What Metal Has the Strongest Magnetic Attraction?

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Iron is the metal with the strongest magnetic attraction. Steel can also be highly magnetized because it is made up mostly of iron. Discover more information on the magnetic value of different metals from a math and science teacher in this free video on magnets.

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Hi, I'm Steve Jones and I'm going to tell you which metals have the best magnetic attraction. Now the whole questions seems to suggest that there is one metal which is better than others and that is in fact generally the case. But all metals actually have some kind of magnetic attractions. And it is a matter of degree. Obviously most metals it's very low and slightly different types. But the best metals for magnetism are ferromagnetic. And probably from seeing this word ferometics used; that would suggest that this is iron based. And iron is the metal which gives the best magnetic attraction. Now not just iron however, you've also got steel because steel contain iron. In fact 96% of steel is usually iron. There are different types of steel but and they contain other things as well. So from the magnetic point of view both iron and steel are magnetic and they are good magnetic materials. Now the reason we would want to have different magnetic materials is some keep the magnetism. So hard steel will keep its magnetism for a long time. Where as soft iron as they call it, surprising name this, soft iron because it is not soft at all actually it is quite hard. Iron is a metal, it is hard. But soft iron is easy to magnetize and easy to demagnetize. But if you want to make yourself a magnet and you want to choose a metal to do it then iron is your metal and soft iron is the best.


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