# Why do north and South magnets attract?

## Why do north and South magnets attract?

Unlike-poles attract: When a north pole and south pole point together, the arrows point in the SAME direction so the field lines can join up and the magnets pull together (attract).

## What would a magnets south seeking pole attract?

The pole on a magnet can be a north seeking pole or a south seeking pole. Two like poles will repel each other: North-North and South-South. Two opposite poles will attract each other: North-South. Two magnets facing North-North will repel each other and two magnets facing South-South will repel each other.

## Are two magnets stronger than one?

Yes, stacking multiple magnets together can make them stronger. Two or more magnets stacked together will exhibit nearly the same strength as a single magnet of the combined size.

## Can an iron rod attract a magnet?

Magnets attract iron due to the influence of their magnetic field upon the iron. When exposed to the magnetic field, the atoms begin to align their electrons with the flow of the magnetic field, which makes the iron magnetized as well.

## Are magnets easy to cut?

Cutting, drilling or welding activities can give rise to the wish to cut ferrite magnets. While this is possible under ideal circumstances, it is extremely difficult to perform correctly. If one is not careful, a powerful magnet will rapidly implode, or lose its magnetic field.

## Can you ever have a magnet with only 1 pole Why or why not?

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). The existence of magnetic monopoles itself does not contradict current popular theories.

## What happens if you force 2 magnets together?

When two magnets are brought together, the opposite poles will attract one another, but the like poles will repel one another. This is similar to electric charges. Like charges repel, and unlike charges attract. Since a free hanging magnet will always face north, magnets have long been used for finding direction.

## How do I permanently magnetize my iron?

Take two magnets put one North pole and one South pole on the middle of the iron. Draw them towards its ends, repeating the process several times. Take a steel bar, hold it vertically, and strike the end several times with a hammer, and it will become a permanent magnet.

## What happens if a magnet is cut in half?

You can think of a magnet as a bundle of tiny magnets, called magnetic domains, that are jammed together. Each one reinforces the magnetic fields of the others. Each one has a tiny north and south pole. If you cut one in half, the newly cut faces will become the new north or south poles of the smaller pieces.