Physics MCQs for Class 12 with Answers Chapter 3 Current Electricity

## Current Electricity Class 12 Physics MCQs Pdf

1. Consider a current carrying wire current I in the shape of a circle. Note that as the current progresses along the wire, the direction of j (current density) changes in an exact manner, while die current/remain unaffected. The agent that is essentially responsible for is [NCERT Exemplar] (a) source of emf.

(b) electric field produced by charges accumulated on the surface of wire.

(c) the charges just behind a given segment of wire which push them just the right way by repulsion.

(d) the charges ahead.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: b

Explaination:

(b) Current density j changes due to electric field produced by charges accumulated on the surface of wire.

2. Two batteries of ε_{1} and ε_{2} (ε_{2} > ε_{1}) and internal resistance r_{1} and r_{2} respectively are connected in parallel as shown in figure. [NCERT Exemplar]

(a ) The equivalent emf ε_{eq} of the two cells is between ε_{1} and ε_{2} i.e. ε_{1} < ε_{eq} < ε_{2}.

(b) The equivalent emf ε_{eq} is smaller than ε_{1}.

(c) The eeq is given by ε_{eq}= ε_{1} + ε_{2} always.

(d) zeq is independent of internal resistances r_{1} and r_{2}.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: a

Explaination:

(a) The equivalent emf of this combination is given by

3. A resistance R is to be measured using a meter bridge. Student chooses the standard resistance S to be 100 Ω He finds the null point at l_{1} = 2.9 cm. He is told to attempt to improve the accuracy. Which of the following is a useful way? [NCERT Exemplar] (a) He should measure l_{1} more accurately.

(b) He should change Sto 1000 Ω and repeat the experiment.

(c) He should change S to 3 Ω and repeat the experiment.

(d) He should give up hope of a more accurate measurement with a meter bridge.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: c

Explaination:

(c) The bridge is said to be balanced if the ratio of the resistances in same branch is equal

Since here, R : S = 2.9 : 97.1, then the value of S is nearly 33 times to that of R. In order to make this ratio 1 : 1, it is necessary to reduce the value of S nearly \(\frac{1}{33}\) times i.e., nearly 3 Ω.

4. Two cells of emf’s approximately 5 V and 10 V are to be accurately compared using a potentiometer of length 400 cm. [NCERT Exemplar] (a) The battery that runs the potentiometer should have voltage of 8 V.

(b) The battery of potentiometer can have a voltage of 15 V and R adjusted so that the potential drop across the wire slightly exceeds 10 V.

(c) The first portion of 50 cm of wire itself should have a potential drop of 10 V.

(d) Potentiometer is usually used for comparing resistances and not voltages.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: b

Explaination:

(b) The potential drop along the wires of potentiometer should be greater than emfs of cells. Here, values of emfs of two cells are given as 5 V and 10 V, therefore, the potential drop along the potentiometer wire must be more than 10 V.

5. Consider a simple circuit shown in figure stands for a variable resistance R’. R’ can vary from R_{0} to infinity, r is internal resistance of the battery (r << R << R_{0}). [NCERT Exemplar]

(a) Potential drop across AB is not constant as R_{0} is varied.

(b Current through R0 is nearly a constant as R_{0} is varied.

(c) Current I depends sensitively on R_{0}.

(d) \(I \geq \frac{V}{r+R}\) always.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: d

Explaination:

(d) In parallel grouping of resistance, same potential difference appeared across each resistance but current distributed in reverse ratio of their resistance,

i.e i ∝ \(\frac{1}{R}\)

P.d across AB and r = v, equivalent resistance of parallel combination R’ < R, therefore current

\(I \leq \frac{V}{R+r}\)

6. In a meter bridge, the point D is a neutral point (figure). [NCERT Exemplar]

(a) The meter bridge can have other neutral point for this set of resistances.

(b) When the jockey contacts a point on meter wire left of D, current flows to B from the wire.

(c) When the jockey contacts a point on the meter wire to the right of D, current flows from B to the wire through galvanometer.

(d) When R is increased, the neutral point shifts to left.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: c

Explaination:

(c) If in balanced position of bridge AB = l,

When there is no deflection in galvanometer there is no current across the galvanometer, then points B and D are at same potential. That point at which galvanometer shows no deflection is called null point, When the jockey contacts a point on the meter wire to the right of D, the potential drop across AD is more than potential drop across AB, which brings the potential of point D less than that of B, hence current flows from B to D in the galvanometer wire.

7. Which of the following is wrong? Resistivity of a conductor is

(a) independent of temperature.

(b) inversely proportional to temperature.

(c) independent of dimensions of conductor.

