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Does magnetic force transfer weight?

  1. Jan 23, 2015 #1
    Hello, I'm new here but I think this is the correct place to post this topic but please let me know if I am incorrect.


    Does magnetic force transfer weight? For example: If you have one magnets negative side being lowered onto the positive side of another, they would repel. So now you want to place a load on top of the top magnet to make it float. Now I assume that you would need to calculate how much of a repel force you would need for the magnets to be able to hold up the load. What I am wondering is: does the bottom magnet feel the weight of the top magnet and load combined because the magnetic force that's pushing them apart and holding the top one up, is also pushing down on it?

    Please just correct me if i'm using wrong terminology anywhere in there.

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  3. Jan 23, 2015 #2


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    What do you think and why? You may find Newton's third law helpful here.
  4. Jan 23, 2015 #3


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    Check that bit.
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