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Chapter 10 Review

Key Terms

back emf
emf generated by a running motor, because it consists of a coil turning in a magnetic field; it opposes the voltage powering the motor

eddy current
current loop in a conductor caused by motional emf

electric generator
device for converting mechanical work into electric energy; it induces an emf by rotating a coil in a magnetic field

Faraday’s law
induced emf is created in a closed loop due to a change in magnetic flux through the loop

induced electric field
created based on the changing magnetic flux with time

induced emf
short-lived voltage generated by a conductor or coil moving in a magnetic field

Lenz’s law
direction of an induced emf opposes the change in magnetic flux that produced it; this is the negative sign in Far

day’s law
magnetic damping
drag produced by eddy currents

magnetic flux
measurement of the amount of magnetic field lines through a given area

motionally induced emf
voltage produced by the movement of a conducting wire in a magnetic field

peak emf
maximum emf produced by a generator

Key Equations

Magnetic flux
Faraday’s law
Motionally induced emf
Motional emf around a circuit
Emf produced by an electric generator


10.1 Faraday’s Law

  • The magnetic flux through an enclosed area is defined as the amount of field lines cutting through a surface area defined by the unit area vector.
  • The units for magnetic flux are webers, where
  • The induced emf in a closed loop due to a change in magnetic flux through the loop is known as Faraday’s law. If there is no change in magnetic flux, no induced emf is created.

10.2 Lenz’s Law

  • We can use Lenz’s law to determine the directions of induced magnetic fields, currents, and emfs.
  • The direction of an induced emf always opposes the change in magnetic flux that causes the emf, a result known as Lenz’s law.

10.3 Motional Emf

  • The relationship between an induced emf in a wire moving at a constant speed through a magnetic field is given by
  • An induced emf from Faraday’s law is created from a motional emf that opposes the change in flux.

10.4 Induced Electric Fields

  • A changing magnetic flux induces an electric field.
  • Both the changing magnetic flux and the induced electric field are related to the induced emf from Faraday’s law.

10.5 Eddy Currents

  • Current loops induced in moving conductors are called eddy currents. They can create significant drag, called magnetic damping.
  • Manipulation of eddy currents has resulted in applications such as metal detectors, braking in trains or roller coasters, and induction cooktops.

10.6 Electric Generators and Back Emf

  • An electric generator rotates a coil in a magnetic field, inducing an emf given as a function of time by where is the area of an -turn coil rotated at a constant angular velocity in a uniform magnetic field
  • The peak emf of a generator is
  • Any rotating coil produces an induced emf. In motors, this is called back emf because it opposes the emf input to the motor.

10.7 Applications of Electromagnetic Induction

  • Hard drives utilize magnetic induction to read/write information.
  • Other applications of magnetic induction can be found in graphics tablets, electric and hybrid vehicles, and in transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Answers to Check Your Understanding


10.2 To the observer shown, the current flows clockwise as the magnet approaches, decreases to zero when the magnet is centered in the plane of the coil, and then flows counterclockwise as the magnet leaves the coil.


, with

at a higher potential than


10.6 a. yes; b. Yes; however there is a lack of symmetry between the electric field and coil, making

a more complicated relationship that can’t be simplified as shown in the example.



10.9 a.

Conceptual Questions

10.1 Faraday’s Law

1. A stationary coil is in a magnetic field that is changing with time. Does the emf induced in the coil depend on the actual values of the magnetic field?

2. In Faraday’s experiments, what would be the advantage of using coils with many turns?

3. A copper ring and a wooden ring of the same dimensions are placed in magnetic fields so that there is the same change in magnetic flux through them. Compare the induced electric fields and currents in the rings.

4. Discuss the factors determining the induced emf in a closed loop of wire.

5. (a) Does the induced emf in a circuit depend on the resistance of the circuit? (b) Does the induced current depend on the resistance of the circuit?

6. How would changing the radius of loop D shown below affect its emf, assuming C and D are much closer together compared to their radii?

7. Can there be an induced emf in a circuit at an instant when the magnetic flux through the circuit is zero?

8. Does the induced emf always act to decrease the magnetic flux through a circuit?

9. How would you position a flat loop of wire in a changing magnetic field so that there is no induced emf in the loop?

10. The normal to the plane of a single-turn conducting loop is directed at an angle

to a spatially uniform magnetic field

It has a fixed area and orientation relative to the magnetic field. Show that the emf induced in the loop is given by


is the area of the loop.

10.2 Lenz’s Law

11. The circular conducting loops shown in the accompanying figure are parallel, perpendicular to the plane of the page, and coaxial. (a) When the switch S is closed, what is the direction of the current induced in D? (b) When the switch is opened, what is the direction of the current induced in loop D?

12. The north pole of a magnet is moved toward a copper loop, as shown below. If you are looking at the loop from above the magnet, will you say the induced current is circulating clockwise or counterclockwise?

13. The accompanying figure shows a conducting ring at various positions as it moves through a magnetic field. What is the sense of the induced emf for each of those positions?

14. Show that


have the same units.

15. State the direction of the induced current for each case shown below, observing from the side of the magnet.

10.3 Motional Emf

16. A bar magnet falls under the influence of gravity along the axis of a long copper tube. If air resistance is negligible, will there be a force to oppose the descent of the magnet? If so, will the magnet reach a terminal velocity?

17. Around the geographic North Pole (or magnetic South Pole), Earth’s magnetic field is almost vertical. If an airplane is flying northward in this region, which side of the wing is positively charged and which is negatively charged?

18. A wire loop moves translationally (no rotation) in a uniform magnetic field. Is there an emf induced in the loop?

10.4 Induced Electric Fields

19. Is the work required to accelerate a rod from rest to a speed

in a magnetic field greater than the final kinetic energy of the rod? Why?

20. The copper sheet shown below is partially in a magnetic field. When it is pulled to the right, a resisting force pulls it to the left. Explain. What happen if the sheet is pushed to the left?

10.5 Eddy Currents

21. A conducting sheet lies in a plane perpendicular to a magnetic field

that is below the sheet. If

oscillates at a high frequency and the conductor is made of a material of low resistivity, the region above the sheet is effectively shielded from

Explain why. Will the conductor shield this region from static magnetic fields?

22. Electromagnetic braking can be achieved by applying a strong magnetic field to a spinning metal disk attached to a shaft. (a) How can a magnetic field slow the spinning of a disk? (b) Would the brakes work if the disk was made of plastic instead of metal?

23. A coil is moved through a magnetic field as shown below. The field is uniform inside the rectangle and zero outside. What is the direction of the induced current and what is the direction of the magnetic force on the coil at each position shown?


10.1 Faraday’s Law

24. A

-turn coil has a diameter of

The coil is placed in a spatially uniform magnetic field of magnitude

so that the face of the coil and the magnetic field are perpendicular. Find the magnitude of the emf induced in the coil if the magnetic field is reduced to zero uniformly in (a)


and (c)