In this lab students will be able to apply their knowledge of electromagnetism to make an electromagnet of their own. Like all my labs, this packet includes background reading to keep learning student centered, pre-lab questions, procedure, results section, space for graphing and an entire rough draft lab report with sentence stems.
This lab is designed for an introductory physics class, where students are learning about electromagnets, but not calculating the strength of the magnetic field. Here, students use their knowledge of circuits to create an electrical field around a nail, turning it into a magnet. Students will practice changing the strength of the electrical field to assess how that impacts the magnetic field of the nail.
My students always enjoy this lab and it definitely solidifies electromagnetism in their brains, which is an abstract, and sometimes hard to grasp concept, despite its practical uses.