## Extra Questions – Magnetic Effects of Electric Current – CBSE Class 10 Science

Question-1
Define a solenoid. Compare the magnetic field produced by a solenoid with that of a bar magnet?
Solution:
A coil of many circular turns of wire wrapped in the shape of a cylinder, is called a solenoid. The magnetic field lines in a solenoid, through which current is passed, is very similar to that of a bar magnet. One end of the coil acts like a magnetic north pole, while the other acts like a south pole. The magnetic field produced by a long solenoid has all the properties of the field produced by a bar magnet.

Question-2
Give one important advantage of AC over DC
Solution:
A.C can be stepped up and stepped down which means that the voltage can be increased or decreased. Hence it can be transmitted to long distances without much loss of energy. So A.C is preferred over D.C.

Question-3
Give the circuit symbol for a fuse. Explain its importance in a circuit.
Solution: A fuse is a very important device used for protecting electric circuits. It is a wire made out of a metal like tin or tin alloy having a very low melting point. When a high current flows through a circuit, the fuse wire gets heated or melts due to short circuiting or overloading. Hence the circuit is broken and the current stops flowing. This saves all the appliances of the circuit.

Fuse wires are of various capacities. A fuse with 5 ampere capacity will be thinner than a fuse with 15 ampere capacity. A fuse of 5 amps is used in circuits where lights and fans are connected whereas a fuse of 15 amps is used in power circuits where appliances like electric heater, geyser, electric iron and air conditioner are connected.

Question-4
Give a note on Magnetism in Human beings.

Solution:
Whenever there is an electric current, there is a magnetic field. Even the extremely weak ion currents that travel along the nerve cells in our body produce magnetic fields. When we try to touch something, our nerves carry an electric impulse to the muscles we need to use. This impulse creates a temporary magnetic field. These fields are about one billionth as weak as the Earth’s field. Two main organs in the human body where the magnetic field produced is significant are heart and brain.

Question-5
PQ is conductor Ã— represents magnetic is âŠ¥ to the paper field and into the plane of the paper.
Solution:
Fleming’s left hand rule gives the direction of force experienced by a current carrying conductor kept in a magnetic field. According to it, when the thumb, first finger and second finger of the left hand are kept perpendicular to each other such that the first finger points towards the direction of magnetic field, the central finger is along the direction of current, then the thumb shows the direction of the force acting on the conductor. Question-6
Define Electromotive force.
Solution:
The motion of a magnet, with respect to the coil, produces an induced potential difference. This induced potential difference is called electromotive force which sets up an induced electric current in the circuit. The motion of a magnet, with respect to the coil, produces an induced potential difference.

Question-7
What is meant by earthing? Why should electrical appliances be earthed?
Solution:
The metal body of appliances like fridge, cooler, mixer etc. are connected to a an earth wire so that any leakage of current to the body of the appliance goes to the earth and does not give electric shock. This is called earthing. It is used as a safety measure in order to prevent electric shocks to the users.

Question-8
What is a solenoid?
Solution:
A solenoid is a long cylindrical conductor coil, having a large number of turns of insulated copper wire.

Question-9
State Fleming’s right Hand Rule. Give the principle, construction and working of the AC generator with a simple diagram. What modification will you suggest so that the output is DC
Solution:
According to Fleming’s right hand rule, when the thumb and the central finger of right hand are kept perpendicular to each other, the thumb shows the direction of motion of the conductor, the first finger the direction of magnetic field when the current induced is in the direction of central finger. AC generator
Principle: It works on the principle of electromagnetic induction. Induced current is produced, whenever current is produced.
Construction: A generator consists of mainly four parts, namely coil, magnets, slip rings and brushes just like an electric motor.
Coil: A large number of insulated copper wires wound on a rectangular frame.
Magnets: A large permanent magnet to provide a strong a magnetic field.
Slip rings: Two solid rings connected the two ends of the coil used to convey the current produced to outside circuit.
Brushes: Two carbon brushes remain in sliding contact with slip rings.
Working: The coil of the generator is rotated with the help of an axel. When coil rotates, it cuts through the magnetic filed of the magnet. So a current is induced in the coil by electromagnetic induction. The direction of this current is given by Fleming’s right hand rule.
As the coil turns clockwise, arm AB moves up and arm CD goes down. The direction of the current is from A to B and C to D. When after half rotation CD starts going up and AB starts coming down, the direction of the current in the coil also reverses. Now it is from D to C and from B to A. This alternating current with the help of slip rings which are in sliding contact with brushes B1 and B2 is given out to the circuit. Hence the current produced by the generator is alternating and such a generator is called AC generator.
To get direct current in place of slip rings, split rings are used so that one brush is always in contact with the arm that goes downward. Then the current given out to the outer circuit is in the same direction. This type of generator is called DC generator.

