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Learn about magnetism with online courses and programs

Magnetism is the cosmic force between two objects that can either compel, or repel one another. Learn about magnetism with online courses delivered through edX.

What is magnetism?

Magnetism is the force that creates magnetic fields through the movement of electric charges. At its core, magnetism is the result of magnetic moments, which can also be described as “how magnetic a substance is” — in atoms, electrons, and certain materials. These magnetic moments create magnetic fields, which display either attractive or repulsive reactions when exposed to other magnetic materials.Footnote 1

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Magnetism course curriculum

A course in magnetism can help you to better understand its various forms, and how it influences everyday objects. Topics that can be covered in these courses could include:

  • Fundamentals of magnetism: Learn about the different types of magnetism.

  • Magnetic materials: Explore how magnetic materials are used in everyday applications and scientific research.

  • Electromagnetism: Understand the relationship between electricity and magnetism.

  • Modern applications: Learn how magnetism plays a role in modern technologies.

  • Quantum mechanics: Review how magnetic moments are described at the atomic and subatomic levels.

edX offers online courses that allow learners to study a variety of topics including physics, quantum mechanics, and much more. ‌Sign up for an accelerated boot camp, or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree, or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Why learn about magnetism?

Studying magnetism can open the door to various career opportunities in different fields. Potential jobs for individuals with a background in magnetism include:

  • Research scientist: Works in laboratories or research institutions, conducting experiments and studies related to magnetism.

  • Materials scientist: Studies the properties of different materials, including magnetic materials.

  • Electrical engineer: Designs and develops electronic and electromechanical devices. 

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologist: Helps to develop detailed images of the body's internal structures.

These are just a few examples of the diverse career paths available to those with a background in magnetism. Specific job opportunities can differ depending on skills, interests, level of education, and area of specialization achieved in the field.

Are you ready to dive into the world of magnetism? Start learning today through edX. 

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