8th Std Science Term 3 Solution in English | Lesson.4 Water

Lesson 4. Water

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Lesson 4. Water

I. Choose the best answer.

1. Water changes to ice at

  1. 0oC
  2. 100oC
  3. 102oC
  4. 98oC

Ans : 0oC

2. Solubility of carbon dioxide in water is high when the

  1. pressure is low
  2. pressure is high
  3. temperature is high
  4. None of the above

Ans : pressure is high

3. The gas collected at the cathode on electrolysis of water is

  1. oxygen
  2. hydrogen
  3. nitrogen
  4. carbon dioxide

Ans : hydrogen

4. Which of the following is a water pollutant?

  1. Lead
  2. Alum
  3. Oxygen
  4. Chlorine

Ans : Lead

5. Permanent hardness of water is due to the presence of __________

  1. Sulphates and Chlorides
  2. Dust particles
  3. Carbonates and Bicarbonates
  4. Other soluble particles

Ans : Sulphates and Chlorides

II. Fill in the blanks.

1. Water is colourless, odourless and __________

Ans : tasteless

2. The boiling point of water is __________

Ans : 100oC

3. Temporary hardness of water can be removed by __________ of water

Ans : boiling

4. The density of water is maximum at __________

Ans : 4oC

5. Loading speeds up the process of __________

Ans : sedimentation

III. Match the following.

1. Universal solventWater pollutant
2. Hard waterKills germs
3. BoilingOzonisation
4. SterilizationWater
5. SewageStomach ailments
Ans : 1 – d, 2 – e, 3 – b, 4 – c, 5 – a

IV. Say True or False. If false, correct the statement.

1. Sewage should be treated well before being discharged it into water bodies

Ans : True

2. Sea water is suitable for irrigation as it contains dissolved salts.

Ans : False

Cu. St. : Sea water is not suitable for irrigation as it has high salinity.

3. Excessive use of chemical fertilizers depletes the soil and causes water pollution.

Ans : True

4. Water unfit for drinking is called potable water

Ans : False

5. Soap lathers well in hard water

Ans : False

Cu. St. : soap lathers well in soft water.

V. Give reasons for the following

1. Alum is added to water in sedimentation tank.

Chemical substance potash alum is added to water to speed up the process of sedimentation.

  • This process is called loading
  • The particles of potash alum combine with the suspended impurities and make them settle down at a faster rate.

2. Water is a universal solvent.

  • Water has a unique property to dissolve more substances than any other liquids.
  • It can dissolve solids such as salt and sugar, liquids such as honey and milk and gases such as oxygen and carbon dioxide in it.
  • Water can dissolve more number of substances than any other solvent.
  • Therefore, it is called as universal solvent.

3. Ice floats on water.

  • This is because ice is lighter than water.
  • It means that the density of ice is lower than that of water.
  • Since ice is a bad conductor of heat it does not allow heat to pass through it.
  • So, the water below the ice remains in liquid form, where most of the aquatic life lives.

4. Aquatic animals can breathe in water.

  • Air dissolved in water is important for the aquatic animals to survive.
  • Aquatic animals extracts the oxygen form the water and expels water.
  • They can breathe in water only through the dissolved oxygen present in water.

5. Sea water is unfit for drinking.

  • Every litre of sea water contains 35 grams of dissolved salts most commonly known as sodium chloride (NaCl).
  • Such water is called saline water.
  • It is not suitable for drinking and is said to be non-potable water.

6. Hard water is not good for washing utensils.

Hard water damages the utensils and containers in which it is stored and forms a hard layer.

VI. Define the following:

1. Freezing Point.

The temperature at which a liquid turns into solid when cooled is known as freezing point. The freezing point of water is 0°C.

2. Boiling point.

The temperature at which a water boils and changes to steam is called as boiling point. The boiling point of water is 100°C at atmospheric pressure.

3. Specific heat capacity.

Amount of heat that is needed to raise the temperature of a unit mass of a substance by 1°C is called specific heat capacity.

4. Latent heat of fusion.

The amount of heat energy required by ice to change into water is called latent heat of fusion of ice.

5. Potable water.

The water suitable for drinking is called potable water.

VII. Answer in brief:

1. Name the gas evolved at cathode and anode when water is electrolysis. State their ratio by volume.

The gas which is evolved at cathode: Hydrogen (H2).

  • The gas which is evolved at anode: Oxygen (O2)
  • The ratio of H2 and O2 = 2 : 1.

2. State the importance of dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide in water.

Fish extracts the oxygen from the water and expels water through the gills. Fish can survive in water only through the dissolved oxygen present in water.

  • Aquatic plants make use of dissolved carbon dioxide for photosynthesis.
  • Carbon dioxide dissolved in water reacts with limestone to form calcium bicarbonate.
  • Marine organisms such as snails, oysters, etc., extract calcium carbonate from calcium bicarbonate to build their shells.

