SELINA Solutions for Class 10 Physics Chapter 9 - Household Circuits
Get to know how electricity is generated by studying with our Selina Solutions for ICSE Class 10 Physics Chapter 9 Household Circuits. In these solutions, TopperLearning’s Science educators explain the connections of the main fuse and the reasons for those connections.
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Chapter 9 - Household Circuits Exercise Ex. 9A
At what voltage and frequency is the electric power generated at the power generating station?
The electric power is generated at 11 KV, 50Hz at the power generating station.
The main fuse is connected in :
(a) Live wire
(b) Neutral wire
(c) Both the live and earth wires
(d) Both earth and the neutral wire.
The main fuse is connected in live wire.
Hint: The main fuse is connected in live wire so that if the current exceeds its rating, the fuse melts and breaks the circuit; thus, preventing the excessive current from flowing into the circuit.
At what voltage is the electric power from the generating station transmitted? Give reasons to your answer.
Electric power from the generating station is transmitted at 11 kV because voltage higher than this causes insulation difficulties, while the voltage lower than this involves high current and loss of energy in form of heat (I2Rt).
What is the nature of current transmitted from the power station?
The current transmitted from the power station is alternating in nature.
The electrical appliances in a house are connected in :
(c) Either in series or parallel
(d) Both in series and parallel
Electrical appliances in a house are connected in parallel.
Hint: On connecting the electrical appliances in parallel, each appliance works independently without being affected whether the other appliance is switched on or off.
The voltage of power generated at the generating stations is first stepped up before its transmission. Give reason.
Power generated at generating stations is usually about 11kV, which is very high.
This power from the generating stations is to be transmitted across far away distances.
While transmitting the 11kV power, a lot of energy is lost in the form of heat in the transmission line wires.
Therefore, the voltage of power generated at the stations is raised or stepped up from 11kV to 132kV using the step-up transformer.
As direct current cannot be raised, this process is applicable only for alternating current.
The electric meter in a house records :
Hint: The electric meter in a house records the amount of electrical energy consumed in a house.
Explain with the aid of a simple diagram, the transmission of electric power from the generating station to your house.
At a power generating station, the electric power is generated at 11 kV. From here, the alternating voltage is transmitted to the grid sub-station and stepped up to 132 kV using a step-up transformer. It is then transmitted to the main sub-station where the voltage is stepped down to 33 kV using a step-down transformer and is then transmitted to the intermediate sub-station. At the intermediate sub-station, the voltage is stepped down to 11 kV using a step-down transformer and is transmitted to the city sub-station, where the voltage is further stepped down to 220 V and is supplied to our houses.
At what voltage and frequency is the a.c. supplied to our houses?
At 220 V of voltage and 50 Hz of frequency, the a.c. is supplied to our houses.
Name the device used to (a) Increase the voltage at the generating station (b) Decrease the voltage at the sub-station for its supply.
(a) Step-up transformer
(b) Step-down transformer
(a) Name the three connecting wires used in a household circuit.
(b) Which two wires mentioned in part (a) are at the same potential?
(c) In which of the wire stated in part (a) the switch is connected?
(a) The three connecting wires used in a household circuit are:
(i) Live (or phase) wire (L),
(ii) Neutral wire (N), and
(iii) Earth wire (E).
(b) Among them neutral and earth wires are at the same potential.
(c) The switch is connected in the live wire.
What is the pole fuse? Write down its current rating.
Before the electric line is connected to the meter in a house, a fuse of rating () is connected in the live wire at the pole or just before the meter. This fuse is called the pole fuse.
Its current rating is .
State the function of each of the following in a house circuiting:
(a) kWh meter,
(b) main fuse, and
(c) main switch.
(a) After the company fuse, the cable is connected to a kWh meter and from this meter; connections are made to the distribution board through a main fuse and a main switch.
(b) Main fuse is connected in the live wire and in case of high current it gets burnt and cut the connections to save appliances.
(c) Main switch is connected in the live and neutral wires. It is used to cut the connections of the live as well as the neutral wires simultaneously from the main supply.
In what unit does the electric meter in a house measure the electrical energy consumed? What is its value in S.I. unit?
