Magnets are usually made of iron.


Magnetism is one of the topics covered in KS2 Science and this quiz is all about magnets. It looks at several characteristics of magnetism, such as magnetic fields, magnetic materials, poles, attraction and repulsion.

Magnets and lodestones both have magnetic fields. Who doesn't love playing with magnets? Magnets are fascinating and useful too. We can use them to make toys or to hold notes to surfaces. Magnets are also used in many scientific machines. Did you know that, because of its magnetic field, the Earth itself is a huge magnet? This magnetic field causes interesting phenomena, such as the Northern and Southern lights.

Do you know which materials are attracted to magnets? Or how we can use magnets to help sort out materials for recycling? Test your knowledge of magnets, magnetism and magnetic fields by trying this quiz.

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  1. The South pole of a magnet will repel what?
    The North pole of one magnet will repel the North pole of another magnet
  2. How are magnets useful for separating materials for recycling?
    Magnets attract some metals like iron and steel, but not others like aluminium
  3. The North pole of a magnet will be attracted to what?
    The South pole of one magnet will be attracted to the North pole of another magnet
  4. When a magnet exerts a pulling force on a material, it 'attracts' the material. What do magnets do when they exert a pushing force on a material??
    The pushing and pulling forces exerted by magnets are called 'attraction' and 'repulsion'
  5. The South pole of a magnet dangling at the end of a string would point in which direction?
    The South pole of the magnet would point at the South Pole of the Earth and the North pole of the magnet would point towards the North Pole of the Earth
  6. If you stroke a piece of iron repeatedly (and in the same direction) with a magnet, you can create what?
    You can try this with a pin or needle - stick your temporary magnet in a piece of cork, place it in a bowl of water and watch it point North!
  7. Electromagnets are temporary magnets. How do we get them to work?
    Electromagnets are very powerful temporary magnets - they are created by allowing electricity to flow through wire coiled around iron or steel
  8. How might temporary magnets lose their magnetism?
    Temporary magnets also lose their magnetism over time
  9. Magnets are usually made of which metal?
    Lodestone, a form of iron, is a naturally magnetic material - and, although you may have plastic magnets on your fridge, this is not the right answer for two reasons: first, plastic is not a metal, and second, it is the magnetised piece of metal included in a plastic 'magnet' that makes it magnetic
  10. Which one of the following does not depend on magnets in order to work?
    Did you know that magnets are used to slow roller coasters down and that magnetic repulsion is sometimes used to make roller coasters speed up?

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