# Chapter 13 Magnetic Effects of Electric Current Class 10 Notes

Magnetic Effects of Electric Current

Magnet: Magnetic field and magnetic field lines, Magnetic field due to a current carrying conductor, Right hand thumb rule, Magnetic field due to current through a circular loop. Magnetic field due to current in a solenoid.
Magnet is an object that attracts objects made of iron, cobalt and nickle. Magnet comes to rest in North – South direction, when suspended freely.
Use of Magnets: Magnets are used
• in refrigerators.
• in radio and stereo speakers.
• in audio and video cassette players.
• in children’s toys and;
• on hard discs and floppies of computers.
Properties of Magnet
• A free suspended magnet always points towards the north and south direction.
• The pole of a magnet which points toward north direction is called north pole or north-seeking.
• The pole of a magnet which points toward south direction is called south pole or south seeking.
• Like poles of magnets repel each other while unlike poles of magnets attract each other.
Magnetic field: The area around a magnet where a magnetic force is experienced is called the magnetic field. It is a quantity that has both direction and magnitude, (i.e., Vector quantity).
Magnetic field and field lines: The influence of force surrounding a magnet is called magnetic field. In the magnetic field, the force exerted by a magnet can be detected using a compass or any other magnet.
The magnetic field is represented by magnetic field lines.

The imaginary lines of magnetic field around a magnet are called field line or field line of magnet. When iron fillings are allowed to settle around a bar magnet, they get arranged in a pattern which mimicks the magnetic field lines. Field line of a magnet can also be detected using a compass. Magnetic field is a vector quantity, i.e. it has both direction and magnitude.
Direction of field line: Outside the magnet, the direction of magnetic field line is taken from North pole to South Pole. Inside the magnet, the direction of magnetic field line is taken from South pole to North pole.
Strength of magnetic field: The closeness of field lines shows the relative strength of magnetic field, i.e. closer lines show stronger magnetic field and vice – versa. Crowded field lines near the poles of magnet show more strength.
Properties of magnetic field lines
(i) They do not intersect each other.
(ii) It is taken by convention that magnetic field lines emerge from North pole and merge at the South pole. Inside the magnet, their direction is from South pole to North pole. Therefore magnetic field lines are closed curves.
Magnetic field lines due to current a current carrying straight conductor
A current carrying straight conductor has magnetic field in the form of concentric circles, around it. Magnetic field of current carrying straight conductor can be shown by magnetic field lines.
The direction of magnetic field through a current carrying conductor depends upon the direction of flow electric current.

Let a current carrying conductor be suspended vertically and the electric current is flowing from south to north. In this case, the direction of magnetic field will be anticlockwise. If the current is flowing from north to south, the direction of magnetic field will be clockwise.
The direction of magnetic field, in relation to direction of electric
current through a straight conductor can be depicted by using the Right Hand Thumb Rule. It is also known as Maxwell’s Corkscrew Rule.
Right-Hand Thumb Rule: If a current carrying conductor is held by right hand, keeping the thumb straight and if the direction of electric current is in the direction of thumb, then the direction of wrapping of other fingers will show the direction of magnetic field.
Maxwell’s Corkscrew rule: As per Maxwell’s Corkscrew Rule, if the direction of forward movement of screw shows the direction of the current, then the direction of rotation of screw shows the direction of magnetic field.
Properties of magnetic field
• The magnitude of magnetic field increases with increase in electric current and decreases with decrease in electric current.
• The magnitude of magnetic field produced by electric current decreases with increase in distance and vice – versa. The size of concentric circles of magnetic field lines increases with distance from the conductor, which shows that magnetic field decreases with distance.
• Magnetic field lines are always parallel to each other.
• No two field lines cross each other.
Magnetic field lines due to a current through a circular loop
In case of a circular current carrying conductor, the magnetic field is produced in the same manner as it is in case of a straight current carrying conductor.

