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Chapter 10 Light Reflection and Refraction Class 10 Notes

 Light Reflection and Refraction 


REFLECTION
Reflection of Light: The phenomenon of bouncing back of light into the same medium by the smooth surface is called reflection.
Incident light: Light which falls on the surface is called incident light.
Reflected light: Light which goes back after reflection is called reflected light.
The angle of incidence: The angle between the incident ray and the normal.
An angle of reflection: The angle between the reflected ray and the normal.
Mirror: The surface which can reflect the light is a mirror.
Plane Mirror: If the reflecting surface is a plane then the mirror is plane.
Spherical Mirror: If the reflecting surface is part of the hollow sphere then the mirror is a spherical mirror.
The spherical mirror is of two types:
  • Convex mirror: In this mirror reflecting surface is convex. It diverges the light so it is also called a diverging mirror.
  • Concave mirror: In this mirror reflecting surface is concave. It converges the light so it is also called converging mirror.
Parameters of Mirror:
  • Center of Curvature: The centre of hollow sphere of which mirror is a part.
  • The radius of curvature: The radius of hollow sphere of which mirror is a part.
  • Pole: The centre of mirror (middle point) is pole.
  • Principal axis: The line joining the pole and center of curvature is called principal axis.
  • Aperture: Size of mirror is called aperture of mirror.
  • Principal Focus: The point on the principal axis, where all the incident rays parallel to principal axis converge or diverge after reflection through mirror.
  • Focal Length: The distance between pole and focus point is focal length.
Special Rays for Formation of Image:
  • A ray of light which is parallel to the principal axis of a spherical mirror, after reflection converges or diverges from focus.
  • A ray of light passing through or appearing from the center of curvature of spherical mirror is reflected back along the same path.
  • A ray of light passing through or appearing from the focus of spherical mirror becomes parallel to the principal axis.
  • A ray of light which is incident at the pole of a spherical mirror is reflected back making same angle with principal axis.
Use of Concave Mirror: It is used as a makeup mirror, the reflector in torches, in headlights of cars and searchlights, doctor’s head-mirrors, solar furnace, etc.
Sign Conventions of Spherical Mirror
  • All the distances are measured from the pole of the mirror as the origin.
  • Distances measured in the direction of incident rays are taken as positive.
  • Distances measured opposite to the direction of incident rays are taken as negative.
  • Distances measured upward and perpendicular to the principal axis are taken as positive.
  • Distances measured downward and perpendicular to the principal axis are taken as negative.
    \frac { 1 }{ f } =\frac { 1 }{ v } +\frac { 1 }{ u } …where f, v and u are focal length, image distance, object distance
Linear Magnification: This is the ratio of the height of the image to the height of the object.
m=\frac { { h }^{ ' } }{ h } …where m = magnification, h = height of image, h’ = height of object
Use of Convex Mirror: Convex mirror used as rear view mirror in vehicles, as shop security mirrors, etc.
REFRACTION
Refraction of Light: The bending of light at the interface of two different mediums is called Refraction of light.
  • If the velocity of light in medium is more, then medium is called optical rarer.
    Example, air or vacuum is more optical rarer.
  • If the velocity of light in medium is less, then medium is called optical denser.
    Example, glass is more denser than air.
Refractive Index: It represents the amount or extent of bending of light when it passes from one medium to another.
There are two types of refractive index
  • Relative refractive index and
  • Absolute refractive index.
Refractive index of medium with respect to other medium is called Relative Refractive Index.
Refractive index of medium 1 with respect to medium 2 = \frac { Speed\quad of\quad light\quad in\quad medium\quad 2(V2) }{ Speed\quad of\quad light\quad in\quad medium\quad 1(V1) }
Refractive index of medium with respect to air or vacuum is called Absolute Refractive Index.
Absolute refractive index of medium (m) = \frac { Speed of light in air(c) }{ Speed of light in medium (Vm) }
Incident ray: It is incoming ray on the refracting surface.
Refracted ray: It is an outgoing ray from the refracting surface.
An angle of incidence (i): It is the angle between incident rays and perpendicular line (normal) at the point of incidence.
An angle of refraction (r): It is the angle between refracted rays and perpendicular line (normal) at the point of incidence.
Law of Refraction: According to this law
  • “The incident ray, refracted ray and normal at the point of incidence all lie in the same plane.”
  • “The ratio of the sine of the angle of incidence to the sine of the angle of refraction is constant.”
