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Exploring the Poles

Experiment #2 from Investigating Magnetism

Education Level
Elementary School


Magnets have north and south poles. Do you think that the poles of differently shaped magnets are in different places? In this activity, you will use the Magnetic Field Sensor to find the poles of various magnets, make diagrams of them, and then see how the poles of one magnet make it behave with the poles of another magnet.


  • Make observations about the poles of differently shaped magnets.
  • Diagram the position of the poles of differently shaped magnets.
  • Draw conclusions about the poles of magnets.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following sensors and equipment. Additional equipment may be required.

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