In case of a circular current carrying conductor, the magnetic field lines would be in the form of iron concentric circles around every part of the FllmSs periphery of the conductor. Since, magnetic field lines tend to remain closer when near to the conductor, so the magnetic field would be stronger near the periphery of the loop. On the other hand, the magnetic field lines would be distant from each other when we move towards the centre of the current carrying loop. Finally, at the centre, the arcs of big circles would appear as a straight line.
The direction of the magnetic field can be identified using Right Hand Thumb’s Rule. Let us assume that the current is moving in anti-clockwise direction in the loop. In that case, the magnetic field would be in clockwise direction, at the top of the loop. Moreover, it would be in an anti-clockwise direction at the bottom of the loop.
Clock Face Rule: A current carrying loop works like a disc magnet. The polarity of this magnet can be easily understood with the help of Clock Face Rule. If the current is flowing in anti – clockwise direction, then the face of the loop shows north pole. On the other hand, if the current is flowing in clockwise direction, then the face of the loop shows south pole.
Magnetic field and number of turns of coil: Magnitude of magnetic field gets summed up with increase in the number of turns of coil. If there are ‘n’ turns of coil, magnitude of magnetic field will be ‘n’ times of magnetic field in case of a single turn of coil.
The strength of the magnetic field at the centre of the loop(coil) depends on :
(i) The radius of the coil: The strength of the magnetic field is inversely proportional to the radius of the coil. If the radius increases, the magnetic strength at the centre decreases
(ii) The number of turns in the coil : As the number of turns in the coil increase, the magnetic strength at the centre increases, because the current in each circular turn is having the same direction, thus, the field due to each turn adds up.
(iii) The strength of the current flowing in the coil: As the strength of the current increases, the strength of three magnetic fields also increases.
Magnetic field due to a current in a Solenoid: Solenoid is the coil with many circular turns of insulated copper wire wrapped closely in the shape of a cylinder. A current carrying solenoid produces similar pattern of magnetic field as a bar magnet. One end of solenoid behaves as the north pole and another end behaves as the south pole.

Magnetic field lines are parallel inside the solenoid, similar to a bar magnet, which shows that magnetic field is same at all points inside the solenoid.
Magnetic field produced by a solenoid is similar to a bar magnet.
The strength of magnetic field is proportional to the number of turns and magnitude of current.
By producing a strong magnetic field inside the solenoid, magnetic materials can be magnetized. Magnet formed by producing magnetic field inside a solenoid is called electromagnet.
Electromagnet, Fleming’s Left-Hand Rule, Electric motor, Electromagnetic induction, Fleming’s right hand rule, Electric generator and domestic electic circuits.
Electromagnet: An electromagnet consists of a long coil of insulated copper wire wrapped on a soft iron.
Magnet formed by producing magnetic field inside a solenoid is called electromagnet.
Force on a current carrying conductor in a magnetic field: A current carrying conductor exerts a force when a magnet is placed in its vicinity. Similarly, a magnet also exerts equal and opposite force on the current carrying conductor. This was suggested by Marie Ampere, a French Physicist and considered as founder of science of electromagnetism.

The direction of force over the conductor gets reversed with the change in direction of flow of electric current. It is observed that the magnitude of force is highest when the direction of current is at right angles to the magnetic field.
Fleming’s Left-Hand Rule: If the direction of electric current is perpendicular to the magnetic field, the direction of force is also perpendicular to both of them. The Fleming’s Left Hand Rule states that if the left hand is stretched in a way that the index finger, the middle finger and the thumb are in mutually perpendicular directions, then the index finger and middle finger of a stretched left hand show the direction of magnetic field and direction of electric current respectively and the thumb shows the direction of motion or force acting on the conductor. The directions of electric current, magnetic field and force are similar to three mutually perpendicular axes, i.e. x, y, and z-axes.
Many devices, such as electric motor, electric generator, loudspeaker, etc. work on Fleming’s Left Hand Rule.
Electric motor: A device that converts electrical energy to mechanical energy. It is of two types : AC and DC Motor.
Electrical energy is converted into mechanical energy by using and electric motor. Electric motor works on the basis of rule suggested by Marie Ampere and Fleming’s Left Hand Rule.
Principle of Electric Motor: When a rectangular coil is placed in a magnetic field and a current is passed through it, force acts on the coil, which rotates it continuously. With the rotation of the coil, the shaft attached to it also rotates.

