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Homework Help: Science fair project help please

  1. Jan 20, 2010 #1
    science fair project help please!!!

    i'm doing a science fair project on magnets and metals and why they attract. i've already tried googling for a good description of why magnets and metals attract, but none of the answers that popped up were good enough. they do not explain very well the process of it. i understand there is a magnetic field and all, but how does it get there and what in the piece of metal causes them to move together. PleASe heLP!!!!!!!
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  3. Jan 25, 2010 #2
    Re: science fair project help please!!!

    I don't know either, but here are some things to google. Paramagnetism, orthomagnetism. Iron, Cobalt and nickel exhibit this behavior, something to do with un-paired electrons in p or d shells. Try a freshmen college chemistry book.
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