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ERIC Number: EJ1083335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Magnetic Spinner
Ouseph, P. J.
Physics Teacher, v44 n9 p610-614 Dec 2006
A science toy sometimes called the "magnetic spinner" is an interesting class demonstration to illustrate the principles of magnetic levitation. It can also be used to demonstrate Faraday's law and a horizontally suspended physical pendulum. The levitated part contains two circular magnets encased in a plastic housing. Each magnet stays above two triangular magnets fixed to the base. The magnetic repulsive force experienced by the circular magnets is independent of their orientation; therefore, the holder of these magnets can be rotated without affecting its stability. The holder with the circular magnets can be oscillated up and down as a horizontally suspended physical pendulum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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