The purpose of this Magnetism Kit is to help students develop an understanding of the properties of a magnet and its uses in our daily life.
Through the guided inquiry and hands-on activities, students will discover that:
- Magnets are made from only iron and steel
- A magnet can attract only magnetic objects
- When suspended freely, a magnet hangs in the North-South direction
- A magnet has two poles — North and South.
- A magnet can exert a force – it can attract (pull) or repel (push)
- Like poles (N & N; S & S) repel; opposite poles (N & S; S & N) attract
- The strength of a piece of magnet is strongest at its two poles
- The magnetic force cannot pass through a piece of metal
- A temporary magnet could be made by stroking and using electricity
- Much of our daily equipment is based on magnetic force