Construction: It consists of the following parts :
• Armature: It is a rectangular coil (ABCD) which is suspended between the two poles of a magnetic field.
The electric supply to the coil is connected with a commutator.
• Commutator or Split – ring: Commutator is a device which reverses the direction of flow of electric current through a circuit. It is two halves of the same metallic ring.
• Magnet: Magnetic field is supplied bv a permanent magnet NS.
• Sliding contacts or Brushes Q which are fixed.
• Battery: These are consists of few cells.
Working: When an electric current is supplied to the coil of the electric motor, it gets deflected because of magnetic field. As it reaches the halfway, the split ring which acts as commutator reverses the direction of flow of electric current. Reversal of direction of the current, reverses the direction of forces acting on the coil. The change in direction of force pushes the coil, and it moves another half turn. Thus, the coil completes one rotation around the axle. Continuation of this process keeps the motor in rotation.
In commercial motor, electromagnet instead of permanent magnet and armature is used. Armature is a soft iron core with large number of conducting wire turns over it. Large number of turns of conducting wire enhances the magnetic field produced by armature.
Uses of motors :
• Used in electric fans.
• Used for pumping water.
• Used in various toys.
Electromagnetic Induction: Michael Faraday, an English Physicist is supposed to have studied the generation of electric current using a magnetic field and a conductor.
Electricity production as a result of magnetism (induced current) is called Electromagnetic Induction.

When a conductor is set to move inside a magnetic field or a magnetic field is set to be changing around a conductor, electric current is induced in the conductor. This is just opposite to the exertion of force by a current carrying conductor inside a magnetic field. In other words, when a conductor is brought in relative motion vis – a – vis a magnetic field, a potential difference is induced in it. This is known as electromagnetic induction.
Fleming’s Right-Hand Rule: Electromagnetic induction can be explained with the help of Fleming’s Right Hand Rule. If the right hand is structured in a way that the index (fore ginger) finger, middle finger and thumb are in mutually perpendicular directions, then the thumb shows direction of induced current in the conductor, in conductor The directions of movement of conductor, magnetic field and induced current can be compared to three mutually perpendicular axes, i.e. x, y and z axes.

The mutually perpendicular directions also point to an important fact that when the magnetic field and movement of conductor are perpendicular, the magnitude of induced current would be maximum.
Electromagnetic induction is used in the conversion of kinetic energy into electrical energy.
Electric Generator: A device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy is called an electric generator.
Electric generators are of two types: AC generator and a DC generator. Principle of electric generator: Electric motor works on the basis of electromagnetic induction.

