Vernier Software and Technology
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Making Magnets


Have you ever wondered how a magnet is made? In this activity, you will turn an ordinary nail into a temporary magnet. You will then use the Magnetic Field Sensor to compare the temporary magnet that you made with the permanent magnet you used to make it. After you are done, you will use the temporary magnet to pick up a paper clip.


In this activity, you will

  • Make observations about the magnetic fields of objects.
  • Use a permanent magnet to make a temporary magnet.
  • Use a Magnetic Field Sensor to measure the magnetic field of magnets.
  • Look for relationships between the permanent magnet and temporary 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?

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Experiment 38 from Elementary Science with Vernier Lab Book

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