Cool Experiments with Magnets

This web site is devoted to magnetism and the cool experiments you can do with permanent magnets and electro-magnets.  Some of the experiments are very basic - things you've done since third grade.  Others are unique - perhaps you hadn't thought of doing some of these before, or had difficulty in trying to set them up.  Lists of the materials needed for the demonstrations, directions on how to assemble them, instructions on how to show them, and notes on how they work are all here for you.  Also shown are several cool magnetic toys you can buy.  Of course, there are also links to useful sites, articles, videos, animations, sources and books on magnets.  The list below is an index into this site to help you quickly find what you are looking for.  In addition, there is a site-search at the beginning and end of this index for detailed searches of this site.

Have fun with hands-on experiments! 

Rick Hoadley
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Last updated:  5 June 2020.  More to come!   Here's what's new.
Wherever you see , that means that at the underlined link there is some kind of experiment you can buy or build which will help you learn about the world of magnetism.

Magnet basics

Experiments with magnets and our surroundings

Experiments with magnets interacting with other magnets

Experiments with magnets and conductors

Experiments with electromagnets

Experiments with magnetic levitation

Experiments with motors

Experiments with electronics

Where to obtain the supplies and equipment

Good articles, books and videos on magnets

Links to other sites on magnets

Live demonstrations

Copy of the above exhibits

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