Construction and Working: The structure of an electric generator is similar to that of an electric motor. In case of an electric generator, a rectangular armature is placed within the magnetic field of a permanent magnet. The armature is attached to wire and is positioned in a way that it can move around an axle. When the armature moves within the magnetic field, an electric current is induced. The direction of induced current changes, when the armature crosses the halfway mark of its rotation.
Thus, the direction of current changes once in every rotation. Due to this, the electric generator usually produces alternate current, i.e. A.C. To convert an A.C generator into a D.C generator, a split ring commutator is used. This helps in producing direct current.
Electrical generator is used to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy.
A.C and D.C Current
A.C – Alternate Current: Current in which direction is changed periodically is called Alternate Current. In India, most of the power stations generate alternate current. The direction of current changes after every 1/100 second in India, i.e. the frequency of A.C in India is 50 Hz. A.C is transmitted upto a long distance without much loss of energy is advantage of A.C over D.C.
D.C – Direct Current: Current that flows in one direction only is called Direct current. Electrochemical cells produce direct current.
• Cost of generatior of A.C is much less than that of D.C.
• A.C can be easily converted to D.C.
• A.C can be controlled by the use of choke which involves less loss of power whereas, D.C can be controlled using resistances which involves high energy loss.
• AC can be transmitted over long distances without much loss of energy.
• AC machines are stout and durable and do not need much maintenance.
• AC cannot be used for the electrolysis process or showing electromagnetism as it reverses its polarity.
• AC is more dangerous than DC.
Domestic Electric Circuits: We receive electric supply through mains supported through the poles or cables. In our houses, we receive AC electric power of 220 V with a frequency of 50 Hz.
The 3 wires are as follows
• Live wire – (Red insulated, Positive)
• Neutral wire – (Black insulated, Negative)
• Earth wire – (Green insulated) for safety measure to ensure that any leakage of current to a metallic body does not give any serious shock to a user.
Short Circuit: Short-circuiting is caused by the touching of live wires and neutral wire and sudden a large current flows.
It happens due to
• damage pf insulation in power lines.
• a fault in an electrical appliance.
Overloading of an Electric Circuit: The overheating of electrical wire in any circuit due to the flow of a large current through it is called overloading of the electrical circuit.
A sudden large amount of current flows through the wire, which causes overheating of wire and may cause fire also.
Electric Fuse: It is a protective device used for protecting the circuit from short-circuiting and overloading. It is a piece of thin wire of material having a low melting point and high resistance.
• Fuse is always connected to live wire.
• Fuse is always connected in series to the electric circuit.
• Fuse is always connected to the beginning of an electric circuit.
• Fuse works on the heating effect.
Magnetic field: The area around a magnet in which other magnet feels force of attraction or repulsion is called Magnetic field.
Magnetic field lines: The closed curved imaginary lines in the magnetic field which indicate the direction of motion of north pole in the magnetic field if a magnet is free to do so.
Properties of magnetic field lines.
• Magnetic Field lines originate from the north pole of a magnet and end at its south pole.
• Magnetic Field lines are denser near the poles but rarer at other places.
• The Magnetic Field lines do not intersect one another.
Oersted’s experiment: According to this experiment “A current carrying wire creates a magnetic field around it. The direction of magnetic field depends on the direction of current in conductor.”
