# Frequent question: Which pole attracts on a magnet?

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A magnet has two ends called poles; one end is the north pole and the other is the south pole. A north pole will attract a south pole; the magnets pull on each other. But the two north poles will push each other away. We say the magnets repel each other.

## Which pole of a magnet sticks to metal?

Whenever a magnet’s North Pole comes across the south pole of another magnet it sticks to it. Whereas if a north pole comes across another north pole it pushes it away. You can try this if you have 2 bar magnets; they stick to each other strongly in one direction, but not in the other.

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## Is it possible to have one pole of a magnet?

To our knowledge, it is not possible to produce a permanent magnet with only a single pole. Every magnet has at least 2 poles, a north and a south pole (see FAQ about north pole).

## Will a nail be attracted to either pole of a magnet?

Yes, a nail will be attracted to either pole of a magnet. The magnet causes the boundaries between magnetic domains to move slightly, giving a net magnetic field to the nail.

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## Are 2 magnets stronger than 1?

Two magnets together will be slightly less than twice as strong as one magnet. When magnets are stuck entirely together (the south pole of one magnet is connected to the north pole of the other magnet) you can add the magnetic fields together.

## What are the 7 magnets?

The main types are:

• Neodymium iron boron (NdFeB)
• Samarium cobalt (SmCo)
• Alnico.
• Ceramic or ferrite magnets.

## Why is magnet strongest at its pole?

For a magnet, the flux lines repel each other so the field will be weaker at the sides. But they are concentrated at the poles, where they originate, so the field is stronger. Air is a poor conductor of flux. To get a similar magnetic field from the solenoid, we have to add a iron core.

## Are thicker magnets stronger?

If we have two magnets made out of the same material and the material is magnetized the same, yet one magnet is thicker than the other, the thicker magnet will be stronger. That’s of course because there is more material there to act on an object out in front of the magnet.

## Can I make a magnet stronger?

Firstly, you need to put the weak magnet within the magnetic field of a much larger, stronger magnet. To achieve the best result, you need to place it right next to the larger, stronger magnet, which will help realign electrons in the weaker magnet that have spun out of axis.

## Can a single charge exist by itself?

Electric charge, which can be positive or negative, occurs in discrete natural units and is neither created nor destroyed. Electric charges are of two general types: positive and negative. Two objects that have an excess of one type of charge exert a force of repulsion on each other when relatively close together.

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## Why can a magnetic monopole not exist?

A magnetic monopole does not exist. Just as the two faces of a current loop cannot be physically separated, magnetic North pole and the South pole can never be separated even on breaking a magnet to its atomic size. A magnetic field is produced by an electric field and not by a monopole.

## Can a magnet be created artificially?

Artificial magnets can be created by doping iron, nickel, and/or cobalt with other elements. Doping with rare earth materials has been particularly successful, producing very strong magnets.

## Can a constant magnetic field cause a charged particle at rest to begin motion?

The magnetic field does no work, so the kinetic energy and speed of a charged particle in a magnetic field remain constant. The magnetic force, acting perpendicular to the velocity of the particle, will cause circular motion.