Finding materials attracted by magnets in Playing With Magnets – Class 6 Science Experiment

Chapter Name: Playing With Magnets

Activity Name: Finding materials attracted by magnets in Playing With Magnets

Activity Description:

In this experiment, we will test various objects to determine if they are attracted to a magnet or not.

Required Items:

  • Bar magnet
  • Nail
  • Jump-clip
  • Plastic scale
  • Piece of glass
  • Key
  • Paper
  • Iron bolt
  • Pen
  • Blade
  • Pencil
  • Knife
  • Stainless steel spoon
  • Piece of chalk
  • Wood

Step by Step Procedure:

  1. Take the bar magnet and gather all the objects listed.
  2. Touch the magnet to each object one by one.
  3. Observe and record your observations in a table, noting the name of the object, the materials it is made of (Iron/Plastic/Aluminium/Wood/Glass/Others), and whether it is attracted to the magnet (Yes/No).
  4. Repeat this process for all the objects.

Experiment Observations:

Name of the objectMaterials of which the object is madeAttracted by Magnet (Yes/No)
NailIronYes
Jump-clipMetalYes
Plastic scalePlasticNo
Piece of glassGlassNo
KeyMetalYes
PaperWood/PaperNo
Iron boltIronYes
PenPlastic/MetalNo
BladeMetalYes
PencilWoodNo
KnifeMetalYes
Stainless steel spoonMetalYes
Piece of chalkCalcium carbonateNo
WoodWoodNo

Precautions:

  • Handle the magnet with care as it can be strong and may attract nearby metal objects.
  • Ensure that the objects being tested are clean and free from any magnetic substances or debris.

Lesson Learnt from Experiment:

  • Materials that are attracted to the magnet (such as iron, metal, and stainless steel) are called magnetic materials.
  • Materials that are not attracted to the magnet (such as plastic, wood, glass, and paper) are called non-magnetic materials.
  • Some examples of magnetic materials include iron nails, jump-clips, keys, iron bolts, blades, knives, and stainless steel spoons.
  • Some examples of non-magnetic materials include plastic scales, glass, paper, pens, pencils, wooden objects, and pieces of chalk.
  • The property of magnets attracting certain materials can be utilized for separating mixtures based on magnetic properties.

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