Question-10
How can you convert an A.C. into a D.C. generator?
Solution:
An A.C. generator can be converted into a D.C. generator by replacing the solid ring arrangement with split ring arrangement.

Question-11
What is a magnetic field?
Solution:
The region around a magnet, in which the magnetic force of attraction and repulsion is felt, is called a magnetic field.

Question-12
Distinguish between a solenoid and a bar magnet. Draw the magnetic lines for both
Solution: The solenoid is a long coil containing a large number of close turns of insulated copper wire. The magnetic field produced by the current carrying solenoid is similar to the magnetic field produced by a bar magnet. A solenoid is used for making electromagnets.
Differences between a bar magnet and solenoid:
Bar magnet
It is a permanent magnet.
The strength of a bar magnet cannot be changed.
The polarity (North â€“ South) of a bar magnet cannot be changed.
Solenoid
It is a temporary magnet. It acts as a magnet only as long as the current passes through it.
The strength of a solenoid can be changed by changing the number of turns in its coil or by changing the current passing through it.
The polarity of a solenoid can be changed by changing the direction of current in its coil.

Question-13
What is electromagnetic induction? Explain how the movement of a magnet towards or away from a coil carrying a galvanometer produce current? Write the rule to find the direction of current in this above coil.

Solution:
Whenever the magnetic field through a conductor changes, and induced current and e. m. f. is set up in the conductor. This is known as electromagnetic induction.

Question-14
Which effect of electric current is utilized in the working of an electric fuse?
Solution:
An electric fuse works on the heating effect of current.

Question-15
What will you do if you see a person coming in contact with a live wire?
Solution:
Such a person should be provided with an insulated support of wood, plastic or rubber.

Question-16
Name an instrument in which the directive property of a magnet is used.

Solution:
Compass needle makes use of the directive property of a magnet.
Question-17
Name the elements of Earth’s magnetic field.
Solution:
The elements of Earth’s magnetic field are angle of dip, declination and horizontal component of earth’s magnetic field.

Question-18
Explain why, two magnetic lines of force do not intersect.

Solution:
The magnetic lines of force do not intersect one another due to the fact that the resultant force on a north pole at any point can be only in one direction. But if the two magnetic lines of force intersect one another, then the resultant force on a north pole placed at the point of intersection will be along directions, which is not possible.

Question-19
State the right hand thumb rule.
Solution: If you hold the thumb, the forefinger and the centre finger of your right hand at right angles to one another. Adjust you hand in such a way that forefinger points in the direction of magnetic field, and the thumb points in the direction of motion of conductor, then the direction in which centre finger points, gives the direction of induced current in the conductor.

Question-20
What is the cause of earth’s magnetism?
Solution:
Earth’s magnetism is due to the magnetic effect of current which is flowing in the liquid core at the center of the earth.

Question-21
How will you find out the direction of the magnetic field produced by current-carrying conductor?
Solution:
The direction of lines of force of the magnetic field produced by a straight wire carrying current is obtained by Maxwell’s right hand thumb rule. According to Maxwell’s right-hand thumb rule, “Imagine that the current carrying wire is in the right hand so that the thumb points in the direction of current, then the direction in which the fingers encircle the wire gives the direction of magnetic lines of force around the wire.
Imagine a current carrying wire AB in which the current is flows vertically upwards. To find out the direction of magnetic lines of force produced by this current, we imagine the wire AB to be held in the right hand, so that the thumb points in the direction of current towards A. Now, the direction in which the fingers are folded gives the direction of the lines of force. In this case the fingers are folded in the anti-clockwise direction, so the magnetic lines of force are also in the anti-clockwise direction.

Question-22
What type of core should be put inside a current-carrying solenoid to make an electromagnet?
Solution:
A soft iron core is placed inside a solenoid to make an electromagnet. When a soft iron core is placed inside a solenoid, then the strength of the magnetic field becomes very large because the iron core gets magnetized by induction. This combination of a solenoid and a soft iron core is called an electromagnet.

