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Electromagnets

Figure from experiment 39 from Elementary Science with Vernier

Introduction

Have you ever made a magnet with a nail, some wire, and a battery? This kind of magnet is called an electromagnet because it uses an electric current traveling through a wire to make the magnet. To make the electromagnet in this activity, a wire will be wrapped around the nail and then the wire will be connected to the ends of the battery.

Objectives

In this activity, you will

  • Make an electromagnet using a steel nail, wire and a D battery.
  • Measure the strength of the magnet as you wrap more wire around the nail.

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 39 from Elementary Science with Vernier Lab Book

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

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