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I recently read that Faraday discovered that when a magnet is spun axially (as the earth spins) its magnetic field lines remain stationary relative to the axis. It is claimed that the discovery occured when Faraday glued a copper plate to one pole of a magnet (seperated by paper) and appon spinning the magnet/plate assembly detected the generation of electrical charge on the plate as would occur if the plate were spun in a stationary magnetic field. Faraday concluded that since the magnet was spinning in connection to the copper plate then the magnetic field itself was not spinning allong with it but was instead independantly stabil? This is making ME dizzy can you PLEASE do anything to confirm or explain this to a layman like me.
Re: magnetic fields don't rotate when the magnet does?
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