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Virtual Lab: The Inner Workings of CD/DVD Drives
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To do this, the lens is built into a square holder suspended by four wire springs.

Then, around the edge of the holder, wire is wrapped to form an electromagnet. As electrical current is fed to this electromagnet, it will be pulled upward toward the iron "pole pieces" to its’ left and right.

The trick is to figure out when we need the lens to move up and down - and how much it should move!
 
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