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Home Physics : How Do Electric Motors Work?

Learn how an electric motor turns electricity into motion and make your own!
David Salch
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We have partnered with Perfect Package, to provide a full package with all the necessary materials for this class. They stock all items and ship on time. It is highly recommended to purchase the package. Here is the link: http://www.perfectpackageonline.com/product/home-physics-how-do-electric-motors-work-package/8?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false To build your own motors following the instructions in class you will need the following materials NOTE: This is not necessary if you use the link above! To make a coil type battery: D Cell Battery Magnet Wire also called enamel coated wire (thin wire insulated with a coating, not plastic, about 22 gauge) Two metal paper clips (no paint and no plastic coating) Duct tape or electrical tape Short round object about an inch diameter to wind wire on (AA battery, thick sharpie, etc) Something to scrape the insulation from part of the magnet wire (small sharp knife or fine sandpaper) To make a homopolar motor you need: Thick uninsulated copper wire - 12 to 16 gauge AA battery 4 rare earth magnets that are a larger diameter than the battery
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


David Salch
Lives in the United States
Build the foundation - understanding the practical side of life
3226 total reviews
2199 completed classes

About Me

Learning facts and skills is definitely important, but an often missed but critical piece of education is understanding the foundation. Without a proper understanding of the underlying principles of "how something works," the collection of facts... 
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