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Introduction to Electromagnetism—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP6271 

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The Introduction to Electromagnetism Kit is a powerful series of lab activities to help your students learn the basics of electromagnetism by exploring magnetic fields, electric currents, electromagnets and solenoids.

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A powerful series of lab activities to help your students learn the basics of electromagnetism.
• First, students will explore magnetic fields created by electric currents traveling through wires.
• Then students build an electromagnet and experiment with its magnetic power.
• Finally, students study Faraday’s law as they construct a solenoid to generate electric current as a magnet drops through it. The electric current produced will be detected by a simple galvanometer that the students assemble with magnet wire and a compass.

Students will see firsthand how varying magnet movements affect the strength of the generated electric current. Includes detailed Teacher Notes and reproducible student handouts with detailed laboratory instructions and background information.

Complete for eight student groups. 9-V batteries are required for each lab group and available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Bottles, jar, capped, 60 mL, 8
Compasses, magnetic, small, 8
Connector cords with alligator clips, 16
Cups, polystyrene, 8 oz, 8
Index cards, single-ruled, 3" x 5", 8
Iron nails, 8
Magnet wire
Neodymium magnets, 1/2" x 3/8", 8
Paper clips, box of 100
Sandpaper sheet, 9" x 11"
Soda bottle preforms, 8

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-PS3.C: Relationship between Energy and Forces
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Stability and change
Energy and matter
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

HS-PS3-3. Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.
HS-PS3-5. Develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.
HS-PS2-5. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that an electric current can produce a magnetic field and that a changing magnetic field can produce an electric current.
MS-PS2-5. Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact
MS-PS2-3. Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces