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Force of gravity on magnetically levitating object?

  1. Sep 17, 2012 #1
    I just had a question regarding magnetic levitation..
    If an object were to have a great enough magnetic force (via magnets of unequal strengths) to cause an object to be lifted while being held together by something that isn't rigid, like string, would putting force on the top object project force downward?
    As in if I had higher grade magnets on the bottom object, would pressing down on the top object make the bottom object more difficult to lift?
    Apologies if this is a bit vague or obvious. I have little experience with magnets.
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  3. Sep 17, 2012 #2


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    hi there
    welcome to Physics Forum

    just having a little difficulty visioning what you are trying to do

    how about drawing and posting a pic of your setup :)

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