Iron Filings

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Iron filings are a classic and fun way to show magnetic fields. The new and inexpensive magnetic viewing film (you can get it from ForceField) is a great way to see the same thing without the time and mess.

Here I have made a 9x8 grid of 1/8" magnets. The poles alternate between N and S to form the grid.

From left to right I add more filings to the mix to slowly fill out the shape of the magnetic field lines.

The finished product in closeups.

A set of nine ring shaped magnets.

A very powerfull rectangular NiB magnet from a hard drive.

To get field lines on this one I would have to cover an entire sheet of paper (or more) due to the field line density anywhere near this thing.

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