Making a Temporary Magnet

Problem: What type of objects can we make temporary magnets from?

You can make temporary magnets from any objects.
You can make temporary magnets only from objects made of steel or iron.


Bar magnet, Nail, BB’s

1. Put the nail on the magnet for the different amount of times below.
2. Record how many BB’s you were able to pick up.
3. Hit the nail on your desk and repeat steps 1 and 2.


Time on Magnet
30 seconds
1 minute
2 minute
3 minutes
4 minutes

What happened to the nail after you set it on the permanent magnet?

Did leaving the nail on the magnet longer change the strength of the temporary magnet? Explain.

List 4 other objects that could be turned into temporary magnets.

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