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Lenz's Law and Motional EMF

  1. Mar 31, 2005 #1
    if someone could help me with understanding the basics of Lenz's law and Motional emf i'd really appreciate it. i'm having some trouble applying it to questions that were assigned.
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  3. Mar 31, 2005 #2
    If you could ask a question we could work through it with you. Given what you told me all I could tell you is what lenz' law is, but you probably already know that.
  4. Mar 31, 2005 #3
    With Lenz's law there is an emf produced when there is a changing in flux. A motional emf does not need a change of flux to produce an emf.

  5. Mar 31, 2005 #4
    Assuming you are in the general physics for majors class, this is how you will be applying lenz's law:

    First, lets define flux:

    [tex] \Phi = \vec{B} \cdot \vec{A} = B*A*cos(\theta} [/tex]

    B is the field, A is the area (through which the flux passes).

    In all of the problems you will be doing, the flux is a function of time. This means that either B or A or the angle between them is a function of time (rarely will more than one of these quantities be a function of time).

    All of the problems consist of constructing this function and taking its derivative to get voltage. Please ask specific questions.
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