Class 10 Science Important Question for CBSE Exam
Chemical Reactions and Equations
Important Questions Class 10 Science
Short Answer Type Questions[l] [2 Marks] -Year 2015
1.“We need to balance a skeletal chemical equation.” Give reason to justify the statement.
Answer. Skeletal chemical equation are unbalanced. We need to balance chemical equation because of law
of conservation of mass. It states that ‘matter can neither be created nor be destroyed’. Therefore chemical
equation must be balanced in each and every chemical reaction.
2.Giving an example list two information which make a chemical equation more useful
(i) Physical state of reactants must be mentioned, e.g.
2H2 (g) + O 2 (g)——– > 2H20 (l)
(ii) Condition in which reaction takes place are written on the arrow head, e.g.
Consider the following chemical reaction
X + Barium chloride——–> Y + Sodium chloride
(a) Identify ‘X’ and ‘Y’
(b) The type of reaction
(a) ‘X’ is Na2SO4 and Y is BaSO 4.
(b) The type of reaction
Na2SO4 + BaCl 2—–> BaSO 4 + 2NaCl
The reaction is precipitation reaction. It is also called double displacement reaction.
4. Name the reducing agent in the following reaction:
3MnO2 + 4Al———— > 3Mn + 2Al 2O3
State which is more reactive, Mn or A1 and why?
Answer. ‘Al’ is reducing agent.
‘AT is more reactive than Mn v ‘Al’ displaces Mn from its oxide.
5.(i) Write a balanced chemical equation for process of photosynthesis.
(ii)When do desert plants take up carbon dioxide and perform photosynthesis? Answer.
(ii) In desert plants the stomata are open at night. They take CO2 at night and is stored in the form of acid
and is used during day time for photosynthesis.
Short Answer Type Questions[ll] [3 Marks] -Year 2015
6.A Name the type of chemical reaction represented by the following equation:
(i) Combination reaction
(ii) Double displacement reaction (Precipitation reaction)
(iii) Decomposition reaction.
7. Write the chemical equation of the reaction in which the following changes have taken place with
an example of each: (i) Change in colour
(ii) Change in temperature
(iii) Formation of precipitate
(i)Cu (s) + 2AgNO3 (aq)———–> Cu(NO 3) 2 ( aq) + 2Ag
The solution will become blue in colour and shiny silver metal will be deposited.
(ii) NaOH + HCl ———–> NaCl + H2O+ heat
The temperature will increase because heat will be evolved.
(iii) Pb(NO3)2 (aq) + 2KI (aq)———–> Pbl2 (s) + 2KNO 3 (aq)
Yellow precipitate of Pbl2will be formed.
8.State the type of chemical reactions and chemical equations that take place in the following: (i)
Magnesium wire is burnt in air.
(ii) Electric current is passed through water.
(iii)Ammonia and hydrogen chloride gases are mixed. Answer.
9.(a) Write the essential condition for the following reaction to take place:
2AgBr—-> 2Ag + Br2
Write one application of this reaction.
(b) Complete the following chemical equation of a chemical reaction 2FeS04 —
(c) What happens when water is added to quick line. Write chemical equation. Answer.
This reaction is used in photography.
(c) Slaked lime is formed with hissing sound and lot of heat is envolved.
10. 2g of ferrous sulphate crystals are heated in a dry boiling tube.
(i) List any two observations.
(ii) Name the type of chemical reaction taking place.
(iii) ‘Write the chemical equation for the reaction.
(i) •Green colour of Fe SO4 disappears and reddish brown solid is formed.
• Smell of burning sulphur.
(ii) Decomposition reaction
Long Answer Type Questions [5 Marks] -Year 2015
11. (a) Define a balanced chemical equation. Why should an equation be balanced?
(b) Write the balanced chemical equation for the following reaction:
(i) Phosphorus burns in presence of chlorine to form phosphorus penta chloride.
(ii) Burning of natural gas.
(iii) The process of respiration.
(a) Balanced chemical equation has an equal number of atoms of different elements in the reactants and
products. According to law of conservation of mass, matter can neither be created nor be destroyed in a
(b)(i) P4 (s) + 10Cl 2 (g) ———> 4PCl 5 (S)
(i)CH4 (g) + 2O 2 (g) ———> CO 2 (g) + 2H 2O(l) + heat energy
(iii) C6H 12O 6 (s) + 6O 2 (g) + 6H2O ———> 6CO 2 (aq) + 12H 2O (l) + energy
12.(a) Explain two ways by which food industries prevent rancidity.
(b) Discuss the importance of decomposition reaction in metal industry with three points. Answer.
