5H20.10-Magnets on a pivot


Video: Instructor’s video

Description: This demonstration shows how a magnet on a pivot will turn in response to another magnet close by.


  • 2 Bar magnets
  • 2 Pivots
  • Electric Magnetizer

Setup Procedure:

  1. Using the electric magnetizer, magnetize two bar magnets.

Demonstration Procedure:

  1. Place one magnet on a pivot and bring the other one near it. Note that like poles repel and opposite poles attract.
  2. Place the other magnet on a pivot and bring them near each other. Note that they align themselves with opposite poles facing each other.