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Magnetic Field Explorations

Figure from experiment 27 from Physical Science with Vernier

Introduction

When playing with a magnet, you have probably found that objects were more strongly attracted when they were closer to the magnet. In this experiment, you will first use a computer-interfaced Magnetic Field Sensor to study magnetic field strength at various distances from a bar magnet. In the second part of the experiment, you will measure and map the magnetic field at one-centimeter intervals along the bar magnet.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Measure magnetic field strength.
  • Graph and analyze data.
  • Make conclusions about the relationship between magnetic field strength and distance.
  • Measure and graph magnetic field strength at points along a bar magnet.
  • Make conclusions about the magnetic field at various points on a bar magnet.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Standards Correlations

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Experiment 27 from Physical Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Physical Science with Vernier</em> book cover

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