Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 25 - Reading Check Questions (Comprehension): 6

Answer

Both devices involve spinning coils of wire within a magnetic field. The fundamental difference is in the purpose of the spinning. A motor converts input electrical current and energy into spinning mechanical energy. A generator does the reverse.

Work Step by Step

In principle, motors could be used as generators, and vice versa. This is discussed on page 473.
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