2.2 Magnets

The student will investigate and understand that natural and artificial magnets have certain characteristics and attract specific types of metals. Key concepts include a) magnetism, iron, magnetic/nonmagnetic, poles, attract/repel; and b) important applications of magnetism.

Magnets Study Guide

Important Facts:

  • magnets have two poles, a north pole and a south pole
    • the north pole of one magnet and the south pole of another magnet will attract
    • the south poles of two magnets and the north poles of two magnets will repel
  • magnets are attracted to the metals iron, nickel, and cobalt
  • magnets are used in everyday products like:
    • refrigerator magnets
    • toys
    • door latches
    • paperclip holders
    • computers
    • motors
    • credit cards
  • some magnets are natural and some are man-made.
    • natural magnets are called lodestone or magnetite¬†
    • man made magnets are called artificial magnets

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