Magnetism and electromagnetism

Students often come from KS3 and 4 with an understanding of the properties of magnets and a basic knowledge of rules such as like poles repelling that can be built on in this section. This topic has plenty of associated practical work and this selection tries to include some more novel approaches and materials, such as ferrofluids and supermagnets to make it more interesting for students and applied to areas in science and medicine like MRI scanning and electromagnets in industry.

Whilst this list provides a source of information and ideas for experimental work, it is important to note that recommendations can date very quickly. Do NOT follow suggestions which conflict with current advice from CLEAPSS, SSERC or recent safety guides. eLibrary users are responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is consistent with current regulations related to Health and Safety and that they carry an appropriate risk assessment. Further information is provided in our Health and Safety guidance.