    \frac { sin\quad i }{ sin\quad r } = constant (µ)
Lens: The transparent refracting medium bounded by two surfaces in which at least one surface is curved is called lens.
Lenses are mainly two type
  • Convex lens and
  • Concave lens.
Center of Curvature: The centres of two spheres, of which lens is part is called the centre of curvature.
Radii of Curvature: The radii of spheres, of which lens is part is called radius of curvature.
Principal Axis: The line joining the centres of curvature of two surfaces of lens is called principal axis.
Optical Center: It is a special point on the principal axis. Light incident on the optical centre passes through the lens without deviation.
Principal Focus: The point on the principal axis at which all incident rays parallel to the principal axis converge or appear to diverge after refraction through the lens.
Special Rays for Image Formation by Lens:
  • An incident ray, parallel to the principal axis, after refraction passes through (or appears to come from), second focus of the lens.
  • An incident ray, passing through the optical center of the lens, goes undeviated from the lens.
  • An incident ray, passing through the (first) principal focus of the lens, or directed toward it, becomes parallel to the principal axis after refraction through lens.
Use of Lens: In photographic cameras, magnifying glass, microscope, telescope, the human eye.
1. Light travels in a straight line.
2. Light gets reflected when it falls on polished surfaces; like mirrors.
3. Light suffers refraction when it travels from one medium to another.
4. There is a change in the wavelengths!light when it moves from one medium into another.
5. The bouncing back of light when it strikes a smooth or polished surface is called reflection of light. Reflection is of two types; Specular or regular and Diffuse or irregular reflection.
6. The angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection. Mathematically, we have ∠i = ∠r.
7. The image is as far behind the mirror as the object is in front.
8. The image is unmagnified, virtual and erect.
9. The image has right-left reversal.
10. Focal length of a plane mirror is infinity.
11. Power of a plane mirror is zero.
12. If a plane mirror is turned by an angle, the reflected ray turns by 2θ.
13. The least size of a plane mirror to view an object is equal to half the size of the object.
14. Pole (Vertex): The central point of a mirror is called its pole.
15. Centre of curvature : The centre of the sphere of which the mirror is a part is called the centre of curvature. It is denoted by C.
16. Radius of curvature : The radius of the sphere of which the mirror is a part is called the radius of curvature. It is denoted by R.
17. Principal axis : The straight line passing through the pole and the centre of curvature of the mirror is called the principal axis.
18. Principal focus : It is a point on the principal axis at which the rays parallel to the principal axis meet after reflection or seem to come from. For a concave mirror, the focus lies in front of the mirror and for a convex mirror, it lies behind the mirror. In short, a concave mirror has a real focus while aconvex mirror has a virtual focus.
19. Focal plane : A plane, drawn perpendicular to the principal axis and passing through the principal focus.
20. Focal length : The distance between the pole and the focus is called the focal length. It is represented by f. The focal length is half the radius of curvature.
21. Aperture: The size of the mirror is called its aperture. It is also defined as the effective diameter of the light reflecting area of the mirror.
22. Real image : When the rays of light, after reflection from a mirror, actually meet at a point, then the image formed by these rays is said to be real. Real images can be obtained on a screen.
23. Virtual image: When the rays of light, after reflection from a mirror, appear to meet at a point, then the image formed by these rays is said to be virtual. Virtual images can’t be obtained on a screen.
24. The following rays are used while drawing ray diagrams to find the position of an image :
  • A ray of light parallel to the principal axis after reflection passes through the focus. (1)
  • A ray of light passing through the focus after reflection becomes parallel to the principal axis. (2)
  • A ray of light incident on the centre of curvature retraces its path after reflection form the mirror.light-reflection-and-refraction-cbse-notes-for-class-10-science-1
25. For mirrors, the following results hold :
u is – ve, if the object is in front of the mirror.
(Real object)
u is + ve, if the object is behind the mirror.
(Virtual object)
v is – ve, if the image is in front of the mirror.
(Real image)
vis +ve, if the image is behind the mirror.
(Virtual image)
Focal length of a concave mirror is taken as – ve. Focal length of a convex mirror is taken as +ve.
26. When the image formed by a spherical mirror is real, it is also inverted and is on the same side of the mirror as the object. Since both v and u are negative, the magnification is negative.
27. When the image formed by a spherical mirror is virtual, it is also erect and is on the other side of the mirror as the object. In this case, u is – ve and v is + ve , therefore, m is positive.