The electric meter in a house measures the electrical energy consumed in kWh.
Its value in S.I. unit is .
Where is the main fuse connected in a house circuit?
The main fuse in a house circuit is connected on the distribution board, in live wire before the main switch.
State one advantage of using the main switch in house wiring.
The main switch is a double pole switch with an iron covering.
The major advantage of using a main switch is that it can break the connection of both, the live and the neutral wire at the same time.
This protects electrical appliances from accidental damage due to electrical faults.
Draw a circuit diagram to explain the ring system of house wiring. State two advantages of it.
Advantages of ring system over tree system
(i) In a ring system the wiring is cheaper than tree system.
(ii) In ring system the sockets and plugs of same size can be used while in a tree system sockets and plugs are of different size.
(iii) In ring system, each appliance has a separate fuse due to which if there is a fault and the fuse of one appliance burns it does not affect other appliances; while in a tree system when fuse in one distribution line blows, it disconnects all the appliances connected to that distribution circuit.
Draw a labelled diagram with necessary switch, regulator etc. to connect a bulb/lamp, a plug socket and a fan with the mains.
In what arrangement are these appliances connected to the mains: series or parallel?
These appliances are connected to the mains in a parallel arrangement.
How should the several electric lamps be connected with the main so that the switching on or off in a room has no effect on other lamps?
All the electrical appliances in a building should be connected in parallel at the mains, each with a separate switch and a separate fuse connected in the live wire so that the switching on or off in a room has no effect on other lamps in the same building.
Fig.9.12 shows three bulbs A, B and C each of rating 100 W, 220 V connected to the mains of 220 V. Answer the following:
(a) How is the bulb A connected with the mains? At what voltage does it glow?
(b) How are the bulbs B and C connected with the mains? At what the bulb A connected with the mains?
(c) How is the glow of bulbs A and C affected if bulb B gets fused?
(d) How is the glow of bulbs B and C affected if bulb A gets fused?
(a) Bulb A is connected in a parallel connection with the mains.
It will glow when the voltage applied across the bulb is 220 V.
(b) Bulbs B and C are connected in series with the mains. Because of this series connection with the mains, the voltage at which they glow will be divided by two from the main's supply voltage. So, bulb B will glow at 110V.
(c) If bulb B gets fused, bulb C which was connected in series with it will not glow. This will not affect the glow of bulb A, because it is connected parallel with the mains.
(d) If bulb A gets fused, the glow of bulbs B and C will not be affected.
Two sets A and B each of four bulbs are glowing in two separate rooms. When one of the bulbs in set A is fused, the other three bulbs also cease to glow. But in set B, when one bulb fuses, the other bulbs continue to glow.
(i) Explain the difference in the two sets,
(ii) Which set of arrangement is preferred in housing circuit and why?
[Hint : in set A, the bulbs are in series; while in set B, the bulbs are in parallel]
In set A, the bulbs are connected in series. Thus, when the fuse of one bulb blows off, the circuit gets broken and current does not flow through the other bulbs also.
In set B, the bulbs are connected in parallel. Thus, each bulb gets connected to its voltage rating (= 220 V) and even when the fuse of one bulb blows off, others remain unaffected and continue to glow.
Chapter 9 - Household Circuits Exercise Ex. 9B
What is a fuse? Name the material of fuse. State one characteristic of material used for the fuse.
An electric fuse is a safety device, which is used to limit the current in an electric circuit. The use of fuse safeguards the circuit and appliances connected in that circuit from being damaged.
An alloy of lead and tin is used as a material of fuse because it has low melting point and high resistivity.
The rating of a fuse connected in the lighting circuit is :
(a) 15 A
(b) 5 A
(c) 10 A
Hint: The electric wiring for light and fan circuit uses a thin fuse of low current rating (= 5 A) because the line wire has a current carrying capacity of 5 A.
Name the device used to protect the electric circuits from overloading and short circuit. On what effect of current does it work?
'Fuse' is used to protect electric circuits from overloading and short circuiting. It works on heating effect of current.
