Magnetism

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History #1
Term comes from the ancient Greek city of Magnesia, at which many natural magnets were found. We now refer to these natural magnets as lodestones (also spelled loadstone; lode means to lead or to attract) which contain magnetite, a natural magnetic material Fe3O4. Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD Roman) wrote of a hill near the river Indus that was made entirely of a stone that attracted iron.

History #2
Chinese as early as 121 AD knew that an iron rod which had been brought near one of these natural magnets would acquire and retain the magnetic property«and that such a rod when suspended from a string would align itself in a north-south direction. Use of magnets to aid in navigation can be traced back to at least the eleventh century.

Basically, we knew the phenomenon existed and we learned useful applications for it. We did not understand it.

Michael Faraday discovered that a momentary current existed in a circuit when the current in a nearby circuit was started or stopped Shortly thereafter. the Science Not until 1819 was a connection between electrical and magnetic phenomena shown. he discovered that motion of a magnet toward or away from a circuit could produce the same effect. .Finally. Danish scientist Hans Christian Oersted observed that a compass needle in the vicinity of a wire carrying electrical current was deflected! In 1831.

Let This Be a Lesson! Joseph Henry (first Director of the Smithsonian Institution) failed to publish what he had discovered 6-12 months before Faraday .

Faraday and Henry showed that electric currents could be produced by moving magnets .The Connection is Made SUMMARY: Oersted showed that magnetic effects could be produced by moving electrical charges.

A Sheep in a Cow Suit? All magnetic phenomena result from forces between electric charges in motion. .

Looking in More Detail Ampere first suggested in 1820 that magnetic properties of matter were due to tiny atomic currents All atoms exhibit magnetic effects Medium in which charges are moving has profound effects on observed magnetic forces .

which is a reasonable approximation of air in this context.For most of our discussions. . we will assume the medium is empty space.

2.Top Ten List What We Will Learn About Magnetism 1. 3. temporary magnets act like permanent magnets. While magnetized. . unlike poles attract. 5. 4. Magnetic forces attract only magnetic materials. Magnetic forces act at a distance. Like poles repel. There are North Poles and South Poles.

8. A coil of wire with an electric current flowing through it becomes a magnet.Top Ten continued 6. 7. Putting iron inside a current-carrying coil increases the strength of the electromagnet. A changing magnetic field induces an electric current in a conductor. .

but when it is moving perpendicular to the field it experiences a force perpendicular to both the field and the direction of motion. 10. . A current-carrying wire in a perpendicular magnetic field experiences a force in a direction perpendicular to both the wire and the field. A charged particle experiences no magnetic force when moving parallel to a magnetic field.Top Ten Continued 9.

By convention. No matter how small the pieces of the magnet become. S N S N S N . If you take one of those pieces and break it into two. each of the smaller pieces will have a North pole and a South pole. each piece will have a North pole and a South pole. If you take a bar magnet and break it into two pieces. we say that the magnetic field lines leave the North end of a magnet and enter the South end of a magnet.For Every North. There is a South Every magnet has at least one north pole and one south pole. each piece will again have a North pole and a South pole.

thus one pole). S N Note: Some theorists believe that magnetic monopoles may have been made in the early Universe. So far.No Monopoles Allowed It has not been shown to be possible to end up with a single North pole or a single South pole. . which is a monopole ("mono" means one or single. none have been detected.

they have a magnitude and a direction! .Magnets Have Magnetic Fields We will say that a moving charge sets up in the space around it a magnetic field. and it is the magnetic field which exerts a force on any other charge moving through it. Magnetic fields are vector quantities«.that is.

Unit is the Tesla or the Gauss (1 T = 10.000 G). and the angle between v and the B-field. the magnitude of its velocity.Defining Magnetic Field Direction Magnetic Field vectors as written as B Direction of magnetic field at any point is defined as the direction of motion of a charged particle on which the magnetic field would not exert a force. . Magnitude of the B-vector is proportional to the force acting on the moving charge. magnitude of the moving charge.

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Famous. continued Gauss .