28. The expression for the mirror formula is 1/u+1/v = 1/f
29. Linear magnification is given by the expression
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30. If m is positive, the image is erect w.r.t the object and if m is negative, the image is inverted w.r.t. the object.
31.The position of the image for various positions of the object for a concave mirror is as shown in the table below. The table also shows the use of the mirror for different positions of the object.
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The position of the image for various positions of the object for a convex mirror is as shown in the table below. The table also shows the use of the mirror for different positions of the object.
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32. The bending of light when it travels from one medium into another is called refraction of light
33.
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34. As light travels from ,one medium to another, the frequency of light does not change.
35. Light refracts because it has different speeds in different media.
36. The refraction of light obeys the following two laws :
  • The incident ray, the refracted ray and the normal at the point of incidence all lie in the same plane.
  • The ratio of the sine of the angle of incidence to the sine of the angle of refraction is a constant.This
    constant is called the index of refraction or refractive index.
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37. If wng is the refractive index of glass w.r.t. water, ang  be the refractive index of glass w.r.t. air and anw  be the refractive index of water w.r.t. air ,thenlight-reflection-and-refraction-cbse-notes-for-class-10-science-7
38. The most familiar and widely used optical device is the lens. A lens is an optical system with two refracting surfaces. The simplest lens has two spherical surfaces close enough together that we can neglect the distance between them. Such a lens is called a thin lens. The two common types of lenses are Converging lens or Convex lens, Diverging lens or Concave lens.
39. It should be noted that, if the above lenses are surrounded by .a material with a refractive index greater than that of the lens, the convex lens gets converted into a concave lens and vice-versa.
40. Any lens that is thicker at its centre than at its edges is a converging lens with positive f, and any lens that is thicker at its edges than at the centre is a diverging lens with negative f.
41. Optical centre : The central point C in the lens is called the optical centre. If a ray is incident towards the optical centre, it passes undeviated .through the lens.
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42.Principal axis: Since the lens contains two spherical surfaces, therefore, it has two centres of curvatures.
The line joining these centres and passing through the optical centre is called principal axis.
43. Aperture: The effective width of a lens through which refraction takes place is called the aperture.
44. Focus and Focal Length : If a beam of light moving parallel to the principal axis of a convex lens is incident on it, the rays converge or meet at a point on the principal axis. This point F is called the focus. The distance CF is called the focal length. If a beam of light moving parallel to the principal axis is incident on a concave lens, the beam of light diverges. If these diverged rays are produced backward, they meet at a point F on the principal . axis. The transmitted rays appear to come from this point. This point F is called the focus and distance CF is called the focal length.
45. For drawing the ray diagrams, we note the following :
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  • All rays parallel to the principal axis after refraction pass through the principal focus or seem to come from it.
  • A ray of light passing through the focus after refraction becomes parallel to the principal axis.
  • A ray of light passing through the optical centre of the lens after refraction passes undeviated.
46. A convex and a concave lens can be supposed to be made-up of prisms.
47. Image formation by a concave lens.
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48. Image formation by a convex lens.
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49. New Cartesian sign conventions :
  • All distances, object distance (u), image distance (v) and focal length f are measured from the optical centre.
  • The distances measured in the direction of incident ray are taken as positive and distances measured against the direction of incident ray are taken as negative.
  • All distances (heights) of objects and images above principal axis are taken as positive and those below the principal axis are taken as negative.
50. For the two lenses, the sign conventions take the form
  • u is- ve, if the object is in front of the lens. (Real object)
  • u is +ve, if the object is virtual.
  • v is – ve, if the image is on the same side as that of the object. (Virtual image )
  • v is +ve, if the image is real.
  • Focal length of a concave lens is taken as – ve.
  • Focal length of a convex lens is taken as +ve.
51. Lens formula for convex lens 1/v-1/u = 1/f
52. The linear magnification produced by a lens is defined as the ratio of the size of the image (h’) to the size of the object (h). It is represented by m i.e.,light-reflection-and-refraction-cbse-notes-for-class-10-science-13
53. If the magnification of a lens is negative, then the image formed is inverted and real.
54. If the magnification of a lens is positive, then the image formed is erect and virtual.
55. Power is defined as the reciprocal of the focal length. Power is measured in dioptre.


Question 1.
Define principal focus of a concave mirror.
Answer.
It is a point on the principal axis at which parallel rays of light travelling close to principal axis actually converge after reflection.
Question 2.