A switch must be connected in :
(a) Live wire
(b) Neutral wire
(c) Earth wire
(d) Either earth or neutral wire
A switch must be connected in live wire.
Explanation: A switch must be connected in live wire, so that when it is in 'off' position, the circuit is incomplete and no current reaches the appliance through the live wire.
Complete the following sentences:
(a) A fuse is a short piece of wire of high _________ and of material low _________.
(b) A fuse wire is made of an alloy of ________ and ________. If the current in a circuit exceeds the current rating of the fuse wire it _________.
(c)A fuse is connected in ________ with the ________ wire.
(d) Higher the current rating,_______ is the fuse wire.
(e) Live wire is also called __________ wire.
(a) A fuse is a short piece of wire of high resistance and of material low melting point.
(b) A fuse wire is made of an alloy of lead and tin. If the current in a circuit exceeds the current rating of the fuse wire it melts.
(c) A fuse is connected in series with the live wire.
(d) Higher the current rating, thicker is the fuse wire.
(e) Live wire is also called phase wire.
Why is the fuse wire fitted in a porcelain casing?
The fuse wire is fitted in a porcelain casing because porcelain is an insulator of electricity.
How is a fuse put in an electric circuit? State the purpose of using a fuse in a circuit.
The fuse wire is stretched between the two metallic terminals T1 and T2 in a porcelain holder (since porcelain is an insulator of electricity). This holder fits into a porcelain socket having two metallic terminals to which the live wires of the circuit are connected. The figure below is showing the fuse arrangement.
A fuse is connected with each electrical appliance to safeguard it from the flow of excessive current through it.
Describe with the aid of a diagram some form of a fuse, which is used in the electric lighting circuit of a house. Give two reasons why a fuse must not be replaced by an ordinary copper wire.
The figure above shows the most common fuse arrangement in which the fuse wire is stretched between the two metallic terminals T1 and T2 in a porcelain holder. This holder fits into a porcelain socket having two metallic terminals to each of which the live wire of the circuit is connected.
A fuse must not be replaced with a copper wire because copper has very low resistivity and high melting point.
A fuse is always connected to the live wire of the circuit. Explain the reason.
The fuse wire is always connected in the live wire of the circuit because if the fuse is put in the neutral wire, then due to excessive flow of current when the fuse burns, current stops flowing in the circuit, but the appliance remains connected to the high potential point of the supply through the live wire. Now if a person touches the appliance, he may get a shock as the person will come in contact with the live wire through the appliance.
How does the (i) thickness and (ii) length of a fuse wire depend on its current rating
The current rating of the fuse wire
(i) Is directly proportional to the thickness of the fuse wire. Thicker the fuse wire, higher will be the current rating of the fuse wire.
(ii) The current rating of the fuse wire does not depend on its length.
Two fuse wires are rated 5 A and 20 A. Which of the two is (i) thicker, (ii) longer?
The 20 A fuse wire will be thicker so that its resistance be low.
5A will be longer because length is directly proportional to resistance hence longer the wire greater will be the resistance smalller the current.
Explain the meaning of the statement 'the current rating of a fuse is 5 A'.
It means that the line to which this fuse is connected has a current carrying capacity of 5 A.
'A fuse is rated 8 A'. Can it be used with an electrical appliance of rating 5 kW, 200 V?
The safe limit of current which can flow through the electrical appliance is I = P/V = 5000/200 = 25 A; which is greater than 8 A. So, such fuse cannot be used.
An electric kettle is rated 3 kW, 250 V. Give reason whether this kettle can be used in a circuit which contains a fuse of current rating 13 A.
Yes, this kettle can be used in a circuit which contains a 13 A fuse because safe limit of current for kettle is,
(a) What is the purpose of a switch in a circuit?
(b) Why is the switch put in the live wire?
(c) What precaution do you take while handling a switch?
A switch is an on-off device for current in a circuit (or in an appliance). The switch should always be connected in the live wire so that the appliance could be connected to the high potential point through the live wire. In this position the circuit is complete as the neutral wire provides the return path for the current. When the appliance does not work i.e., in off position of the switch, the circuit is incomplete and no current reaches the appliance.
