Induction Kit

Discussion in 'Physics' started by countrytoad1, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. countrytoad1

    Thread Starter New Member

    Dec 20, 2011
    I got this kit years ago and could never figure it out:

    2 stands with springs and magnets (the magnets hang from the springs, which hang from the stands).
    2 large hollow coils.
    2 alligator clips.
    No instructions whatsoever.

    I assume the magnets hang from the springs, which hang from the stands. The magnets are to be at neutral within each coil. The alligator clips are to complete a circuit between the coils.

    I assume one magnet should be made to bounce up and down from the spring, which should induce a slowly alternating current within the corresponding coil, which will induce a slowly alternating magnetic field within the second coil, which should cause the second magnet to bounce up and down.

    This never happened :(

    I assume the induced current or magnetic field is too low?
    Or is my physics way off?
  2. amilton542

    Active Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Hmmmm, presumably you would just connect the crocodile clips to the petruding conductors of a coil and measure the induced voltage output by means of a multimeter.

    As a guess for the other coil, magnet, spring and stand I would imagine they were just "thrown in."