Question-23
Distinguish between a bar magnet and an electromagnet.
Solution:
Bar Magnets
The bar magnet is a permanent magnet.
It produces a comparatively weak force of attraction.
The strength of a bar magnet cannot be changed.
The polarity of a bar magnet is fixed and cannot be changed.
Electromagnets
An electromagnet is a temporary magnet.
It produces a very strong magnetic force.
The strength of an electromagnet can be changed by changing the number of turns in its coil or by changing the current passing through it.
The polarity of an electromagnet can be changed by changing the direction of current in its coil.

Question-24
State the composition of the alloy called nipermag? Give an important use of this alloy.
Solution:
Nipermag is an alloy of iron, nickel, aluminium and titanium. Permanent magnet of this alloy is more stronger than those made of ordinary steel. Hence it used in microphones and loudspeakers.

Question-25
Derive the formula for the force acting on a charged particle moving in a magnetic field.
Solution:
The force acting on a current-carrying conductor placed in a magnetic field is,
F = B Ã— I Ã— L
The current I is the rate of flow of charge.
Now, if a charge Q flows in time t then the current I = Q/t. Hence substituting for I in
the above equation, we get,
F = (B Ã— Q Ã— L)/t
Suppose the particle carrying the charge Q travels a length L in time t, then the velocity
v = L/t. So substituting this value, we get
Force on moving charge F = B Ã— Q Ã— v.

Question-26
How does alternating current differ from the direct current?
Solution:
If current always flows in the same direction, it is called a direct current. The current, which we get from the cell or a battery, is a direct current because it always flows in the same direction. The positive and negative polarity of a direct current is fixed. If the current changes direction after regular intervals of time, it is called alternating current. Most of the power stations in India generate alternating current. The alternating current produced in India changes its direction every 1/100 second. Thus, the positive and negative polarity of an alternating current is not fixed.

Question-27
Give two reasons why different electrical appliances in a domestic circuit are connected in parallel.
Solution:
(i) If one of the appliances is switched off or gets fused, there is no effect on the other appliances and they keep on operating.
(ii) The same voltage of the main line is available for all electrical appliances.

Question-28
Why is a fuse wire made of a tin-lead alloy and not copper?
Solution:
A fuse wire is made of tin alloy because it has low melting point, so that it may melt easily, whereas a copper wire cannot be used as a fuse wire because it has a high melting point due to which it will not melt easily when a short circuit takes place.

Question-29
Explain the principle and working of an electric motor with the help of a diagram. What is the function of a split ring commutator?
Solution:
An electric motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. It works on the principle that â€“ a current carrying conductor placed in a magnetic field experiences a force.
Following are the essential parts of an electric motor.
(i) Coil: It is a rectangular coil of insulated copper wire having large number of turns.
(ii) A large permanent magnet provides strong magnetic field between its pole pieces. The coil rotates between these pole pieces.
(iii) Split rings: The two ends of the coil are connected to two split rings, which are two halves of a slip rings.
(iv) Brushes: Two carbon brushes keep in sliding contact with split rings. Working
When a current is passed through the coil, the direction of current in AB and CD is in opposite direction but both are perpendicular to magnetic field. Therefore, by Fleming’s left hand rule AB arm of the coil experiences an upward force and CD arm experiences a downward force. These two forces being equal and opposite to each other form a couple which rotates the coil. Arms BC and DA are parallel to the field and the force on them is zero. The forces, on AB and CD turn the coil in clockwise direction. After half revolution, the split rings change their position. Now S2 is in contact with brush B1 and S1 is in contact with B2. So the direction of current in the coil reverses. Therefore, AB now experiences downward force and CD upward force. The couple now acting on the coil again moves it in clockwise direction. Due to the function of split ring commutator and brushes, coil continues to turn in clockwise direction.
Split ring commutator changes direction after every half rotation, so that the direction of current going in the coil also reverses and the arm of the coil which goes up in the first half, goes down in second half. As a result, the coil continues to rotate in one direction. Anything connected to the axis of the coil also rotates. So, the electrical energy given to the coil changes into mechanical energy.