(d) less than resistivity of a semiconductor.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: a

Explaination:

(a) Resistivity is property of material and inversely proportional to temperature for conductor, \(\rho=\frac{m}{n e^{2} \tau}\).

8. Drift velocity vd varies with the intensity of electric field as per the relation

(a) v_{d} ∝ E

(b) v_{d} ∝ \(\frac{1}{E}\)

(c) v_{d} = constant

(d) v_{d} ∝ E²

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: a

Explaination:

(a) Drift velocity v_{d} = \(\frac{e E}{m} \tau\), i.e. v_{d} ∝ E

9. For measurement of potential difference, a potentiometer is preferred over voltmeter because

(a) potentiometer is more sensitive than voltmeter.

(b) the resistance of potentiometer is less than voltmeter.

(c) potentiometer is cheaper than voltmeter.

(d) potentiometer does not take current from the circuit.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination: (d) Potentiometer works on null deflection method.

10. For a cell, the graph between the potential difference (V) across the terminals of the cell and the current (I) drawn from the cell is shown in the figure.

The e.m.f. and the internal resistance of the cell are

(a) 2V, 0.5 Ω

(b) 2V, 0.4 Ω

(c) > 2V, 0.5 Ω

(d) > 2V, 0.4 Ω

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: b

Explaination:

(b) E.m.f. is the value of voltage, when no current is drawn from the circuit so E= 2 V.

Also r = slope = \(\frac{2}{5}\) = 0.4 Ω

11. A Daniel cell is balanced on 125 cm length of a potentiometer wire. Now the cell is short-circuited by a resistance 2 ohm and the balance is obtained at 100 cm. The internal resistance of the Daniel cell is

(a) 0.5 ohm

(b) 1.5 ohm

(c) 1.25 ohm

(d) 4/5 ohm

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination: a

12. When there is an electric current through a conducting wire along its length, then an electric field must exist

(a) outside the wire but normal to it.

(b) outside the wire but parallel to it.

(c) inside the wire but parallel to it.

(d) inside the wire but normal to it.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: c

Explaination:

(c) Electric field parallel to wire inside creates potential difference and electrostic force on electrons.

13. Three resistors each of 2 ohm are connected together in a triangular shape. The resistance between any two vertices will be

(a) 4/3 ohm

(b) 3/4 ohm

(c) 3 ohm

(d) 6 ohm

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: a

Explaination:

(a) Equivalent resistance of the combination

14. From the graph between current I and voltage V shown below, identify the portion corresponding to negative resistance

(a) AB

(b) BC

(c) CD

(d) DE

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: c

Explaination:

(c) For portion CD slope of the curve is negative i.e. resistance be negative.

15. A battery consists of a variable number V of identical cells having internal resistances connected in series. The terminals of battery are short circuited and the current i is measured. Which of the graph below shows the relationship between i and n?

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer: d

Explaination: (d) I = \(\frac{n E}{n r}=\frac{E}{r}\). current is independent of n.

16. A charge is moving across a junction, then

(a) momentum will be conserved.

(b) momentum will not be conserved.

(c) at some places momenturii will be conserved and at some other places momentum will not be conserved.

(d) none of these.

**Answer**

Answer: d

17. Which of the following I-V graph represents ohmic conductors?

**Answer**

Answer: a

18. The I-V characteristics shown in figure represents

(a) ohmic conductors

(b) non-ohmic conductors

(c) insulators

(d) superconductors

**Answer**

Answer: b

19. Which of the following is correct for V-I graph of a good conductor?

**Answer**

Answer: a

20. The resistivity of alloy manganin is

(a) Nearly independent of temperature

(b) Increases rapidly with increase in temperature

(c) Decreases with increase in temperature

(d) Increases rapidly with decrease in temperature

**Answer**

Answer: a

21. An electric heater is connected to the voltage supply. After few seconds, current gets its steady value then its initial current will be

(a) equal to its steady current

(b) slightly higher than its steady current

(c) slightly less than its steady current

(d) zero

**Answer**

Answer: b

22. In the series combination of two or more than two resistances

(a) the current through each resistance is same.

(b) the voltage through each resistance is same.

(c) neither current nor voltage through each re-sistance is same.

(d) both current and voltage through each resis¬tance are same.

