Synthetic Fibres and Plastics | NCERT Solution | Class VIII

Q.1: Why are some fibres called synthetic?

Ans : There are some fibres that are prepared by man through chemicals. These fibres are called synthetic fibres. These are made of small units that join together to form long chains. Examples of synthetic fibres are rayon, nylon, polyester, acrylic, etc.

Q.2: Write the correct answer. Rayon is different from synthetic fibres because

(a) it has a silk-like appearance.

(b) it is obtained from wood pulp.

(c) its fibres can also be woven like those of natural fibres.

Ans : Rayon is different from synthetic fibres because

(b) it is obtained from wood pulp.

Q.3: Fill in the blanks with appropriate words.

(a) Synthetic fibres are also called __________ or __________ fibres.

(b) Synthetic fibres are synthesised from raw material called __________ .

(c) Like synthetic fibres, plastic is also a __________

Ans :

(a) Synthetic fibres are also called artificial or man-made fibres.

(b) Synthetic fibres are synthesised from raw materials called petrochemicals

(c) Like synthetic fibres, plastic is also a polymer

Q.4: Give examples which indicate that nylon fibres are very strong.

Ans : Nylon fibres are very strong. It is used for making ropes used for climbing rocks and for making parachutes. Their usage shows that nylon fibres have high tensile strength.

Q.5: Explain why plastic containers are favoured for storing food.

Ans : The characteristics that make plastics favourable for storing food items are: (i) Lightweight (ii) Lower price (iii) Good strength (iv) Easy handling

Q.6: Explain the difference between thermoplastic and thermosetting plastics

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Q.7: Explain why the following are made of thermosetting plastics-

(a) Saucepan handles

(b) Electric plugs/switches/plug boards

Ans : (a) Saucepan handles are made of thermosetting plastics because these plastics do not get softened on heating. Also, thermosetting plastics such as bakelite are poor conductors of heat. (b) Thermosetting plastics such as bakelite are poor conductors of heat and electricity. Therefore, they are used for making electric plugs, switches, plug boards, etc.

Q.8: Categorise the materials of the following products into ‘can be recycled’ and ‘cannot be recycled’. Telephone instruments, plastic toys, cooker handles, carry bags, ball point pens, plastic bowls, plastic covering on electrical wires, plastic chairs, electrical switches.

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Q.9: Rana wants to buy shirts for summer. Should he buy cotton shirts or shirts made from synthetic material? Advise Rana, giving your reason.

Ans : Rana should buy shirts made from cotton. This is because cotton is a good absorber of water. It can soak the sweat coming out of our body and expose it to the environment. Thus, it helps in evaporating the liquid (sweat), thereby cooling our body.

Q.10: Give examples to show that plastics are non corrosive in nature

Ans : Plastics are not corroded even if they come in contact with strong chemicals. This is because of their non-reactive nature with most materials. For example, the cleansing chemicals that we use at home are stored in plastic bottles, instead of metal containers.

Q.11: Should the handle and bristles of a toothbrush be made of the same material? Explain your answer.

Ans : No. The handle and bristles of a tooth brush should be made of different materials. The handle of a toothbrush should be hard and strong, while the bristles should be soft and flexible.

Q.12: ‘Avoid plastics as far as possible’. Comment on this advice.

Ans : Plastics are non-biodegradable. Once introduced into the environment, they take several years to decompose. Plastics add to the environmental pollution. They cannot be burnt as when burnt, they release poisonous gases. Plastic bags thrown in the garbage dump are swallowed by animals like cows. These plastic bags choke their respiratory system and can even prove fatal. Therefore, we should avoid plastics as far as possible.

Q.13: Match the terms of column A correctly with the phrases given in column B

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Q.14: ‘Manufacturing synthetic fibres is actually helping conservation of forests’. Comment.

Ans : Raw materials for natural fibres are mainly derived from plants and this means cutting a lot of trees. This leads to deforestation. But raw materials of synthetic materials are mainly petrochemicals. Hence, manufacturing synthetic fibres helps in the conservation of forests.

Q.15: Describe an activity to show that thermoplastic is a poor conductor of electricity

Ans : We will design a circuit to see that thermoplastics are poor conductors of electricity. We need a bulb, some wires, a battery, a piece of metal, and a plastic pipe. Set up the circuit first with the metal and then with the plastic pipe (as shown in the figure). After you switch on the current, you will observe that the bulb glows in the former case. In the latter case, the bulb does not glow. Hence, a plastic pipe (which is a thermoplastic) is shown to be a poor conductor of electricity.


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