NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 5 Acids, Bases and Salts

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 5 Acids, Bases and Salts
NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 5 Acids, Bases and Salts

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 5 Acids, Bases and Salts is an important chapter. This chapter focuses on Acids, Bases and Salts and many other important topics related to them such as crystallization. Here we are going to give a brief summary on these topics and all your doubts will be covered. We have also covered the questions and answers of this chapter.

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Class 7 NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 5 Acids, Bases and Salts: Introduction

You must have noticed that substances like lemon, tamarind, common salt, sugar and vinegar that we use in our daily life do not taste the same. Their different tastes are given below:-

SubstanceTaste (sour/bitter/ any other)
Lemon juice sour
Orange juice sour
Tamarind (imli) sour
Common salt salty 
Amlasweet and sour
Baking soda bitter
Unripe mango  sour 
Table having substances which are different in taste

We find that some of these substances taste sour, some taste bitter, some taste sweet and some taste salty.

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 5 Acids, Bases and Salts


Substances that tastes sour for eg. curd, lemon juice, orange juice and vinegar contain acids. The acids give them a sour taste and the chemical nature of these substances is acidic. The word  acid comes from the Latin word acere which means sour. Natural acids are present in these substances.


Substances that tastes bitter and feel soapy when we rub between our fingers for eg. baking soda are known as bases generally. The nature of such substances is said to be basic. 


Special types of substances are used to test whether a substance is acidic or basic. These substances are known as indicators. When we add an indicator to a solution containing acid or base, the indicators change their color. 

Some naturally occurring indicators are –

  1. Turmeric
  2. Litmus
  3. China rose petals (Gudhal)


Name of acidFound in 
Acetic acid Vinegar
Formic acid Ant’s sting
Citric acidCitrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, etc.
Lactic acidCurd 
Oxalic acidSpinach 
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)Amla, Citrus fruits
Tartaric acid Tamarind, grapes, unripe mangoes, etc.
Name of baseFound in
Calcium hydroxideLime water 
Ammonium hydroxideWindow cleaner
Sodium hydroxide/ Potassium hydroxideSoap 
Magnesium hydroxideMilk of magnesia 

NOTE: We should not taste unknown substances because they could harm us. 

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 5 Acids, Bases and Salts: Natural Indicators Around Us

Litmus: A natural dye

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 5 Acids, Bases and Salts
litmus paper

It is the most commonly used natural indicator. It is extracted from lichens. Litmus has a mauve (purple) colour in distilled water. When litmus is added to an acidic solution, it turns red. When litmus is added to a basic solution, it turns blue.

Litmus is available in the form of solution or in form of strips of paper.

Generally, it is available as red and blue litmus paper.

Activity 1
  • We have mixed some distilled water with the following substances given in the table in a plastic cup/tumbler/test tube. 
  • Then we put a drop of the solution on a strip of the red one with the help of a dropper and repeat the same exercise with the blue litmus paper. 
  • We note down if there is any change in colour. 
Substance Change in colour :-

Red Litmus Blue Litmus 
Lemon juiceNo Yes
Tap waterNoYes
Detergent solutionYesNo
Aerated drinkNoYes
Soap solutionYesNo
Common salt solutionNoNo
Sugar solutionNoYes
Baking soda solutionYes  No
Milk of magnesiaYes  No
Washing soda solutionYes  No
Lime waterYes  No
change in colour of acids/bases

We see that some solutions do not change the colour of either red or blue litmus. They are known as neutral solutions. These substances do not contain any acidic or basic substances in them. 

Turmeric as an indicator

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 5 Acids, Bases and Salts
Turmeric indicator
Activity 2
  • We take a tablespoonful of turmeric powder. And add a little water and make a paste. 
  • We make turmeric paper by depositing turmeric paste on blotting paper/filter paper and drying it. Then cut thin strips of the yellow paper obtained. 
  • Put a drop of soap solution on the strip of turmeric paper. 

We observe that:

S. No.Test solution Effect on turmeric solutionRemarks
1.Lemon juiceBlueAcidic
2.Orange juiceBlueAcidic
4.Milk of magnesiaRedBasic
5.Baking sodaRedBasic
6.Lime waterRedBasic
7.SugarNo changeNeutral
8.Common saltNo changeNeutral
Turmeric indicator test

China Rose as Indicator

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 5 Acids, Bases and Salts
China rose indicator.
Activity 3
  • We collect some China rose (Gudhal) petals and place them in a beaker. 
  • We add some warm water and keep the mixture for some time till water becomes coloured. 
  • Then we use the coloured water as an indicator and add five drops of the indicator to each of the solutions given in Table below. 
  • We note down the effect of the indicator on acidic, basic and neutral solutions. 