(a) (i) Rancidity can be prevented by adding antioxidants to food containing
fat and oil, e.g. butylated hydroxy anisole is added to butter as antioxidant.
(ii) It can be prevented by packaging fat and oil containing foods in nitrogen gas.
(b) (i) Molten NaCl is electrolytically decomposed to form sodium metal.
(ii) Aluminium metal is obtained by electric decomposition of bauxite ore mixed with cryolite. (iii)
Carbonate ores are thermally decomposed to give metal oxide which on reduction give metal.
Short Answer Type Question[I] [2 Marks] -Year 2014
13. What is observed when a solution of potassium iodide solution is added to a solution of lead nitrate?
Name the type of reaction. Write a balanced chemical equation to represent the above chemical reaction.
Answer.Yellow precipitate of lead iodide is formed. It is precipitation reaction.
Pb( NO3) 2 (aq) + 2KI (aq) —-> Pbl2 (s) + 2KNO 3 (aq)
It is also called double displacement reaction.
short Answer Type Question[ll] [3 Marks] -Year 2014
14.Write chemical equation reactions taking place when carried out with the help of
(a) Iron reacts with steam
(b) Magnesium reacts with dil HCl
(c) Copper is heated in air.
Long Answer Type Question [5 Marks] -Year 2014
15.(a) Write one example for each of decomposion reaction carried out with help of (i)
Electricity (ii) Heat (iii) Light
(b) Which of the following statements is correct and why copper can displace silver from silver nitrate
and silver can displace copper from copper sulphate solution. Answer.
Short Answer Type Questions[ll] [3 Marks] -Year 2013
16.Which products will be obtained when lead nitrate is heated simply. Write balanced chemical equation
for the reaction? State the type of chemical reaction that occur in the change.
Answer. Lead monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and oxygen gas will be liberated.
It is thermal decomposition reaction.
17. What is meant by skeletal type chemical equation? What does it represent? Using the equation for
electrolytic decomposition of water, differentiate between a skeletal chemical equation and a balanced
Answer. The equations in which gaseous are written in atomic form instead of molecular form and equation
is not balanced, are called skeletal type equation. They represent gaseous elements formed in atomic state
and equation is not balanced
Short Answer Type Questions[l] [2 Marks]-Year 2012
18.Write balanced chemical equations for the following reactions.
(i) Silver bromide on exposure to sunlight decomposes into silver and bromine,
(ii)Sodium metal reacts with water to form sodium hydroxide and hydrogen gas. Answer.
19.Identify the type of reaction(s) in the following equations.
(i)CH4 + 2O 2 CO2 + 2 H2O
(ii) Pb(NO3)2 + 2KI ——–>Pbl2 + 2KNOs
(iii) CaO + H2O ——–> Ca(OH)2
(iv) CuSO4 + Zn ——–> ZnSO 4 + Cu
(i) Combustion reaction and oxidation reaction.
(ii)Double displacement reaction and precipitation reaction.
(iii) Combination reaction.
(iv) Displacement reaction.
20.Write balanced equation for the reaction between magnesium and hydrochloric acid. Name the
product obtained, identify the type of reaction. Answer.
The product formed is magnesium chloride and hydrogen gas.
It is a displacement reaction.
21.Describe an activity to observe what happens when quick lime is added to water taken in a
beaker. State two important observations and name the type of reaction taking place. Answer.
Aim: To observe what happens when quicklime is added to water taken in a beaker.
Materials Required:- Quicklime (calcium oxide), water, beaker.
1. Take 5 g of calcium oxide in a beaker.
2. Add water to it slowly.
3. Touch the beaker.
4. Note down the observations.
Observation: Calcium oxide reacts with water
vigorously to form calcium hydroxide with the evolution of heat. Chemical
Conclusion: The reaction between CaO (Calcium oxide) and H2O is a combination reaction. It is an
exothermic process because heat is evolved.
22.What is the colour of ferrous sulphate crystals? How does this colour change after heating?
Answer.The colour of ferrous sulphate is pale green. The colour changes to reddish brown on heating due to
formation of iron (III) oxide.
Give an example each for thermal decomposition and photochemical decomposition reactions.
Write relevant balanced chemical equations also.
Thermal decomposition reaction:
Photochemical decomposition reaction:
24. Why does the colour of copper sulphate solution change when an iron nail is dipped in it? Write
Answer. It is because displacement reaction takes place.
Iron displaces copper from copper sulphate solution and forms pale green
coloured solution of FeS04 and reddish brown copper metal gets deposited.
