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Name: Tim M.
Status: educator
Grade: 6-8
Country: USA
Date: Spring 2012

Without being a magnet itself, what metal will a magnet be most attracted to? I would like to show my students different types of metals and how some are the least magnetic and some of them are more magnetic.


Amongst easily found materials, soft Iron seems to be the best with different kinds of steels coming next. Non-ferrous (no iron) metals like copper and aluminum are not attracted at all.

I am reminded of an old demonstration using Total or a similar “adult” cereal. You put cereal in the bowl, add water (or milk) and stir until the cereal is no longer in flakes. You then run a magnet through the glop and small iron particles will cling to the magnet.

Hope this helps. R. W. Avakian

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