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Submitted by
Sumit Somani



AIM:To study the factor on which the self inductance of a coil depends by
observing the effect of this coil, when put in series with a resistor (bulb) in a
circuit fed up by an A.C. source of adjustable frequency.

APPARATUS:A coil of large turns, a.c. source of adjustable frequency, an electrical bulb,
(6V) a.c. ammeter of suitable range rheostat, a soft iron rod, one way key,
connecting wires etc.

THEORY:Self inductance is the property of a coil which opposes the change in current
through it. The self inductance of a coil (long solenoid) is
0 r N 2 A

where r = Relative magnetic permeability of magnetic material, r = 0

N =Total number of turns in solenoid
A = Area of cross-section of solenoid
l = Length of solenoid
Hence, the self inductance depends upon
1. No. of turns in solenoid
2. Geometry of coil, L
3. Nature of core material, L


When an inductor is connected in series with a resistor (bulb) with a

variable source of frequency , then current flowing in the bulb is

Irms =

E rms

where Z =

R 2+ 2 L2

= Impedance of the a.c. circuit

Here R = Resistance of bulb

L = Self inductance of coil

= 2f = Angular frequency of a.c. source.

The brightness of bulb i.e., Heat generated in bulb is


I 2rme




I 2rms

I 2rms


2 L2


Least count of ammeter =

Zero error of ammeter=
Range of ammeter=

S. No.

applied voltage


of Current in ammeter Current in ampere

without iron rod in with iron rod in coil
coil (A)


RESULT:1. The current in the circuit decrease on inserting the iron rod in the core
of coil at constant frequent of applied voltage and brightness of bulb
decrease and vice-versa.
2. The current in the circuit increase on decreasing the frequency of
applied voltage and vice-versa. Therefore, the brightness of bulb

PRECAUTIONS:1. The coil should have number of turn.

2. Current should be passed for a small time to avoid the heating
3. There should not be parallax in taking the reading of ammeter.

SOURCE OF ERROR:1. The resistance of circuit mat increase slightly due to heating effect
of current.
2. There may be eddy current in soft iron coil.
In electromagnetism and electronics, inductance is the property of an
electrical conductor by which a change in current through it induces an
electromotive force in both the conductor itself and in any nearby conductors
by mutual inductance.
These effects are derived from two fundamental observations of physics: a
steady current creates a steady magnetic field described by Oersteds
law, and a time-varying magnetic field induces an electromotive force (EMF)
in nearby conductors, which is described by Faradays law of induction.
According to Lenzs law a changing electric current through a circuit that
contains inductance induces a proportional voltage, which opposes the
change in current (self-inductance). The varying field in this circuit may also
induce an EMF in neighboring circuits (mutual inductance).
The term inductance was coined by Oliver Heaviside in 1886. It is customary
to use the symbol L for inductance, in honors of the physicist Heinrich Lenz in
the SI system, the measurement unit for inductance is the Henry, with the
unit symbol H, named in honor of Joseph Henry who discovered inductance
independently of, but not before, Faraday.
Lenz's law named after the physicist Heinrich Lenz who formulated it in 1834,
The direction of current induced in a conductor by a changing magnetic field
due to Faradays law of induction will be such that it will create a field that
opposes the change that produced it.

Lenz's law is shown by the negative sign in Faradays law of induction:which indicates that the induced voltage and the change in magnetic flux
have opposite signs. It is a qualitative law that specifies the direction of
induced current but says nothing about its magnitude. Lenz's Law explains
the direction of many effects in electromagnetism, such as the direction of
voltage induced in an inductor or wire loop by a changing current, or why
eddy currents exert a drag force on moving objects in a magnetic field.
Lenz's law can be seen as analogous to Newtons third law in classic
For a rigorous mathematical treatment, see electromagnetic induction
and Maxwells equations.

Inductors do this by generating a self-induced emf within itself as a result of

their changing magnetic field. In an electrical circuit, when the emf is
induced in the same circuit in which the current is changing this effect is
called Self-induction, ( L ) but it is sometimes commonly called back-emf as
its polarity is in the opposite direction to the applied voltage.
When the emf is induced into an adjacent component situated within the
same magnetic field, the emf is said to be induced by -induction, (M) and
mutual induction is the basic operating principal of transformers, motors,
relays etc. Self inductance is a special case of mutual inductance, and
because it is produced within a single isolated circuit we generally call selfinductance simply, Inductance.

The basic unit of measurement for inductance is called the Henry, (H) after
Joseph Henry, but it also has the units of Webers per Ampere ( 1 H = 1
Wb/A ).
Lenzs Law tells us that an induced emf generates a current in a direction
which opposes the change in flux which caused the emf in the first place, the
principal of action and reaction. Then we can accurately define Inductance as
being: a coil will have an inductance value of one Henry when an emf of one
volt is induced in the coil were the current flowing through the said coil
changes at a rate of one ampere/second.
In other words, a coil has an inductance, ( L ) of one Henry, ( 1H ) when the
current flowing through it changes at a rate of one ampere/second, ( A/s )
inducing a voltage of one volt, ( VL ) in it. This mathematical representation
of the rate of change in current through a coil per unit time is given as:


Where: di is the change in the current in Amperes and dt is the time taken for
this current change in seconds. Then the voltage induced in a coil, ( VL ) with
an inductance of L Henries as a result of this change in current is expressed

VL = -L



Note that the negative sign indicates that voltage induced opposes the
change in current through the coil per unit time (di/dt).
From the above equation, the inductance of a coil can therefore be presented
Inductance of a Coil



1 volt
1 A/ s

= 1Henry

Where: L is the inductance in Henries, VL is the voltage across the coil

and di/dt is the rate of change of current in Amperes per second, A/s.

Inductance, L is actually a measure of an inductors resistance to the

change of the current flowing through the circuit and the larger is its value in
Henries, the lower will be the rate of current change.
We know from the previous tutorial about the inductor, that inductors are
devices that can store their energy in the form of a magnetic field. Inductors
are made from individual loops of wire combined to produce a coil and if the
number of loops within the coil are increased, then for the same amount of
current flowing through the coil, the magnetic flux will also increase.
So by increasing the number of loops or turns within a coil, increases the
coils inductance. Then the relationship between self-inductance, ( L ) and the
number of turns, ( N ) and for a simple single layered coil can be given as:
Self Inductance of a Coil



L is in Henries

N is the Number of Turns

is the Magnetic Flux Linkage

is in Amperes

This expression can also be defined as the flux linkage divided by the current
flowing through each turn. This equation only applies to linear magnetic

Image of a solenoid:-