Adventures in Electromagnetism 
Adventures in Electromagnetism
by Prof. Miller
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Date Added: February 5, 2015

Lecture Description

A - Faraday's Toroid: An iron ring - like a donut - Faraday used the
ring of an anchor chain - has two coils of wire wound on it on opposite sides. The coils may have different turn-counts. These coils have no physical connection with each other - that is - they are not connected to each other. Now if we connect one coil to a seat of emf - a battery -say - and the other coil to a galvanometer - the second coil detects the magnetic field produced by the first one. Accordingly - in the second one we get an EMF of Induction. This is the principle of the transformer. The coil we energize we call the primary - the other is referred to as the secondary.

B - Two coils are free of each other - one sliding in the other - and we energize the one with current from a battery. The other "feels" the magnetic influence and has induced in it an emf. This emf is enhanced by closer coupling which is accomplished by having the coils closer upon each other or by providing an iron core.

C - An array of coils of different turn-count can be connected in series. The insertion of a bar magnet into a coil - one alone - or two in tandem - produces an emf. We can with this device discover that the emf is governed by the turn-count - by the polarity of the magnet -by the speed of the magnet into and out of the coil. The windings are such that some emfs add and others subtract. It is an interesting exercise to SEE what happens when certain coils are connected and then tell HOW they are wound and what their turn-count is.

D - This principle of electromagnetic induction has astonishing
consequences. If the primary coil is a few turns of heavy wire and the secondary many many turns of fine wire the induction can give rise to an emf across the secondary of many thousands of volts. A fat juicy heavy spark several inches long can be produced. And of the spark I like to ask: What is it that we SEE? it that we HEAR? Why is the spark of some color - blue say or red or orange? All enchanting inquiries for enquiring minds.

Course Index

  1. The Idea of the Center of Gravity
  2. Newton's First Law of Motion: Inertia
  3. Newton's Second Law of Motion: The Elevator Problem
  4. Newton's Third Law of Motion: Momentum
  5. Energy and Momentum
  6. Concerning Falling Bodies & Projectiles
  7. The Simple Pendulum and Other Oscillating Things
  8. Adventures with Bernoulli: Bernoulli's Principle
  9. Soap Bubbles and Soap Films
  10. Atmospheric Pressure
  11. Centrifugal Force and Other Strange Matters
  12. The Strange Behavior of Rolling Things
  13. Archimedes' Principle
  14. Pascal's Principle: The Properties of Liquids
  15. Levers, Inclines Planes, Geared-wheels and Other Machines
  16. The Ideas of Heat and Temperature
  17. Thermometric Properties and Processes
  18. How to Produce Heat Energy
  19. Thermal Expansion of Stuff: Solids
  20. Thermal Expansion of Stuff: Gases & Liquids
  21. The Strange Thermal Behavior of Ice and Water
  22. Heat Energy Transfer by Conduction
  23. Heat Energy Transfer by Convection
  24. Heat Energy Transfer by Radiation
  25. Evaporation, Boiling, Freezing: A Dramatic Adventure
  26. Miscellaneous Adventures in Heat
  27. The Drama in Real Cold Stuff: Liquid Nitrogen
  28. The Physics of Toys: Mechanical
  29. The Physics of Toys: Acoustic and Thermal
  30. Waves: Kinds of Properties
  31. Sound Waves: Sources of Sound & Pitch and Frequency
  32. Vibrating Bars and Strings: The Phenomenon of Beats
  33. Resonance: Forced Vibrations
  34. Sounding Pipes
  35. Vibrating Rods and Plates
  36. Miscellaneous Adventures in Sound
  37. Electrostatic Phenomena: Foundations of Electricity
  38. Electrostatic Toys, Part 1
  39. Electrostatic Toys, Part 2
  40. Adventures with Electric Charges
  41. Adventures in Magnetism
  42. Ways to "Produce" Electricity
  43. Properties and Effects of Electric Currents
  44. Adventures in Electromagnetism
  45. Further Adventures in Electromagnetism
  46. Miscellaneous and Wondrous Things in E&M

Course Description

Demonstrations in Physics was an educational science series produced in Australia by ABC Television in 1969. The series was hosted by American scientist Julius Sumner Miller, who demonstrated experiments involving various disciplines in the world of physics. The series was also released in the United States under the title Science Demonstrations.

This program was a series of 45 shows (approximately 15 minutes each) on various topics in physics, organized into 3 units: Mechanics; Heat and Temperature / Toys; and Waves and Sound / Electricity and Magnetism.


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