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Small question on Solenoids

  1. May 5, 2010 #1
    It's a small question, really. For solenoids, if I have a 'northern' end, what part of a bar magnet would be attracted to it? Is the Northern side actually a north pole?

    Also, is KE = PE = Work = qV ~ where V is voltage / emf?
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  3. May 6, 2010 #2


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    Re: Solenoids

    The northern end of a solenoid attracts the south end of a bar magnet.

    It is the Earth, which has its south pole as a magnet at the North Magnetic Pole.

    As your other question, KE =1/2 mv^2 is the kinetic energy and it is not equal to the potential energy PE. The electric potential at a point is the work done on a unit positive charge when it moves from that point to somewhere where the potential is defined zero. The potential energy of a charge q is PE=qV. The work of the electric field when the charge moves from a point at V potential to 0 potential is W = qV. The unit of potential is volt (V), that of work is joule (J).
    The emf of a voltage source is the potential difference between its terminals when no load is connected.

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