Hi, I'm a sophmore in high school, and I haven't taken the Physics course yet. So I'm a bit green. Anyway, I was playing around with an electromagnet I made with a nail and some 1mm wire, and I've got a few questions about the magnetism it generates: -First, why does that iron core need to be in there? There's no current flowing through it, and from what I understand a coil already generates a magnetic field on it's own. But I can't do much with the coil itself, I've got to have that iron core. -If I have a fixed energy supply, what makes a stronger magnetic through the coil: high voltage, low current or low voltage, high current? -If I understand how transformers work correctly, they're simply two coils held together where one induces a current flow in another. So shouldn't a wire held up next to a powered coil show some sort of voltage? But if I do this, my multimeter can't detect any power in that second wire. So I don't understand this right. Do transformers require an iron core too?