5K20.30 - Lenz's Law - Jumping Rings

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Lenz's Law - Jumping Rings
Area of Study:
Electricity & Magnetism
Electromagnet Coil, Iron Cores, Variac, Pulse Switch, and Rings (Assorted).

Video Credit: Jonathan M. Sullivan-Wood.

Connect the electromagnet coil to a Variac.  Insert the iron core and place a ring over the core.  As you turn up the Variac the ring will appear to float.  Use a split ring or non-ferromagnetic ring and observe no effect.  Unplug the coil from the Variac and plug it into the pulse switch.  This allows you to input 110 volts AC instantaneously.  Place a ring over the core and hit the switch and the ring will jump about 20 feet into the air.

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