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Magnetic Effect of Electric Current class 10

What is Magnet?

Magnet is a material that has a tendency to attract magnetic material like iron, Cobalt, Nickel, etc. First of all people of Greeks have seen that black ore of iron attracts magnetic material towards it which is now called magnetite. This type of magnet is called a natural magnet. Today Different types of magnets are available in the markets. These all magnets are made by mixing different types of material.

Concept of Magnetic field

The surrounding area of a magnet in which a magnetic material can experience either a force of attraction or repulsion is called a magnetic field. It is a vector Quantity and represented by Vector B.its SI unit is Wb/mand is called Tesla.

Magnetic Effect of Electric Current

In 1820 Oersted has found that when an electric current passes through a conductor then a magnetic field is created around the current-carrying conductor. This experiment has established a relation between electric current and magnetic field.

When an electric current passes through a conductor then a magnetic field appear around the conductor. this is called the magnetic effect of electric current.

Oersted's Experiment 

In 1820 oersted has done an experiment to find out the existence of a magnetic field around the current-carrying conductor which is known as the magnetic effect of electric current.

 According to the oersted experiment, a needle magnet NS is taken and this needle magnet is kept parallel to a current-carrying conductor. when there is no electric current flowing through the conductor then there is no deflection in the position of the needle magnet.


But when current is allowed to flow through the conductor then we found that the needle magnet gets deflected from its initial position. As soon the current flowing through the conductor is stoped the needle magnet takes its previous position. this experiment proved that the current-carrying conductor produces a magnetic field.

On reversing the direction of electric current, the direction of the magnetic field also reversed. Since the Magnetic field is vector quantity then its direction is also required to find and to find the direction of the magnetic field Maxwell Right Hand Thumb Rule is used.

Magnetic field lines

it is a concept that is used to determine the direction of the magnetic field. The concept of magnetic field lines is the first time used by Michel Faraday to explain the behavior of the magnet. In reality, there is no such kind of field lines exist. it is a concept only. it is assumed that magnetic field lines originate from the North Pole and terminate to the South Pole. The figure given below shows the Concept of the magnetic field.

Properties of Magnetics Field Lines

  • These field lines make a closed-loop. These field lines originate from the north pole and terminate to the south pole of the magnet.
  • Where the magnetic field lines are high there magnetic field strength is high.
  • Two or more than two magnetics field lines never intersect each other.

Right Hand Thumb Rule


this rule is used to find out the direction of the magnetic field associated with a current-carrying conductor.
magnetic effect of electric current

Imagine you are holding the conductor with the palm of your right hand such that the fingers encircle the conductor and thumb points in the direction of the current. then the direction of the fingers encircling the conductor gives the direction of the magnetic lines of force around it.

What is Solenoid?

when a fine wire of conductors like copper or aluminum is mounted over the surface of insulator material then it is known as a solenoid. when an electric current is allowed to flow through the conductor then there is an induced magnetic field that is shown around the solenoid. The nature of this induced magnetic field is similar to the nature of the magnetic field around the current-carrying conductor.

What is an electromagnet?

when an iron piece is kept inside the solenoid then this iron piece is called chord and it behaves like a permanent magnet and hence it is called an electromagnet. when Supplying electric current is switched off then induced magnetism is lost hence electromagnet is not a stable or permanent magnet.

Uses of electromagnet

  • Since induced magnetism in the electromagnet is a function of electric current hence it can be increased as much as we want. Due to this electromagnet is used to lift heavy metal or body in a crane machine.
  • it used in electric bell
  • it is used in microphone
  • it is used in loudspeaker

Force On a Current-Carrying Conductor Placed in a Magnetic Field

When a current-carrying conductor is kept in a magnetic field then this current-carrying conductor experience a force. this force is called Lorenz's force.it was the first time discovered by the Oersted experiment.

Since Force is a vector quantity then it is necessary to find out its's direction. The direction of this experienced forced is found by using Fleming's Left Hand Rule. This Principle is used to make an electric motor.

Electric Motor

it is an electrical machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy.

Construction of Electric Motor

There are two main parts of the electric motor. One is Rotating Part and the other is Static Part. The static part of the motor consists of a permanent magnet to produce a magnetic field and Coils are mounted on the rotor and the endpoint of the coil is connected to external power supply by using a Carbon brush. As shown below in the figure.

electric motor

Working of Electric Motor

When external current is given to the rotor by carbon brush then coil on the rotor experienced a force and try to put in a region where there is no magnetic field but the construction of the rotor is done in such a way that rotor always experiences a force and hence rotate continuously.

Electromagnetic Induction

As we have seen that there is a relation between electric current and magnetic field. From Oersted Experiment we have seen that electric current can produce a magnetic field then it is also possible that the magnetic field can also produce an electric current.

The induction of electric current by the magnetic field is known as electromagnetic induction. This Principle was first time discovered by Bristish Scientist Miachel Farady. According to Electromagnetic Induction
When there is a relative motion between conductor and magnetic field then an emf is induced across the terminal of the conductor and when a load is connected across the conductor then there is current start to flow in the conductor.
The direction of the induced Electric Current is Calculated by using Fleming's Right-Hand Rule.  Using this Principle Electric Generator is Constructed.

Electric Generator

Electric Generator is an electrical Machine that Converts Mechanical Energy into Electrical Energy. The conversion of mechanical energy into electrical energy takes place as a function of the magnetic field. Without magnetic field involvement, it is not possible to produce electricity.

Construction of Electric Generator

The construction of an electric generator is similar to the Construction of electric motor, but the difference is only power flow. Same as that of the electric motor there are two main parts of the electric generator.

One is the static part and the other is Rotating part but here rotating part is called Armature. A strong magnet is kept in the stator of the motor which produce magnetic field in the stator.

A coil of many turns is mounted on the rotor and the endpoint of each coil is connected on the rotor shaft on a circular ring and carbon brush is connected on this ring to collect induced current.

Working of Electric Generator

simple electric generator

When the armature is rotated by an external mover then the induced magnetic fields line is cut by armature conductor and due to electromagnetic induction an EMF is induced in the armature conductor and when these conductor's terminals are connected to external load than a current start to flow in the conductor. As shown in the given figure above.


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