synthetic_fibres Class 8 NCERT solutions


Question 1

Explain why some fibres are called synthetic.


Some fibres are made in factories and hence they are called synthetic.

Question 2

 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


 (b) It is obtained from wood pulp

Question 3

 Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:

(a) Synthetic fibres are also called ______ or _______ fibres.

 (b) Synthetic fibres are synthesized from raw material called ________.

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


a) man-made or artificial

b) petrochemicals

c) polymer


Question 4

 Give examples which indicate that nylon fibres are very strong.


Nylon is used in making ropes which are used for heavy-duty purposes; like mountaineering and in parachute. These usages show that nylon fibres are very strong.

Question 5

Explain why plastic containers are favored for storing food.


1) Plastic is a non-reactive and non-corroding material.

2) Plastic containers do not change the flavor or quality of food.

3) They are light weighted and easy handling is possible with them 

Due to this, plastic containers are favored for storing food.

Question 6

 Explain the difference between the thermoplastic and thermosetting plastics.



Thermosetting plastic

The shape of thermoplastic can be easily changed by heating again

The shape of thermosetting plastic cannot be altered once it has been mould into a particular shape

Thermoplastic is used in making toys, combs, containers, etc.

Thermosetting plastic is used for making those items which need to withstand high temperature; such as handles of cooking utensils


Question 7

 Explain why the following are made of thermosetting plastics.

(a) Saucepan handles

(b) Electric plugs/switches/plug boards


Saucepan handles

Saucepan handles have to withstand high temperature during cooking and thermosetting plastic is ideal for that. Also they are bad conductor of heat


Electric plugs/switches/plug boards


Electric plugs/switches/plug-boards need to be durable and should withstand continuous use over many years. Moreover, in case of some heating due electric current; they should not melt. Hence, these devices are made from thermosetting plastic.

Also they are bad conductor of heat and electricity



Question 8

 Categorize 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)


Can be recycled

Plastic toys, carry bags, ball point pens, plastic bowls, , plastic covering on electrical wires, plastic chairs


Cannot be recycled

Telephone instruments, cooker handles, electrical switches



Question 9

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


Cotton has better absorbent property than synthetic fibre. During summer, cotton cloth can absorb sweat. The sweat would give cooling effect to the body, due to evaporation. Thus a cotton shirt would be much more comfortable than a shirt made from synthetic fibre. Hence, Rana should buy cotton shirts for summer.

Question 10

 Give examples to show that plastics are noncorrosive in nature.


1) Pickles usually come packed in plastic sachets or glass bottles. Pickles contain acids, yet no harm is done to the plastic sachet.

2) Sanitary cleaners and some acids; which are used as bathroom cleaner are sold in plastic bottles.

The above examples show non-corrosive nature of plastic.

Question 11

 Should the handle and bristles of a tooth brush be made of the same material? Explain your answer.


The handle and bristles of a tooth brush should be made of different materials as they server different purpose

Material which is used for making toothbrush handle should be hard and flexible as the handle has to withstand lot of stress and has to reach every corner of mouth.

 Material which is used for making bristles should be soft, flexible yet durable as the bristles should not damage the tooth or gum but should last longer.

Question 12

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


Plastic has gained popularity because of its versatile nature. But because of its unmatched popularity; in terms of variety of usage; it has turned into a curse as well. Here are some of the disadvantages

1) We are creating too much of plastic waste around us.

2) Plastic is non-biodegradable and many forms of plastic cannot be recycled. This is creating a burden on the environment around us. They take several years to decompose

3) They cannot be easily burnt and if burnt release poisonous gas

Hence, the statement, “Avoid plastics as far as possible” is a correct statement.

Question 13

Match the terms of column I correctly with the phrases given in column II.




Column I

Column II


Fabrics do not wrinkle easily


Used to make non stick cookware


Prepared by using wood pulp


Used for making parachutes and stockings



Question 14

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


 Forests provide many important raw materials from which we make various useful items. This means we have to cut lot of trees which means deforestation. Many things which were earlier made from forest produce are now being made from synthetic fibres.


1) plastic chairs have replaced wooden chairs in a big way.

2) wooden cartons and crates have been replaced by plastic cartons and crates.

 The way plastic has replaced wood from many items, it is definitely minimizing the need to cut forests. Thus, it can be said that manufacturing synthetic fibres is actually helping conservation of forests.

Question 15

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


 For this, take a discarded plastic toy, a torch which is in working order. Switch the torch on to check that it is in working condition. From the plastic toy, cut a small piece about the size of a coin. Now insert this coin between two cells of the torch. Then tighten the lid of the torch. Now, switch on the torch. You will notice that the bulb does not glow. This happens because the plastic coin; between two cells; does not allow current to pass between two cells. This shows that thermoplastic is a poor conductor of electricity.



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