Question-30
With the help of a labelled diagram, explain the working of an A.C. generator.
Solution:
“A. C. generator” means “Alternating Current generator”. That is, an A. C. generator produces alternating current, which alternates (changes) in polarity continuously. We will now describe the construction an working of the A. C. generator or A. C. dynamo.
Construction of an A. C. generator
A simple A. C. generator consists of a rectangular coil ABCD that can be rotated rapidly between the poles N and S of a strong horseshoe type magnet M. The coil is made of a large number of turns of insulated copper wire. The ends A and D of the rectangular coil are connected to two circular pieces of copper metal called slip rings R1 and R2. As the slip rings R1 and R2 rotate with the coil, the two pieces of carbon called brushes, B1 and B2, keep contact with them. So, the current produced in the rotating coil can be tapped out through slip rings into the carbon brushes. From the carbon brushes B1 and B2 we take the current into various electrical appliances like radio, T. V., electric iron, bulbs, etc. But in this figure, we have shown only a galvanometer G connected the two carbon brushes.
Working of an A. C. generator
Suppose that the generator coil ABCD is initially in the horizontal position. Again suppose that he coil ABCD is being rotated in the anticlockwise direction between the poles N and S of a horseshoe type magnet.
(i) As the coil rotates in the anticlockwise direction, the side AB of the coil moves down cutting the magnetic lines of force near the N-pole of the magnet, and side CD moves up, cutting the lines of force near the S-pole of the magnet. Due to this, induced current is produced in the sides AB and DC of the coil. On applying Fleming’s right hand rule to the side AB and DC of the coil, we find that the currents are in the direction B to A and D to C respectively. Thus, the induced currents in the two sides of the coil are in the same direction, and we get an effective induced current in the direction BADC. (ii) After half revolution, the sides AB and DC of the coil will interchange their positions. The side AB will come on the right hand side and DC will come on the left side. So, after half a revolution, side AB starts moving up and side DC starts coming down. As a result of this, the direction of induced current in each side of the coil is reversed after half a revolution. Since the direction of induced current in the coil is reversed after half revolution so the polarity (positive and negative) of the two ends of the coil also changes after half revolution. The end of coil which was positive in the first half of rotation becomes negative in the second in the second half. And the end which was negative in the first half revolution becomes positive in the second half of revolution. Thus, in 1 revolution of the coil, the current changes its direction 2 times.
The alternating current (A. C.) produced in India has a frequency of 50 Hz. That is, the coil is rotated at the rate of 50 revolutions per second. Since in 1 revolution of coil, the current changes its direction 2 times, so in 50 revolutions of coil, the current changes its direction 2 Ã— 50 = 100 times. Thus, the A. C. supply in India changes its direction 100 times in 1 second. Another way of saying this is that the alternating current produced in India changes its direction every 1/100 second. That is, each terminal of the coil is positive (+) for 1/100 of a second and negative (-) for the next 1/100 of a second. This process is repeated again and again with the result that there is actually no positive and negative in an A. C. generator. We will now describe why the direction of induced current in the coil of an A. C. generator changes after every half revolution of the coil.

After every half revolution, each side of the generator coil starts moving in the opposite direction in the magnetic field. The side of the coil which was initially moving downwards in a magnetic field, after half revolution, it starts moving in opposite direction â€“ upwards. Similarly the side of coil which was initially moving upwards, after half revolution, it starts moving downwards. Due to the change in the direction of motion of the two sides of the coil in the magnetic field after every half revolution, the direction of current produced in them also changes after every half revolution.

Question-31
Explain the principle, construction and working of a DC Motor.
Solution:
“D. C. generator” means “Direct Current generator”. That is, a D. C. generator
produces direct current and not alternating current. We will now describe the construction and working of D. C. generator or D. C. Dynamo.
Construction of a D. C. generator
A simple D. C. generator consists of a rectangular coil ABCD which cab be rotated rapidly between the poles N and S of a strong horse-shoe type magnet M. The generator coil is made of a large number of turns of insulated copper wire. The two ends of the coil are connected to the two copper half rings (or split rings) R1 and R2 of a commutator. There are two carbon brushes B1 and B2 which press lightly against the two half rings. When the coil is rotated, the two half rings R1 and R2 touch the two carbon brushes B1 and B2 one by one. So the current produced in the rotating coil can be tapped out through the commutator half rings into the carbon brushes. From the carbon brushes B1 and B2, we can take the current into the various electrical appliances like radio, T. V., electric iron, bulbs, etc. But in this figure, we have shown only a galvanometer G connected between the two carbon brushes. The galvanometer is a current detecting and current measuring instrument. Working of a D. C. generator
Suppose that the generator coil ABCD is initially in the horizontal position. Again suppose that he coil ABCD is being rotated in the anticlockwise direction between the poles N and S of a horseshoe type magnet.
As the coil rotates in the anticlockwise direction, the side AB of the coil moves down cutting the magnetic lines of force near the N-pole of the magnet, and side DC moves up, cutting the lines of force near the S-pole of the magnet. Due to this, induced current is produced in the sides AB and DC of the coil. On applying Fleming’s right hand rule to the side AB and DC of the coil we find that the currents in them are in the direction B to A and D to C respectively. Thus, the induced currents in the two sides of the coil are in the same direction, and we get an effective induced current in the direction BADC. Due to this the brush B1 becomes a positive (+) pole and brush B2 becomes negative (-) pole of the generator.

