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This interactive tutorial offers explanations of magnetic inductance, Faraday's experiments, and Lenz's Law.  Several simulations illustrate the principles of magnetic fields, Faraday's Law, self-inductance effects, and applications of inductance. The text describes the physics illustrated by the simulations.

This resource is part of a larger collection on electricity and magnetism by the same authors.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Induction
= Induced Currents and Forces
= Transformers
- Inductance
= LR Circuits
= Self Inductance
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- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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Topic: Electromagnetism and Electromagnets
Unit Title: Electromagnetic Induction

Inductance is a property of an electric circuit in which a changing magnetic field creates an electromotive force in that circuit or in a nearby circuit.  This interactive tutorial for beginning physics students offers comprehensive explanations of magnetic inductance, including sections on Faraday's experiments and Lenz's Law.  Five java simulations illustrate Faraday's Law, self-inductance effects, and patterns of magnetic field lines.

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M. Davidson, (1999), WWW Document, (https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/electricity/inductance.html).
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M. Davidson, Molecular Expressions: Electricity and Magnetism - Inductance (1999), <https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/electricity/inductance.html>.
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Davidson, M. (2003, July 28). Molecular Expressions: Electricity and Magnetism - Inductance. Retrieved May 22, 2024, from https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/electricity/inductance.html
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Electricity and Magnetism - Inductance. July 28, 2003. https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/electricity/inductance.html (accessed 22 May 2024).
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Electricity and Magnetism - Inductance. 1999. 28 July 2003. National Science Foundation. 22 May 2024 <https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/electricity/inductance.html>.
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