We know that the ratio of the areas of two similar triangles is equal to the squares of the ratio of their corresponding sides.

ar(Î”ABC)/ ar(Î”DEF) = BC^{2}/EF^{2}

64/121 = BC^{2}/(13.2)^{2}

â‡’ BC^{2} = (64 Ã— 13.2 Ã— 13.2)/121

= 92.16

â‡’ BC = 9.6 cm

**7. **Draw a circle of radius 3 cm. From a point 7 cm away from its centre, construct the pair of tangents to the circle and measure their lengths.

**Solution:**

PQ and PR are the required tangents to the circle.

PQ = PR = 6.325 cm (approx)

**8. **A child has a die whose six faces show the letters as given below.

The die is thrown once. What is the probability of getting (i) B (ii) E?

**Solution:**

Total number of outcomes = 6

i.e. {B, A, B, C, E, D}

(i) Number of Bâ€™s on die = 2

P(getting B) = 2/6 = 1/3

(ii) Number of Eâ€™s = 1

P(getting E) = 1/6

**PART – C**

**9. **The cost of 5 oranges and 3 apples is Rs. 35 and the cost of 2 oranges and 4 apples is Rs. 28. Find the cost of an orange and an apple.

**Solution:**

Let x be the cost (in Rs) of one orange and y be the cost (in Rs) of one apple.

According to the given,

5x + 3y = 35â€¦.(i)

2x + 4y = 28

2(x + 2y) = 28

x + 2y = 14

x = 14 – 2yâ€¦.(ii)

Substituting (ii) in (i),

5(14 – 2y) + 3y = 35

70 – 10y + 3y = 35

7y = 70 – 35

7y = 35

y = 35/7 = 5

Substituting y = 5 in (ii),

x = 14 – 2(5) = 14 – 10 = 4

Hence, the cost of an orange is Rs. 4 and the cost of an apple is Rs. 5.

**OR**

Solve the pair of linear equations 5x + y = 2 and x – y = -2 graphically.

**Solution:**

Given,

5x + y = 2

x – y = -2

Consider the first equation:

5x + y = 2

y = -5x + 2

x |
-1 |
0 |
1 |

y |
7 |
2 |
-3 |

Now, consider another equation:

x – y = -2

y = x + 2

x |
-2 |
0 |
2 |

y |
0 |
2 |
4 |

Graph:

The lines representing the given pair of linear equations intersecting each other at (0, 2)

Hence, the solution is x = 0 and y = 2.

**10.** If the areas of two similar triangles are equal, prove that they are congruent.

**Solution:**

Given,

Î”ABC and Î”PQR are two similar triangles and are equal in area.

Î”ABC ~ Î”PQR

âˆ´ ar(Î”ABC)/ar(Î”PQR) = BC^{2}/QR^{2}

â‡’ BC^{2}/QR^{2} =1 [given ar(Î”ABC) = ar(Î”PQR)

â‡’ BC^{2 }= QR^{2}

â‡’ BC = QR

Similarly,

AB = PQ and AC = PR

By SSS congruence criterion,

Î”ABC â‰… Î”PQR

Hence proved.

**11.** Find the area of the triangle ABC formed by the points A(-5, 7), B(-4, -5) and C(4, 5).

**Solution:**

Let the given points be:

A(-5, 7) = (x_{1}, y_{1})

B(-4, -5) = (x_{2}, y_{2})

C(4, 5) = (x_{3}, y_{3})

Area of triangle ABC = Â½ [x_{1}(y_{2} – y_{3}) + x_{2}(y_{3} – y_{1}) + x_{3}(y_{1} – y_{2})]

= Â½ [-5(-5 – 5) – 4(5 – 7) + 4(7 + 5)]

= Â½ [-5(-10) – 4(-2) + 4(12)]

= Â½ [50 + 8 + 48]

= 106/2

= 53 sq.units

**12. **Given cosec A = 17/15, calculate all other trigonometric ratios.

**Solution:**

Given,

cosec A = 17/15

sin A = 1/cosec A = 15/17

cos A = âˆš(1 – sin^{2}A)

= âˆš[1 – (15/17)^{2}]

= âˆš[1 – (225/289)]

= âˆš[(289 – 225)/289]

= âˆš(64/289)

= 8/17

cos A = 8/17

tan A = sin A/cos A

= (15/17)/ (8/17)

= 15/8

tan A = 15/8

sec A = 1/cos A = 17/8

cot A = 1/tan A = 8/15

**13. **A kite flying at a height of 75 m above the ground. The string attached to the kite is temporarily tied to a point on the ground. The inclination of the string with the ground is 60Â°. Find the length of the string, assuming that there is no slack in the string.

