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Electric Currents and Fields

Students will observe that the magnetic field created by a coil of wire is perpendicular to the plane of the coil. They will also see that the field is stronger with more current, and that the field reverses direction when the current reverses.

Required Equipment
Genecon, Electric Current and Fields Kit

Acknowledgements: Thank you to Merrill Falk for his work in developing this lab. Merrill is an award-winning high school physics teacher at Milan High School in Michigan and author of the Genecon Experiment Manual.

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Genecon Hand Crank Generator

In Stock SKU: P6-2631
$41.00

Electrical Current and Field Kit

In Stock SKU: P8-8008
$9.00
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Genecon and Lost Energy

lost energy
Gene Easter

Talk about hands on! Students love interacting with Genecons. There’s such a direct connection between cranking the handle and producing electricity. In my energy conservation unit, for example, students can experience energy as electrical current plus heat, sound and electromagnet static.
Gene Easter: With more than 36 years’ experience teaching high school physics, Gene continues to teach Physical Science Methods classes at Kent State University. He is also half of the nationally acclaimed Flying Bernoulli Brothers.

Where Did the Energy Go?

Genecon ExperimentLots of experiments demonstrate energy transfer, but very few show students the law of energy conservation in action. This lab is one of the best, and though it’s very simple, the Genecons make it very exciting for students.

Attach two Genecons together so that one becomes the generator and the other the motor. Instruct students to practice generating electrical current by turning the generator’s handle 1 time. Next, ask students to predict how many handle turns will be produced in the motor when the generator is turned 10 times. Turn the generator 10 times as the students count how many times the motor’s handle actually turns. How can they explain the difference?

For example, if 10 energy units results in 7 energy units of output, what happened to the other 3? One unit produces sound (they can hear the current whirring). One unit produces heat (the energy graveyard!). And the last unit becomes electromagnetic energy.

To demonstrate this electromagnetic energy, put an AM radio between the generator and motor and tune it between stations. As students crank the generator, they actually hear energy being converted into electromagnetic static.

Required Equipment
The Genecon, Leads


Recommended quantity per lab group: 2

Timer & PhotogatesGenecon
P6-2631

Giant Neodymium Magnet

In Stock SKU: P8-1124
$25.00

Ideal as a battery replacement for a wide variety of basic electricity experiments, the Genecon generator is a low voltage power source that lets you create electrical current by simply turning a crank.

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If you need replacement Leads:

Car & RampGenecon Replacement Leads
P6-2631-01

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If you need replacement Gears:

Car & RampGenecon Replacement Gears
P6-2631-02

Exact replacement gears for the old blue and white Genecon (pre-2011) hand generators.

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Series Circuits

Circuits

Series Circuits

Several properties of a series circuit will be demonstrated in this experiment. The primary concepts to be covered are: 1. Lamps in series reduce current flow. 2. Lamps in series increase the total resistance of the circuit. 3. The voltage across each bulb in a series circuit decreases as the number of bulbs in the circuit increases.

Required Equipment
Genecon, 4 mini bulb bases, 4 mini bulbs, alligator leads, voltmeter, ammeter
Acknowledgements: Thank you to Merrill Falk for his work in developing this lab. Merrill is an award-winning high school physics teacher at Milan High School in Michigan and author of the Genecon Experiment Manual.
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Genecon Hand Crank Generator

In Stock SKU: P6-2631
$41.00
Recommended quantity per lab group: 4
Miniature Bulb Base
  

Miniature Bulb Base

In Stock SKU: P6-1401
$1.50
Recommended quantity per lab group: 4

3.2V Miniature Bulbs (Pack of 10)

3.2V Miniature Bulbs 10 Pack

In Stock SKU: P6-1407
$5.50
Recommended quantity per lab group: 3 leads

Alligator Leads (Pack of 10)

Alligator Leads (Pack of 10)

In Stock SKU: P4-3000
$4.50
Recommended quantity per lab group: 1

Dual Ammeter/Voltmeter

Teacher Molecular Modeling Kit

In Stock SKU: C1-3165
$65.00
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