On the other hand, if switch is connected in the neutral wire, then in 'off' position, no current passes through the bulb. But the appliance remains connected to the high potential terminal through the live wire.
Thus, if the switch is connected in the neutral wire, it can be quite deceptive and even dangerous for the user.
Precaution while handling a switch: A switch should not be touched with wet hands.
(a) A switch is not touched with wet hands while putting it on or off. Give a reason for your answer.
(b) Name the wire to which a switch is connected.
A switch should not be touched with wet hands. If water reaches the live wire, it forms a conducting layer between the hand and the live wire of the switch through which the current passes to the hand and the person may get a fatal shock.
It is dangerous to connect the switch in the neutral wire. Explain your answer.
In case of excessive current, it is dangerous to connect the switch in the neutral wire.
Even if the fuse blows off due to excessive current and the current in the circuit would no longer be conducted, the appliance will still remain connected to the live wire of a very high potential.
In such a case, if a person touches the body of that appliance, he/she may suffer a fatal electric shock.
That is why it is highly dangerous to connect the switch with the neutral wire.
Draw a circuit diagram using the dual control switches to light a staircase electric light and explain its working.
Let a switch S1 be fitted at the bottom and a switch S2 at the top of the staircase. Fig. (a) shows the off position of the bulb.
The bulb can now be switched on independently by either the switch S1 or the switch S2. If the switch S1 is operated, the connection 'ab' is changed to 'bc', which completes the circuit and the bulb lights up [Fig. (b)].
Similarly, on operating the switch S2, the connection 'bc' changes to 'ba', which again completes the circuit [Fig. (c)].
Similarly if the bulb is in on position as shown in Fig. (b) or (c), one can switch off the bulb either from the switch S1 or the switch S2.
What purpose is served by the terminals of a three way pin plug? Draw a diagram and name the pins.
All electrical appliances are provided with a cable having a plug at one end to connect the appliance to the electric supply.
In this three way pin plug, the top pin is for earthing (E), the live pin (L) in on the left and the neutral pin (N) is on the right.
The diagram in fig. shows a three pin plug.
Label the three pins.
(a) Why is top pin thicker and longer than the other two?
(b) Why are the pins splitted at the ends?
The three pins in the plug are labelled as
Here E signifies the earth pin,
L is for live wire, and
N is for neutral wire.
(a)The earth pin is made long so that the earth connection is made first. This ensures the safety of the user because if the appliance is defective, the fuse will blow off. The earth pin is thicker so that even by mistake it cannot be inserted into the hole for the live or neutral connection of the socket.
(b)The pins are splitted at the end to provide spring action so that they fit in the socket holes tightly.
Draw a labelled diagram of a three pin socket.
E: for earth pin
N: for neutral wire pin
L: for live wire pin.
The diagram in Fig. shows a three-pin socket marked as 1, 2 and 3.
(a)Identify and write live (L), neutral (N) and earth (E) against the correct number.
(b)To which part of the appliance is the terminal 1 connected?
(c)To which wire joined to 2 or 3, is the fuse connected and why?
(a)1 – Earth, 2 – Neutral, 3 - Live
(b)Terminal 1 is connected to the outer metallic case of the appliance.
(c)The fuse is connected to live wire joined to 3 so that in case of excessive flow of current fuse melts first and breaks down the circuit to protect appliances.
What do you mean by the term local earthing? Explain how it is done.
Local earthing is made near kWh meter. In this process a 2 - 3 metre deep hole is dug in the ground. A copper rod placed inside a hollow insulating pipe, is put in the hole. A thick copper plate of dimensionsis welded to the lower end of the copper rod and it is buried in the ground. The plate is surrounded by a mixture of charcoal and salt to make a good earth connection.
To keep the ground damp, water is poured through the pipe from time to time. This forms a conducting layer between the plate and the ground. The upper end of the copper rod is joined to the earth connection at the kWh meter.
To which wire is the metallic case of an electric appliance connected? give the reason?
