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Potential Energy Regarding Magnets

  1. Sep 10, 2009 #1
    Okay this might be a stupid question but here goes.

    I know that if I place two bar magnets with their N sides facing each other like this: -- --

    Then they will tend to move a bit and snap together (if they're close enough that is). I have heard people call this the "potential energy" of the magnetic system but is this accurate? Do magnets have potential energy when held in attraction/repulsion just like an object held above the ground has potential energy due to gravity? I didn't see much on the Wikipedia article on Potential Energy about this.
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  3. Sep 10, 2009 #2


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  4. Sep 10, 2009 #3
    Oh that looks great! Thank you! ^^
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