Fe(s) + CuS04( aq) ——–> FeS04( aq) + Cu(s)
25. Translate the following statement into chemical equation and then balance it Barium chloride
reacts with aluminium sulphate to give aluminium chloride and a precipitate of barium sulphate. State the
two types in which this reaction can be classified.
Answer. 3BaCl2( aq) + A12( S04) 3( aq) ——–> 3BaS04(s) + 2AlCl3( aq)
It can be classified as double displacement as well as precipitation reaction.
26. Why are decomposition reactions called the opposite of combination reactions? Write equations
for these reactions.
Answer. In decomposition reaction, a compound is broken down into simpler compounds or elements, e.g.
Combination reaction is a reaction in which two or more elements or compounds combine to form a new
Thus, decomposition and combination reactions are opposite to each other.
Short Answer Type Questions[ll] [3 Marks] -Year 2012
27. The following diagram displays a chemical reaction. Observe carefully and answer the following
(a) Identify the type of chemical reaction that will take place and define it. How will the colour of the salt
Write the chemical equation of the reaction that takes place.
(c) Mention one commercial use of this salt.
Answer. (a) Photochemical decomposition reaction: Those reactions in which a compound breaks down into
simple substances in presence of light are called photochemical decomposition reaction. The colour of salt
will change from white to grey.
(c) Silver chloride is used in photography.
28. What is rancidity? Mention any two ways by which rancidity can be prevented.
Answer. The process in which taste and smell of food gets spoiled is called rancidity. It happens due to
Prevention from rancidity:
(i) Antioxidants are added to fatty acids to prevent oxidation, e.g. chips are packed in presence of nitrogen
gas which prevents spoilage by oxidation.
(ii)Food should be kept in airtight container in refrigerator.
29.Write balanced chemical equation for the reactions that take place during respiration. Identify the type
of combination reaction that takes place during this process and justify the name. Give one more example
of this type of reaction.
Answer. CgH1206 + 6O 2 —————> 6CO2 + 6H20 + heat
It is an exothermic combination reaction because heat is evolved.
CH4( g) + 2O2( g) ————–>CO2 (g) + 2H 20
Combustion of methane is another example of exothermic combination reaction.
30. What is redox reaction? Identify the substance oxidised and the substance reduced in the following
(i)2PbO + C —–> 2Pb + CO2
(ii)MnO2 + 4HCl —–> MnCl 2 + 2H 20 + Cl2
Answer. Those reactions in which oxidation and reduction takes place simultaneously are called redox
(i) PbO is getting reduced and C is getting oxidised.
(ii) MnOs is getting reduced and HCl is getting oxidised.
31. Write the balanced chemical equations for the following reactions and identify the type of reaction
in each case.
Thermite reaction, iron (III) oxide reacts with aluminium and gives molten iron and aluminium oxide.
It is a displacement reaction because A1 is displacing Fe from Fe2O 3.
Molten iron is used for repairing broken railway tracks.
32. A solution of potassium chloride when mixed with silver nitrate solution, an insoluble white
substance is formed. Write the chemical reaction involved and also mention the type of the chemical
It is a double displacement reaction. It is also a precipitation reaction as AgCl is a white precipitate.
Very Short Answer Type Questions [1 Mark] -Year 2011
33.State one basic difference between a physical change and a chemical change.
Answer. In physical change, no new substance is formed, whereas in a chemical change, new substance(s)
34 What is meant by a chemical reaction?
Answer. The reaction representing a chemical change is called a chemical reaction.
35.AgN03( aq) + NaCl(aq)——————– > AgCl(s)4↓ + NaN03( aq)
FeS + H2S04————- > FeS0 4 + H 2S ↑
Consider the above mentioned two chemical equations with two different kinds of arrows (↑and
↓) along with product. What do these two different arrows indicate?
Ans,↑shows the gas is evolved whereas ↓shows insoluble substance (precipitate) is formed.
36. Hydrogen being a highly inflammable gas and oxygen being a supporter of combustion, yet water
which is a compound made up of hydrogen and oxygen is used to extinguish fire. Why?
Answer. It is because properties of compound (H2O) are different from properties of its constituting
elements, i.e. H2and O 2.
Short Answer Type Questions[l] [2 Marks] -Year 2011
37.Using a suitable chemical equation, justify that some chemical reactions are determined by:
(i) change in colour, (ii) change in temperature. Answer.
38.(a) A solution of substance ‘X’ is used for white washing. What is the substance ‘X’? State the chemical
reaction of ‘X’ with water.
(b) Why does the colour of copper sulphate solution change when an iron nail is dipped in it? Answer.
(a) ‘X’ is calcium oxide (CaO).