After half revolution, the sides AB and DC of the coil will interchange their positions. The side AB will come on the right hand side and start moving up whereas side DC will come on then the two commutator half rings R1 and R2 automatically change their contacts from one carbon brush to the other. Due to this change, the current keeps flowing in the same direction in the other circuits. The brush B1 always remaining positive terminal and brush B2 always remaining negative terminal of the generator. Thus, a D. C. generator supplies a current in one direction by the use of a commutator consisting of two, half-rings of copper. In the above discussion we have used the word D. C. generator everywhere. Please note that we can also write D. C. dynamo in place of D. C. generator.

Question-32
What is a fuse wire? What is the advantage and disadvantage of using a thick fuse wire?
Solution:
A fuse is a very important device used for protecting electric circuits. It is a wire made out of a metal like tin or tin alloy having a very low melting point.
When a high current flows through a circuit, the fuse wire gets heated or melts due to short-circuiting or overloading. Hence the circuit is broken and the current stops flowing. This saves all the appliances of the circuit.

Question-33
The device used for producing current is called a,
(i) Generator
(ii) Voltmeter
(iii) Ammeter
(iv) Galvanometer.

Solution:
(i) Generator. The other devices are measuring instruments.

Question-34
What are magnetic field lines? How is the direction of a magnetic field at a point determined? Mention two important properties of the magnetic field lines.
Solution:
The space surrounding a magnet in which magnetic force is exerted, is called a magnetic field. Magnetic field lines are the lines that are drawn at every point indicating the direction in which a north pole would move if placed at that point. They are determined by placing an imaginary hypothetical north pole at that point and finding the direction in which it would move due to the magnetic field at that point. A compass needle gets deflected when placed near a magnet due to the magnetic force exerted by the magnet on it. Some important properties of magnetic field lines are;
(i) The tangent drawn at any point on the field line indicates the direction in which a north pole would move if placed at that point.
(ii) The relative strength of the field is proportional to the degree of closeness of the lines. The more clustered they are, the stronger the field in that region.
(iii) The magnetic field lines never intersect. This is because a pole can move only in zone direction and if the lines intersect they would have to move in two direction simultaneously which is impossible.

Question-35
Draw a rough sketch of the pattern of field lines due to a
(i) current flowing into a circular coil and
(ii) solenoid carrying current.

Solution: Question-36
State the rule to determine the direction of a
(i) magnetic field produced around a straight conductor-carrying current,
(ii) force experienced by a current-carrying straight conductor placed in a magnetic field which is perpendicular to it, and
(iii) current induced in a coil due to its rotation in a magnetic field.
(iv) Current induced in a circuit by the changing magnetic flux due to the motion of a magnet.
Solution:
(i) The direction of a magnetic field produced around a current-carrying conductor can be obtained by using Maxwell’s right-hand thumb rule. It states that “if you hold the current carrying wire in your right hand with your thumb pointing in the direction of the magnetic field then the fingers will wrap around the conductor in the direction of the magnetic field lines due to the conductor”.
(ii) The direction of the force experienced by a straight conductor carrying current placed in a magnetic field is determined using Fleming’s left hand rule. It states that “if you stretch the forefinger, the central finger and the thumb of your left hand mutually perpendicular to each other, the forefinger points in the direction of the magnetic field and the central finger points in the direction of current, and the thumb points in the direction of force acting on the conductor”.
(iii) The direction of the current induced in a circuit by changing the magnetic flux due to motion of a conductor is given by Fleming’s right hand rule. It states that “if you hold the forefinger, the central finger and the thumb of your right hand mutually perpendicular to each other, the forefinger indicates the direction of the changing field / flux, the thumb indicates the direction of motion of the conductor and the middle finger gives the direction of the induced current”. This phenomenon is called electromagnetic induction.

