Sunday, November 9, 2014

C.V. Raman, the Pride of India - Glossary & Comprehension

lost in thought:            giving all your attention to something so that you do not notice
what is happening around you
transparent (adj):         allowing you to see through it
sophisticated (adj):      advanced and capable
equipment (n):             the things that are needed for a particular activity
modification(n):          change
discovery (n):              the  process  of  finding  something  that was  not  known  about before
red-letter day (idiom):   an important day
surgeon (n):                 a doctor who is trained to perform surgery
abroad (adv):               in or to a foreign country
flag (v):                       decline, become less
stringed instrument (n): any musical instrument with strings (eg. the violin, the sitar etc.)
harmonious (adj):        very pleasant when played together.
knight (n):                    a man of high social rank
confine (v):                  to  restrict

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I. Answer the following questions:
  1. Why was Raman happy when he learnt that  Professor Compton had won the Nobel Prize?
  2. What does the “Compton Effect” tell us?
  3. What was Raman’s advice to young scientists?
  4. Which paragraph tells about the ill health of C.V. Raman?
  5. What was the challenging situation when Raman started his experiment on light?
  6. What was the unseen force working behind Raman for reaching great heights?
  7. What was “Raman Effect”?
  8. *If A.H. Compton had not invented the Compton Effect, do you think Raman would have invented  the Raman Effect? Give your reasons.
  9. In what way was Raman different from other Indian scientists? List them and justify your answer.
  10. *If you were a scientist, what would you like to invent?
II. Say whether  the  following  statements  are  true  or  false. Correct  the  false statements.
  1. C.V. Raman was born in Calcutta.                                                   (              )
  2. The Compton Effect was a discovery made by C.V.Raman.           (              )
  3. Raman’s mother was a college physics teacher.                              (              )
  4. Raman was an average student at school.                                        (              )
  5. Raman  studied how the drum could produce music.                      (              )
  6. Raman spent only two hundred rupees to win the Nobel Prize.      (              )
  7. Raman was only 42 when he won the Nobel Prize.                         (              )

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