**Answer**

Answer: a

23. Combine three resistors 5 Q, 4.5 Q and 3 Q in such a way that the total resistance of this combination is maximum

(a) 12.5 Q

(b) 13.5 Q

(c) 14.5 Q

(d) 16.5 Q

**Answer**

Answer: a

24. A cell having an emf E and internal resistance r is connected across a variable external resistance R. As the resistance R is increased, the plot of potential difference V across R is given by

**Answer**

Answer: b

25. In parallel combination of n cells, we obtain

(a) more voltage

(b) more current

(c) less voltage

(d) less current

**Answer**

Answer: b

26. If n cells each of emf e and internal resistance r are connected in parallel, then the total emf and internal resistance will be

**Answer**

Answer: a

27. In a Wheatstone bridge if the battery and galvanometer are interchanged then the deflection in galvanometer will

(a) change in previous direction

(b) not change

(c) change in opposite direction

(d) none of these.

**Answer**

Answer: b

28. When a metal conductor connected to left gap of a meter bridge is heated, the balancing point

(a) shifts towards right

(b) shifts towards left

(c) remains unchanged

(d) remains at zero

**Answer**

Answer: a

29. In a potentiometer of 10 wires, the balance point is obtained on the 7^{th} wire. To shift the balance point to 9th wire, we should

(a) decrease resistance in the main circuit.

(b) increase resistance in the main circuit.

(c) decrease resistance in series with the cell whose emf is to be measured.

(d) increase resistance in series with the cell whose emf is to be determined.

**Answer**

Answer: d

30. AB is a wire of potentiometer with the increase in the value of resistance R, the shift in the balance point J will be

(a) towards B

(b) towards A

(c) remains constant

(d) first towards B then back towards A.

**Answer**

Answer: a

31. There are n similar conductors each of resistance R. The resultant resistance comes out to be x when connected in parallel. If they are connected in series, the resistance comes out to be ________ .

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

n²x

In parallel, x = \(\frac{R}{n}\) or R = nx n

In series, R + R + R …. n times = nR = n(nx) = n²x

32. In the circuit shown, potential difference between X and Y is ________ and across 40 Ω is ________ .

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination: 120 V, 0 V [In open circuit of a cell V = E for XY and no current flows though 40 Ω]

33. The figure below shows currents in a part of electric circuit. The current i is ________ .

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination: 1.7 A

34. A wire is stretched so as to change its length by 0.1%, the percentage increase in its resistance will be _______ .

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

35. The current in the given circuit will be ________ .

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

36. A cell of emf E is connected with an external resistance R, then p.d. across cell is V. The internal resistance of cell will be ________ .

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

37. The figure shows a network of current and the magnitude of current. The current I will be ________ .

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination: 23 A, using KirchhofTs law 7=15 + 5 + 3 = 23 A

38. When electrons drift in a metal from lower to higher potential, does it mean that all the free electrons of the metal are moving in the same direction? [NCERT Example; Delhi 2012]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination: No. As the collision is a random process, the electrons cannot get deflected in the same direction.

39. A steady current flows in a metallic conductor of non-uniform cross-section. Which of these quantities is constant along the conductor: current, current density, drift speed and electric field?

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination: Current, because in series, the current is same throughout the wire.

40. The electron drift arises due to the force experienced by electrons in the electric field inside the conductor. But force should cause acceleration. Why then do the electrons acquire a steady average drift speed?

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

An electron does accelerate but loose its drift speed during the subsequent collisions with a positive ion of the metal. Therefore, it is the average drift speed which is acquired by the electron.

41. The electron drift speed is estimated to be only a few mm s^{-1} for currents in the range of a few amperes? How then is current established almost the instant a circuit is closed?

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

It is the electric field which spreads throughout a circuit with speed of light. At every point, a local electron drift is induced by the field. This way, the current attains its steady value almost instantaneously.

42. Is there a net field inside the cell when the circuit is closed and a steady current passes through? Explain.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

When circuit is closed, the current flows in the direction of electrostatic field outside, and opposite to the direction of electrostatic field inside the cell. The latter fact shows that there is a net field inside the cell opposite to the electrostatic field.

43. Plot a graph showing the variation of resistance of a conducting wire as a function of its radius, keeping the length of the wire and its temperature as constant. [Foreign 2013]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

44. V-I graph for a metallic wire at two different temperatures Tx and T2 is as shown in the figure. Which of the two temperatures is higher and why?

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

Since, resistance = slope of V – I graph. In the figure, the slope of Tx is large, so T_{1} represents the higher temperature as the resistance increases with the temperature for a conductor.

45. The emf of a cell is always greater than its terminal voltage. Why? Give reason. [Delhi 2013]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

The current always flows from higher to lower potential. To produce the current to an external circuit, the emf must be greater than the terminal voltage, i.e. the potential difference across the external circuit.