**Solution:**

Let A be the position of kite and AC be the length of the string.

In right triangle ABC,

sin 60Â° = AB/AC

âˆš3/2 = 60/AC

â‡’ AC = (2 Ã— 60)/âˆš3

= 40âˆš3 m

Hence, the length of the string is 40âˆš3 m.

**14. **The length of the minute hand of a clock is 14 cm. Find the area swept by the minute hand in 15 minutes.

**Solution:**

Length of the minute hand = Radius of the sector = r = 14 cm

Angle made by the minute hand in 60 minutes = 360Â°

Angle made by the minute hand in 15 minutes = (15/60) 360Â° = 90Â°

Area of sector = (Î¸/360Â°) Ã— Ï€r^{2}

Area swept by the minute hand in 15 minutes = (90/360) Ã— Ï€r^{2}

= (1/4) Ã— (22/7) Ã— 14 Ã— 14

= 154 cm^{2}

**OR**

Find the area of the shaded region in figure, if ABCD is a square of side 14 cm and APD and BPC are two semicircles.

**Solution:**

Given,

Side of the square ABCD = 14 cm

Area of square ABCD = (side)^{2}

= (14)^{2}

= 196 cm^{2}

Side of the square = Diameter of semicircle = 14 cm

Radius of semicircle = r = 14/2 = 7 cm

Area of semicircle = (Ï€r^{2})/2

= (1/2) Ã— (22/7) Ã— 7 Ã— 7

= 77 cm^{2}

Area of the shaded region = Area of square – Area of two semicircles

= 196 – 2 Ã— 77

= 196 – 154

= 42 cm^{2}

**15. **The following table shows the ages of the patients admitted in a hospital during a year:

Age (in years) |
5 – 15 |
15 – 25 |
25 – 35 |
35 – 45 |
45 – 55 |
55 – 65 |

Number of patients |
6 |
11 |
21 |
23 |
14 |
5 |

Find the mode of the data given above.

**Solution:**

From the given,

Maximum frequency is 23 which lies in the class interval 35 – 45.

Modal class = 35 – 45

Lower limit of the modal class = l = 35

Frequency of the modal class = f_{1} = 23

Frequency of the class preceding the modal class = f_{0} = 21

Frequency of the class succeeding the modal class = f_{2} = 14

Class height = h = 10

Mode = l + [(f_{1} – f_{0})/ (2f_{1} – f_{0} – f_{2})] Ã— h

= 23 + [(23 – 21)/ (2 Ã— 23 – 21 – 14)] Ã— 10

= 23 + [2/ (46 – 35)] Ã— 10

= 23 + (20/11)

= 23 + 1.819

= 24.819

Hence, the mode is 24.819.

**OR**

Consider the following distribution of daily wages of 50 workers in a factory.

Daily wages (in Rs) |
100 – 120 |
120 – 140 |
140 – 160 |
160 – 180 |
180 – 200 |

Number of workers |
8 |
6 |
10 |
14 |
12 |

Find the mean daily wages of the workers of the factory.

**Solution:**

Daily wages (in Rs) |
Number of workers (f |
Class marks (x |
x |
u |
f |

100 – 120 |
8 |
110 |
-40 |
-2 |
-16 |

120 – 140 |
6 |
130 |
-20 |
-1 |
-6 |

140 – 160 |
10 |
150 = a |
0 |
0 |
0 |

160 – 180 |
14 |
170 |
20 |
1 |
14 |

180 – 200 |
12 |
190 |
40 |
2 |
24 |

âˆ‘f |
âˆ‘f |

Mean = a + (âˆ‘f_{i}u_{i}/âˆ‘f_{i}) h

= 150 + (16/50) 20

= 150 + (32/5)

= 150 + 6.4

= 150 + 6.4

= 161.4

Hence, the mean daily wage is Rs. 161.4.

