Types of Temporary Magnets and What They are Used For

What is a temporary magnet?
Temporary magnets are made from soft metals, and only retain their magnetism while near a permanent magnetic field or electronic current. They become magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. They lose their magnetism gradually when the magnetic field is removed. Paperclips, iron nails and other similar items are examples of temporary magnets.

Common temporary magnets include nails and paperclips, which can be picked up or moved by a strong magnet. Another type of temporary magnet is an electromagnet which only retains magnetism when an electrical current is running through it.

After discussing all of the basic information about temporary magnets, along with how they compare to permanent magnets, there is an additional topic that we will be going over in this section, which is the types of temporary magnets and what they are used for.

The basic types of temporary magnets are actually not that hard to find, believe it or not. In fact, you might use temporary magnets in your daily life more than you might realize.

Types of Temporary Magnets and What They are Used For

Types of Temporary Magnets and What They are Used For

For example, the iron that is often made to create the metal that is used for objects like hammers, nails, and paperclips are the perfect display of what temporary magnets are.

At this point, you might be wondering how these temporary magnets are actually used. You might be surprised to learn how they can manipulate other objects and function as a helpful tool in order to create the most simple materials we use every day.

Take a look down below to find an organized list of the functions that some of the larger scale temporary magnets can carry out on a daily basis.

Here are some of the things that temporary magnets can do:

Help separate different types of metal-based materials
Used in electromagnets to conduct electricity in motors
Used in cranes to move much larger and weaker magnetic metals
As you can see, temporary magnets help to improve our lives and to help us out with a much easier job when it comes to handling metal work in factories and car maintenance.

While these types of temporary magnets are used on a much larger, industrial scale, the magnets themselves can be found in various places throughout our daily lives, some of which we might not even notice.

Temporary magnets are even used for communication purposes as well. To be more specific, these types of magnets reside in the old fashioned telephone, along with the most up to date versions of smartphones.

Smartphones, in particular, have electromagnetic energy that is provide throughout the magnets integrated into the initial hardware design, also known as temporary magnets.

Aside from these examples, there are more common temporary magnets that you might have around your house somewhere, most of which you might never expect to be considered a magnet in any circumstance.

The lists down below will give you the details on what can be classified as a temporary magnet, as well as a complete outline of actual temporary magnets.

Temporary Magnets:

Objects made of iron/steel
Can be transformed into temporary magnets using stronger magnet
A Complete List Of Temp Magnets:

Iron Nails
Metal Bolts
Kitchen Utensils (forks, knives, etc.)
Paper Clips
Thumb Tacks
In addition to having some of these objects laying around where you live, they can be transformed into temporary magnets for a short period of time. This is generally achieved by using a stronger, permanent magnet in order to give off some of the magnetic force, transferring it into the object in question.

Keep reading on to the next section to get a detailed outline of how temporary magnets are made, along with some easy to follow instructions that will let you in on how you can complete a simple science experiment in your own free time in order to test out this theory.

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