What will happen when a magnet is placed near a pile of steel paper clips?

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Magnets generate magnetic field and are able to influence magnetic materials. It pulls on magnetic materials and may repel or attract another magnet (depending upon which poles are brought closer to each other). Steel paper clips are made of magnetic material and are small enough to be picked up by...

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Magnets generate magnetic field and are able to influence magnetic materials. It pulls on magnetic materials and may repel or attract another magnet (depending upon which poles are brought closer to each other). Steel paper clips are made of magnetic material and are small enough to be picked up by a magnet. So when we bring a magnet closer to a pile of steel paper clips, these clips will be attracted to the magnet and a number of such clips will attach to it. The bigger the magnet, the higher is the number of paper clips that will attach to it. In fact, one can also make a chain of steel paper clips by attaching one clip at a time to an already attached clip. The chain can be made very long, depending on the size of the magnet (bigger the magnet, longer the chain).

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