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Samacheer Kalvi 8th Science Books Chemistry in Everyday Life

Science : Chapter 15 : Chemistry in Everyday Life


I. Choose the best answer.

1. The chemical mixed with LPG that helps in the detection of its leakage is __________

a. methanol

b. ethanol

c. camphor

d. mercapton

[Answer: (d) mercapton]

2. Which is known as syn gas?

a. Marsh gas

b. Water gas

c. Producer gas

d. Coal gas

[Answer: (b) Water gas]

3. The unit of calorific value of fuel is__________

a) KJmol-1

b) KJg-1

c) KJkg-1

d) Jkg-1

[Answer: (c) KJ/kg]

4. _____________ is the coal of superior quality.

a) Peat

b) Lignite

c) Bituminous

d) Anthracite

[Answer: (d) Anthracite]

5. The main component of natural gas is__________

a) methane

b) ethane

c) propane

d) butane

 [Answer: (a) methane]

II. Fill in the blanks.

1. Producer gas is a mixture of Carbon monoxide and nitrogen.

2. Methane is known as marsh gas.

3. The term petroleum means rock oil.

4. Heating coal in the absence of air is called destructive distillation.

5. An example for fossil fuel is coal.

III. Match the following.

1. Octane rating – Diesel

2. Cetane rating – Methane

3. Simplest hydrocarbon – Petrol

4. Peat – Bown in colour

5. Lignite – First stage coal

[Answer: (1 – c, 2 – a, 3 – b, 4 – e, 5 – d)]

1. Octane rating – c) Petrol

2. Cetane rating – a) Diesel

3. Simplest hydrocarbon – b) Methane

4. Peat – e) First stage coal

5. Lignite – d) Bown in colour 

IV. Answer briefly.

1. What do you mean by catenation?

Answer: (i)The property of carbon atom to form bonds with itself resulting in a single large structure or chain is called catenation.

2. Mention the advantages of natural gas.

(i) It produces lot of heat as it is easily burnt.

(ii) It does not leave any residue.

(iii) It burns without smoke and so causes no pollution.

(iv) This can be easily supplied through pipes.

(v) It can be directly used as fuel in homes and industries.

3. Expand CNG. List out its uses.

Answer: CNG – Compressed Natural Gas.

(i) It is the cheapest and cleanest fuel.

(ii) Vehicles using this gas produce less carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon emission.

(iii) It is less expensive than petrol and diesel.

4. Identify the gas known as syngas. Why is it called so?

Answer: Water Gas is also called as syngas or synthesis gas as it is used to synthesize methanol and simple hydrocarbons. It is used as an industrial fuel also.

5. Anthracite is known as the highest grade coal. Give reason.


(i) Anthracite is the highest grade coal.

(ii) It has a very light weight and the highest heat content.

(iii) Anthracite coal is very hard, deep black and shiny.

(iv) It contains 86-97% carbon and has a heating value slightly higher than bituminous coal.

(v) It burns longer with more heat and less dust.

6. Distinguish between octane number and cetane number.


Octane Number

• Octane rating is used for petrol

• It measures the amount of octane present in petrol.

• Octane number of petrol can be increased by adding benzene or toluene.

• The fuel with high octane number has low cetane number

Cetane Number

• Cetane rating is used for diesel

• It measures the ignition delay of the fuel in diesel engine.

• Cetane number of diesel can be increased by adding acetone.

• The fuel with high cetane number has low octane number

7. Name the places in Tamilnadu harnessing wind energy from wind mills.

Answer: Wind mills are mostly located at Kayathar, Aralvaimozhi, Palladam and Kudimangalam in Tamil Nadu.

8. Solar energy is a non depleting energy. Justify.


(i) Solar energy is the only viable fuel source of non – depleting nature for, Sun provides a free and renewable source of energy.

(ii) It is the renewable type of energy without endangering the environment.

(iii) It is the potential source to replace the fossil fuel in order to meet the needs of the world. With the advancements in science and technology, solar energy has become more affordable, and it can overcome energy crisis.

V.  Answer in detail.

1. Explain the different types of coal.

(a) Lignite:

(i) Lignite is a brown coloured coal of lowest grade.

(ii) It has least content of carbon. The carbon content of lignite is 25 – 35%.

(iii) Lignite contains a high amount of water and makes up almost half of our total coal reserves.

(iv) It is used for electricity generation.

(v) It is used to generate synthetic natural gas and produce fertilizer products. 

