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INTRODUCTION TO THE MYSTERY OF MAGNETISM

After reading this section you will be able to do the following:

  • Identify a number of common items that rely on magnetism to work.

Each time you turn on a light, listen to your stereo, fly in an airplane, or watch TV, you are depending on the principles of magnetism to work for you. Take a look at the pictures below. All of the items in these pictures have something to do with magnetism.

Hydroelectric Dam
Video Cassette Tape
Fan- Magnetic Particle Inspection Unit

Airplane Navigational Panel

Do you know how your life might be different without these? What do you think magnetism has to do with each of these things? Think about these questions as you explore these materials on magnetism. We will revisit this page later.