China rose indicator turns acidic solutions to dark pink (magenta) and basic solutions to green.

S. No.Test solutionFinal colour Remarks
1Shampoo (dilute solution)green basic
2Lemon juice  pinkacidic
3Soda waterpink acidic
4Sodium hydrogen carbonate solutiongreen basic
5Vinegarpink acidic
6Sugar solutionneutralneutral
7Common salt solution neutralneutral
China rose indicator test

NOTE: If you do not get the same result when using solid baking soda on dry litmus paper, make a solution of baking soda and then try.

In the table below are given some common chemicals’ tests of litmus paper, turmeric paper and china rose solution which are found in a school laboratory.

S. No.Name of acid Effect on litmus paperEffect on turmeric paperEffect on China rose solution
1hydrochloric acidblue litmus red  no change Pink
2sulphuric acidblue litmus red no changePink
3nitric acidblue litmus redno changepink
4acetic acidblue litmus redno changepink
5sodium hydroxidered litmus blueredgreen
6ammonium hydroxidered litmus blueredgreen
7calcium hydroxide (lime water)red litmus bluered green
Different indicator tests

Acid Rain

Rain containing excess acid is called an acid rain. The rain becomes acidic because carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide (which are released into the air as pollutants) dissolve in rain drops to form carbonic acid, sulphuric acid and nitric acid respectively. Acid rain can cause damage to buildings, historical monuments, plants and animals.

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Science Chapter 5 Acids, Bases and Salts: Neutralisation( Neutralization reaction class 7 )

We fill one fourth of a test tube with dilute hydrochloric acid and add 2-3 drops of phenolphthalein to the solution. To the acidic solution we add drops of sodium hydroxide solution by a dropper and stir it gently till the pink colour just appears.

Then we add one more drop of dilute hydrochloric acid. We observe that the solution again becomes colourless.

Again when we add one drop of sodium hydroxide solution the solution again becomes pink in colour. Since phenolphthalein gives a pink colour we come to know that the solution is basic. 

But when the solution is acidic, it remains colourless.

When an acid solution and a base solution are mixed in suitable amounts, both the acidic nature of the acid and the basic nature of the base are destroyed. The resulting solution is neither acidic nor basic, i.e. it is neutral. 

When we touch a test tube just after neutralisation the temperature of the test tube will be high. Because in a neutralisation reaction, heat is always produced, or evolved. The evolved heat raises the temperature of the reaction mixture.

Thus a new substance is formed. This is called salt. Salt may be acidic, basic or neutral in nature.

Neutralisation is thus defined as,

‘The reaction between an acid and a base is known as neutralisation. Salt and water are produced in this process with the evolution of heat..’

Acid+Base → Salt+Water (Heat is evolved)

For eg. 

Hydrochloric acid (HCl) + Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) → Sodium chloride (NaCl) + Water (H2O)

Neutralisation in everyday life


Indigestion is caused when too much acid is produced in our stomach. It may be painful.  To relieve indigestion, we take an antacid such as milk of magnesia, which contains magnesium hydroxide. It neutralises the effect of excessive acid and gives us relief.

Ant bite

When an ant bites, it injects the acidic liquid (formic acid) into the skin which causes pain. The effect of the acid can be neutralised by rubbing moist baking soda (sodium hydrogen carbonate) or calamine solution, which contains zinc carbonate. 

Soil treatment

Plants do not grow well when the soil is either too acidic or too basic. 

When the soil is too acidic, it is treated with bases like quicklime (calcium oxide) or slaked lime (calcium hydroxide). 

If the soil is basic, organic matter (compost) is added to it. Organic matter releases acids which neutralises the basic nature of the soil.

Factory wastes

The wastes of many factories contain acids. When they are allowed to flow into the water bodies, the acids will kill fish and other organisms. The factory wastes are, therefore, neutralised by adding basic substances.

Exercises from textbook

1. State differences between acids and bases. 

Ans. Acids are sour in taste. Bases are bitter in taste.

2. Ammonia is found in many household products, such as window cleaners. It turns red litmus blue. What is its nature? 

Ans. Ammonia is basic in nature. Products like window cleaner contain ammonium hydroxide, which is a base. 

