CBSE Class 8 Science Light Notes

CBSE Class 8 Science Light Chapter Notes. Learning the important concepts is very important for every student to get better marks in examinations. The concepts should be clear which will help in faster learning. The attached concepts made as per NCERT and CBSE pattern will help the student to understand the chapter and score better marks in the examinations.


If we enter a dark room, the objects present in the room are not visible. However, if we switch on a bulb, everything in the room becomes visible. Why? The bulb gives out an invisible energy called light. When this energy falls on the objects in the room, it bounces off from the surface of objects. When this energy enters our eyes, the eyes sense it and send a message to the brain. It is finally, the brain which really sees the objects. Eyes are only an aid in seeing the objects around us. Why do we say that light is invisible ? Well, when light energy falls on the objects, we really do not see it. When energy bounces off from the surface of objects and enters our eyes, the sensation produced by this energy, helps our brain to see. Thus, to sum up we can say :
Light is an invisible energy, which causes in us the sensation of vision. When the light falls on any object, it bounces off from the surface of the object in all directions. This is called scattering of light.

Light is form of energy which enables us to see objects which emit or reflect light. Light is a type of (form of) energy which can produce sensation in our eyes. So we can experience the sensation of vision.
It is travel in straight line in form of particles and waves. With the help of light we see all colours of nature. Our eyes are mostly sensitive for yellow colour and least sensative for violet and red colour. Due to this reason commercial vehicle's are painted with yellow colour, sodium lamps are used in road lights.

Light energy propagates (travels) via two processes.
(i) The particles of the medium carry energy from one point of the medium to another.
(ii) The particles transmit energy to the neighbouring particles and in this way energy propagates in the form of a wave.
(iii) It propagates in straight line.
(iv) It's velocity in vacuum is maximum whose value is 3 × 108 m/sec. (297489978 m/s)
(v) Light does not need a material medium to travel that is it can travel through a vacuum.
(vi) It exhibits the phenomena of reflection, refraction, interference, difraction, polarisation and double refraction.

A straight line which shows, the direction of light is called ray of light.


A bunch of light rays or bundale of rays at a point is called beam of light.


When a light ray is falling (strike) on the surface of any object which reflect and reached to our eyes. Due to this our eyes feel a sensation then we see the object.

When rays of light falls on any object it return back in the same medium from the surface this phenomenon is called reflection of light. Due to reflection of light we can see all the nature.

The ray of light which falls on a polished surface (or a mirror) is called the incident ray of light.

The ray of light which gets reflected from a polished surface (or a mirror) is called the reflected ray of light.

The normal is a line at right angle to the reflecting surface.


(i) The incident ray, the reflected ray and the normal to the surface at the point of incidence all lie in the same plane.
(ii) The angle of incidence (
i) is always equal to the angle of reflection (r) i.e. i = r


• When a ray of light falls on a mirror normally or at right angle it gets reflected back along the same path.

Depending on the nature of the reflecting surface there are two types of reflection :-
(i) Regular (specular) reflection (ii) Irregular (diffused) reflection

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