Students’ Learning Outcomes

Make an electromagnet with the help of a cell, an iron nail and wire, and show its working.
·         Explore the different electromagnetic devices used in their daily life.
·         Describe the relationship between electricity and magnetism in an electromagnetic device.

Information for teachers

·         A piece of iron rode can be converted into a magnet by placing it in a current carrying coil. This type of a magnet is called an electromagnet.
·         The electromagnets are used in different devices like fan, telephone, microphone, loud speaker, computer, fax machine, electric generator and electric motors.
·         When an electric current is passed through a coil placed between the poles of a magnet, it starts rotating. This is the relationship between electricity and magnetism in an electric motor and electric fan.
·         When a coil is rotated in a magnetic field or a magnet is moved around a coil, electric current stats flowing. Thus the relationship in current and magnetism is very important and plays an important role in many electrical devices.

Material / Resources

Battery cells, connecting wires, iron nails, pencils, pieces of sand paper, paper clips, insulated copper wire, textbook.

Worm up Activity

·         Show the students a bar magnet.
·         Ask them: Have you heard about any magnet which has been formed by using electricity?
After students ’response   Inform them, yes an iron rod can be made magnet by using electricity. This type of magnet is called electromagnet.
·         Announce that they will study how electricity can be used to make an electromagnet.

Activity 1

·         Divide the students into groups.
·         Give them a battery cell, an iron nail (5cm long) a steel nail, a switch, steel pins connecting wires and insulated copper wire.
·         Draw a circuit diagram on the board.
·         Ask them to wind an insulated copper wire very closely over the iron nail. Tell them that it makes a coil.
·         Ask them to attach the connecting wires to the two ends of the coil and connect them to battery cell through a switch.
·         Ask the students to keep the switch off and bring some steel pins near one end of the nail. Ask: Does the nail attract them?
(Expected response:  No)
·         Ask them to turn the switch on and see if the nail attracts the pins now.
·         Ask them to predict what will happen if the current is switched OFF.
·         Now ask them to turn the switch OFF to verify their prediction.
·         Now ask them to repeat the same procedure with a steel nail and find out the difference.

·         Ask them: What do you conclude from this activity?

·         After their response tell them that nails can be made electromagnets by passing current through a coil. Iron nail is magnetized temporarily but steel nail is magnetized permanently when placed in a current carrying coil.

Activity 2

·         Before the activity tell the students that:
1.       Electromagnets are used in different devices like telephone, microphone, loud speaker, computer, fax machine, dynamo etc.
2.       Dynamo is a mini generator in which a magnet is used to produce electricity. An electrical motor converts electric energy into mechanical energy with the use of a magnet.
3.       When current passes through a coil placed in a magnet field, the coil starts rotating. it is an electric motor.
·         Give each group a battery cell, a disc shaped magnet, two safety pins and pieces of wire.
·         Ask them to wind the insulated wire to form a coil.
·         Ask them to take safety pins and bend them with the help of pliers.
·         Ask them to mount the bent safety pins on a wood block and place the coil between safety pins as shown in figure
·         Ask them to attach the wires from battery holder to the bent safety pins and place battery cell into the holder.
·         Ask them to place a magnet on top of the wood block just underneath the coil.
·         Ask them to give a spin to the coil gently to get the motor started. By this, it will start rotating.
·         Tell the students that when a current carrying coil is place in magnetic field, a force acts on it which moves it in and out and the coil rotates. Electric generators and motor work on this relationship between current and magnet force.

Activity 3

·         Ask the students to identify the devices which use electromagnets.
·         Ask them to present their findings in class discussion.

·         Write the names of electromagnetic devices on the board and discuss about it.

Sum up / Conclusion
·         Magnetic effects are produced in a coil through which electric current is flowing.
·         The iron nail becomes a temporary magnet when electric current passes through a coil around it. It is called as electromagnet.
·         When a steel nail is placed inside the current carrying coil, it becomes permanent magnet.
·         Electromagnets are used in different electrical devices.
·         To assess students understanding, ask the following questions:
1.       When an ordinary iron nail is placed inside a current carrying coil, will it become a temporary magnet or a permanent magnet?
2.       Which material can be magnetized permanently with the help of electric current?
3.       Can we say that magnet compass is an electromagnetic device?
4.       How can an iron nail be made a magnet by electric current?
5.       Where are electromagnets used?
Follow up

Ask the students to list at least seven devices present at their homes in which electromagnets are used.

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