# Explain why a bar magnet will attract an iron nail to either its north pole or its south pole, but attract another magnet to only one of its poles.

Explain why a bar magnet will attract an iron nail to either its north pole or its south pole, but attract another magnet to only one of its poles.
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Phillip Fletcher
Objects composed of Iron and Nickel can be attracted by a magnet A magnet's south or North Pole can attract an iron nail. If North Pole of the magnet is placed towards the nail, it induces complementary magnetic domains in the nail. Hence it gets attracted. The same is true for the south pole.
But, two different magnets contain established magnetic north and south poles. So, only opposite poles of two magnets attract each other.