Physical Science Students Create Faraday Trains

Physical Science Students Create Faraday Trains
Posted on 02/01/2018
Physical Science Students Create Faraday Trains

Taking the concept of electromagnetism, physical science students worked together to create Faraday Trains.  During the lab, each group designed their own investigations, pondering what factors would affect the train itself, and then created their Faraday Trains out of copper wire, batteries and magnets.  

Each group selected two variables from a list of seven, and Anna Jacobsen and Calista Hanna selected the type of battery and the number of magnets for their two variables.  When asked if the train worked, Calista said, “We haven’t tried it yet because we are doing our procedure first.  We have to write a lab for it.”  In the end, the two were focused on how the type of battery affected the speed of the train moving through the coil. 

Landon Seymour and Aaron Tapia were unique to the rest of the class, using PVC tube and copper tape as their variables.  “We are not using a wire.  We are using copper tape, and we aren’t making a coil either.  We are putting the copper tape on the inside of a PVC tube.

Nearing the end of class, students began putting their work to the test with hopes of seeing a variety of different speeds of the trains with the changes in variables.  

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