The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is an autonomous body of the Indian government that formulates the curricula for schools in India that are governed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and certain state boards. Therefore, students who will be taking the Class 10 tests administered by various boards should consult this NCERT Syllabus in order to prepare for those examinations, which in turn will assist those students get a passing score.

When working through the exercises in the NCERT textbook, if you run into any type of difficulty or uncertainty, you may use the swc NCERT Solutions for class 9 as a point of reference. While you are reading the theory form textbook, it is imperative that you always have notes prepared. You should make an effort to understand things from the very beginning so that you may create a solid foundation in the topic. Use the NCERT as your parent book to ensure that you have a strong foundation. After you have finished reading the theoretical section of the textbook, you should go to additional reference books.


Question 1. Which of the following are matter?
Chair, air, love, smell, hate, almonds, thought, cold, cold drink, smell of perfume.
Solution :
Anything that occupies space and has mass is called matter. Matter can exist in three physical states—solid, liquid, and gaseous.

Chair and almond are forms of matter in the solid state.
Cold drink is a liquid state of matter.
Air is a gaseous state of matter.
Note: The sense of smell is not matter. However, the smell or odour of a substance is classified as matter. The smell of any substance (say, perfume) can be classified as matter. This is because, perfume is in liquid state inside the bottle. It comes out in the form of tiny droplets. These droplets of perfume are matter and spread out in the atmosphere to create a sense of smell. This smell can be detected by our olfactory system.

Question 2. Give reasons for the following observation:
The smell of hot sizzling food reaches you several metres away, but to get the smell from cold food you have to go close.
Solution : Since hot sizzling food has temperature higher than cold food and at higher temperature diffusion rate (movement) of particles is very fast due to this the smell of hot sizzling reaches us from several metres away.

Question 3. A diver is able to cut through water in a swimming pool. Which property of matter does this observation show?
Solution : If diver has ability to cut through water in a swimming pool then it shows that the particles of matter have a kind of force working between them. Because of this force the particles of matter remain together till some external force is applied.

Question 4. What are the characteristics of the particles of matter?
Solution : The characteristics of particles of matter are as follows:
i) particles of matter have gap between them.
ii) particles of matter are in continuous motion
iii) particles of matter have an attraction force between them to keep them together.

Question 5. The mass per unit volume of a substance is called density.
(density = mass/volume).

Arrange the following in order of increasing density – air, exhaust from chimneys, honey, water, chalk, cotton and iron.
Solution : Arranging substances in their increasing order of densities:
Air< exhaust from chimneys< cotton< water< honey< chalk< iron.

Question 6.
(a) Tabulate the differences in the characteristics of states of matter.
(b) Comment upon the following:

rigidity, compressibility, fluidity, filling a gas container, shape, kinetic energy and density.
Solution :
(a) The differences in the characteristics of states of matter are given in the following table.

S. No.Solid stateLiquid stateGaseous state
1.Definite shape and volume.No definite shape. Liquids attain the shape of the vessel in which they are kept.Gases have neither a definite shape nor a definite volume.
2.IncompressibleCompressible to a small extent.Highly compressible
3.There is little space between the particles of a solid.These particles have a greater space between them.The space between gas particles is the greatest.
4.These particles attract each other very strongly.The force of attraction between liquid particles is less than solid particles.The force of attraction is least between gaseous particles.
5.Particles of solid cannot move freely.These particles move freely.Gaseous particles are in a continuous, random motion.

(b) Rigidity : It is the property of matter to maintain its shape even if external forces work and the solids show this property.
Compressibility : It is the property of matter to allow compression under high pressure and the gases show this property.
Fluidity : It is the property of a substance to easily flow and allow change in its shape under external forces and this property is exhibited by both liquids and gases.
Filling a gas container : Gases can be compressed easily hence they can be filled within a vessel at high pressure. This property of gases allows their convenient filling into a small container or cylinder and that also in a large volume. It also allows their easy transport from one place to the other e.g. CNG.
Shape : According to the type of matter shape differs depending upon location of particles like Solids have definite shape while Liquids acquire the shape of their container and gases as such don’t have any shape.
Kinetic energy : It is the kind of energy present in an object when it is under motion as the particles of that object/matter are continuously moving therefore matter has kinetic energy. However greater is the movement more will be the kinetic energy and vice a versa i.e. solid < liquid < gas
Density : Mass per unit volume of a substance/matter is known as its density i.e. density = mass/volume

Question 7.
Give reasons:

