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Iron Filings in Oil
# 5H10.31


Description: Iron filings suspended in oil react to a magnet when put in the center of the container. The filings generally show the magnetic field lines.

Parts: Container with oil and filings. "Cow magnet".

Purchased/Built: purchased

Quant. in Demo Room: 1

Demo References
Sutton E-90 Soft iron bars extend the poles of a permanent magnet into a projection cell with iron filings in a equal mixture of glycerin and alcohol.
The American Journal of Physics AJP 38(6),777 A sandwich of iron filings in glycerine between two glass plates.
The American Journal of Physics AJP 36(11),1015 A suspension of carbonyl nickel powder in silicon oil is used as an indicator of magnetic field.

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