Which precious metals are magnetic

Magnetic and non-magnetic substances / elements

We deal with magnetic and non-magnetic substances / elements in this article. Summary of the content:

  • A Explanationwhat magnetic and non-magnetic substances are.
  • Some Examples to this topic.
  • tasks / Exercises so that you can practice this topic yourself.
  • A Videowhich deals with magnetism.
  • A Question and answer area around this topic

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Explanation with list magnetic / non-magnetic

Which substances, or rather elements, are magnetic and which are not magnetic? The term ferromagnetism is used to describe this. Ferromagnetism is the best known type of magnetism in a solid. It can be explained by the fact that the elementary magnets of the atoms of the material tend to align themselves in parallel. These either generate a permanent magnetic field themselves or are strongly attracted by a pole of an external magnetic field.

Now what is magnetic and what is not magnetic? Let's look at a list of them:

List of magnetic substances / elements:

  • Iron (at room temperature)
  • Cobalt (at room temperature)
  • Nickel (at room temperature)
  • Gadolinium (low temperature)
  • Dysprosium (low temperature)
  • Holmium (low temperature)
  • Erbium (low temperature)
  • Terbium (low temperature)

In addition, numerous alloys are ferromagnetic. Note: An alloy is a metallic material that consists of at least two elements. Together they must have the typical metal feature of the crystalline structure with a metal bond.

List of non-magnetic substances / elements:

  • copper
  • aluminum
  • lead
  • gold
  • silver
  • magnesium
  • Wood
  • plastic
  • paper
  • and much more

Examples of magnetic substances

In this area, examples of magnetic and non-magnetic substances will be presented.

example 1:

Explain how the magnetic lines spread around magnets.


  1. Field lines run from the North Pole to the South Pole.
  2. No overlapping of the field lines.
  3. A stronger magnetic field is represented by a higher density of the field lines.

Practice exercises magnetism


Questions with answers about substances and magnetism

This section deals with typical questions with answers about substances and magnetism.

Q: What topics are there to learn about magnets / magnetism?

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