# The sensitivity of the galvanometer

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1. May 21, 2017

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations
sensitivity= θ/i

3. The attempt at a solution
That's the answer in my text book:
Sensitivity = θ/i = 60/30 = 2 deg/mA

But I wonder why it used the angle 60 (the angle between the coil face and the field lines) instead of the angle 30 (the angle between the normal to the coil and the field lines)?
The text book defines the sensitivity of the galvanometer as:
"The scale deflection per unit current intensity passing through its coil."

I think that the scale deflection is related to the torque (in case of a current carring coil rotates in a magnetic field) and according to its formula:
τ=BiAN sinθ (where B is the magnetic flux density, i is current intensity, A is the cross section area, N is the number of turns and θ is the angle between the normal to the plane and the magnetic field lines).
I think we need to use the angle (30) to determine the sensitivity of the galvanometer, right?

2. May 21, 2017

### cnh1995

I believe θ in sensitivity is the angular displacement of the pointer (or the moving coil).
At zero current, the angle between face of the coil and magnetic field lines is zero.

3. May 21, 2017