Magnets 1

In this worksheet, students will answer questions about magnetic materials and the forces they produce.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Forces and Magnets

Curriculum subtopic:   Materials: Magnetic or Not?

Difficulty level:

QUESTION 1 of 10

Magnets come in different shapes and sizes.

 HORSESHOE MAGNET BAR MAGNET

Magnets produce forces. A magnet can pull (attract) another magnet, or push (repel) another magnet.

IRON is a magnetic material which can be picked up by a magnet. Other magnetic materials contain mostly IRON.

Let's explore magnets...

The PULLING FORCE of a magnet is called...

friction

attraction

subtraction

When magnets PUSH away from each other, we say they...

repel

reverse

The opposite ends of a magnet are...

far apart

close together

the poles

Magnets repel when the poles are...

close together

the same

opposite

Magnets attract when the poles are...

colourful

the same

opposite

Which one of these objects can be picked up by a magnet?

iron nail

paper bag

plastic ruler

Which of these objects will be attracted to a magnet?

steel paper clip

crisp packet

silver ring

We can buy magnetic letters and objects which stick to the fridge door. Which material must they contain?

plastic

wood

iron

Which material is the fridge door made of?

steel

aluminium

plastic

Steel is used to make all kinds of kitchen appliances.

Which THREE of these will the fridge magnet also stick to?

oven door

tumble dryer

work top

chopping board

washing machine

• Question 1

The PULLING FORCE of a magnet is called...

attraction
EDDIE SAYS
Yes, magnets ATTRACT magnetic objects to them. As you'll see, only two magnets can repel each other. Also, only certain materials are attracted by a magnet.
• Question 2

When magnets PUSH away from each other, we say they...

repel
EDDIE SAYS
REPEL is a bit of a funny word: the captain of a ship that was about to be boarded by pirates might shout, "REPEL BOARDERS", which means to push them back where they came from. Two magnets can 'push each other away', which is what repulsion is.
• Question 3

The opposite ends of a magnet are...

the poles
EDDIE SAYS
Magnets have two poles, a NORTH pole and a SOUTH pole.
• Question 4

Magnets repel when the poles are...

the same
EDDIE SAYS
When the poles are the same, both North, or both South, the magnets repel, or push against each other.
• Question 5

Magnets attract when the poles are...

opposite
EDDIE SAYS
North poles are attracted to (pulled towards) South poles! So, that's N attracts S and then S attracts N. Got that?
• Question 6

Which one of these objects can be picked up by a magnet?

iron nail
EDDIE SAYS
Iron is a magnetic material, plastic and paper are not. That means the nail is attracted to the magnet, but the other two are not.
• Question 7

Which of these objects will be attracted to a magnet?

steel paper clip
EDDIE SAYS
Steel is a material which contains IRON, which is magnetic, making steel a magnetic material too. Silver is a metal which is not made of iron.
• Question 8

We can buy magnetic letters and objects which stick to the fridge door. Which material must they contain?

iron
EDDIE SAYS
Although fridge magnets are made using all kinds of materials, their magnetic parts must contain IRON.
• Question 9

Which material is the fridge door made of?

steel
EDDIE SAYS
Steel is magnetic because it is a metal containing IRON. You can tell that that must be the answer because the magnetic letters stick to the door; so the fridge door must be made of a magnetic material. Make sense?
• Question 10

Steel is used to make all kinds of kitchen appliances.

Which THREE of these will the fridge magnet also stick to?

oven door
tumble dryer
washing machine
EDDIE SAYS
'Washing machine magnet' just doesn't sound right! You could investigate this yourself using a fridge magnet, can you find other objects made from magnetic material?
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