Why Do Magnets Attract?


Magnets attract due to the fact that electrons in them line up in such a manner that lines of force are created which may then attract or repel other magnetic material. In iron, the four unpaired electrons help other nearby electrons line up in the same direction and leading to an overall result of electrons pointing to the same direction.
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Magnets attract when they are facing the opposite end to each other. The two ends of a magnet each have a different pole, one is North the other South. So if you take a magnet and face its north pole to another magnets south they will attract. If you face the same pole to each other, say north to north, they will repel away from each other. You can find more information here: http://www.coolmagnetman.com/maghow.htm
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