CaO(s) + H2O(l) —–> Ca(OH) 2( aq) + heat
(a) It is because iron displaces copper from CuS04 to form FeS04 which is pale green.
Fe(s) + CUS04 (aq)—–> FeS04(aq) + Cu(s)
Blue Pale green
39.Balance the following chemical equations.
40.Write the balanced equation for the. following reaction and identify the type of reaction in each case.
(i) Potassium bromide + Barium iodide—-> Potassium iodide + Barium bromide.
(ii)Hydrogen(g) + Chlorine(g)—-> Hydrogen chloride(g) Answer.
41. A zinc plate was put into a solution of copper sulphate kept in a glass container. It was found that blue
colour of the solution gets fader and fader with the passage of time. After few days, when zinc plate was
taken out of the solution, a number of holes were observed on it.
(i) State the reason for changes observed on the zinc plate.
(ii) Write the chemical equation for the reaction involved.
(i) It is because zinc has displaced copper from CuS04. Zinc metal has been used to form zinc sulphate,
therefore, number of holes were observed.
42. A white salt on heating decomposes to give brown fumes and a residue is left behind. (i) Name
(ii) Write the equation for the decom-position reaction.
(i) Lead nitrate is white salt.
43. When a solution of potassium iodide is added to a solution of lead nitrate in a test tube, a reaction
(a) What type of reaction is this?
(b) Write a balanced chemical equation to represent the above reaction.
(a) Double displacement as well as precipitation reaction.
44. Define combination reaction. Give one example of a combination reaction which is also exothermic.
Answer. A reaction in which two elements or compounds combine to form a single compound is called
It is also an exothermic reaction along with a combination reaction because heat is evolved.
Short Answer Type Questions[ll] [3 Marks]
45.(a) Classify the following reactions into different types.
(b) Which of the above reaction(s) is/are precipitation reaction(s)? Why is a reaction called precipitation
(a) (i) Precipitation reaction (Double displacement reaction)
(ii) Combination reaction (in) Decomposition reaction
(b) Reaction (i) is a precipitation reaction because one of the product formed is insoluble in water.
46. Write balanced equations for the following mentioning the type of reaction involved.
(i) Aluminium + Bromine —–> Aluminium bromide
(ii) Calcium carbonate—–> Calcium oxide + Carbon dioxide
(iii) Silver chloride—–>Silver + Chlorine
47.(a) Why is respiration considered as an exothermic reaction?
(b) Define the terms oxidation and reduction.
(c) Identify the substance that is oxidised and reduced in the following reaction.
Answer. (a) It is because heat is evolved during respiration.
(b) Oxidation is a process in which O2 is added or H2 is removed or loss of electrons take place.
Reduction is a process in which H2 is added or O 2. is removed or gain of electrons take place.
(c) Zn is getting oxidised, CuO is getting reduced.
48. What is meant by
(i) precipitation reaction,
(ii) exothermic reaction,
(iii) oxidation reaction?
Write balanced chemical equations for an example of each.
Answer.(i) Precipitation reaction: The reaction in which two compounds exchange their
ions and the product formed is insoluble in water is called precipitation reaction.
(ii) Exothermic reaction: The reaction in Which heat is evolved is known as exothermic reaction.
(iii)Oxidation reaction: The reaction in which Og is added or H2 is removed or loss of electrons takes place
is called oxidation reaction.
49.You might have noted that when copper powder is heated in a china dish, the surface of copper
powder becomes coated with a black colour substance.
(i) How has this black coloured substance formed?
(ii) What is that black substance?
(iii) Write the chemical equation of the reaction that takes place.
(i) Copper reacts with oxygen to form copper oxide which is black, i.e. oxidation of copper takes place.
Very Short Answer Type Questions [1 Mark] -Year 2010
50. What happens chemically when quicklime is added to water filled in a bucket?
Answer. Quicklime reacts with water to form slaked lime and produces lot of heat and hissing sound.
51. On what basis is a chemical equation balanced?
Answer. A chemical reaction is balanced on the basis of law of conservation of mass.
52. What change in colour is observed when white silver chloride is left exposed to sunlight? State the
type of chemical reaction in this change.
Answer. Silver chloride becomes grey. It is a photochemical decomposition reaction. 53. Write a
balanced chemical equation for the reaction between sodium chloride
and silver nitrate indicating the physical state of the reactants and the products. Answer.
Short Answer Type Questions[l] [2 Marks]
54. What happens when an aqueous solution of sodium sulphate reacts with an aqueous solution of
barium chloride? State the physical conditions of reactants in which the reaction between them will not
take place. Write the balanced chemical equation for the reaction and name the type of reaction.
