Term Needed For Magnetic Properties...

Reply Sat 20 Dec, 2003 01:32 am
What would a term be for a group of metals that magnets are attracted to? (Besides just "magnetic", I mean...) I'm going to be placing an order and would like to be more specific than just asking for "metal that magnets are attracted to"

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Reply Sat 20 Dec, 2003 01:43 am
Magnets are attracted to ferrous metals.
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Reply Sat 20 Dec, 2003 04:35 am
Yeah, that's it!

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ebrown p
Reply Sat 20 Dec, 2003 06:54 pm
The term you are looking for is "ferromagnetic".

The term ferrous just means "containing iron". I believe all ferrous metals "ferromagnetic", however not all ferromagnetic metals are ferrous.

Nickle is strongly attracted to a magnet. It is ferromagnetic. However, nickle is not "ferrous".
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Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2004 09:45 am
One speaks of ferromagnetic, paramagnetic, and diamagnetic materials.
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