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NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and Salts

Page No. 18

Q1. You have been provided with three test tubes. One of them contains distilled water, and the other two contain an acidic solution and a basic solution, respectively. If you are given only red litmus paper, how will you identify the contents of each test tube?
Ans: We can identify the content in each of the test tubes using red litmus paper. This can be done by noticing the colour change of the red litmus paper. If the colour of red litmus does not change then, it is acid. If the colour of red litmus changes to blue, then it is base. If there is a slight change in the colour of red litmus (such as purple), then it is distilled water.

  • Let us mark the three test tubes as A, B, and C. A drop of the solution in A is put on the red litmus paper. Same is repeated with solution B and C. If either of them changes colour to blue, then it is basic. 
  • Therefore, out of three, one is eliminated. Out of the remaining two, anyone can be acidic or neutral. Now a drop of basic solution is mixed with a drop of each of the remaining two solutions separately, and then the nature of the drops of the mixtures is checked. 
  • If the colour of red litmus turns blue, then the second solution is neutral and if there is no change in colour, then the second solution is acidic. This is because acidic and basic solutions neutralize each other. Hence, we can distinguish between the three types of solutions.

Page No. 22

Q1. Why should curd and sour substances not be kept in brass and copper vessels?
Ans: Curd and the sour substances contain acids and if kept in brass or copper vessels react with them and form hydrogen and other harmful substances due to the presence of acid in them. These toxic substances can cause food poisoning or other damage to health. Due to this reason, curd and sour substances should not be kept in brass and copper vessels.

Q2. Which gas is usually liberated when an acid reacts with a metal? Illustrate with an example. How will you test for the presence of this gas?
Ans: Usually, hydrogen gas is liberated when an acid reacts with a metal. For example, let us take the reaction between zinc and sulphuric acid.

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and Salts

The reaction of zinc granules with dil. H2SO4 to liberate hydrogen gas which burns with a ‘pop’ sound
(i) Take 5 g of zinc granules in a test tube.
(ii) Set the apparatus, as shown in the diagram.
(iii) Add 20 mL of dil. H2SO4 with the help of a thistle funnel.
(iv) Collect the gas evolved in a gas jar, as shown in the figure.
(v) Observe the colour and odour of the gas.
(vi) Bring a burning matchstick near the gas jar and record your observations.

Observation: A colourless, odourless gas is evolved. It burns explosively with a ‘pop’ sound when a burning matchstick is brought near it, indicating the presence of hydrogen gas. 

The pop sound is because whenever we bring hydrogen in contact with heat it expands , it is so fast that it breaks the sound barrier.

Chemical Reaction: Zn(s) + H2SO4(dil) → ZnSO4(aq) + H2(g)

Q3. Metal compound A reacts with dilute hydrochloric acid to produce effervescence. The gas evolved extinguishes a burning candle. Write a balanced chemical equation for the reaction if one of the compounds formed is calcium chloride.
Ans: Calcium carbonate (A), when reacts with hydrochloric acid, produces carbon dioxide gas with effervescence. Carbon dioxide gas is used as a fire extinguisher. Therefore, it extinguishes a burning candle. Hence, the metal compound A is calcium carbonate.

Chemical Reaction: CaCO3(s) + 2HCl(aq) → CaCl2(s)+ CO2 (g) + H2O(l)

Page No. 25

Q1. Why do HCl, HNO3, etc., show acidic characters in aqueous solutions while solutions of compounds like alcohol and glucose do not show acidic character?
Ans: Release of H+ ion in water will make a compound acidic or non-acidic. Acids are substances which, upon dissociating with water, resulting in the production of Hydrogen ions.  HCI, HNO3, etc. dissociate into their ions in the presence of water. They form hydrogen ions (H+). These hydrogen ions combine with H2O to form hydronium ions (H3O+). 
The reaction can be given as follows:
HCl → H+ + Cl-
H+ + H2O → H3O+
Similarly, HNO3 → H+ + NO3-
H+ + H2O →  H3O+

  • Due to this property, HCl and HNO3 show acidic character in aqueous solutions. On the other hand, alcohol and glucose cannot dissociate in water to form hydrogen ions. Hence, they do not show acidic character.

Q2. Why does an aqueous solution of an acid conduct electricity?
Ans: An aqueous solution of acid conducts electricity because of the presence of charged particles called ions in it. When dissolved in water, acids dissociate to form ions. 
HCl + H2O → Cl- + H3O+
These ions are responsible for conducting electricity.

