a) You have two electrically neutral metal cylinders that exert strong attractive forces on each other. You have no other metal objects. Can you determine if both of the cylinders are magnets, or if one is a magnet and the other just a piece of iron? If so, how? If not, why not?
b) Can you think of any kind of object that is repelled by both ends of a bar magnet? If so, what? If not, what prevents this from happening?
Magnet Orientation: Magnetic North Poles attract Magnetic South Poles, and vice versa
The Attempt at a Solution
a) I would assume that that since the question states that both cylinders are exerting strong attractive forces on each other, then they both are probably magnets, rather than one of them being just a magnetic material.....
b) I would guess theres not such object because every magnet has a north pole and south pole, and therefore an object will attract one of these ends, even if that object is a monopole.
Do these answers sound correct? Thx;