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consultant: Eric Palm
written by Kristen Coyne
This resource is an introductory tutorial on magnets, appropriate for users with little or no background in physics. A variety of magnetic objects are discussed, including permanent and temporary magnets, electromagnets, pulsed magnets, and superconducting magnets. Users will be introduced to naturally-occurring magnets and temporary magnets that are switched on with electrical current. The tutorial also explores the 45 Tesla Hybrid Magnet, which produces the most powerful sustained field in the world.

This resource is part of the Magnet Academy provided by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Induction
- Magnetic Fields and Forces
= Force on Wires
= Forces on Magnets
= Magnetic Fields
- Magnetic Materials
= Magnets
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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© 2007 National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
EM simulation, Maglev train, Tesla hybrid, electromagnetism simulation, hybrid magnet, interactive tutorial, levitating trains, lodestone, magnetism, magnetism simulation, pulsed field, solenoid, superconductivity, tutorial
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April 30, 2008

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)


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.
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K. Coyne, (2007), WWW Document, (https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/learn-the-basics/stories/magnets-from-mini-to-mighty).
K. Coyne, Magnet Academy: Magnets from Mini to Mighty (2007), <https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/learn-the-basics/stories/magnets-from-mini-to-mighty>.
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Coyne, K. (2008, April 30). Magnet Academy: Magnets from Mini to Mighty. Retrieved June 24, 2024, from https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/learn-the-basics/stories/magnets-from-mini-to-mighty
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Coyne, Kristen. Magnet Academy: Magnets from Mini to Mighty. April 30, 2008. https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/learn-the-basics/stories/magnets-from-mini-to-mighty (accessed 24 June 2024).
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Coyne, Kristen. Magnet Academy: Magnets from Mini to Mighty. 2007. 30 Apr. 2008. National Science Foundation. 24 June 2024 <https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/learn-the-basics/stories/magnets-from-mini-to-mighty>.
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