3. What are the causes of temporary hardness and permanent hardness of water?

Temporary hardness is due to the presence of carbonate and bicarbonate salts of calcium and magnesium.

Permanent hardness is due to the presence of chloride and sulphate salts of calcium and magnesium.

4. Explain specific latent heat of vaporization of water.

When water attains the temperature of 100°C, it starts changing its state from liquid to gaseous state, however, the temperature of water does not rise above 100°C.

  • It is because the heat energy supplied only changes the state of the boiling water.
  • This heat energy is stored in steam and is commonly called latent
    heat of vaporization of steam.

5. What are the methods of removing hardness of water?

Boiling – Temporary hardness is easily removed from water by boiling.

  • Adding washing soda – Washing soda is used to remove permanent hardness of water.
  • Ion-exchange – This converts hard water into soft water.
  • Distillation – Temporary and permanent hardness both can be removed by the method of distillation.

VIII. Answer in detail:

1. How is water purified at a water purification plant?

In conventional water treatment plant, water is subjected to different process. They are:


  • Water from lakes or rivers is collected in large sedimentation tanks.
  • There, it is allowed to stand undisturbed so that suspended impurities settle down at the bottom of the tank.
  • Sometimes, a chemical substance such as potash alum is added to water to speed up the process of sedimentation, this is called loading.
  • The particles of potash alum combine with the suspended impurities and make them settle down at a faster rate.


  • Water from the sedimentation tanks is then pumped to the filtration tanks.
  • Filtration tanks contain filter beds made up of gravel, sand, pebbles, activated charcoal and concrete.
  • Water passes through these layers and becomes free from any remaining dissolved or suspended impurities completely.

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  • The filtered water is treated chemically to remove the remaining germs or bacteria, this process is called sterilisation.
  • The chemicals that are used in this process are chlorine and ozone.
  • The process of adding chlorine in adequate amounts to water is called chlorination.
  • The water from filtration tanks is pumped into chlorination tanks, where chlorine is added to remove harmful bacteria and other germs.
  • Ozonisation is a process in which water is treated with ozone gas to kill the germs present in it.
  • The sterilisation of water can also be done by exposing it to air and sunlight.
  • Oxygen from the air and sunlight destroy the germs present in water.
  • Aeration is the process in which air under pressure is blown into filtered water, this also helps to kill the germs.

2. What is permanent hardness of water? How can it be removed?

Different methods are followed to remove the permanent harness of water

Adding washing soda

Washing soda is used to remove permanent hardness of water. Adding washing soda converts chlorides and sulphates into insoluble carbonates. These insoluble carbonates are removed by filtration.

Ion – exchange

Another method used to remove the hardness of water is to pass it through a column of ion-exchange resins where calcium and magnesium ions get replaced by sodium ions. This converts hard water into soft water.


Temporary and permanent hardness both can be removed by the method of distillation. The water obtained after distillation is called distilled water. It is the purest form of water.

3. What is Electrolysis? Explain the electrolysis of water.

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The process of breaking down of water molecules by the passage of electric current is known as electrolysis of water.

  • A glass beaker is fixed with two carbon electrodes and it is filled with water up to one third of its volume.
  • The positive carbon electrode acts as anode and the negative carbon electrode acts as cathode.
  • Two test tubes are placed on the electrodes.
  • The electrodes are connected to a battery’ and current is passed until the test tubes are filled with a particular gas.
  • If the gas collected is tested using a burning splint we can notice that the gas in cathode side bums with a popping sound when the burning splint is brought near the mouth of the test tube.
  • This property is usually shown by hydrogen gas and so it is confirmed that the gas inside the test tube is hydrogen.
  • The burning splint placed near the anode side bums more brightly confirming that it is oxygen gas. This experiment shows that water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen.
  • The ratio of hydrogen and oxygen is 2:1. Hence, for every two volumes of hydrogen collected at the cathode, there is one volume of oxygen collected at the anode.

4. Explain the different ways by which water gets polluted.

Domestic Sewage.

Untreated sewage contains impurities such as organic matter from food waste, toxic chemicals from household products and it may also contain disease-causing microbes.

Domestic waste and plastics.

Plastics block drains spreading vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue. Waste in water bodies negatively impact aquatic life.

Agricultural activities

  • Fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides used in agriculture can dissolve in rainwater and flow into water bodies such as rivers and lakes.
  • This causes an excess of nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates as well as toxic chemicals into the water bodies and they can be harmful to aquatic life.

Industrial waste.

  • Many industries release toxic waste such as lead, mercury, cyanides, cadmium, etc.
  • If this waste is unregulated and is released into water bodies, it negatively impacts humans, plants, animals and aquatic life.

Oil spills.

Oil spills cause water pollution which is harmful to aquatic life.

Thermal pollution.

Water used for cooling purposes is discharged back to a river or to original water source at a raised temperature and sometimes with chemicals. This rise in temperature decreases the amount of oxygen dissolved in water which adversely affects the aquatic life.

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