If the live wire of a faulty appliance comes in to direct contact with the metallic case due to some reason then the appliance acquires the high potential of live wire. This may results in shock if any person touches the body of appliance. But if the appliance is earthed then as soon as the live wire comes in to contact with the metallic case, high current flows through the case to the earth. The fuse connected to the appliance will also blows off, so the appliance get disconnected.
(a) The earthing of an electric appliance is useful only if the fuse is in the live wire. Given the reason.
(b) Name the part of the appliance which is earthed.
(a) The fuse must be connected in the live wire only. If the fuse is in the neutral wire, then although the fuse burns due to the flow of heavy current, but the appliance remains at the supply voltage so that on touching the appliance current flows through the appliance to the person touching it.
(b) Metallic case of the appliance should be earthed.
For earthing an electrical appliance, one has to remove the paint from the metal body of the appliance where the electrical contact is made. Explain the reason.
The paint provides an insulating layer on the metal body of the appliance. To make earth connection therefore, the paint must be removed from the body part where connection is to be made.
What is the colour code for the insulation on (a) live, (b) neutral and (c) earth wire?
According to new international convention
(a) Live wire is brown in colour.
(b) Neutral is light blue and
(c) Earth wire is yellow or green in colour.
Name the colour code of the wire which is connected to (i) metallic body of an appliance, (ii) switch for the appliance.
Colour code of the wire which is connected to
(i) The metallic body of an appliance is the green coloured, earthing wire.
(ii) The switch of the appliance is the red coloured, live wire.
How does the colour code of wires in a cable help in house wiring?
The colour coding of wires helps us to connect the switch, fuse, sockets, etc through proper wire in house wiring.
A power circuit uses a cable using three different wires.
(a) Name the three wires of the cable.
(b)To which of the two wires should the heating element of an electric geyser be connected?
(c)To which wire should the metal case of the geyser be connected?
(d)To which wire should the switch and fuse be connected?
(a) The three wires are: Live wire, Earth wire and Neutral wire.
(b)The heating element of geyser should be connected to live wire and neutral wire.
(c)The metal case should be connected to earth wire.
(d)The switch and fuse should be connected to live wire.
State two circumstances when one may get an electric shock from an electrical gadget. What preventive measures must be provided with the gadget to avoid it?
One may get an electric shock from an electrical gadget in the following two cases:
(i) If the fuse is put in the neutral wire instead of live wire and due to fault, if an excessive current flows in the circuit, the fuse burns, current stops flowing in the circuit but the appliance remains connected to the high potential point of the supply through the live wire. In this situation, if a person touches the faulty appliance, he may get an electric shock as the person will come in contact with the live wire through the appliance.
Preventive measure: The fuse must always be connected in the live wire.
(ii) When the live wire of a faulty appliance comes in direct contact with its metallic case due to break of insulation after constant use (or otherwise), the appliance acquires the high potential of the live wire. A person touching it will get a shock because current flows through his body to earth.
Preventive measure: Proper 'earthing' of the electric appliance should be done.
Why is it necessary to have an earth wire installed in a power circuit, but not in a lighting circuit?
Power circuit carries high power and costly devices. If there is some unwanted power signal (noise) in the wire it can damage the device. To reduce this effect earth is necessary.
Lighting circuit carries low power (current).So, we ignore the earth terminal.
Give two characteristics of a high tension wire.
A high tension wire has a low resistance and large surface area.
Which of the cables, one rated 5 A and the other 15 A will be of thicker wire? Give a reason for your answer.
To carry larger current, the resistance of the wire should be low, so its area of cross section should be large. Therefore 15 A current rated wire will be thicker.
The diagram in Fig. shows three lamps and three switches 1, 2 and 3.
(a) Name the switch/switches to be closed so as to light all the three lamps.
(b) How are the lamps connected: in series or in parallel?
(a) Switches 2 and 3.
(b) The lamps are connected in series.
Fig. below shows two bulbs with switches and fuse connected to mains through a socket.
(a) Label each component.
(b) Name and state the colour of insulation of each wire 1, 2 and 3.
(c) How are the two bulbs joined: in series or in parallel?
Colour (Old convention)
Colour (New convention)
Green or yellow
(c) The bulbs are joined in parallel.
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