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A ferromagnetic material is a substance that shows spontaneous magnetisation.

Permanent magnets

The poles of permanent magnets

Because the domains in a permanent magnet all line up in a particular direction, the magnet has a pair of opposite poles, called north (usually shortened to N ) and south (usually shortened to S ). Even if the magnet is cut into tiny pieces, each piece will still have both a N and a S pole. These magnetic poles always occur in pairs. In nature, we never find a north magnetic pole or south magnetic pole on its own.

Magnetic fields are different from gravitational and electric fields. In nature, positive and negative electric charges can be foundon their own, but you never find just a north magnetic pole or south magnetic pole on its own. On the very small scale, zooming in to the size of atoms, magnetic fields are caused bymoving charges (i.e. the negatively charged electrons).

Magnetic attraction and repulsion

Like (identical) poles of magnets repel one another whilst unlike (opposite) poles attract. This means that two N poles or two S poles will push away from each other while a N pole and a S pole will be drawn towards each other.

Attraction and Repulsion

Like poles of magnets repel each other whilst unlike poles attract each other.

Do you think the following magnets will repel or be attracted to each other?

  1. We are required to determine whether the two magnets will repel each other or be attracted toeach other.

  2. We are given two magnets with the N pole of one approaching the N pole of theother.

  3. Since both poles are the same, the magnets will repel each other.

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Do you think the following magnets will repel or be attracted to each other?

  1. We are required to determine whether the two magnets will repel each other or be attracted toeach other.

  2. We are given two magnets with the N pole of one approaching the S pole of theother.

  3. Since both poles are the different, the magnets will be attracted to each other.

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Representing magnetic fields

Magnetic fields can be represented using magnetic field lines starting at the North pole and ending at the South pole. Although the magnetic field of a permanent magnet is everywhere surrounding the magnet (in all three dimensions), we draw only some of the field lines to represent the field(usually only a two-dimensional cross-section is shown in drawings).

In areas where the magnetic field is strong, the field lines are closer together. Where the field is weaker, the field lines are drawn further apart. The number of field lines drawn crossing a given two-dimensional surface is referred to as the magnetic flux . The magnetic flux is used as a measure of the strength of the magnetic field over that surface.

  1. Field lines never cross.
  2. Arrows drawn on the field lines indicate the direction of the field.
  3. A magnetic field points from the north to the south pole of a magnet.

Investigation : field around a bar magnet

Take a bar magnet and place it on a flat surface. Place a sheet of white paper over the barmagnet and sprinkle some iron filings onto the paper. Give the paper a shake to evenly distribute the iron filings. In yourworkbook, draw the bar magnet and the pattern formed by the iron filings. Draw the pattern formed when you rotate the bar magnet to a different angle asshown below.

As the activity shows, one can map the magnetic field of a magnet by placing it underneath a piece of paper and sprinklingiron filings on top. The iron filings line themselves up parallel to the magnetic field.

Investigation : field around a pair of bar magnets

Take two bar magnets and place them a short distance apart such that they are repellingeach other. Place a sheet of white paper over the bar magnets and sprinkle some iron filings onto the paper. Give the paper a shaketo evenly distribute the iron filings. In your workbook, draw both the bar magnets and the pattern formed by the iron filings. Repeatthe procedure for two bar magnets attracting each other and draw what the pattern looks like for this situation. Make a note of theshape of the lines formed by the iron filings, as well as their size and their direction for both arrangements of the bar magnet.What does the pattern look like when you place both bar magnets side by side?

As already said, opposite poles of a magnet attract each other and bringing them together causes their magnetic field lines to converge (come together). Like poles of a magnet repel each other and bringing them together causes their magnetic field lines to diverge (bend out from each other).

Ferromagnetism and retentivity

Ferromagnetism is a phenomenon shown by materials like iron, nickel or cobalt.These materials can form permanent magnets. They always magnetise so as to be attracted to a magnet, no matter whichmagnetic pole is brought toward the unmagnetised iron/nickel/cobalt.

The ability of a ferromagnetic material to retain its magnetisation after an external field is removed is called its retentivity .

Paramagnetic materials are materials like aluminium or platinum, which become magnetised in an externalmagnetic field in a similar way to ferromagnetic materials. However, they lose their magnetism when the external magnetic field is removed.

Diamagnetism is shown by materials like copper or bismuth, which become magnetised in a magnetic field with a polarity opposite to the external magnetic field. Unlike iron, they are slightly repelled by a magnet.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
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Renato
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Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
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Kyle
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Adin
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biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
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research.net
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sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
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what does nano mean?
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nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
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are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
NANO
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
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Do you know which machine is used to that process?
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for screen printed electrodes ?
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of graphene you mean?
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or in general
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in general
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Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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