(a) A gas fills completely the vessel in which it is kept.
(b) A gas exerts pressure on the walls of the container.
(c) A wooden table should be called a solid.
(d) We can easily move our hand in air but to do the same through a solid block of wood we need a karate expert.
Solution :
(a) Since the attraction force between particles of a gas is negligible i.e. extremely less hence particles freely move/flow in all possible directions as a result gas fills completely the vessel in which it is kept.
(b) Freely moving particles of gas hit the walls of its container continuously and randomly therefore such random and erratic motion of gas particles exerts pressure on the walls of the container.
(c) A wooden table particles are quite rigid, have a fixed location and also possess a definite shape and volume. Due to all these properties we should call a wooden table a solid substance.
(d) Air is a mixture of gases and since particles of gas are far apart so same is true for air therefore we can easily move our hand in air. But a solid block of wood is hard and rigid that resists any change in location of its particles hence we need a karate expert in case of a solid block of wood.

Question 8. Liquids generally have lower density as compared to solids. But you must have observed that ice floats on water. Find out why.
Solution : The mass per unit volume of a substance is called density (density = mass/volume). As the volume of a substance increases, its density decreases.
Though ice is a solid, but it has a cage like structure hence there are large number of empty spaces between its particles. These spaces are larger as compared to the spaces present between the particles of water. Thus for a given mass of water, volume of ice is greater than that of water. Hence, the density of ice is less than that of water. A substance with lower density than water can float on water. Therefore, ice floats on water.

Question 9. Convert the following temperature to Celsius scale:
i) 300 K
ii)573 K

Solution :
(a) 300 K = (300 − 273)°C
= 27°C

(b)573 K = (573 − 273)°C
= 300°C

Question 10. What is the physical state of water at:
(a) 250°C
(b) 100°C

Solution :
(a) Water at 250°C exists in gaseous state.
(b) At 100°C, water can exist in both liquid and gaseous form. At this temperature, after getting the heat equal to the latent heat of vaporization, water starts changing from liquid state to gaseous state.

Question 11. For any substance, why does the temperature remain constant during the change of state?
Solution : During a change of state, the temperature remains constant. This is because all the heat supplied to increase the temperature is utilised in changing the state by overcoming the forces of attraction between the particles. This heat is called the latent heat. Latent heat does not contribute in increasing the temperature of the substance.

Question 12. Suggest a method to liquefy atmospheric gases.
Solution : If we decrease temperature and increasing pressure we can liquefy the atmospheric gases.

NCERT Solutions for Class 9 Science Chapter 1– Matter in Our Surroundings

Question 13. Why does a desert cooler cool better on a hot dry day?
Solution : When a liquid evaporates, the particles of the liquid absorb energy from the surroundings to compensate the loss of energy during evaporation. This makes the surroundings cool. In a desert cooler, the water inside it is made to evaporate. This leads to absorption of energy from the surroundings, thereby cooling the surroundings. Again, we know that evaporation depends on the amount of water vapour present in air (humidity). If the amount of water vapour present in air is less, then evaporation is more. On a hot dry day, the amount of water vapour present in air is less. Thus, water present inside the desert cooler evaporates more, thereby cooling the surroundings more. That is why a desert cooler cools better on a hot dry day.

Question 14. How does the water kept in an earthen pot (matka) become cool during summer?
Solution : The earthen pot is porous with lot of pores on it, the water oozes out through these pores and the water gets evaporated at the surface of the pot thereby causing cooling effect. This makes the pot cold and the water inside the pot cools by this process.

Question 15. Why does our palm feel cold when we put some acetone or petrol or perfume on it?
Solution : Acetone, petrol or perfume evaporate when they come into contact with air. The evaporation causes cooling sensation in our hands.

Question 16. Why are we able to sip hot tea or milk faster from a saucer rather than a cup?
Solution : Saucer has a bigger surface area as compared to cup. Since evaporation is a surface phenomenon, by using a saucer instead of cup we are increasing the surface are for evaporation to occur. Faster evaporation of particles of tea or milk allows cooling and taking a sip becomes easier.

Question 17. What type of clothes should we wear in summer?
Solution : We should wear light coloured cotton clothes in summer. Light colour because it reflects heat. Cotton clothes because it has pores in it, which absorbs sweat and allows the sweat to evaporate faster thereby giving cooling effect.


SWC academic staff has developed NCERT answers for this chapter of the ninth-grade science curriculum. We have solutions prepared for all the ncert questions of this chapter. The answers, broken down into steps, to all of the questions included in the NCERT textbook’s chapter are provided here. Read this chapter on theory. Be certain that you have read the theory section of this chapter of the NCERT textbook and that you have learnt the formulas for the chapter that you are studying. 

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