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Electromagnetism and movement
What is the link between movement, magnetism and electric
current?
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Wire in a magnetic field
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Changing the direction of the force
The direction of the force acting on a wire in an
electromagnetic field can be reversed by:
 reversing the current
 reversing the magnetic field
The direction of the force is therefore relative to both the
direction of the magnetic field and the current.
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Fleming’s left-hand rule
It is possible to predict the direction of the force acting on
a wire – its motion – if the direction of the current or the
magnetic field are known. Fleming’s left-hand rule is
used to do this.
thuMb = Motion
First finger = magnetic Field
seCond finger = Current
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Increasing the size of the force
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Coil in a magnetic field
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The motor effect: true or false?
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What are electric motors?
How many items do you own that contain an electric motor?
An electric motor is a device that
converts electrical energy into
mechanical energy to produce a
turning effect.
Most motors are powered using direct
current (DC), which is produced by
cells and batteries.
use alternating current (AC).
These motors use electromagnets
rather than permanent magnets.
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How does an electric motor work?
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DC electric motor simulation
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How do we increase motor strength?
Would the same strength motor be used in both of these?
How can the strength of an electric motor be increased?
 increase the current flowing through the coil
 increase the strength of the magnet
 increase the number of turns on the coil
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Inducing current in a wire
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Fleming’s right-hand rule
It is possible to predict the direction of the induced current
produced by a generator if the direction of the force (or
motion) or the magnetic field are known. Fleming’s righthand rule is used to do this.
thuMb = Motion
First finger = magnetic Field
seCond finger = Current
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What is electromagnetic induction?
When current flows through a wire held in a magnetic field,
a force is created that moves the wire.
The opposite is also possible: if a
wire is moved across a magnetic
field, a current is produced. This is
called electromagnetic induction.
Induction also occurs if a magnet is
moved in a coil of wire, or if a coil of
wire rotates in a magnetic field.
In all these methods of inducing a current, the wire and
magnetic field move perpendicular to each other. If they
move parallel to each other, no current is induced.
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Inducing current in a coil
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What are generators?
A generator is a device that converts mechanical energy
into electrical energy. It is the opposite of an electric motor.
Power stations use generators
to produce electricity on a large
scale. Mechanical energy is
provided by rotating turbines
 high-pressure steam – in
coal, oil, gas and nuclear
power stations
 wind – in wind turbines
 falling water – in hydroelectric power stations
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How do AC generators work?
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AC generator simulation
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Increasing the size of the induced current
How can the size of an induced current be increased?
 increase the speed at which the coil rotates
 increase the strength of the magnetic field
 increase the number of turns in the coil
 increase the total area of the coil.
In a power station
generator, an
electromagnet is often
used as this can provide
a stronger magnetic field
than is possible with a
permanent magnet.
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Factors affecting induced current
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Induction: true or false?
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Glossary
 alternating current – A current that constantly changes
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direction. It is produced by most electrical generators.
commutator – The part of a motor that enables the coil to
rotate using direct current.
direct current – A current that always flows in the same
direction. It is produced by cells and batteries.
generator – A device that converts mechanical energy into
electrical energy.
induction – Generating a current in a wire by moving the
wire in a magnetic field, or by moving a magnet inside a coil.
motor – A device that converts electrical energy into
mechanical energy.
slip rings – The parts of a generator that enable the
rotating coil to produce alternating current.
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