• Magnetic field pattern due to straight current carrying conductor are concentric circles whose center lie on the wire.
• The direction of magnetic field due to straight current carrying conductor can be determined by Right hand thumb rule.
Right hand thumb rule: According to this rule “if current carrying conductor is held in the right hand in such a way that thumb indicate the direction of current, then the curled finger indicates the direction of magnetic field lines around conductor.”
Magnetic field pattern due to current carrying loop: The Magnetic field lines are circular near the current-carrying loop. As we move away from the loop, field lines form bigger and bigger circles. At the center of the circular loop, the magnetic field lines are straight.
The solenoid is an insulated and tightly wound long circular wire having large number of turns whose radius is small in comparison to its length. Magnetic field produced by a solenoid is similar to the magnetic field produced by a bar magnet.
Current carrying solenoid is called an electromagnet.
Properties of magnetic lines of force or magnetic field lines.
• These lines originate from the north pole and end at the south pole.
• The magnetic field lines of a magnet form a continuous closed loop.
• Two magnetic lines of force do not intersect each other.
• The tangent at any point on the magnetic line gives the direction of the magnetic field at the point.
Fleming’s left hand rule: According to this rule, “if the thumb, forefinger and middle finger of the left hand are stretched perpendicular to each other and if the fore-finger gives the direction of magnetic field, middle finger gives the direction of current, then the thumb will give the direction of motion or the force acting on the current-carrying conductor.”
Principle of an electric motor: A motor works on the principle that when a rectangular coil is placed in a magnetic field and current passes through it, a force acts on the coil which rotates it continuously.
When the coil rotates, the shaft attached to it also rotates. In this way the electrical energy supplied to the motor is converted into the mechanical energy of rotation.
Principle of an electric generator: It is based on the principle of electromagnetic induction. It states that “an induced current is produced in a coil placed in a region where the magnetic field changes with time.” The direction of induced current is given by Fleming’s right-hand rule. An electric generator converts mechanical energy into electrical energy.
Electromagnetic induction: The phenomenon of setting up of an electric current or an induced e.mi. by changing the magnetic lines of force by a moving conductor is called electromagnetic induction.
Maxwell’s right hand thumb rule: The direction of the current is given by Maxwell’s right-hand thumb rule, “If the current carrying conductor is gripped with the right hand in such a way that the thumb gives the direction of the current, then the direction of the fingers gives the direction of the magnetic field produced around the conductor.
Fleming’s left-hand rule: The direction of motion of a conductor in a magnetic field is given by Fleming’s left-hand rule. According to this rule, if the thumb, forefinger and middle finger of the left hand are stretched perpendicular to each other and if fore-finger gives the direction of the magnetic field and the middle finger gives the direction of current then, the thumb will give the direction of the motion of the conductor carrying the current.
Fleming’s right-hand rule: The direction of the induced current is given by Fleming’s right-hand rule. According to this rule if the thumb, forefinger and middle finger of the right hand are stretched perpendicular to each other and if the fore-finger gives the direction of the magnetic field and the thumb gives the direction of motion, then the middle finger will give the direction of the induced current in the conductor.
Question 1.
Why does a compass needle get deflected when brought near a bar magnet?
This is because of magnetic field of the bar magnet.
Question 2.
Draw magnetic field lines around a bar magnet. [2011-2014]

