Mega Magnets!

By: Shaun Terrell

What are magnets?

Magnets are a piece of iron (or an alloy or other material) that has its component atoms ordered so that the material exhibits properties of magnetism, such as attracting other iron-containing objects or aligning itself in an external magnetic field.

Horse Shoe Magnet

There are many different sizes and shapes of magnets. For example, this image is a horseshoe magnet.

What is magnetism?

Magnetism is a physical phenomenon made by the motion of electric charge, resulting in attractive and repelling forces between objects.

Magnetic field

This image is a visual of iron shavings showing a magnetic field.

What is an electromagnet?

An electromagnet is a soft metal made into a magnet by the passage of an electric current through a coil surrounding it.


Electromagnet picking up metal trash. It can turn on and off turning thr

What are superconductors?

A superconductor is a substance that can conduct electricity or move electrons from one atom to another with no resistance. This means there is no heat, sound, or any other form of energy would be released from the substance.

What are permanent magnets?

A permanent magnet is a magnet that retains its magnetic properties in the absence of another magnetic field or current.

What are temporary magnets?

Temporary magnets are magnets which act like permanent magnets when they are within a strong magnetic field, but lose their magnetism outside the magnetic field. Examples would be paper clips, nails, and other soft iron items.

Who discovered magnets?

Some say that Magnes,a shepherd, discovered them discovered magnets when his shoe nails stuck to a rock containing magnetite. Others say that the Greeks discovered natural magnets.


This is Magnes.


Greek alphapet