AQA GCSE Physics

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7.1.1 Magnetism

The Law of Magnetism

Poles of a Magnet

  • The ends of a magnet are called poles
  • Magnets have two poles: a north and a south

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Poles of a Magnet

The Law of Magnetism

  • When two magnets are held close together, there will be an attractive or repulsive force between the magnets depending on how they are arranged:

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Opposite poles attract; like poles repel

  • The Law of Magnetism states that:
    • Two like poles repel each other
    • Two unlike poles attract each other
  • The attraction or repulsion between two magnetic poles is an example of a non-contact force

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