Question 3.
List the properties of magnetic lines of forces.
Properties of Magnetic Lines of Force
1. Magnetic field lines are closed and continuous curves.
2. These lines always begin from the north pole of a magnet and merge into the south pole forming closed curves outside the magnet.
3. Inside the magnet, these lines of force originate from its south pole and go towards the north pole.
4. These lines are crowded near the poles where the magnetic field is strong and are far apart where the magnetic field is weak.
5. These lines never intersect each other.
Question 4.
Why do not two magnetic lines of forces intersect each other? [2011,2012,2015]
If the magnetic lines of forces intersect, there will be two different directions of magnetic field at that point, which is not possible.
Question 5.
Consider a circular loop of wire lying in the plane of the table. Let the current passes through the loop clockwise. Apply the right- hand rule to find out the direction of the magnetic field inside and outside the loop.
(a) Direction of magnetic field inside the loop is perpendicular to the plane of the paper inward (anticlockwise).
(b) Direction of magnetic field outside the loop is perpendicular to the plane of the paper outward (clockwise).

Question 6.
The magnetic field in a given region is uniform. Draw a diagram to represent it. [2011,2012]
As shown in the figure the parallel and equidistant magnetic field lines representing a uniform magnetic field in.a region.

Question 7.
Choose the correct option. The magnetic field inside a long straight solenoid carrying current
(a) is zero.
(b) decreases as we move towards its end.
(c) increases as we move towards its end.
(d) is the same at all points.
(d) is the same at all points.

