Naturally magnetic lodestones were found in an area of Greece called Magnesia and by the 1100s, lodestones were used for navigation. In 1269, Petus de Maricourt discovered that magnets have two poles. More » Science Physics Magnetism

A compass uses a magnet that points north according to the Earth's natural magnetic field. In many compasses, the indicator is a magnetic needle mounted on a spindle that allows it to swing freely, while in others there ... More » Science Earth Science Geology

Curriculums may vary from school to school, but a typical second-grade science curriculum includes units on scientific inquiry, earth science, weather and magnets. Second-grade science students are taught to recognize pa... More » Education K-12 K-12 Curriculum
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