3. Name the source from which litmus solution is obtained. What is the use of this solution? 

Ans. Litmus solution is used as an indicator that is extracted from lichens. It. When extracted, it has a light purple color. When added to acids it turns red while with bases it turns blue.

4. Is the distilled water acidic/basic/neutral? How would you verify it? 

Ans. Distilled water is neutral in nature. We can verify it by using litmus paper.

5. Describe the process of neutralization with the help of an example. 

Ans. Neutralization is a process in which an acid reacts with a base to produce salt and water. The dilute HCl solution example mentioned above is an example.

More Questions

6. Mark ‘T’ if the statement is true and ‘F’ if it is false: 

(i) Nitric acid turns red litmus blue. (T/F) 

Ans. F

(ii) Sodium hydroxide turns blue litmus red. (T/F) 

Ans. F

(iii) Sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid neutralize each other and form salt and water. (T/F) 

Ans. T

(iv) Indicator is a substance that shows different colors in acidic and basic solutions. (T/F) 

Ans. T

(v) Tooth decay is caused by the presence of a base. (T/F)

Ans. F

7. Dorji has a few bottles of soft drinks in his restaurant. But, unfortunately, these are not labeled. He has to serve the drinks on the demand of customers. One customer wants an acidic drink, another wants a basic one and the third one wants a neutral drink. How will Dorji decide which drink is to be served to whom? 

Ans. Dorji can test a small amount of drink with any indicator (for eg. litmus paper). The drink which turns blue litmus red is acidic, the drink which turns red litmus blue is basic and the drink which does not change the colour of the litmus paper is a neutral drink.

Does nitric acid turn red litmus blue?

Answer: False

8. Explain why: 

(a) An antacid tablet is taken when you suffer from acidity. 

Ans. An antacid tablet contains a mild base like magnesium hydroxide, it neutralizes the excess hydrochloric acid present in the stomach.

(b) Calamine solution is applied on the skin when an ant bites. 

Ans. The sting of an ant is acidic in nature since it contains formic acid. This is neutralized by applying calamine solution which contains zinc carbonate.

(c) Factory waste is neutralized before disposing it into the water bodies.

Ans. Factory waste contains harmful acids and if it is disposed of in water bodies without neutralizing, it will be harmful to aquatic plants and animals

9. Three liquids are given to you. One is hydrochloric acid, another is sodium hydroxide and third is a sugar solution. How will you identify them? You have only a turmeric indicator. 

Ans. Take a small amount of the liquids and add a turmeric indicator. The solution which gives red colour with turmeric is sodium hydroxide. Now add a small amount of the remaining solutions to water. The solution which becomes warm on adding water is hydrochloric acid and the third liquid is sugar solution.

10. Blue litmus paper is dipped in a solution. It remains blue. What is the nature of the solution? Explain. 

Ans. The solution may be either a base or a neutral solution. Acidic solutions change blue litmus red, hence it is not acidic. Bases change red litmus to blue hence there is no change in colour of blue litmus paper. Neutral solutions have no effect on litmus paper.

11. Consider the following statements: 
(a) Both acids and bases change colour of all indicators. 
(b) If an indicator gives a colour change with an acid, it does not give a change with a base. 
(c) If an indicator changes colour with a base, it does not change colour with an acid. 
(d) Change of colour in an acid and a base depends on the type of the indicator. 
Which of these statements are correct? 
(i) All four (ii) a and d (iii) b, c and d (iv) only d

Ans. (iv)

1. What are some different types of natural indicators?

Ans. Some naturally occurring indicators are – Turmeric, Litmus and China rose petals (Gudhal)

2. What are the three categories we can divide substances into?

Ans. Acids, Bases and Neutral substances

3. What are indicators class 7 ?

The term indicator refers to a dye that alters color when put into acid or base. The indicator can be found in different colours when it is in acid or base. Any substance that has an acid is known as acidic, whereas a substance that includes a base is considered to be basic.

4. Sodium hydroxide turns blue litmus red true or false


5. What does calamine solution contains?

Calamine is a blend made up of zinc oxide with 0.5 percent ferric oxide (Fe 23). The lotion is made with additional ingredients, such as calcium hydroxide and phenol.
Zinc oxide: astringent
Alternative names for Calamine lotion
Ferric oxide is antipruritic

6. Distilled water acid or base?


7. Name the base present in the window cleaner?

Ammonium Hydroxide