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How can I make north and south magnet liquid?
Question Date: 2018-08-06
Answer 1:

I'm not really sure what this question is asking, but it sounds like Dorene wants to make a permanent magnet which is liquid. In general, a liquid will not be magnetic because the magnetic spins will not be aligned on a large scale and the fields from the randomly oriented spins will cancel out. This page gives some further explanation. An alternative material could be ferrofluids. Ferrofluids are essentially collections of nanoscale permanent magnets suspended in some liquid, not magnetic on their own, but become magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field.

There is some discussion on ScienceLine here.

If the goal is actually to have not just a liquid, but a liquid which is purely magnetic north and another liquid which is only magnetic south, then things get even more complicated. We haven't even found solid magnetic monopoles yet, but scientists are looking (and I don't think there is a known fundamental reason why one couldn't exist).

Answer 2:

You can buy a liquid called 'ferrofluid' that shows the patterns of the magnetic fields of magnets. It's a liquid, so it doesn't have a permanent north and south pole. Or maybe you want to make a magnetic liquid - I'm not sure what you're asking.

Answer 3:

Magnetic liquids align with the Earth's magnetic field, which has a north and a south pole. Beyond that I'm not sure I understand your question.

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