Question 8.
Which of the following properties of a proton can change while it moves freely in a magnetic field? (There may be more than one’ correct answer.)
(a) Mass
(b) Speed
(c) Velocity
(d) Momentum
(c) Velocity and (d) Momentum
Question 9.
In activity 13.7 .of NCERT, how do we think the displacement of rod AB will be affected if
(a) current in rod AB is increased
(b) a stronger horse-shoe magnet is used; and
(c) length of the rod AB is increased?
(a) Displacement of rod AB will increase on increasing the current.
(b) Displacement of rod AB will increase if a stronger horse-shoe magnet is used
(c) Displacement of rod AB will increase because the force acting on rod will increase on increasing the length of it
Question 10.
A positively-charged particle (alpha-particle) projected towards west is deflected towards north by a magnetic field. The direction of magneticfield is
(a) towards south
(b) towards east
(c) downward
(d) upwards
(d) upwards
Question 11.
State Fleming’s left-hand rule. [2010-2012]
Fleming’s Left-hand Rule: According to this rule, stretch the forefinger, middle finger and thumb of your left hand such that they are mutually perpendicular to each other. If the forefinger and the middle finger point in the direction of magnetic field and the current respectively, then the thumb will point in the direction of motion or the force acting on the conductor.

F = BIL sin θ
Where, F = Force on the conductor, B = magnitude of magnetic field, I – current passing through the conductor, L = length of the conductor inside the magnetic field and 9 = angle between the conductor and the magnetic field.
Also F= Bqv
Where, q = amount of charge passing through the conductor and v = velocity of charge passing through the conductor.
Question 12.
What is the principle of an electric motor? [2012]
An electric motor works on the principle that when a current-carrying coil is placed in a magnetic field, it experiences a torque which tends to rotate it.
Question 13.
Name two safety measures commonly used in electric circuits and appliances. [2010,2012,2014]
(a) Earthing
(b) Electric fuse
Question 14.
An electric oven of 2 kW power rating is operated in a domestic electric circuit (220 V) that has a current rating of 5 A. What result do you expect? Explain. [2010-2014]
Given: P = 2 kW = 2000W and V= 220 volts, I = ?
Applying the formula P = Vl, we get
$I=\frac { P }{ V } =\frac { 2000 }{ 220 } =9A$
Since the current flowing (9 A) through flte circuit is more than the current rating (5 A) ofthe circuit, so the fuse in the circuit will melt and circuit is broken but electric oven is saved from getting damaged.
Question 15.
What precaution should be taken to avoid the overloading of domestic electric circuits? [2010-2012]
We should not connect too many appliances to a single socket.
Question 16.
Explain different ways to induce current in a coil. [2010-2012]
To induce current in a coil, there should be a:
• relative motion between the coil and a magnet.
• change in the current in a conductor placed near die coil.
• relative motion between the coil and a conductor carrying current.
Question 17.
State the principle of an electric generator.
It is based on the principle of electromagnetic induction in which a changing magnetic field in a conductor induces a current in it.
Question 18.
Name some sources of direct current.
A cell, a battery, a DC generator.
Question 19.
A rectangular coil of copper wires is rotated in a magnetic field. The direction of the induced current changes once in each
(a) two revolutions
(b) one revolution
(c) half revolution
(d) one-fourth revolution
(c) half revolution
Question 20.
Which sources produce alternating current?
An AC generator and common inverter.
Question 21.
What is the role of the split ring in an electric motor?
The function of split ring is to reverse the direction of current flowing through the coil after every half rotation of the coil.
Chapter End Questions
Question 1.
Which of the following correctly describes the magnetic field near a long straight wire?
(a) The field consists of straight lines perpendicular to the wire.
(b) The field consists of straight lines parallel to the wire.
(c) The field consists of radial lines originating from the wire.
(d) The field consists of concentric circles centred on the wire.
(d) The field consists of concentric circles centred on the wire.
Question 2.
The phenomenon of electromagnetic induction is
(a) the process of charging a body.
(b) the process of generating magnetic field due to a current passing through a coil.
(c) producing induced current in a coil due to relative motion between a magnet and the coil.
(d) the process of rotating a coil of an electric motor.
(c) producing induced current in a coil due to relative motion between a magnet and the coil.
Question 3.
The device used for producing electric current is called a
(a) generator.
(b) galvanometer.
(c) ammeter.
(d) motor.
(a) generator.
Question 4.
The essential difference between an AC generator and a DC generator is that
(a) AC generator has an electromagnet while a DC generator has permanent magnet.
(b) DC generator will generate a higher voltage.
(c) AC generator will generate a higher voltage.
(d) AC generator has slip rings while the DC generator has a commutator.
(d) AC generator has slip rings while the DC generator has a commutator.
Question 5.
At the time of short circuit, the current in the circuit
(a) reduces substantially
(b) does not change
(c) increases heavily
(d) vary continuously
(c) increases heavily
Question 6.
State whether the following statements are true or false.
(a) An electric motor converts mechanical energy into electrical energy.
(b) An electric generator v^orks on the principle of electromagnetic induction.
(c) The field at the centre of a long circular coil carrying current will be parallel straight lines.
(d) A wire with a green insulation is usually the live wire of an electric supply.
(a) False
(b) True
(c) True
(d) False
Question 7.
List three sources of magnetic fields. [2013]
Three sources of magnetic fields are:
1. Permanent magnets (like lodestone)
2. An electromagnet
3. A current-carrying conductor.
Question 8.
How does a solenoid behave like a magnet? Can you determine the north and south poles of a current-carrying solenoid with the help of a bar magnet? Explain. [2012, 2013]
When a solenoid carrying current is freely suspended, it comes to rest along a particular direction because it behaves like a bar magnet with fixed polarities at its ends.
Yes, the north and south poles of current-carrying solenoid can be determined with the help of a bar magnet
On bringing south pole of a bar magnet near one of the ends of solenoid, if the end moves towards the south pole of the bar magnet, it is north pole. But if the end moves away from the south pole of the bar magnet, it is south pole.
Question 9.
When is the force experienced by a current-carrying conductor placed in a magnetic field largest?
OR
Under what condition does a current carrying conductor kept in a magnetic field experience maximum force? [2011,2012,2014, 2015]
When the current-carrying conductor and magnetic field both are perpendicular to each other, the force experienced is largest.
Question 10.
Imagine that you are sitting in a chamber with your back to one wall. An electron beam, moving horizontally from back wall towards the front wall is deflected by a strong field on your right side. What is the direction of magnetic field?

