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Ferrofluid Demonstration


This demonstration is a product of Nanodays and NISE Network ( Included in your demonstration kit is a guide with directions and information on how nanotechnology is involved.




In this demonstration you have a vial of black sand, a vial of black sand and ferrofluid, and a magnet.


Hold the magnet next to the vial of black sand. How does the sand react?


Now try the same thing with the vial of ferrofluid. Use the magnet to drag the sand up the side of the vial.


Does the ferrofluid act the same way the black sand does?


Try removing the magnet. What happens?

What's going on? Check the guide here.


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This demonstration meets the following California Science Standards:

Physical Science

K–4: Properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted

5–8: Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world

5–8: Structure and properties of matter

9–12: Atomic and molecular structure

Investigation and Experimentation

K–4: Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions

5–8: Classifying objects

5–8: Ability to conduct scientific inquiry

9–12: Formulate explanations by using logic and evidence

Technical and educational staff services are possible through the generosity of the National Science Foundation through support via the NNIN.