Al Tobias (wat4y) - Office: Gibson S123 & Physics 218, (434) 924-0538
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Purpose:To demonstrate electromagnetism.
Procedure:The battery magnet has a very smooth surface and once energized is extremely hard to pull apart. If challenged, students will try in vain to seperate the two pieces.
The electromagnet is wound with four 0.0135" diameter copper wires in parallel. The length of each wire is from back edge of Rm. 203 big bench to last step just outside back door. The resistance of each wire is about 4.5Ω. If the magnet seems weaker than normal, it is possible either the battery is low or one of the wires is broken.
Hints:Note: We measured the impedance, inductance and current draw for this electromagnet assuming a 9V battery that has about 8-9V starting voltage.