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The Magnetic Field
This webpage is part of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) "Windows to the Universe" program. It describes the nature and configuration of magnetic fields, which are the result of moving electric charges, including how they cause magnetic objects to orient themselves along the direction of the magnetic force points, which are illustrated as lines. Magnetic field lines by convention point outwards at the north magnetic pole and inward at the south magnetic pole. The site features text, scientific illustrations and an animation. Text and vocabulary are selectable for the beginning, intermediate, or advanced reader.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1995-1999, 2000 the Regents of the University of Michigan. Copyright 2000-2004 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-2547
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Windows to the Universe team