5H40.30 - Jumping Wires - Magnet and Wire

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Jumping Wires - Magnet and Wire
Magnetic Fields Around Current Carrying Wires
Area of Study:
Electricity & Magnetism
12 V car battery, Key Switches, Large Horn Magnet, Long banana cords.

Take a wire from the positive pole of the 12 volt car battery to a key switch.  Another wire from the key switch to the negative terminal of the battery.  Run this wire through the poles of the horn magnet and hit the switch.  Depending on the direction of the current the wire will either jump into or out of the magnet.  The wooden block is just so that the wire sets up between the poles of the magnet better.

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