Worksheet: Magnets and Force

In this worksheet, we will practice describing the effects of magnetic interactions between two objects that are not in contact.


If you place a paper clip underneath a piece of paper, what will happen if you try to lift it with a magnet?

  • AThe magnet will push the paper clip away.
  • BThe magnet will not lift the paper clip.
  • CThe magnet will attract the paper clip.


A class tested some everyday objects to find out which are magnetic and which are not.

Object Material Magnetic
Paper clip Steel Yes
Spoon Silver No
Ruler Plastic No
Nail Iron Yes
Key Brass No
Hairpin Nickel Yes
Eraser Rubber No

Which of the materials tested are magnetic?

  • ARubber, plastic, and silver
  • BSilver, plastic, and brass
  • CSteel, iron, and nickel


Select the household item that does not use electromagnetism.

  • AMicrowave oven
  • BCell phone
  • CToaster
  • DFork


Emma tested three different magnets to see which could hold the most paper clips.

The results are shown in the table.

Magnet A Magnet B Magnet C
12 8 4

Which magnet is the strongest?

  • AMagnet C
  • BMagnet B
  • CMagnet A


True or False: The further apart two magnets are from one another, the stronger the forces that attract or repel the magnets.

  • AFalse
  • BTrue


Which word is missing from the table?

Poles Facing N-N N-S S-S S-N
Attract/Repel Repel Attract ? Attract
  • ARepel
  • BAttract


Fill in the blank: As two magnets move further away from each other, the strength of attraction .

  • Astays the same
  • Bbecomes stronger
  • Cbecomes weaker


A magnetic field forms around a wire if electricity flows through it.

What name is given to this type of magnet?

An electromagnet-Cropped
  • AA wire magnet
  • BA bar magnet
  • CAn electromagnet


What name is given to the area around a magnet where its force can attract or repel objects?

Magnetic field-72 ppi
  • AMagnetic center
  • BMagnetic circle
  • CMagnetic field

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