Are all atoms of a ferro conductor attracted in a magnetic field?

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That is what I wondering. When you put a ferromagnetic conductor in a strong magnetic field, the ferro conductor is strongly attracted because of induced strong magnetic dipole moments inside the conductor.
My question: are all or (atleast a large portion) of the atoms of the conductor "feeling this pull" kind of like how gravity pulls all atoms in matter? An explanation if the answer is either yes or a no would be very appreciated.

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Simon Bridge
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All atoms with a non-zero magnetic dipole will "feel" the magnetic force.
Not all the atoms in a magnet will contribute positively to the bulk/net magnetic force.
 
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Thanks Simon. Ok, so its a portion of the atoms then. Good. how large is this portion or how many atoms of a certain ferro material have a non zero dipole, where can I find that out ?

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Just checking in: How did you get on with this question?

The answer to your questions depend a great deal on the specific materials and the circumstances.
 

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