Lab #36.8 Magnetism: Motor Madness

Purpose
In this activity, students will investigate the principles that make electric motors possible.

Discussion
Perhaps the most important invention of the 19th century was the electric motor. You use a motor whenever you use electric power to make something move. A motor is used to start the engine of a car. Motors are used to spin compact discs. Motors are used to move elevators up and down. A list of motor applications would go on and on. But how do motors turn electric energy into mechanical energy? Let's find out!


Required Equipment

Arbor Scientific Genecon Hand Crank Generator
Arbor Scientific Electric Swing Apparatus
Arbor Scientific Ring Stand, 5
Arbor Scientific Burette Clamp
Arbor Scientific Alligator Leads, 24” (Pack of 10)
Arbor Scientific D Battery (2 pack)

Collin Wassilak

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