Magnets do not stick to brass, as brass is not a ferrous metal. A ferrous metal contains small proportions of iron. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc mixed in varying proportions. At no stage in its preparation is iron mixed in the alloy.Continue Reading
Pure brass is lustrous and has the color of gold. The color of brass may vary depending upon the amount of copper it contains. When brass is electroplated over other ferrous metals, it becomes magnetic. In such cases, the magnetic property is due to the other ferrous metal and not due to brass.
Brass has been in use for centuries. The alloy was made even before iron was discovered. It is used to make door handles, door knobs, imitation jewelry, electrical fixtures, statutes and various other decorative items.Learn more about Magnetism
According to the Galileo Project, William Gilbert discovered magnetism when he realized that the Earth functions as a giant magnet. Before his discovery, magnetic iron ore (also known as lodestone) was used in compasses, but its properties and functions were not understood.Full Answer >
Earth is like a giant magnet in several ways. Not only does it have a magnetic north and south pole that act similarly to the poles on bar magnets, but the planet is surrounded by a strong magnetic field, which is electrically charged and able to interact with magnetized matter.Full Answer >
The NDT Resource Center describes exposing a magnet to a reversing and decreasing magnetic field as one way to remove its magnetic properties. This is not the most effective method of demagnetizing a magnet, but it is far simpler to perform than the most effective method, which involves heating the magnetic material to a high temperature. Exposing a magnet to a reversing magnetic field demagnetizes it almost completely.Full Answer >
Under normal circumstances, a common magnet does not stick to aluminum. Under the right conditions, however, it is possible to get a strong magnet to interact with aluminum, though never to the extent that it works with ferrous metals.Full Answer >