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# A magnet attracts a piece of iron and the iron can then attract another piece of iron .What is the basis of this attraction?

Updated: 4/28/2022

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13y ago

When an iron piece is quite away from the magnet ,i.e, not present in magnetic field of the magnet then the iron piece is in neutral state ,i.e, there is no north & south pole .

But , as soon as the iron piece interacts with magnetic field of magnet ,i.e, near to the magnet then the north pole of magnet make the nearer part or end of the iron piece south pole & simultaneously other part of iron becomes north pole . Similarly if south pole of the magnet interacts with iron piece then that end/part becomes north pole & other end becomes north pole .

Now this iron piece has north & south pole .So iron piece is now converted into magnet which can attract other iron pieces in similar way as explained before .

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