To find the presence of charge on a body in Some Natural Phenomena – Class 8 Science Experiment

Chapter Name: Some Natural Phenomena

Activity Name: To find the presence of charge on a body in Some Natural Phenomena

Activity Description:

To find the presence of charge on a body in Some Natural Phenomena - Class 8 Science Experiment

In this experiment, students will investigate and visualize the magnetic field around a bar magnet using iron filings. They will observe how the iron filings align in the magnetic field, providing a clear representation of its shape and direction.

Required Items:

  1. Bar magnet
  2. Sheet of paper or cardboard
  3. Iron filings
  4. Tray or container to hold the filings
  5. Optional: Magnets of different shapes and sizes for comparison

Step by Step Procedure:

  1. Place the sheet of paper or cardboard on a flat surface.
  2. Place the bar magnet in the center of the sheet.
  3. Take the tray or container filled with iron filings and gently sprinkle the filings around the magnet.
  4. Observe how the iron filings arrange themselves around the magnet. Note the patterns and direction of alignment.
  5. Carefully tap the paper to remove any excess filings that are not aligned.
  6. Try different shapes and sizes of magnets and compare their magnetic fields if using additional magnets.

Experiment Observations:

  • The iron filings align along the magnetic field lines.
  • The magnetic field lines form loops that extend from one pole of the magnet to the other.
  • The density of the iron filings is higher near the poles of the magnet.


  1. Handle the magnets with care to avoid any injury.
  2. Clean up the area after the experiment to prevent accidental ingestion of iron filings.

Lesson Learnt from Experiment:

Through this experiment, students learn that magnetic fields are not visible to the naked eye, but they can be observed and visualized using iron filings. They also understand that the magnetic field of a bar magnet extends from one pole to the other, forming continuous loops. This activity helps students grasp the concept of magnetic fields and their patterns around magnets.

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