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Homework Help: Calculating emf from angular velocity

  1. Jan 14, 2010 #1
    I had 2 questions:

    1. My textbook derives that the equation from lenz's and faraday's law

    emf = - d(N*flux)/dt
    = B * dA/dT

    where dA/dt = length * speed

    However, why does the N value disappear in the new equation?

    Also, this question is given after:

    2. A metal propeller rotates in a verical plane with angular vel 85 rad per sec. The length of the propeller from tip to tip is 2.5m. Calculate emf generated between centre and tip of properller. The horizontal component of Earth's magnetic field is 22 x 10^(-6) T (micro Tesla)

    The answer is 1.5 x 10^(-3) V. I dont get this.

    I did emf = B * dA/dt

    dA/dt = length * speed
    = 1.25 * (1.25 * 85)

    which gives emf = 2.9 x 10 ^ (-3) V

    i.e. double the answer
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  3. Jan 14, 2010 #2

    Doc Al

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    That last step is a special case where you have a wire sweeping out an area. Note that the wire moves at a single speed.

    Presumably there is a single moving wire sweeping out an area.

    You took the speed of the propeller as equal to the speed of the tip. But the speed varies from zero at the center to a maximum at the tip. (What's the average speed?)
  4. Jan 14, 2010 #3
    Thanks a lot :)
  5. Oct 3, 2011 #4
    I personally don't understand how this question is done.
    If I look at the formula and then at the question there is nothing in common?
  6. Oct 3, 2011 #5
    so we know v = wr = 85 * 1.25 = 106.25 m/s
    swept area = length * speed = 1.25 * 106.25 = 132.8

    emf = (B*A*n)/t
    emf = (132.8)/t
    ... how do I contnue (is this correct?)
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