Magnetic Susceptibility Experiment

Geophysics Collection · Physics

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An experimental apparatus consists of two main components: A susceptibility meter unit housed in a metal case with green coloured sides and base. The front and top surfaces are printed with a block diagram showing the electronic layout, basic instructions describing the nature of the experiment, and labels for the knobs and switches. A square dial is located on the left side of the front face. A power cable, fuse, and on/ off switch is located on the left side of the unit. A “Measuring coils unit” consists of two electrical coils mounted on a rectangular base. One of the coils has a hollow channel in the centre where samples can be placed. This channel contains a removable sample holder made of non-conductive material. There is a mineral sample in the sample holder.

The two units are joined by two electrical cables. These cables attach to the meter unit through two jacks on the right side.

The standard samples and core samples intended to be used with this unit are catalogued under

Primary Materials: Aluminum, Acrylic.

Dimensions (cm): Height = 11.5, Width = 43, Length = 28.5; Height = 13, Width = 30.4, Length = 14.


This is a table top demonstration of the principle of magnetic susceptibility. Magnetic susceptibility refers to the degree to which substances become magnetized in an applied magnetic field.


Very good: This apparatus is in good cosmetic condition and appears to be functional. There are light scratches on the metal face plate of the meter unit.


University of Toronto Department of Physics

Date of Manufacture: c. 1970-1990


These samples were acquired from the Department of Physics Advanced Physics Laboratory on September 3, 2019. Dr. David Bailey transferred the items.

  • Donated to UTSIC