(b) Sub-biturninous:

(i) When lignite becomes darker and harder over time, sub-bituminous coal is formed.

(ii) Sub-bituminous coal is a black and dull coal.

(iii) It has higher heating value than lignite and contains 35-44% carbon.

(iv) It is used primarily as fuel for electricity power generation.

(v) This coal has lower sulfur content than other types and burns cleaner.

(c) Bituminous:

(i) With more chemical and physical changes, sub-bituminous coal is developed into bituminous coal.

(«) It is dark and hard. It contains 45-86% carbon. It has high heating value.

(Hi) It is used to generate electricity.

(iv) Other important use of this coal is to provide coke to iron and steel industries.

(v) By-products of this coal can be converted into different chemicals which are used to make paint, nylon and many other items.

(d) Anthracite:

(i) It is the highest grade coal. It is hard and dark black in colour.

(ii) It has a very light weight and the highest heat content.

(iii) Anthracite coal is very hard, deep black and shiny.

(iv) It contains 86-97% carbon and has a heating value slightly higher than bituminous coal.

(v) It burns longer with more heat and less dust.

2. What is known as destructive distillation? Write about the products obtained from fractional distillation of petroleum.

(i) Liquefied Petroleum Gas or LPG is used in houses as well as in the industry.

(ii) Diesel and petrol are used as fuels for vehicles. It is also used to run electric generators.

(iii) Petrol is used as a solvent for dry cleaning.

(iv) Kerosene is used as a fuel for stoves and also in jet planes.

(v) Lubricating oil reduces wear and tear and corrosion of machines.

(vi) Paraffin wax is used to make candles, ointments, ink, crayons, etc.

(vii) Bitumen or asphalt is mainly used to surface roads.

3. Explain the different types of fuel gases.

Answer: Fuels are classified into solid, liquid and gaseous fuels according to their physical state.

(a) Solid fuels:

(i) Fuels like wood and coal are in solid state and they are called solid fuels.

(ii) This type of fuel was the first one to be used by man.

(iii) These fuels are easy to store and transport.

(iv) The production cost is also very low.

(b) Liquid fuels :

(i). Most of the liquid fuels are derived from the fossil remains of dead plants and animals petroleum oil, coal tar and alcohol are some of the liquid fuels.

(ii) These fuels give more energy on burning and burn without ash.

(c) Gaseous fuel:

(i) Coal gas, oil gas, producer gas and hydrogen are some of the gaseous fuels.

(ii) It can be easily transported through pipes and they do not produce pollution.

Student Activities

Activity 1

Make a model using clay and match sticks for the following hydrocarbons.

Activity 2

Take a glass bottle and put some leaves, twigs, waste paper and saw-dust in it. Pour some water in it and keep it for 20 days. Open the bottle and bring a glowing splinter near the mouth. You can see a gas burning near the mouth showing its combustible nature. It is due to the evolution of natural gas.

Activity 3

Visit a bio-gas plant in your area with your teacher. Find out how it is prepared. Discuss about the uses and advantages of bio gas. In what way it will be helpful to the people in rural area?

Activity 4

In an outline map of India mark the places where coal mines are found. Also identify the type of coal found in those areas.

Activity 5

Find out where petroleum is extracted on a large scale in India. Also list out the petroleum refineries in India. 

Propane is used in LPG cylinders. Since it is an odouress gas, any leakage cannot be detected. Hence, a chemical byname Mercaptan is mixed with LPG to help in detection of any leakage of LPG.

Moderate temperature and humidity is needed to keep paintings and other ancient artifacts from being destroyed byenvironmental factors. Thus natural gas is used in museums to protect the monuments.

More to Know

The average composition of CNG.

Producer gas is known by different names in different countries. It is referred as Woodgas in USA and as Suction gas in UK.

It is also known as Black Diamond owing to its precious nature. On destructive distillation, 1000 kg of coal gives 700 kg of coke, 100 litres of ammonia, 50 litres of coaltar and 400 m3 of coal gas.

People in ancient cultures used crude oil for binding materials. It was also used as a sealant for water proofing various surfaces.

The first oil well in the world was drilled in Pennsylvania, USA in 1859. The second oil well was drilled in Makum, Assam, Indiain 1867.

Hydrogen – The future fuel Hydrogen could be the best alternative fuel in the future. It is a clean fuel as it gives out only water whileburning. Moreover, it has the highest energy content. It does not pollute air.

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