Question-37
On what factors does the force experienced by a currentâ€“carrying conductor placed in a uniform magnetic field depend?
Solution:
The force on a current carrying conductor placed in a magnetic field is given by the Fleming’s left hand rule.
F = B I L
Where F is the force on the conductor
B is the magnitude of the uniform magnetic field
I is the current in the conductor
L is the Length of the current carrying wire
Therefore from the above formula, force is directly proportional to the magnitude of the field, current in the wire and the length of the wire.

Question-38
Explain the principle and working of an electric motor with the help of a diagram.What is the function of a splitâ€“ring commutator ?
Solution: A motor is a device that converts the electrical energy into mechanical energy.
Principle
An electric motor is based on the fact that when a current carrying conductor is placed in a magnetic field the conductor experiences a force which is given by Fleming’s Left Hand Rule. For example, when a rectangular coil is placed in the magnetic field and current is passed through it, a torque acts on the coil, which rotates it continuously. When the coil rotates, the shaft attached to it also rotates and therefore the electrical energy supplied to the motor is converted into the mechanical energy of rotation.
An electrical motor consists of a rectangular coil ABCD of insulated copper wire, wound on a soft iron core called armature. The coil is mounted between the poles of a magnet in such a way that it can rotate between the poles N and S. The two ends of the coil are soldered to the ends of a commutator whose main function is to reverse the direction of the current flowing through the coil every time the coil just passes the vertical position during its revolution.
Working
Suppose the coil ABCD is initially at a horizontal position. When the switch is in ON position the current enters the coil through the carbon brushes and the half ring â€˜A’ of the commutator.
The current flows in the direction DCBA and leaves via the half ring â€˜B’. In the side PQ of the coil, the direction is from Q to P towards the south and the direction of the magnetic field is from the N to S pole towards the east. So, by applying Fleming’s left hand rule, we find that it will experience a force in upward direction. Similarly, the side SR of the coil will experience a downward force. Thus we have two parallel wires experiencing forces in opposite directions. They form a couple tending to rotate the coil in the anticlockwise direction.
When the coil goes beyond the vertical position, the two commutator half rings automatically changes contact from one brush to the other. This reverses the direction of current through the coil which, in turn, reverses the direction of forces acting on the two sides of the coil. The sides of the coil are interchanged, but rotate in the same anticlockwise direction. This process is repeated again and again and the coil continues to rotate as long as the current is passing.

Question-39
A coil of copper wire is connected to a galvanometer. What would happen if a bar magnet is
(i) Pushed into the coil with its north pole entering first?
(ii) Pulled out of the bar magnet?
(iii) Held stationary inside the coil?

Solution:
(i) A deflection is observed in the galvanometer due to the induced current because of the changing magnetic flux (increasing) through the turns of the coil connected to the galvanometer.
(ii) A deflection is again observed in the galvanometer, as when it is pulled out, the flux linked with the coil due to the bar magnet decreases. Hence a current flows in the coil to reduce the change in flux. The deflection can be observed in the opposite direction as compared with the previous case.
(iii) No deflection is observed in the galvanometer. The flux linked with the coil due to the magnetic field is at a constant. Hence no current is induced due to the bar magnet.

Question-40
Draw a labelled diagram to explain the principle underlying the working of an electric generator.
Solution: Question-41
What is the function of an earth wire? Why is it necessary to earth the metallic appliances?
Solution:
To avoid electric shocks, the metal body of an electrical device is â€˜earthed’. A wire called â€˜earth wire’ is used to connect the metal body of the electrical device to the earth, which is at zero potential. In household circuits, we have three wires, the live wire, the neutral wire and the earth wire. One end of the earth wire is connected to the device and the other end of the wire is connected to the earth. We now say that the device is “earthed” or “grounded”. Usually the three wires are connected to a three-pin plug. The neutral wire or the earth connection carries the high current to the earth from the device and prevents an electric shock.

Question-42
Solution:
Short circuiting
If the plastic insulation of the live wire and neutral wire gets torn, then the two wires touch each other. This touching of the live wire and neutral wire directly is known as short-circuiting. The current passing through the circuit formed by these wires is very large and consequently a high heating effect is created which may lead to fire.