The following FAQ contains frequently asked questions and answers about the Shaking Up Some Energy project. If you are having trouble with the procedure, you may find assistance in the answers below.Q: My device blinks, but I cannot get it to stay lit. What do I do? A:
The "shaker" as described in the Experimental Procedure for this project will only light as the magnet passes through the coil. If continuous lighting is desired, then an option to add a diode and either a battery or an "ultracapacitor" is required. (You will find additional suggestions for extending or modifying this project in the "Variations" at the bottom of the Project Idea.)Q: My device blinks only a few times. What's wrong?A:
It's possible that you may be using weaker magnets that don't create enough current to power the LED every time it passes through the coil. Q: What are some other resources I can use to find more information about shaking magnet coil generators and LEDs?A:
The Project Idea page lists the original inspiration for the project, which can be found here: http://www.creative-science.org.uk/gensimple1.html
In addition, this site has instructions for a similar experiment: http://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/physics/demolab/Content/experiment.aspx?eid=15
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