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Homework Help: Induced EMF problem

  1. Oct 29, 2007 #1
    Hi guys -

    Here's the problem I'm stuck on:

    In a physics laboratory experiment, a coil with 160 turns enclosing an area of
    13.7 (cm^2) is rotated during the time interval 4.60×10−2(s) from a position in which its plane is perpendicular to Earth's magnetic field to one in which its plane is parallel to the field. The magnitude of Earth's magnetic field at the lab location is 6.50×10−5 (T).

    I am not able to figure out how they came up with that figure of induced EMF as


    If you use NwBAsin(wt), you come out with 4.86*10^-4 V. Am I missing something in my calculations? Unless I am misunderstanding, this is a rotational motion question requiring the calculation of angular speed for the change in flux.

    (PI/2) / (4.60*10^-2) = w (angular velocity)

    sin(wt) = 1, therefore change in flux = NwBA

    Any help or advice would be much appreciated


  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 30, 2007 #2
    The answer 3.1E-4 V is correct.

    Don't think of it in terms of equations. I hate this "Formula physics" that I'm seeing everywhere!

    The flux goes from a maximum (when perpendicular) to a minimum (zero when parallel).

    The change in flux is then simply whatever the maximum is (because the final flux is zero).

    Flux is the amount of field cutting a unit area. Don't forget to convert from cm^2 to m^2.

    Induced emf is given by the rate of change of flux.
    Average induced emf is given by the change in flux per change in time.

    You know the change in the flux (simply the max flux), and the change in time for this.

    Then, since there are 160 coils, the total emf is 160 times the emf for one coil.
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