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Chapter 16 – Light

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Have you ever thought of a life where there is no light? A world that is dark and does let us appreciate the beauty of nature? If not for the light that the Sun blesses us with, the sense of sight too has no meaning to it.

It, therefore, becomes important that you understand the concept of light and its importance in nature.

When light reflects from a surface, that surface becomes visible to the human eye.

Let us learn how a ray of light makes things visible by understanding the concepts of Incident ray, Reflected ray, and a Normal.

Case: Imagine a mirror placed on a plane surface opposite to which, a black screen is placed with a small gap in it. Now position a torch (as our source of light) in such a manner that the ray of light coming out of the torch will pass through the gap in the black screen and fall on a point on the mirror.

Incident ray: The ray of light that falls on the mirror is called the incident ray.

Reflected ray: The same ray of light when it reflects back from the mirror surface is called the reflected ray.

Normal: If we draw a straight line at 90° perpendicular to the mirror surface at the point where the light falls on the mirror, this straight line is called Normal.

To understand the laws of reflection, you must first understand the following terms:

Angle of incidence: The angle between the Normal and the incident ray is the angle of incidence.

Angle of reflection: The angle between the Normal and the reflected ray is the angle of reflection.

1)   First law of reflection: The angle of incidence is always equal to the angle of reflection. Even If you change the angle of incidence, the angle formed by the reflected ray will still be equal to that formed by the incident ray.

2)   Second law of reflection: The incident ray, the Normal (at the incidence point), and the reflected ray all lie in the same plane always. If you experiment by adding a break in the plane where the incident ray and Normal are present, it will result in the formation of a new plane. Due to this new plane, the reflected ray is not visible, thus proving the second law of reflection.

Due to this new plane, the reflected ray is not visible, thus proving the second law of reflection.

Reflection depends on the surface of reflection. If the surface of reflection is smooth like that of a mirror, the reflection of light is called regular reflection.

If the reflection surface is irregular (such as the surface of the moon), the reflection of light is called irregular or diffused reflection.

Imagine having more than one mirror at any angle to each other or parallel. This will lead to multiple images from the same light, which tells us that reflected light can be reflected again.

This principle is used in Kaleidoscope.

The sunlight is made of seven distinct colours. You have already studied them in class VII with the concept of VIBGYOR, the colours of sunlight.

When light passes through water and mirror or through a prism, it splits into its individual colours. This phenomenon is seen in a rainbow.

The reflected light can be seen only when it enters our eyes. Being one of the most important sensory organs, you must understand the structure of eyes.

Within the outer tough white layer, there is a transparent inner layer called cornea. It is behind the cornea that we can find the muscular structure called iris that hosts the pupil. The colour of the eyes is decided by the iris. Behind the iris is the lens which monitors the amount of light that enters the eyes and focuses the light on the inner retina. It is the retina that passes signals to the brain via its numerous neural connections, thus forming images in the eyes.

Nature has protected our eyes by giving it eyelids. But we must take special care of our eyes by these simple practices:

  • Frequent washing of eyes.
  • Using spectacles to protect eyes from foreign bodies.
  • Ensuring moderate amounts of sunlight enters our eye, not too much or too little.
  • Reading from a safe distance.

Visually impaired persons can read and write

People with limited to no vision can also read and write with external help. Their other senses get sharper too. Visually impaired people can read and write with the following assistance:

1)     Lenses such as contact, bifocal, etc

2)     Visual, tactual, auditory, and electronic aids.

Braille system

It is a tactual aid developed by Louis Braille for visually impaired people. It consists of a pattern of dots that represent letters and words. These patterns are embossed on sheets so that visually challenged people can recognize words by touching them.

1) What is light?

Light is an underrated gift of nature without which, everything will be black and colours will not be recognized.

 2) What is light called?

It is also referred to as electromagnetic waves.

3) What are the properties of light?

The important properties of light are: it travels in a straight line, the speed of light is faster than sound, and the phenomenon of reflection of light.

4) What are the 7 types of light?

The white light is made up of the following 7 colours: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.

5) Is white light just white?

No, white light when reflected through a prism splits into its 7 colours otherwise not visible to naked eye.

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High School Physics

  • Alternating Current
  • Atoms
  • Communication Systems
  • Current Electricity
  • Dual nature of Radiation and Matter
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  • Acids, Bases and Salts
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  • Absorption and Movement of Water in Plants
  • Adolescent Issues
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  • Neural Control And Coordination
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  • Plant Growth and Development
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High School Math

  • Algebra – Arithmatic Progressions
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  • Acids, Bases And Salts
  • Air and Its Constituents
  • Basic Biology
  • Body Movements
  • Carbon and Its Compounds
  • Cell – Structure And Functions
  • Changes Around Us
  • Chemical Effects Of Electric Current
  • Chemistry in Your Life
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  • Combustion And Flame
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  • Conservation Of Plants And Animals
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  • Fibre To Fabric
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  • Friction
  • Fun With Magnets
  • Garbage In, Garbage Out
  • Getting To Know Plants
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Heat
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  • Light, Shadows And Reflections
  • Materials: Metals And Non-Metals
  • Matter and Its States
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  • Motion And Measurement Of Distances
  • Motion And Time
  • Nutrition In Animals
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  • Reproduction In Plants
  • Respiration In Organisms
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  • Separation Of Substances
  • Simple Machines
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  • Some Natural Phenomena
  • Sorting Materials Into Groups
  • Sound
  • Stars And The Solar System
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  • Synthetic Fibers And Plastics
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  • Transfer of Heat
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  • Transportation In Animals And Plants
  • Universe
  • Waste-water Story
  • Water: A Precious Resource
  • Weather, Climate And Adaptations Of Animals To Climate
  • Winds, Storms And Cyclones

Middle School Math

  • Addition
  • Area and Its Boundary
  • Boxes and Sketches
  • Data Handling
  • Fun With Numbers
  • Heavy and Light
  • How Many
  • Long And Short
  • Mapping
  • Measurement
  • Money
  • Multiplication and Factors
  • Multiply and Divide
  • Numbers
  • Parts and Wholes
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Patterns
  • Play With Patterns
  • Rupees And Paise
  • Shapes And Angles
  • Shapes And Designs
  • Shapes and Space
  • Similarity
  • Smart Charts
  • Squares
  • Subtraction
  • Tables And Shares
  • Tenths and Hundredths
  • Time
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