# Physical Science

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Why does a magnet attract an ordinary nail or paper clip but not a wooden pencil?

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Electron orbits in iron and steel can be "reoriented" to align with the external magnetic field, creating magnetic polarity. It's called ferromagnetism. Once the orbits are realigned (which occurs instantaneously), the object is attracted to the opposite pole of the other magnet

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