the Physics Education Technology Project
In this interactive simulation, users explore the interactions between a compass and a bar magnet and investigate characteristics of electromagnets. This resource was developed to help students build a foundation to understand electromagnetism and factors affecting magnetic field strength. It is appropriate for use in middle school and high school, and could also be adapted for use in college physics preparatory courses.
This resource is part of the PhET project (Physics Education Technology) a growing collection of simulations and curriculum support for teachers and learners of physics, biology, chemistry, and earth science.
See Related Items for a link to a standards-based lesson plan and elicitation questions developed specifically to accompany the "Magnets and Electromagnets" simulation.
Please note that this resource requires
at least version 1.5 of
bar magnet, compass, electromagnet, electromagnet simulation, generator, magnetic field
Metadata instance created
December 2, 2010
by Caroline Hall
January 4, 2011
by Lyle Barbato
Last Update when Cataloged:
September 1, 2010
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
4G. Forces of Nature
6-8: 4G/M3. Electric currents and magnets can exert a force on each other.
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (1993 Version)
4. THE PHYSICAL SETTING
G. Forces of Nature
4G (9-12) #5. Magnetic forces are very closely related to electric forces and can be thought of as different aspects of a single electromagnetic force. Moving electric charges produce magnetic forces and moving magnets produce electric forces. The interplay of electric and magnetic forces is the basis for electric motors, generators, and many other modern technologies, including the production of electromagnetic waves.
PhET Simulation: Magnets and Electromagnets. (2010, September 1). Retrieved October 21, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/magnets-and-electromagnets
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This is a link to an inquiry-based lesson developed by PhET gold-star winner Trish Loeblein specifically to accompany the simulation Magnets and Electromagnets. Includes clicker questions and Power Point presentation on magnets.