Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 20 - Magnetism - Questions: 5

Answer

No.

Work Step by Step

A magnet only attracts metals that are ferromagnetic (iron, cobalt, and nickel are the most common examples), and does not directly affect metals such as aluminum or copper. Ferromagnetic materials contain magnetic domains (basically, little magnetic dipoles) that can partially align in the presence of a nearby magnet. The south pole of the domain ends up closer to the north pole of the nearby magnet, or the other way around, and the material is attracted to the magnet.
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