Science Project with a Scripture about Power

Exodus 9:16 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, For this very purpose did I raise thee up, that I might show in thee my power, and that my name might be published abroad in all the earth. American Standard Version.

Years and years ago, the greatest bully on earth wanted to have it out with the Israelite God, named Jehovah. They went at it as only two Gods would. You see, Pharaoh considered himself a God, as did his constituents. The God of the Israelites had to outdo, one-up, him in very dramatic ways. After all, Pharaoh ruled the known world.

The Israeli God went even up on most things, like gnats, blood in the water, frogs. These things were the kinds of things that Pharaoh’s Gods were also able to do. Eventually however, Jehovah brought light just to the Israelites. Finally, killed the first born of beast and man, including Pharaoh’s own son. For the last time Pharaoh said, “Take your people and go, Moses.” So, more than 600 million “Israelites walked out of Egypt that night, They took with them silver and gold from the Egyptians because the Egyptians were so eager to be rid of the people whose God had killed their first born.

However, Pharaoh again, yet again, for the 11th time, changed his mind. He and his warriors came racing after them. Fleeing, the Israelites came to the Jordan River, and most of them thought they were doomed to die at the hands of Pharaoh’s men.

However, they did not.

The waters parted.

I would like to think that God held a gigantic magnet in the sky and used diamagnetism to part them. Let me tell you about this force scientifically.

Diamagnetism creates a magnetic field in opposition of an externally applied magnetic field. It is always present in earth’s materials in weak ways, although superconductors exhibit a strong effect. Today, scientists have harnessed diamagnetism to create extremely strong water repellants. They call it “the Moses effect.”

Does it sound plausible that this parting of the waters really happened? That depends on many things. However, is it scientific? This is something that can be tested. Michael Faraday coined the word diamagnetism back in September 1845. With the advances in sciences made possible by the universality of language in the 20th and 21st centuries, many new hypotheses are flowing from previous conceptions.

A now classic one is the experiment of levitating a frog. There was a live frog that was levitated inside a 32 mm diameter vertical bore of a Bitter solenoid in a magnetic field of about 16 teslas at the Nijmegen High Field Magnet Laboratory, for instance.

You can do a variation on the theme of two magnetic fields repelling each other with the following materials:

*Four 12mm gold plated Neodymium Iron Boron magnets

*One piece of Pyrolytic Graphite

Both of these items are available for about ten dollars from Scitoys.com.

This pyrolytic graphite, is an unusually strong diamagnetic material which can be stably floated in suitably strong magnetic field. The rare earth element neodymium, along with iron and boron make the strongest magnetic alloy yet known. Both components should be at room temperature in this experiment.