The radius of curvature of a spherical mirror is 20 cm. What is its focal length?
Answer.
Focal\quad length=\frac { Radius\quad of\quad curvature }{ 2 } =\frac { 20 }{ 2 } =10\quad cm
Question 3.
Name a mirror that can given an erect and enlarged image of an object.
Answer.
Concave mirror
Question 4.
Why do we prefer a convex mirror as a rear-view mirror in vehicles? [2011, 2012]
Answer.
This is because a convex mirror forms diminished and erect images. It also provides a wider view of the vehicle.
Question 5.
Find the focal length of a concave mirror whose radius of curvature is 32 cm.
Answer.
Focal\quad length=\frac { Radius\quad of\quad curvature }{ 2 } =\frac { 32 }{ 2 } =16\quad cm
Question 6.
A concave mirror produces three times magnified [enlarged] real image of an object placed at 10 cm in front of it. Where is the image located?
Answer.
Given: u = -10 cm, m = -3 and v = ?
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Question 7.
A ray of light travelling in air enters obliquely into water. Does the light ray bend towards the normal or away from the normal? Why?
Answer.
The light ray bends towards the normal when it enters into water. Because water is an optically denser medium.
Question 8.
Light enters from air to glass having refractive index 1.5. What is the speed of light in the glass? The speed of light in vacuum is 3 x 108 m s-1[2011]
Answer.
Given: refractive index, μ = 1.5, speed of light in vacuum
c = 3 x 108 m s-1 v = ?
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Question 9.
Find out from Table 10.3 [NCERT] the medium having highest optical density. Also, find the medium with lowest optical density.
Answer.
From Table 10.3, diamond has highest refractive index (n = 2.42). So it has highest optical density.
Air has lowest refractive index [n = 1.0003]. So, it has lowest optical density.
Question 10.
You are given kerosene, turpentine and water. In which of these does the light travel fastest? Use the information given in Table 10.3 [NCERT],
Answer.
The refractive index for:
kerosene = 1.44, turpentine = 1.47 and water = 1.33
Here, the refractive index of water is lowest, so this is an optically rarer medium than kerosene and turpentine. So light travels fastest in water.
Question 11.
The refractive index of diamond is 2.42. What is the meaning of this statement? [2012,2013]
Answer.
This means that the speed of light in air and that in diamond is equal to 2.42.
Question 12.
Define 1 dioptre power of a lens. [2011]
Answer.
1 dioptre is the power of a lens of focal length one metre.
Question 13.
A convex lens forms a real and inverted image of a needle at a distance of 50 cm from it. Where is the needle placed in front of the convex lens if the image is equal to the size of the object. Also, find the power of the lens.
Answer.
Given: v = 50 cm, u = ?, P = ?
Since the image is equal to the size of the object, so the object is placed at a distance twice the focal length of the lens, i.e.
-u = v = 2f= 50 cm
∴ u = -50 cm and f= 25 cm
Hence, the needle is placed at a distance of 50 cm in front of the lens.
Nowpower, P=\frac { 100 }{ f(cm) } =\frac { 100 }{ 25 } =+4\quad D
Question 14.
Find the power of a concave lens of focal length 2 m.
Answer.
Given: Focal length, f = -2 m = -200 cm
∴ Power, P=\frac { 100 }{ f } =\frac { 100 }{ -200 } =-0.5\quad D
Chapter End Questions
Question 1.
Which one of the following materials cannot be used to make a lens?
(a) Water
(b) Glass
(c) Plastic
(d) Clay
Answer.
(d) Clay
Question 2.
The image formed by a concave mirror is observed to be virtual, erect and larger than the object. Where should be the position of the object?
(a) Between the principal focus and the centre of curvature
(b) At the centre of curvature
(c) Beyond the centre of curvature
(d) Between the pole of the mirror and its principal focus
Answer.
(d) etween the pole of the mirror and its principal focus
Question 3.
Where should an object be placed in front of a convex lens to get a real image of the size of the object?
(a) At the principal focus of the lens
(b) At twice the focal length
(c) At infinity
(d) Between the optical centre of the lens- and its principal focus
Answer.
(b) At twice the focal length
Question 4.
A spherical mirror and a thin spherical lens have each a focal length of -15 cm. The mirror and the lens are likely to be
(a) both concave
(b) both convex
(c) the mirror is concave and the lens is convex
(d) the mirror is convex and the lens is concave
Answer.
(a) both concave
Question 5.
