Main Question or Discussion Point
So I was goofing off yesterday trying to shoot a magnet off of another magnet because of their similar forces and starting playing with a paperclip. I noticed if I put the paper clip to one magnet, it stuck, as it should. However, when I put the other magnet on the other side of the paper clip, it didn't stick as well if at all. Is this because as the first magnet attracts the paper clip, it begins to polarize it? Like a dipole moment in gases? I would think that would explain why if you have a bunch of paper clips stuck to a magnet for a time, all touching each other, and pull them off they retain their hold on each other for awhile.