**16. **The ratio of the area of two similar triangles is equal to the square of the ratio of their corresponding sides. Prive it.

**Solution:**

Given,

Two triangles ABC and PQR such that âˆ†ABC ~ âˆ†PQR

Draw altitudes AM and PN of two triangles ABC and PQR respectively.

ar(Î”ABC) = 1/2 BC Ã— AM

ar(Î”PQR) = 1/2 QR Ã— PN

Now,

ar(Î”ABC)/ar(Î”PQR) = [(1/2) BC Ã— AM] / [(1/2) QR Ã— PN]

= (BC Ã— AM)/ (QR Ã— PN) ….(i)

In Î”ABM and Î”PQN,

âˆ B = âˆ Q (âˆ†ABC ~ âˆ†PQR)

âˆ M = âˆ N (each 90Â°)

Thus, âˆ†ABM ~ âˆ†PQN (by AA similarity criterion)

â‡’ AM/PN = AB/PQ ….(ii)

âˆ†ABC ~ âˆ†PQR (given)

AB/PQ = BC/QR = CA/RP ….(iii)

From (i) and (iii),

ar(Î”ABC)/ar(Î”PQR) = (AB/PQ) Ã— (AM/PN)

= (AB/PQ) Ã— (AB/PQ) [From (ii)]

= (AB/PQ)^{2}

Similarly,

ar(Î”ABC)/ar(Î”PQR) = (AB/PQ)^{2} = (BC/QR)^{2} = (CA/RP)^{2}

Hence proved.

**OR**

The lengths of tangents drawn from an external point to a circle are equal. Prove it.

**Solution:**

Given,

Given,

PQ and PR are the tangents to the circle with centre O from an external point P.

To prove: PQ = PR

Construction:

Join OQ, OR and OP.

Proof:

We know that the radius is perpendicular to the tangent through the point of contact.

âˆ OQP = âˆ ORP = 90Â°

In right Î”OQP and ORP,

OQ = OR (radii of the same circle)

OP = OP (common)

By RHS congruence rule,

Î”OQP â‰… Î”ORP

By CPCT,

PQ = PR

Hence proved.

**17. **Two cubes each of volume 64 cm^{3} are joined end to end. Find the surface area of the resulting cuboid.

**Solution:**

Given,

Volume of cube = 64 cm^{3}

(side)^{3} = (4)^{3}

Side of the cube = 4 cm

Now, two cubes are joined end to end and result in a cuboid.

Length of cuboid = l = 4 cm

Breadth = b = 4 cm

Height = h = 8 cm

Surface area of the cuboid = 2(lb + bh + lh)

= 2(8 Ã— 4 + 4 Ã— 4 + 4 Ã— 8)

= 2(32 + 16 + 32)

= 2 Ã— 80

= 160 cm^{2}

**OR**

A cylindrical bucket 20 cm high and with a radius of base 16 cm is filled with sand. This bucket is emptied on the ground and a conical heap of sand is formed. If the height of the conical heap is 15 cm, find the radius and slant height of the heap.

**Solution:**

Given,

Height of the cylindrical bucket = H = 20 cm

Radius of the base of cylindrical bucket = R = 16 cm

Height of the conical heap = h = 15 cm

Let r be the radius of the base of conical heap.

Volume of sand in cylindrical bucket = Volume of sand of conical heap

Ï€R^{2}H = (1/3)Ï€r^{2}h

16 Ã— 16 Ã— 20 = (1/3) Ã— r^{2} Ã— 15

r^{2} = (16 Ã— 16 Ã— 20 Ã— 3)/15

r^{2} = 16 Ã— 16 Ã— 4

r^{2} = (16)^{2} Ã— (2)^{2}

r = 16 Ã— 2

r = 32 cm

Slant height = l = âˆš(r^{2} + h^{2})

= âˆš(32^{2} + 15^{2})

= âˆš(1024 + 225)

= âˆš(1249)

= 35.34 cm