No matter how far you stand from a mirror, your image appears erect. The mirror is likely to be
(a) plane
(b) concave
(c) convex
(d) either plane or convex
Answer.
(d) either plane or convex
Question 6.
Which of the following lenses would you prefer to use while reading small letters found in a dictionary?
(a) A convex lens of focal length 50 cm
(b) A concave lens of focal length 50 cm
(c) A convex lens of focal length 5 cm
(d) A concave lens of focal length 5 cm
Answer.
(c) A convex lens of focal length 5 cm
Question 7.
We wish to obtain an erect image of an object, using a concave mirror of focal length 15 cm. What should be the range of distance of the object from the mirror? What is the nature of the image? Is the image larger or smaller than the object? Draw a ray diagram to show the image formation in this case.
Answer.
The range of distance of the object from the mirror should be between focus and pole.
Image is virtual, erect and larger than the object. The ray diagram showing the image formation
is given below.
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Question 8.
Name the type of mirror used in the following situations: [2012,2013]
(a) Headlight of a car
(b) Rear-view of a vehicle
(c) Solar furnace
Support your answer with reason.
Answer.
(a) Concave mirror, as it can give an inverted and enlarged image which meet at infinity,
(b) Convex mirror, as it can give an erect and diminished image within the focal length.
(c) Concave mirror, as it can converge all the parallel beam of light rays at one point.
Question 9.
One-half of a convex lens is covered with a black paper. Will this lens produce a complete image of the object? Verify your answer experimentally. Explain your observation. [2015]
Answer.
Yes, it will produce a complete image of the object. This can be verified experimentally as follows:
Procedure:
  1. Take a metre scale and place it horizontally against a white or light coloured wall with 0 cm end touching the wall.
  2. Take a convex lens and focus the light from a distant object, say a tree, by moving the lens to and fro along the metre scale.
  3. A sharp image of the tree is formed on the wall at a distance equal to the focal length of the lens.
  4. Cover lower or upper half of the lens with black paper.
  5. Again focus the light from the same tree on the wall.
    A less bright image of the tree is formed on the wall from the same point on the metre scale.
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Observation: It is observed that when half of the lens is covered, its focal length remains the same. Only the intensity of light entering the lens decreases due to which the brightness of the image also decreases.
Diagrammatically, it can be represented as
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Question 10.
An object 5 cm in length is held 25 cm away from a converging lens of focal length 10 cm. Draw the ray diagram and find the position, size and the nature of the image formed. [2014]
Answer.
The ray diagram is shown below:
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Question 11.
A concave lens of focal length 15 cm forms an image 10 cm from the lens. How far is the object placed from the lens. Draw the ray diagram.
Answer.
The complete ray diagram is shown below:
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Question 12.
An object is placed at a distance of 10 cm from a convex mirror of focal length 15 cm. Find the position and nature of the image. [2014]
Answer.
Given: u = -10 cm, f = 15 cm and v = ?
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Hence, the image is formed behind the mirror. It is erect, virtual and smaller than the object.
Question 13.
The magnification produced by a plane mirror is +1. What does this mean?  [2011,2014]
Answer.
∵ m=\frac { { h }_{ 2 } }{ { h }_{ 1 } } =+1
∴ h2 = h1
Therefore, the size of image is equal to the size of object and positive sign shows that the image is erect.
Question 14.
An object 5.0 cm in length is placed at a distance of 20 cm in front of a convex mirror of radius of curvature 30 cm. Find the position of the image, its nature and size.
Answer.
Given: h1 = 5.0 cm, u = -20 cm, R = 30 cm
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Question 15.
An object of size 7.0 cm is placed at a distance of 27 cm in front of a concave mirror of focal length 18 cm. At what distance from the mirror should a screen be placed, so that a sharp focussed image can be obtained? Find the size and nature of the image.
Answer.
Given: h1 = 7 cm, u = -27 cm, f = -18 cm,
v = ?
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Question 16.
Find the focal length of a lens of power -2.0 D. What type of lens is this?
Answer.
Given: P = -2.0 D, f = ?
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Question 17.
A doctor has prescribed a corrective lens of power +1.5 D. Find the focal length of the lens. Is the prescribed lens diverging or converging? [2012]
Answer.
Given: P = +1.5 D, f = ?
∴ Focal length, f=\frac { 100 }{ P } =\frac { 100 }{ 1.5 } =66.6\quad cm
The prescribed lens is a converging lens because its focal length is positive.



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