D’Arsonval Galvanometer

University College

Accession Number: 2009.uc.20

Instrument Name: D’Arsonval Galvanometer


Three horseshoe magnets with mirror supported on top of box between poles; suspended needle/mirror unit visible through flat glass plate on front of box; marked “The Chicago Laboratory Supply and Scale Co.” on front of box; tripod legs with leveling screws and 2 terminals on front legs.

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Primary Materials: Metal

Markings: Old Inventory Number = uc20.

Dimensions (cm):

Height = 28 cm, Width = 14 cm, Length = 14 cm


The most common instrument for measuring electrical currents. This particular galvanometer “possesses the distinct advantage of being practically independent of the earth’s magnetic field and of magnetic disturbances of all kinds.” D.C. Miller (1903) Laboratory Physics: A student’s Manual for College and Scientific Schools. Boston: Ginn & Co., publishers. p. 287.


Associated Instruments:


The Chicago Laboratory Supply and Scale Co.

Date of Manufacture: c. 1890


Donated to UTSIC: No

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