Dancing Magnets - Ferrofluids Lab

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1. SHINE: Seattle's Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education

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This lab consists of activities designed to teach students about ferrofluids and how nanotechnology can be used to modify the properties of magnetic materials.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Synthesize a ferrofluid.

  • Investigate the properties of a material that acts differently when it is nanometer sized to create a model to explain the forces between objects.

Lab Contents:

  • Dancing Magnets - Ferrofluid Lab Activity, including:
    • Pre-Lab and Safety/Hazards Assignment
    • Background Information
    • References
    • Student Report Sheet
  • Dancing Magnets - Ferrofluid Lab Instructor Guide, including:
    • Alignment to Next Generation Science Standards
    • Instructor Procedures for Pre-Lab preparation
    • Sample Calculations and Instructor Notes
  • SDS: Safety Data Sheets for the Dancing Magnets - Ferrofluids Lab

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1204279. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • SHINE Project, SHINE Project (2016), "Dancing Magnets - Ferrofluids Lab," https://nanohub.org/resources/25485.

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Kristine Schroeder

SHINE: Seattle's Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education