Replica of Oersted's experimental apparatus

Description (Brief):

Replica of Oersted's 1820 experiment showing a current-carrying conductor will deflect a magnetic needle.

Description (Brief)

In 1820, Hans Christian Oersted of Denmark, found that there was a relationship between electricity and magnetism. He discovered that a wire carrying an electric current would exert a force upon a magnet. Oersted found that if a magnet needle were placed near a wire, an electrical current would make the needle turn at right angles to the wire.

Date Made: 1957

Associated User: unknownAssociated Person: Oersted, Hans Christian

Location: Currently not on view

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Model Shop, Smithsonian Institution

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.315045Catalog Number: 315045Accession Number: 215726

Object Name: Experimental Apparatuselectromagnetism demonstrationOther Terms: Experimental Apparatus; Electromagnetic Devices

Measurements: overall: 5 1/2 in x 8 in x 5 in; 13.97 cm x 20.32 cm x 12.7 cm


Record Id: nmah_705149

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