Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 24 - Reading Check Questions (Comprehension): 11

Answer

Iron is a magnetic material because an individual iron atom has a magnetic moment, and a piece of iron contains magnetic domains. The same cannot be said for wood, where the magnetic fields formed by different electrons cancel each other, and thus, wood is nonmagnetic.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on page 456.
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