The Concept of ³Fields´ Michael Faraday realized that . A magnet has a ¶magnetic field· distributed throughout the surrounding space ...

free to turn in any direction (unlike the usual compass needle.Magnetic Field Lines Magnetic field lines describe the structure of magnetic fields in three dimensions. If at any point on such a line we place an ideal compass needle. For instance. and of course. Field lines converge where the magnetic force is strong. . in a compact bar magnet or "dipole. the magnetic force is strongest near the poles where they come together.They are defined as follows. which stays horizontal) then the needle will always point along the field line. and spread out where it is weak." field lines spread out from one pole and converge towards the other.

Field Lines Around a Magnet .

Field Lines Around a Doughnut Magnet .

Field Lines Around a Bar Magnet .

Field Lines Around a Magnetic Sphere .

Field Lines of Repelling Bars .

Field Lines of Attracting Bars .

This explains the ¶action at a distance·.Action at a Distance Explained Although two magnets may not be touching. . say of a compass. they still interact through their magnetic fields.

Your thumb now points in the direction of the magnetic force acting on the charge. This force will bend the path of the moving charge appropriately.Force on the Charge Right Hand Rule! Put your fingers in the direction of motion of the charge. . curl them in the direction of the magnetic field.

Watch the Bending Fingers! QuickTimeΠand a GIF decompressor are needed to see this picture. .

O.Cyclotron Developed in 1931 by E. Lawrence and M. Livingston at UC Berkeley Uses electric fields to accelerate and magnetic fields to guide particles at very high speeds . S.

How a Cyclotron Works Pair of metal chambers shaped like a pillbox cut along one of its diameters (cleverly referred to as ´Dµs) and slightly separated Ds connected to alternating current Ions injected near gap Ions are accelerated as long as they remain ´in stepµ with alternating electric field .

. since a current consists of moving charges. This property is at the heart of a number of devices.Magnetic Force on Current-Carrying Wire CurrentSince moving charges experience a force in a magnetic field. a currentcarrying wire will experience such a force.

The net effect of these forces is to rotate the loop.Electric Motor An electric motor. while a force on the bottom leg of the loop pushes the loop into the paper. . A force exists on the top leg of the loop which pulls the loop out of the paper. A current is passed through a loop which is immersed in a magnetic field. is a machine which converts electrical energy into mechanical (rotational or kinetic) energy.

as below. .Electromagnet (Magnetism from Electricity) An electromagnet is simply a coil of wires which. when a current is passed through. generate a magnetic field.

Magnetic Properties of Matter In other words«. .solid. and liquid . gas. Remember why? How much they react causes them to be put into several material ´typesµ.react to the presence of a magnetic field on some level. All substances .materials which produce magnetic fields with no apparent circulation of charge.

Magnet . If a piece of iron is placed within a strong magnetic field.isms Ferromagnetism . creating magnetic domains forming a permanent magnet. nickel. This is what we are most familiar with when our magnet picks up a bunch of paperclips. .When a ferromagnetic material is placed near a magnet. dysprosium and alloys containing these elements exhibit ferromagnetism because of the way the electron spins within one atom interact with those of nearby atoms. it will be attracted toward the region of greater magnetic field. gadolinium. Iron. the domains in line with the field will grow in size as the domains perpendicular to the field will shrink in size. They will align themselves. cobalt.

‡ when an external magnetic field is applied.Making a Magnet from a Ferromagnetic Material ‡ domains in which the magnetic fields of individual atoms align ‡ orientation of the magnetic fields of the domains is random ‡ no net magnetic field. the magnetic fields of the individual domains line up in the direction of the external field ‡ this causes the external magnetic field to be enhanced .

A Ferromagnet in the Middle If we look at a solenoid. What happens to the change in flux for a given current? Can you see why ferromagnetic materials are often put in the middle of currentcarrying coils? . wrap it around a nice iron core. but rather than air.

just opposite to a ferromagnetic material.When a diamagnetic material is placed near a magnet. silver and lead. gold. People and frogs are diamagnetic. it will be repelled from the region of greater magnetic field. . as well as many nonmetals such as water and most organic compounds are diamagnetic. copper. Metals such as bismuth. It is exhibited by all common materials. but is very weak.More Magnet .isms Diamagnetism .

like a ferromagnetic material. Liquid oxygen and aluminum are examples of paramagnetic materials.When a paramagnetic material is placed near a magnet. . rare earth elements and actinide elements. it will be attracted to the region of greater magnetic field.More Magnet . It is exhibited by materials containing transition elements. The difference is that the attraction is weak.isms Paramagnetism .

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