Electricity & Magnetism

Black Sand

Magnetic lines of force can be seen and felt using a large magnet and several pounds of black sand (magnetite) or iron filings. The sand follows the magnetic lines of force and can be made to form images of the magnetic field. The sand, (without dirtying one's hands) provides a very pleasant and unusual tactile sensation because of its attraction to the magnet. Magnetic "castles of sand" can also be built.