According to Fleming’s left- hand rule, the direction of magnetic field will be in the downward direction perpendicular to both the directions of current and force.
Question 11.
Draw a labelled diagram of an electric motor. Explain its principle and working. What is the function of a split ring an electric motor?
An electric motor is a device which converts electrical energy into mechanical energy.
Construction: It consists of a rectangular coil called armature curved magnet pieces, commutator and carbon brushes.
Principle: It works on the principle that when a current-carrying coil is placed normally in a magnetic field, it experiences a torque which tends to rotate it.

Working:
1. When a current flows through the coil, arms AB and CD experience a force. According to Fleming’s left hand rule, arm AB of the coil experiences a force in the downward direction. Similarly, arm CD of the coil experiences a force in the upward direction. Two equal and opposite forces constitute a couple and hence the coil will rotate in anticlockwise direction.
2. When the coil reaches the vertical position, no current flows in the coil and no force actstm the coil in this position.
3. Now coil rotates further and side AB is moved on the right, with its commutator segment touching the right hand brush so it has downward force acting it. Similarly, side CD has an upward force on it. Thus, the couple always acts in the same direction (clockwise) and the coil spins.
Question 12.
Name some devices in which electric motors are used. ,
Electric motors are used in fans, coolers, computers, washing machines, etc. In factories, motors are used in almost all type of machines.
Question 13.
A coil of insulated copper wire is connected to a galvanometer. What will happen if a bar magnet is: [2010-2014]
(a) pushed into the coil?
(b) withdrawn from inside the coil?
(c) held stationary inside the coil?
(a) There will be a momentary deflection in the needle of the galvanometer towards the right This indicates that a current flows through the coil.
(b) The needle of the galvanometer deflect towards left showing that the current is set opposite to the direction of the previous flow.
(c) There will be no deflection in the needle of galvanometer.
Question 14.
Two circular coils A and B are placed closed to each other. If the current in the coil A is changed, will some current be induced in the coil B? Give reason. [2010,2012]
When the current in the coil A is changed, the magnetic field lines connected with it also change. This induces a change in magnetic flux in the coil B. As a result of this, current is induced in the coil B.
Question 15.
State the rule to determine the direction of a
(a) magnetic field produced around a straight conductor-carrying current,
(b) force experienced by a current-carrying straight conductor placed in a magnetic field which is perpendicular to it, and
(c) current induced in a coil due to its rotation in a magnetic field. [2010, 2011, 2014]
(a) “Right-hand thumb rule”
Right-hand Thumb Rule:
According to this rule, if the fingers of the right hand grip the wire with the thumb pointing in the direction of the current, the fingers show the direction of the magnetic field.
(b) “Fleming’s left-hand rule”
Fleming’s Left-hand Rule: According to this rule, stretch the forefinger, middle finger and thumb of your left hand such that they are mutually perpendicular to each other. If the forefinger and the middle finger point in the direction of magnetic field and the current respectively, then the thumb will point in the direction of motion or the force acting on the conductor.

F = BIL sin 6
Where, F = Force on the conductor, B = magnitude of magnetic field, I – current passing through the conductor, L = length of the conductor inside the magnetic field and 9 = angle between the conductor and the magnetic field.
Also F= Bqv
Where, q = amount of charge passing through the conductor and v = velocity of charge passing through the conductor.
(c) “Fleming’s right-hand rule”
Fleming’s Right-hand Rule: According to Fleming’s right-hand rule, stretch the forefinger, central finger and the thumb of your right Magnetk fie!d hand, mutually at right angles to each other. If the forefinger points m the direction of magnetic field and thumb denotes the direction of motion of conductor, the central finger gives the direction of flow of induced current.
Question 16.
What is the function of an earth wire? Why is it necessary to earth metallic appliances?
[2010-2013,2015]
Earth wire is used as a safety measure to prevent electric shocks in case of leakage of current to the metallic body of appliances. Earthing is essential because the person touching defective appliance (where the live wire comes in contact with the metal body due to break of Insulation or otherwise) does not get a fatal shock and the appliance is saved from being damaged.
Question 17.
When does an electric short-circuit occurs?   [2013]
If live wire and neutral wire come in contact with each other accidently due to damage in insulation or fault in appliances, a large current flows through the wire because of almost zero resistance leading to burning of wires. Such a situation is called short-circuiting.
Question 18.
Explain the underlying principle and working of an electric generator by drawing a labelled diagram. What is the function of brushes?
An electric generator is a device used to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy.
Principle: An electric generator is based on the principle of electromagnetic induction according to which if a closed coil is rotated about an axis perpendicular to a uniform magnetic field, an induced current is produced whose direction is governed by Fleming’s right-hand rule.
Construction: An electric generator consists of a rectangular coil called armature, field magnet, slip rings and carbon brushes.
Working:
1. When the armature is rotated in clockwise direction inside the magnetic field produced by the magnets, it cuts magnetic lines of force. This changing field produces induced current in the coil whose direction is given by Fleming’s right-hand rule.
2. When the axle attached to two slip rings is rotated such that the arm AB moves up and CD downwards, induced current starts to flow from A to B and C to D. Thus, an induced current flows in the direction ABCD and in the external circuit, it flows from B, to B^
3. After half a rotation, arm CD starts moving up and AB moves down. As a result, the direction of induced current will be DCBA and begin to flow from B , to B2 in the external circuit. Thus, after every half rotation, the polarity of the current in the respective arms changes. Such a current, which changes the direction after equal intervals of time is called an alternating current.

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