Forces: Magnetism

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Magnets are pieces of metal that attract iron


Different types of magnet

Bar magnet

Horseshoe magnet

Button magnet


Every magnet has two poles

N= North seeking pole

S= South seeking pole



The poles of a magnet is where the magnetic force is the strongest.

Iron filings sticking to the
poles of a horseshoe magnet


A magnet has lines of magnetic force around it

When we sprinkle iron filings on to a piece of paper laid over the magnet we can see the magnetic field lines


For a demonstration click here


Rules about magnetic poles

Poles that are different (unlike poles) attract each other

Poles that are the same (like poles) repel (push) apart






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