ε = V + Ir

46. You are given three constantan wires P, Q and R of length and area of cross-section (L, A), (2L, \(\frac{A}{2}\)), (\(\frac{L}{2}\)2A) respectively. Which has highest resistance? [DoE]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

47. Two wires of equal length, one of copper and the other of manganin have the same resistance. Which wire is thicker? [AI2012]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

As the resistivity of manganin (_{2}) is greater than the resistivity of copper (_{1}). So, the manganin wire is thicker.

48. Nichrome and copper wires of same length and same radius are connected in series. Current/is passed through them. Which wire gets heated up more? Justify your answer. [AI 2017]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

Nichrome wire having more resistivity () will heat up more, as heat produced = I²R = I²\(\frac{l}{A}\)

49. State the condition for maximum current to be drawn from a cell.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

\(I=\frac{E}{R+r}\); when the external resistance,

R = 0 (i.e. cell is short-circuited), then the maximum current will be drawn from a cell.

50. State the condition under which the terminal potential difference across a battery and its emf are equal.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

∵ V = E – Ir, when the battery is in open circuit, i.e. no current is being drawn from the cell. Therefore, terminal potential difference is equal to the emf to the cell.

51. A car battery is of 12 V. Eight dry cells of 1.5 V connected in series also give 12 V, but such a combination is not used to start a car. Why?

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

Dry cells used in series will have high resistance (=10 Ω) and hence provide low current, while a car battery has low internal resistance (0.1 Ω) and hence gives high current for the same emf, needed to start the car.

52. Graph showing the variation of current versus voltage for a material GaAs is shown in the figure. Identify the region of

(i) negative resistance, [Dehradun 2019] (ii) where Ohm’s law is obeyed. [Delhi 2015].

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

(i) DE is the negative resistance region.

(ii) Ohm’s law is obeyed in the region AB.

53. Define the term ‘electrical conductivity’ of a metallic wire. Write its SI unit. [Delhi 2014]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

Electric conductivity () is defined as the reciprocal of electric resistivity

i.e. \(\sigma=\frac{1}{\rho}\)

Its SI unit is Ω^{-1} m^{-1}, mho m^{-1} or siemen m^{-1}.

54. Give an example of a material each for which temperature coefficient of resistivity is

(i) positive and

(ii) negative. [CBSE Sample Paper 2016]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

The temperature coefficient of resistivity is

(i) positive for Cu (copper) and nichrome, and

(ii) negative for Si (semiconductor).

55. Show variation of resistivity of copper as a function of temperature in a graph. [Chennai 2019, Delhi 2014]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

56. Two identical cells, each of emf E, having negligible internal resistance r, are connected in parallel with each other across an external resistance R. What is the current through this resistance? [AI2013]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

For parallel arrangement of two identical cells, the total resistance of the circuit = R (cells have negligible internal resistance) Potential difference across the resistor = E.

So, current through the resistance, \(I=\frac{E}{R}\)

57. The plot of the variation of potential difference across a combination of three identical cells in series, versus current is as shown here. What is the emf of each cell?

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

When7=0, V_{max} = E = 6V

Thus, an emf of each cell = \(\frac{6}{3}\) = 2 volts.

58. Why resistance becomes more in series combination?

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

It is due to the increase in effective length of the conductor, because R ∝ l.

59. Why resistance becomes less in parallel combination?

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

It is due to the increase in effective area of cross-section ofthe conductor, because R ∝ l/A.

60. Two similar wires of same length and same area of cross-section but of different material,, having resistivity p, and p2 are connected end to end (in series). Calculate the effective resistivity of their combination.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

61. Two similar wires of same length and same area of cross-section but of different material having resistivity pj and p2 are connected side by side i.e. in parallel. Calculate the effective resistivity of their combination.

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

62. In an experiment on meter bridge, if the balancing length AC is x, what would be its value, when the radius of the meter bridge wire AB is doubled? Justify your answer. [AI 2011C]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

At the balance point, we have

As R_{1} and R_{2} remain the same, then x will also remain the same. It will not depend upon the diameter of the wire.

63. A cell of negligible internal resistance is connected in series to the wire of a potentiometer. If potentiometer wire is changed and in its place another wire of different material having diameter twice of the first wire is used keeping the length constant, then how the balance point will change?

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination: Balance point will not change.

64. How can we increase the sensitivity of a potentiometer? [Foreign 2017]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

By reducing potential gradient.

Potential gradient can be reduced by

(i) increasing length of the wire, and

(ii) reducing current in the main circuit.

65. Why is the potentiometer preferred .to a voltmeter for measuring emf of a cell? [Dehradun 2019]

**Answer/Explanation**

Answer:

Explaination:

Emf measured by the potentiometer is more accurate because the cell is in open circuit giving no current.