Magnet and Iron Filings

Magnet and Iron Filings

A bar magnet is positioned beneath a piece of paper on an overhead projector. Iron filings sprinkled on the paper will show the magnetic field. The overhead projector displays the image.

PIRA Code(s): 
5H10.30
Set up time: 
3 minutes
Physics and Science Concepts: 
Magnetic Fields and Forces
Operation: 
Place the magnet under the piece of paper and on the overhead. Sprinkle iron filings over the magnet and the filings should align with the magnetic field.
Safety: 
An overhead can be obtained from demonstration 9A36.10.