Oxygen is Magnetic?!

Oxygen has many important properties ... such as sustaining most living things. But magnetism? Discover the behavior of oxygen in its chilly liquid form using a video from a larger playlist on physics. Watch as liquid oxygen is poured on charged electromagnets and becomes suspended between them.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Liven up a lesson on magnetism with the video demonstration
  • Pause the video before it reveals the reason for oxygen's magnetism to discuss the phenomenon with the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Make sure learners understand basic magnetism principles before watching the video
Pros

  • The comparison of liquid oxygen with liquid nitrogen in terms of magnetic properties is well-written
  • Close-ups of the liquid interacting with the magnets are very engaging
Cons

  • None
Common Core