Q3. Why does dry HCl gas not change the colour of the dry litmus paper?
Ans: Dry HCl gas do not change the colour of dry litmus paper because:

  • We know that H+ ions of acid change the colour of the litmus. 
  • Dry HCI does not dissociate to give H+ ions. 
  • Acids dissociate to give ions only in the aqueous medium. 
  • Since in this case, neither HCI is in the aqueous form nor is the litmus paper wet, so the colour of the litmus paper does not change.

Q4. While diluting an acid, why is it recommended that the acid should be added to water and not water to the acid?
Ans: The process of dissolving an acid in water is highly exothermic. The acid must always be added slowly to water with constant stirring. If water is added to a concentrated acid, the heat generated may cause the mixture to splash out and cause severe burns. The glass container may also break due to excessive heating.

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and Salts

Q5. How is the concentration of hydronium ions (H3O+) affected when a solution of an acid is diluted?

  • When a given amount of acid is added to water, there is a fixed number of hydronium ions per unit volume of the solution.
  • On dilution number of hydronium ions per unit volume decreases and the concentration of hydronium ions (H3O+) decreases and becomes weak.

Q6. How is the concentration of hydroxide ions (OH) affected when excess base is dissolved in a solution of sodium hydroxide?

  • The concentration of hydroxide ions (OH-) increases when the excess base is dissolved in a solution of sodium hydroxide.
  • The concentration of (OH) Hydroxide ions increases when the excessive base is added to the solution of Sodium Hydroxide as the base itself dissociates to give out OH ions which increase their concentration per unit volume.

Page No. 28

Q1. You have two solutions, A and B. The pH of solution A is 6, and the pH of solution B is 8. Which solution has more hydrogen ion concentration? Which of these is acidic, and which one is basic?
Ans: Solution A has more H+ ion concentration. A pH value of less than 7 indicates the acidic nature, while greater than 7 indicates the basic nature of a solution. So, solution A is acidic, and solution B is basic.

Q2. What effect does the concentration of H+(aq) ions have on the nature of the solution?
Ans: The concentration of H+(aq) can have a varied effect on the nature of the solution. With an increase in H+ ion concentration, the solution becomes more acidic, while a decrease in H+ ion causes an increase in the basicity of the solution.

Q3. Do basic solutions also have H+(aq)  ions? If yes, then why are these basic?
Ans: Yes, the basic solution also has H+(aq) ions. However, their concentration is less as compared to the concentration of OH- ions that makes the solution basic.

Q4. Under what soil conditions do you think a farmer would treat the soil of his fields with quick lime (calcium oxide) or slaked lime (calcium hydroxide) or chalk (calcium carbonate)?
Ans: If the farmer finds his soil to be more acidic, then to increase the basicity of the soil, he should treat the soil of his field with quick lime (calcium oxide) or slaked lime (calcium hydroxide) or chalk (calcium carbonate).

Page No. 33

Q1. What is the common name of the compound Ca(OCl)2?
Ans: Bleaching Powder

Explanation: The compound Ca(OCl)2 is commonly known as bleaching powder. The reason for this common name is due to the compound's primary use. It is often used as a disinfecting agent and to bleach cotton and linen in the textile industry. The chemical name for this compound is calcium hypochlorite, but it is more widely recognized and referred to as bleaching powder.
Bleaching powder structural formulaBleaching powder structural formula

Q2. Name the substance which on treatment with chlorine yields bleaching powder?
Ans: Dry slaked lime [Ca(OH)2].

Explanation: Bleaching powder, also known as Calcium hypochlorite [Ca(OCl)2], is produced by the action of chlorine on dry slaked lime [Ca(OH)2]. This reaction can be represented by the following chemical equation:

2Ca(OH)2 + 2Cl2 → Ca(OCl)2 + CaCl2 + 2H2O

In this reaction, chlorine (Cl2) is added to dry slaked lime (Ca(OH)2) to produce bleaching powder (Ca(OCl)2), calcium chloride (CaCl2), and water (H2O). The chlorine oxidizes the calcium hydroxide to produce the calcium hypochlorite, which is the main component of bleaching powder. The calcium chloride is a byproduct of this reaction.

So, the substance which on treatment with chlorine yields bleaching powder is dry slaked lime [Ca(OH)2].

