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This web site contains a set of curriculum materials for middle school and high school on the topic of magnetism. Topics include magnet basics, electromagnets, magnetic fields, superconductors, magnetic levitation, and applications of magnetic properties. It is organized sequentially, with a concept-building approach. Each unit is supported with videos and hands-on experiments, as well as links to background information.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The author includes detailed instructions for labs that use inexpensive, easily-obtained materials. These experiments are accompanied by photos and diagrams for the new teacher.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Induction
= Motors and Generators
- Magnetic Fields and Forces
- Magnetic Materials
- High School
- Middle School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Demonstration
= Problem/Problem Set
= Unit of Instruction
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- Activity
- Laboratory
- New teachers
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Rick Hoadley, 2009
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Metadata instance created April 1, 2010 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
January 23, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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when Cataloged:
August 22, 2008

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4D. The Structure of Matter
  • 6-8: 4D/M9. Materials vary in how they respond to electric currents, magnetic forces, and visible light or other electromagnetic waves.
4G. Forces of Nature
  • 3-5: 4G/E2. Without touching them, a magnet pulls on all things made of iron and either pushes or pulls on other magnets.
  • 6-8: 4G/M3. Electric currents and magnets can exert a force on each other.
  • 9-12: 4G/H5ab. Magnetic forces are very closely related to electric forces and are thought of as different aspects of a single electromagnetic force. Moving electrically charged objects produces magnetic forces and moving magnets produces electric forces.
  • 9-12: 4G/H5c. The interplay of electric and magnetic forces is the basis for many modern technologies, including electric motors, generators, and devices that produce or receive electromagnetic waves.
  • 9-12: 4G/H7. Electric currents in the earth's interior give the earth an extensive magnetic field, which we detect from the orientation of compass needles.
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R. Hoadley, (2005), WWW Document, (http://www.coolmagnetman.com/magindex.htm).
R. Hoadley, Magnet Man: Cool Experiments with Magnets, (2005), <http://www.coolmagnetman.com/magindex.htm>.
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Hoadley, R. (2008, August 22). Magnet Man: Cool Experiments with Magnets. Retrieved June 25, 2017, from http://www.coolmagnetman.com/magindex.htm
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Hoadley, Rick. Magnet Man: Cool Experiments with Magnets. August 22, 2008. http://www.coolmagnetman.com/magindex.htm (accessed 25 June 2017).
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Hoadley, Rick. Magnet Man: Cool Experiments with Magnets. 2005. 22 Aug. 2008. 25 June 2017 <http://www.coolmagnetman.com/magindex.htm>.
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