NCERT Exemplar Solution for CBSE Class 10 Science Chapter 4: Carbon and Its Compounds (Part-III)

In this article you will get CBSE Class 10 Science chapter 4, Carbon and Its Compounds: NCERT Exemplar Problems and Solutions (Part-III). Every question has been provided with a detailed explanation. All the questions given in this article are very important to prepare for CBSE Class 10 Board Exam 2017-2018.

Created On: May 16, 2017 14:30 IST
Modified On: May 16, 2017 16:09 IST

class 10 NCERT solution, class 10 science NCERT ExemplarHere you get the CBSE Class 10 Science chapter 4, Carbon and Its Compounds: NCERT Exemplar Solution (Part-III). This part of the chapter includes solutions for Question No. 47 to 57 from the NCERT Exemplar Problems for Class 10 Science Chapter: Carbon and Its Compounds. These questions include only the Long Answer Type Questions framed from various important topics of the chapter.

NCERT Exemplar Solution for CBSE Class 10 Science Chapter 4: Carbon and Its Compounds (Part-I)

NCERT Exemplar Solution for CBSE Class 10 Science Chapter 4: Carbon and Its Compounds (Part-II)

NCERT Exemplar problems are a very good resource for preparing the critical questions like Higher Order Thinking Skill (HOTS) questions. All these questions are very important to prepare for CBSE Class 10 Science Board Examination 2017-2018 as well as other competitive exams.

Find below the NCERT Exemplar problems and their solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter, Carbon and Its Compounds:

Long Answer Type Questions

Question. 47 A salt X is formed and a gas is evolved when ethanoic acid reacts with sodium hydrogen carbonate. Name the salt X and the gas evolved. Describe an activity and draw the diagram of the apparatus to prove that the evolved gas is the one which you have named. Also, write the chemical equation of the reaction involved.


Ethanoic (CH3COOH) acid reacts with sodium hydrogen carbonate (NaHCO3) to form sodium ethanoate (CH3COONa), water and carbon dioxide gas. Hence salt X is sodium ethanoate and the gas evolved is CO2. The chemical equation of the reaction involved is:

CH3COOH   +   NaHCO3 → CH3COONa   +   H2O  +  CO2

Activity for observing the gas evolved in above reaction:

experiment to observe CO2 gas

Set up the apparatus and take sodium hydrogen carbonate in test tube. Add ethanoic acid to it and observe brisk effervescence of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas. Now pass this gas through freshly prepared lime water (Ca(OH)2). It will turn milky due to the formation of insoluble calcium carbonate (CaCO3).

Ca(OH)2  +  CO2  →  CaCO3  +  H2O


Question. 48 (a) What are hydrocarbons? Give examples.

(b) Give the structural differences between saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons with two examples each.

(c) What is functional group? Give examples of four different functional groups.


(a)    Compounds which are formed from carbon and hydrogen atoms are called as hydrocarbons.  Some common examples of hydrocarbons are methane (CH4), ethane (C2H6), ethene (CH2 = CH2), ethyne (C2H2), cyclohexane (C6H12) and benzene (C6H5).

(b) Saturated hydrocarbons have only C-C bonds means all carbon atoms are bonded with single covalent bonds. The unsaturated hydrocarbons have multiple bonds (double or triple covalent bonds) between carbon atoms.

Examples of saturated hydrocarbons: Methane (CH4), Ethane (CH3 − CH3)

Examples of  unsaturated hydrocarbons: Ethene (H2C = CH2), Ethyne (HC  CH)

(c) An atom or group of atoms that is responsible for characteristics physical and chemical properties for organic compound is found is called as functional group.

Examples of four functional groups are:

Name of functional group

Formula of functional group


─ OH

Carboxylic acid






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Question. 49 Name the reaction which is commonly used in the conversion of vegetable oils to fats. Explain the reaction involved in detail.


The reaction that is used to convert vegetable oil to fat is called as hydrogenation reaction. Vegetable oils contain unsaturated hydrocarbons which can exhibit addition reaction with hydrogen to form saturated hydrocarbons or fats. The reaction occurs in the presence of metal catalyst like finely divided nickel or palladium at 200 oC and forms saturated vegetable fats.

The hydrogenation reaction is an industrial method for the manufacturing of vanaspati ghee from vegetable oil.

 hydrogenation of vegetable ghee

Here, R is any alkyl group which usually contains a large number of carbon atoms in vegetable oils.

Question. 50 (a) Write the formula and draw electron dot structure of carbon tetrachloride.

(b) What is saponification? Write the reaction involved in this process.


(a) The molecular formula of carbon tetrachloride is CC14 and electron dot structure is as below.

electron dot structure of CCl4

Carbon tetrachloride

(b) Alkaline hydrolysis of an ester in the presence of a strong base like sodium hydroxide is called as Saponification. It results the formation of corresponding salts of carboxylic acids and alcohol.

saponificaton reaction equation

Question. 51 Esters are sweet-smelling substances and are used in making perfumes. Suggest some activity and the reaction involved for the preparation of an ester with well labelled diagram.


Activity:  Take a test tube and add 1 mL ethanol and 1 mL glacial acetic acid with a few drops of concentrated sulphuric acid. Now heat the solution in water bath for at least five minutes. Pour the content into a beaker containing water and smell the mixture. Sweet smell of ester would be observed.

formation of ester

Reaction of ethanoic acid (CH3COOH) and ethanol (CH3CH2OH) in the presence of concentrated sulphuric acid (H2SO4) forms ethyl ethanoate (CH3COOC2H5) with water.

