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# magnets opposites attract

When will magnets attract or repel each other? The rule to remember is that opposites attract. Every magnet has both a north and a south pole. When you place the north pole of one magnet near the south pole of another magnet, they are attracted to one another.

## What causes magnets to attract and repel each other?

Magnetism is the force exerted by magnets when they attract or repel each other. Magnetism is caused by the motion of electric charges. Every substance is made up of tiny units called atoms. Each atom has electrons, particles that carry electric charges.

## What happens when the magnet with opposite?

When opposite poles of the magnets approach, they attract each other. Any north-south combination will pull them together. But when two like poles come together, they push each other apart. Two north poles will not stick together.

## Are magnets attracted to positive or negative?

The north pole has a positive charge and the south pole has a negative charge, unlike electric charges, the poles can be separated. If the approach of the poles is equal, they repel each other, while if the poles are opposite, they attract each other.

## What happens when you put two negative magnets together?

Magnets don’t always stick together. If you hold two magnets the wrong way around, they push apart – they repel! In other words, if you hold two magnets together so that like-poles are close together (two norths OR two souths), they repel.

## What happens when the magnets with same poles facing each other?

If you line the magnets up so that two of the same poles face each other, the magnets will push away. This is called repulsion. Opposite poles attract each other, but similar poles repel. The Earth acts like a giant magnet.

## What makes two magnets attract one another?

When will magnets attract or repel each other? The rule to remember is that opposites attract. Every magnet has both a north and a south pole. When you place the north pole of one magnet near the south pole of another magnet, they are attracted to one another.

## How can magnets attract or repel each other without touching your answer?

A magnet is surrounded by a magnetic field which pushes or pulls other magnets and things made of iron, nickel or cobalt that are located within it. (Because its interior acts like a magnet, the Earth is surrounded by a magnetic field that affects things made of magnetic material, such as compasses).

## Can two positive magnets stick together?

When two like-poles point together, the arrows from the two magnets point in OPPOSITE directions and the field lines cannot join up. So the magnets will push apart (repel).

## Can you have a positive only magnet?

In the science of electromagnetism, you have two types of charges: positive and negative. These fundamental charges are electric-only in nature, having no intrinsic magnetic charge. Sure, you can have north and south magnetic poles, but never one without the other.

## Is magnetism positive or negative?

Positive and negative. Unlike electricity, magnetic fields do not have charge. Therefore, the terms positive and negative do not carry the same meaning for magnetic fields as they do for electrical fields. Gauss’s law for magnetism states that there are no “magnetic charges” comparable to electric charges.

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