By:Andrew Greene

What Are Magnets

Magnets are a piece of iron (or an ore, alloy, or other material) that has its component atoms so ordered that the material exhibits properties of magnetism, such as attracting other iron-containing objects or aligning itself in an external magnetic field.

4 facts about magnets...

1. North poles point north, south poles point south.

2. Like poles repel, unlike poles attract.

3. Magnetic forces attract only magnetic materials.

4. Magnetic forces act at a distance.


  1. A soft metal core made into a magnet by the passage of electric current through a coil surrounding it.


A superconductor is a material that can conduct electricity or transport electrons from one atom to another with no resistance.

repel and attract

To repel something is to keep it away. To attract something is to draw it towards oneself.

Labeled magnet

Temporary and permanent magnets

A permanent magnet is an object made from a material that is magnetized and creates its own persistent magnetic field.A temporary magnet acts as a magnet only as long as it is in the magnetic field produced by a permanent magnet or an electric current


a physical phenomenon produced by the motion of electric charge, resulting in attractive and repulsive forces between objects.