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How magnets

  1. Nov 27, 2011 #1
    How can every substance be converted into a magnet (at room temperature)?
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  3. Nov 27, 2011 #2
    No, not every substance can be converted into a magnet. Why do you say that ? May I know please ?

    Are you asking a method to convert every substance to magnet ,or are you asking how it can be converted to magnet ?
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  4. Nov 27, 2011 #3


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    Not sure the context of your question, but fundamentally every electron, proton and neutron is a tiny magnet. Most substances do not show coordinated magnetic behavior of the electrons (the strongest magnets) at room temperature.

    ... but I suppose, if you got down to one molecule of a substance and made sure it had an odd number of electrons (the electron magnets tend to pair and cancel themselves out), you could in theory convert the substance into a magnet.
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