One Pole Magnets
Can a magnet have one pole and only one pole?
No person has ever found a magnet with only one pole. The reason this has
never happened is due to the source of magnetic fields: moving electric
charges. When electric charges (e.g. electrons) move in circles, they
produce a magnetic field. In a piece of iron, it is very easy to line up
these circles, getting all the little magnets to work together as one big
For each of these circles, one side is the north pole and one side is the
south pole. Since each circle has two sides, each circle has a north and a
south pole. Even the smallest possible magnets (spinning electrons) have a
north and a south pole.
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Update: June 2012