Day 3: Mapping a Dipole Magnetic Field
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Today we will use the magnetometer to make a map of a bar magnet's effect on the space around it. We will work in groups of two to collect observations and analyze the observations. We will discuss our work as a class.

Materials:

Activity 1

Goal:
Obtain a good quality representation of the spatial region affected by the bar or dipole magnet.

Data Collection Procedure:

Data Analysis Questions to be Done by Small Group

Break for Class Discussion

Activity 2

Purpose:
Obtain representation of ambient or background magnetic effects at location of Activity 1.

Data Collection Procedure:

Data Analysis Questions to be Done by Small Group

Break for Further Discussion

Suggested Homework:
Read about the interaction between the solar wind and the earth's magnetic field.



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Last Updated: 8/24/2000