What force occurs as an attraction or repulsion between magnets?
Magnetic force is a type of force created by magnets. Magnets attract certain materials, like iron or steel. Magnetic force is invisible and can act over long distances.
magnetism: The property of a material that is caused by the motion of electric charges and causes objects to stick together or be attracted. magnet: An object made of certain materials that produces a magnetic field. magnetic field: An area of space around a magnet or electric current where a magnetic force is exerted.
What do you think is the most interesting thing about magnetic force?
- It can be used to make electricity
- It can make two objects stick together without glue
- It can move objects without touching them
- It can make metal objects act like magnets
The Earth's core has a magnet inside it that creates the Earth's own magnetic field. A compass needle points North because it's attracted to the Earth's magnetic field.
Draw / write: What are some everyday examples of magnetic force?
What did you learn about magnetic force today?
What questions do you still have about magnetic force?