Q3. Name the sodium compound which is used for softening hard water.
Ans: Washing soda (Na2CO3.10H2O)

Explanation: Hard water contains minerals like calcium and magnesium that can cause a buildup in plumbing and appliances, and make it difficult for soap to lather. Sodium carbonate, also known as washing soda or soda ash, is used to soften hard water. When added to water, it reacts with the calcium and magnesium ions, forming insoluble precipitates that can be removed from the water. This reduces the mineral content of the water, effectively "softening" it. The formula Na2CO3.10H2O represents washing soda, which means it is a hydrated salt with 10 molecules of water of crystallization.

Q4. What will happen if a solution of sodium hydro carbonate is heated? Give the equation of the reaction involved.
Ans: When sodium hydrogen carbonate is heated, then sodium carbonate and water are formed along with carbon dioxide gas evolution.

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and Salts
Q5. Write an equation to show the reaction between Plaster of Paris and water.

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and Salts

Exercises (Page No. 34 & 35) 

Q1. A solution turns red litmus blue, its pH is likely to be
(a) 1
(b) 4
(c) 5
(d) 10

Ans: (d) 
Solution: pH = 10, bases turn red litmus blue, and their pH is more than 7.

Q2. A solution reacts with crushed egg-shells to give a gas that turns lime-water milky. The solution contains
(a) NaCl

(b) HCl 
(c) LiCl 
(d) KCl
Ans: (b)
Eggshells are made up of CaCO3 which reacts with HCl to form CO2, and this CO2 turns lime water milky.
CaCO3(s) + 2HCl(dil)→ CaCl2(aq) + H2O(l) + CO2(g)
Ca(OH)2(aq) + CO2(g) → CaCO3(s) + H2O(l)

Q3. 10 mL of a solution of NaOH is found to be completely neutralised by 8 ml of a given solution of HCl. If we take 20 ml of the same solution of NaOH, the amount of HCl solution (the same solution as before) required to neutralise it will be
(a) 4 mL

(b) 8mL
(c) 12 mL 
(d) 16 mL
Ans: (d) 
∴ 10 mL of NaOH will neutralise
= 8 mL of HCI.
= 20 mL of NaOH will neutralise
= 8/10 x 20 = 16 mL.

Q4. Which one of the following types of medicines are used for treating indigestion?
(a) Antibiotic
(b) Analgesic
(c) Antacid
(d) Antiseptic

Ans: (c) 

  • Antacids are used to neutralise hyperacidity in the stomach due to excess of HCI which causes indigestion. 
  • Antibiotics are used to fight infections. 
  • Analgesics are pain killer while antiseptics prevent the growth of bacteria and other micro-organisms on wounds.

Q5. Write word equations and then balanced equations for the reaction taking place when:
(a) Dilute sulphuric acid reacts with zinc granules.
(b) Dilute hydrochloric acid reacts with magnesium ribbon.
(c) Dilute sulphuric acid reacts with aluminium powder.
(d) Dilute hydrochloric acid reacts with iron filings.

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and Salts
NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and Salts
NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and Salts
NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and Salts

Q6. Compounds such as alcohols and glucose also contain hydrogen but are not categorized as acids. Describe an activity to prove it.

  • Fix two iron nails on a cork and place this cork in a beaker.
  • Connect the nails to the two terminals of a 6-volt battery through a switch and a bulb, as shown in the figure.
    NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and Salts
  • Now add some dilute hydrochloric acid in the beaker and switch on the current. Take the observation.
  • Repeat the experiment separately with alcohol and glucose solution.

Observation: You will observe that in the case of dilute hydrochloric acid bulb glows, but when glucose or alcohol solution is taken in the beaker, the bulb does not glow.
Conclusion: The aqueous solution of hydrochloric acid conducts electricity due to the presence of types of charged particles: Hydrogen ions and chloride ions. Unlike acids glucose and ethanol do not ionise in an aqueous solution, i.e. they do not give H+ ions; therefore, they cannot conduct electricity. Thus, glucose and ethanol are not categorized as acids.

Q7. Why does distilled water not conduct electricity, whereas rainwater does? 


  • Distilled water does not contain any ionic compounds in it. 
  • Whereas rainwater has a lot, more compounds.
  • Rainwater has dissolved acidic gas such as carbon dioxide from the air and that forms carbonic acid. This means that it has hydrogen ions and carbonate ions. Therefore, with the presence of acids, rainwater can conduct electricity.

Q8. Why do acids not show acidic behaviour in the absence of water?
Ans: It is because acids do not dissociate into ions in the absence of water. But when an acid is dissolved in water, it forms hydrogen ions and hence, shows acidic behaviour.