Answer. White precipitate of barium sulphate is formed.
If both reactants are in solid state, then the reaction will not take place between them.
It is a double displacement as well as a precipitation reaction.
55. What is a redox reaction? When a magnesium ribbon burns in air with a dazzling flame and forms a
white ash, is magnesium oxidised or reduced? Why?
Answer. The reactions in which oxidation (loss of electrons) and reduction (gain of electrons) take place
simultaneously are called redox reactions.
Magnesium is getting oxidised because it is losing electrons to form Mg2+ and oxygen is gaining electrons to
form O2-, therefore it is getting reduced.
56. Write any two observations in an activity which may suggest that a chemical reaction has taken
place. Give an example in support of your answer.
Answer. Any two of these observations will suggest chemical reaction has taken place.
(i) Change in state.
(ii)Change in colour.
(iii) Evolution of gas.
(iv)Change in temperature.
For example, lead nitrate is white crystalline solid which on heating gives yellowish brown solid (lead
monoxide). A brown gas and a colourless gas is also evolved. It shows chemical reaction has taken place.
57.When the powder of a common metal is heated in an open china dish, its colour turns black. However,
when hydrogen is passed over the hot black substance so formed, it regains its original colour. Based on
the above information, answer the following questions.
(i) What type of chemical reaction takes place in each of the two given steps?
(ii)Name the metal initially taken in the powder form. Write balanced chemical equations for both
(i) In first step, oxidation takes place.In second step, redox reaction takes place. (ii)Metal in the
powder form is copper.
Very Short Answer Type Questions [1 Mark] -Year 2009
58.In electrolysis of water, why is the volume of gas collected over one electrode double that of gas
collected over the other electrode?
Answer.It is because water contains hydrogen and oxygen in the ratio of 2 : 1.
59.Balance the following chemical equations. Answer.
Short Answer Type Questions[l] [2 Marks] -Year 2009
60. Name the products formed on strongly heating ferrous sulphate crystals. What type of chemical
reaction occurs in this change?
It is decomposition reaction.
61. What is an oxidation reaction? Give an example of oxidation reaction. Is oxidation an exothermic
or an endothermic reaction?
Answer. The reaction in which oxygen or electronegative element is added or hydrogen or electropositive
element is removed or loss of electrons takes place, is called an oxidation reaction, e.g. ,
Oxidation reactions are mostly exothermic in nature because heat is evolved in this process.
62. Describe an activity to demonstrate the change that takes place when white silver chloride is kept
in sunlight. State the type of chemical reaction which takes place.
Aim: To demonstrate the change that takes place when white silver chloride is kept in sunlight.
Materials Required: AgNO3( aq), NaCl(aq), test tubes.
1. Take 5 ml of silver nitrate solution in a test tube.
2. Prepare sodium chloride solution in another test tube.
3. Add sodium chloride solution into test tube containing silver nitrate solution.
4. Observe the colour of silver chloride formed chloride to grey silver metal Dry it with the help of filter
papers and place it on the watch glass.
5. Place the watch glass under sunlight for sometime.
6. Observe the colour of the silver chloride after sometime. Observation: White silver chloride turns grey in
sunlight because silver metal is formed.
Explanation: Silver chloride is photosensitive. It decomposes in presence of sunlight to form silver metal and
Conclusion: Decomposition of silver chloride in presence of sunlight is photochemical decomposition
63.When magnesium ribbon burns in air or oxygen, a product is formed. State the type of chemical
reaction and name the product formed in the reaction. Write balanced chemical equation of this reaction.
The type of reaction is combination reaction and the product formed is magnesium oxide.
64.Distinguish between a displacement reaction and a double displacement reaction. Identify the
displacement and the double displacement reaction from the following reactions. Answer.
Displacement reaction is a reaction in which more reactive metal can displace less reactive metal from its salt
Double displacement reaction are those reactions in which compounds exchange their ions to form two
new compounds (?) Double displacement reaction (ii) Displacement reaction 65.When you have mixed the
solutions of lead(II) nitrate and potassium iodide,
(i) what was the colour of the precipitate formed and can you name the precipitate?
(ii) write the balanced chemical equation for this reaction.
(iii) is this also a double displacement reaction?
(i) The colour of the precipitate is yellow. The name of compound formed as a precipitate is Pbl2 (lead
(iii) Yes, it is also a double displacement reaction.
66.What do you mean by exothermic and endothermic reactions? Give examples. Answer.Exothermic
reactions are those in which heat is evolved, e.g.
Endothermic reactions are those reactions in which heat is absorbed, e.g.