Exploding Soda Cans with Electromagnets in Slow Motion

Open your class with a bang! An episode from a physics playlist explains the steps in creating an electromagnet. The higher the voltage, the stronger the magnet—strong enough to rip a can in half.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Flip your classroom by assigning the video as homework; use class time for discussion
  • Recreate the experiment on a smaller scale in your classroom
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Internet access to view the YouTube video if assigning for independent viewing
Pros

  • Interesting presentation that holds viewers' attention
  • Provides the option for closed captioning to assist ELLs with language
Cons

  • None