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and Salts

Q9. Five solutions A, B, C, D and E when tested with universal indicator showed pH as 4, 1, 11, 7 and 9, respectively. Which solution is
(a) Neutral?
(b) Strongly alkaline?
(c) Strongly acidic?
(d) Weakly acidic?
(e) Weakly alkaline?
Arrange the pH in increasing order of hydrogen-ion concentration.

Ans:NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and SaltspH level from acidic to basic

(a) Neutral → Solution D with pH 7
(b) Strongly alkaline → Solution C with pH 11
(c) Strongly acidic → Solution B with pH 1
(d) Weakly acidic → Solution A with pH 4
(e) Weakly alkaline → Solution E with pH 9
  • The pH can be arranged in the increasing order of the concentration of hydrogen ions as: 11 < 9 < 7 < 4 < 1.

Q10. Equal lengths of magnesium ribbons are taken in test tubes A and B. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) is added to test tube A, while acetic acid (CH3COOH) is added to test tube B. In which test tube will the fizzing occur more vigorously and why?
Ans: Fizzing occurs more vigorously in hydrochloric acid present in test tube A than in acetic acid present in test tube B because HCl is a stronger acid than acetic acid. HCl dissociates completely into H+ and Cl- ions completely whereas acetic acid being weak acid partially dissociates into its ions.

Q11. Fresh milk has a pH of 6. How do you think the pH will change as it turns into curd? Explain your answer.
Ans: Milk contains carbohydrate lactose. When milk sets into curd, lactose gets converted into an acid called lactic acid. Due to the formation of lactic acid, the pH of milk falls below 6.

Q12. A milkman adds a very small amount of baking soda to fresh milk.
(a) Why does he shift the pH of the fresh milk from 6 to slightly alkaline?
(b) Why does this milk take a long time to set as curd?

(a) The milkman shifts the pH of the fresh milk from 6 to slightly alkaline because, in alkaline conditions, milk does not set as curd easily.
(b) Since this milk is slightly basic than usual milk, acids produced to set the curd are neutralized by the base. Therefore, it takes a longer time for the curd to set.

Q13. Plaster of Paris should be stored in a moisture-proof container. Explain why?
Ans: It will absorb water to form gypsum which sets into a hard solid mass. This will make Plaster of Paris useless after some time.
NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and Salts

Q14. What is a neutralization reaction? Give two examples.
Ans: A reaction in which an acid and base react with each other to give salt and water is termed as neutralization reaction.
NaOH(aq) + HCl(aq) → NaCl(aq) +H2O(l)
H2SO4(aq) + 2NH4OH(aq) → (NH4)2SO4(aq) + 2H2O

Q15. Give two important uses of washing soda and baking soda.

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter 2 - Acids, Bases and SaltsUses of Washing Soda
(i) It is used in the manufacture of glass, soap, paper, and other sodium compounds like borax, etc.
(ii) It is used in softening hard water.

Uses of Baking Soda
(i) It is used as an antacid to neutralise the excess of acidity (hyper-acidity) in the stomach.
(ii) It is an ingredient of baking powder that contains NaHCO3 and tartaric acid.
(iii) It is used in making soda acid fire extinguishers.

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1. What are acids and bases?
Ans. Acids are substances that release hydrogen ions (H+) when dissolved in water. They have a sour taste and can corrode metals. Bases, on the other hand, are substances that release hydroxide ions (OH-) when dissolved in water. They have a bitter taste and can feel slippery.
2. How do acids and bases neutralize each other?
Ans. Acids and bases neutralize each other through a chemical reaction called neutralization. When an acid reacts with a base, they form water and a salt. The hydrogen ions from the acid combine with the hydroxide ions from the base to form water, while the remaining ions combine to form a salt.
3. What are some common examples of acids and bases?
Ans. Some common examples of acids include lemon juice (citric acid), vinegar (acetic acid), and stomach acid (hydrochloric acid). Common examples of bases include baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), soap, and ammonia.
4. How do acids and bases affect indicators?
Ans. Indicators are substances that change color in the presence of acids or bases. Acids turn certain indicators red or pink, while bases turn them green or blue. This color change is due to the reaction between the indicator and the hydrogen or hydroxide ions present in the acid or base.
5. How are acids and bases used in everyday life?
Ans. Acids and bases have various uses in everyday life. Acids are used in cleaning products, such as vinegar for removing stains, and in food preservation, such as citric acid in fruits. Bases are used in baking, as in the case of baking soda, and in personal care products, such as soap and shampoo.
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