Learning about magnets is great fun. Magnets are used every day all over the world. Did you know most refrigerator magnets use ceramic magnets to keep them attached to the refrigerator? Use our fun magnet facts to start learning how magnets work.
Magnets have invisible
which attract and stick onto steel items.
One end of a 'bar' magnet is a
and the opposite end is a
If you attach a bar magnet to a piece
of wood and float it in a bowl of water, it will
slowly turn and the magnet's
North Pole will point towards the
Earth's North Pole.
A compass has a tiny bar magnet
in it and it works in the same way, so that
explorers can find their way.
If you put a bar magnet under a sheet of paper
and sprinkle iron powder lightly over the top,
you will suddenly see the invisible magnetic
field as the particles stick to it.
The North Pole of one magnet will
repeland push away the
North Pole of another magnet.
The South Pole of one magnet will
repel and push away
the South Pole of another magnet.
The North Pole of one magnet
will attract and stick to the
South Pole of another magnet.
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