CH3COOH  +   CH3CH2OH  →  CH3COOC2H5  +  H2O

Question. 52 A compound C (molecular formula, C2H4O2) reacts with Na metal to form a compound R and evolves a gas which burns with a pop sound. Compound C on treatment with an alcohol A in the presence of an acid forms a sweet smelling compound S (molecular formula, C3H6O2). On addition of NaOH to C, it also gives R and water. S on treatment with NaOH solution gives back R and A. Identify C, R, A, S and write down the reactions involved.


Compound C with molecular formula C2H4O2 contains two oxygen atoms so it can be either ester or carboxylic acid.

Since it reacts with sodium metal to form compound R and evolves a gas which burns with pop sound, therefore it should be a carboxylic acid which forms sodium alkanoate and hydrogen gas with sodium metal.

2CH3COOH  +  2Na  →   2CH3COONa  +  H2

The gas which burns with pop sound is hydrogen gas.

Reaction of ethanoic acid with alcohol in the presence of an acid (Conc. H2SO4) forms sweet smelling ester. So compound S that is formed due to reaction of ethanoic acid and methanol (A) is methyl ethanoate with molecular formula C3H6O2 and structural formula CH3COOCH3.

esterification reaction equation

Hence compound C = Ethanoic acid (CH3COOH), R = Sodium ethanoate (CH3COONa), A = Methanol (CH3OH) and S = Methyl merhanoate (CH3COOCH3)

Question. 53 Look at the figure and answer the following questions.

reaction of ethanoic acid with sodium hydroxide

(a) What change would you observe in the calcium hydroxide solution taken in tube B?

(b) Write the reaction involved in test tubes A and B respectively.

(c) If ethanol is given instead of ethanoic acid, would you expect the same change?

(d) How can a solution of lime water be prepared in the laboratory?


(a) Calcium hydroxide solution in test tube B will react with carbon dioxide gas and turns milky due to the formation of insoluble calcium carbonate (CaCO3).


Test tube A:

Na2CO3   + 2CH3COOH  →  2CH3COONa  +  CO2  + H2O

Test tube B:

Ca(OH)2  +   CO2  →  CaCO3  +  H2O

(c) Ethanol is weakly acidic and cannot decompose Na2CO3 to give CO2 gas.

(d) Lime water (calcium hydroxide) is usually prepared by the reaction of calcium oxide (quick lime) with water. The supernatent liquid thus formed is decanted or filtered off to get a clear solution of lime water.

preparation of lime water

Question. 54 How would you bring about the following conversions? Name the process and write the reaction involved.

(a) Ethanol to ethene

(b) Propanol to propanoic acid

Write the reactions.


(a) Ethanol can be converted to ethene by dehydration of ethanol in the presence of concentrated sulphuric acid at 170 °C temperature. The reaction is named as dehydration reaction.

 conversion of ethanol to ethene

(b) Propanol can be converted to propanoic acid by oxidation in the presence of alkaline potassium permanganate and heat. It is named as oxidation reaction.

conversion of propanal to propanoic acid

Question. 55 Draw the possible isomers of the compound with molecular formula C3H6O and also give their electron dot structures.


Five isomers possible for the molecular formula C3H6O are listed below.

isomers of C3H6

Question. 56 Explain the given reactions with the examples.

(a) Hydrogenation reaction

(b) Oxidation reaction

(c) Substitution reaction

(d) Saponification reaction

(e) Combustion reaction


(a) Hydrogenation reaction: It can be defined as the addition of hydrogen on unsaturated molecule to make saturated one.

For example hydrogenation of ethene forms ethane in the presence of metal catalyst like Nickel at high temperature.

 hydrogenation of ethene to ethane

(b) Oxidation reaction: Oxidation reaction is addition of oxygen with the help of some oxidizing agent like alkaline potassium dichromate.

For example, oxidation of ethanol forms ethanol, which further oxidize to form ethanoic acid.

 oxidation of alcohol to carboxylic acid

(c) Substitution reaction: These reactions involve substituent of one or more part of molecule in the presence of appropriate reagent.

For example, reaction of methane with chlorine gas in the presence of sunlight substitute hydrogen atoms of methane with chlorine atom and form methyl chloride.

substitution reaction of hydrocarbons

(d) Saponification reaction: It is hydrolysis of ester in the presence of strong alkali like sodium hydroxide. It results in the formation of sodium salts of carboxylic acid and alcohol.

CH3COOCH3  +  NaOH  →  CH3COONa  +  CH3OH

(e) Combustion reaction: Burning of organic compounds in the presence of air forms carbon dioxide and water vapour. This reaction is called as combustion reaction.

CH4 + 2O2 → CO2 + 2H2O + Heat and light

It is an exothermic reaction and releases a large amount of energy in the form of heat.

Question. 57 An organic compound A on heating with concentrated H2SO4 forms a compound B which on addition of one mole of hydrogen in presence of Ni forms a compound C. One mole of compound C on combustion forms two moles of CO2 and three moles of H2O. Identify the compounds A, B and C and write the chemical equation of the reactions involved.

Answer. Combustion of compound C forms two moles of CO2 and three moles of H2O so it must contain two carbon atoms and six hydrogen atoms with molecular formula C2H6 that is ethane.

Ethane is formed by the addition of one mole of hydrogen in the presence of Ni catalyst on compound B. So compound B must be unsaturated hydrocarbon with two carbon atom that is ethene (CH2=CH2).

conversion of ethanol to ethene

Hence; A = Ethanol (CH3CH2OH), B = Ethene (CH2 = CH2) and C = Ethane (CH3 ─ CH3)

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