Magnetic and Non - Magnetic Substance

Fun With Magnets of Class 6

Magnetic and Non – magnetic substance:

Magnetic Substance: Substance which is influence by a magnet is called as magnetic substance. Ex: Nickel, iron, cobalt, etc.

Non-Magnetic Substance: Substance which are not influenced by a magnet are called as magnetic substance.  Ex. Plastic, Aluminum, wood, copper, etc.

Differences between Magnet and Magnetic Substance

differences between magnet and magnetic substance

Magnetic field:

It is the region around a magnet in which other magnets or magnetic materials experience a force.

Magnetic field lines:

Now, if your place a north pole nears the north pole of magnet it is repelled whereas if you place the North Pole near the south pole of magnet it is attracted. i.e. it seems to be directed from north pole to south pole of the magnet along a particular path. This path is represented by an imaginary line which is called as the magnetic field lines or the line of force

Magnetic field lines of a bar magnet:

Let us take a plain white paper and spread some amount of iron filling over it randomly.

magnetic field lines of a bar magnet

Now, let us place a bar magnet over the plain white paper. As we place the bar magnet we observe that the randomly spread iron filling gets oriented in a proper pattern around the bar magnet as shown.

It you carefully observe the orientation of iron filling then it can be noticed that they have aligned themselves along a curve line joining the north pole and south pole. This line is nothing but the magnetic field lines. 

Properties of Magnetic field lines:

1.Magnetic field lines are directed from North Pole to South Pole outside the magnet (as seen from previous demonstration). 

magnetic field lines

2. Magnetic field lines are continuous and always form closed loop. Magnetic field lines are directed from South Pole to North Pole inside the magnet. (By combining the above two properties).

3.The tangent at any point on field line given the direct of magnetic field at that point.

tangent at any point

4.Magnetic field lines never intersect each other because they repel each other.

magnetic field lines

The situation shown in figure is not possible because at point P two tangents drawn one to curve C and curve D which gives two direction of magnetic field at a point which is absurd.

5.The closeness among the magnetic field lines means high intensity of magnetic files and the tarness represents low intensity of magnetic field.

Hence, for a bar magnet in previous analysis we can say that intensity of magnetic field is high at poles and less in the middle region of magnet.

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