Simplest Electric Motor

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Introduction: Simplest Electric Motor

Build your own ultra-simple electric motor with only a battery, magnet, safety pins and a bit of wire. Takes only a minutes to build, but will keep you mesmerized for hours. Cool science project. Impress your friends.

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    29 Discussions

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    bclamore
    bclamore

    6 years ago on Introduction

    How do you get the coil to keep spinning if you completely remove the enamel from both sides of the wire? I would think the coil's magnetic field would simply alight with that of the permanent magnet's and just sit there. In order to spin the current through the coil has to stop for at least half the cycle.

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    bushkiwi
    bushkiwi

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey thanks loads for this!! It's just the kind of thing I'm looking for, for my ten yr old home schooled son : ) Many thanks for sharing!

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    Daniel Deacon
    Daniel Deacon

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    A 'Hard Disk' is a component from a computer it stores data. it consists of an electro magnet coil an arm and at least 1 platter which is a metal plate. this is done by useing magnets.

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    kamathln
    kamathln

    11 years ago on Introduction

    You forgot to mention one requirement : Gravity :-)

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    Pyro Fiend
    Pyro Fiend

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I don't know about you, but I'm not planning on going where there's no gravity any time soon. ;-)

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    kamathln
    kamathln

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Guys! I was just pulling the leg for fun! Thats all.

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    Pyro Fiend
    Pyro Fiend

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    eh, mate, don't worry 'bout it. i was kittin' too.

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    squeakyneb
    squeakyneb

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Why do you need gravity?? Just to keep it on the contact points?

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    haydes
    haydes

    10 years ago on Introduction

    the video is getting so annoying because it dosen't load fully it keeps on stopping and starting i wish he just had some flipping instructions

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    Pyro Fiend
    Pyro Fiend

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I tink it's your computer, sorry mate. It didn't do that for me.

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    netbuddy
    netbuddy

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Any photos or stills from the video? I am no a connection that can not view streaming video, not because of the lack of bandwidth but the fact that the service I have is so crap, most I get os about 108kbps average on a service they sell as T1 over 3G/HSDPA connections. So some stills would be nice to see.