Department of Physics & Astronomy

Electric Motor Kit

Instructions for Electric Motor kit

Here's a short YouTube clip that shows how to assemble your electric motor.

Electric Motor physics

This screencast describes the physics behind what makes the electric motor work.

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A few words of caution:

  • The little magnet is quite strong.  Keep it away from cards with magnetic strips, such as credit cards, and computer hard drives!
  • If the battery or wire starts heating up, disconnect the wire.  If the spinning wire gets stuck, this may happen.  The conductivity of the copper wire is very high, so you can drain the energy stored in the battery very quickly if you connect the ends of the battery with the wire and leave it that way.  Don't do that!

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