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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
 n. The ratio of the electromotive force produced in a circuit by selfinduction to the rate of change of current producing it, expressed in henries. Also called coefficient of selfinduction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
 n. Inductance due to interlinkage of an electric circuit with the lines of force of a current flowing in the same circuit: distinguished from mutual inductance, where the interlinkage is with lines of a current in a second circuit. See inductance.
 n. The numerical value of selfinduction; the coefficient of selfinduction. See inductance and unit of inductance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
 n. the ratio of the electromotive force produced in a circuit by selfinduction to the rate of change of current producing it, expressed in henries
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The correlation between mutual inductance and selfinductance results from the equations (5.13) and (5.15.) with L = N2/Rm we have M2 = k2L1L2

The latter equation indicates that, in a currentcarrying coil, an electromotive force is induced by the magnetic flux associated with the current in the coil; the magnitude of the electromotive force is proportional to the rate of current change DI/Dt. The proportionality factor is called inductance L (more precisely selfinductance).

Laws of induction, selfinductance, mutual inductance.

Henry observed a large spark that was generated when the circuit was broken, and he deduced the property known as selfinductance.

The result is that today Faraday is recognized as the discoverer of mutual inductance while Henry is credited with the discovery of selfinductance
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