• All magnetic objects contain a metal, but not all metals are magnetic.
  • The most common magnetic metals are iron, nickel and cobalt.
  • Neodymium is a rare earth metal that is combined with iron and another element called boron to make very powerful magnets that are capable of lifting a thousand times their own weight!
  • Magnets have two distinct ends called ‘poles’ (North and South). The north pole of one magnet will attract the south pole of another magnet,  but it will repel (push away) the north pole of the other magnet. (This is easily remembered with the phrase ‘opposites attract’.)

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