Magnet and Compass

Both magnetic poles on the earth move, but can you make the magnetic poles on a magnet move? The simulation compares the magnetic field of a bar magnet to the magnetic field of the earth. A compass measures the changes as scholars vary the strength and distance of the magnet as they manipulate the simulation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use a magnet and compass in class to show the interactions between them
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes prior knowledge of polarity
Pros

  • Includes a document that offers insights into student thinking, an overview of the controls, and ideas for differentiation
  • Provides links to seven lesson plans that use the simulation
  • Translates into more than 50 languages, making it great for international students
Cons

  • None