Types of magnetic material | non-magnetic material

The origin of magnetism is the motion of charged particle. Now, in every atom, there must be some electrons and some protons. As the electrons are revolving around the nucleus and also spinning around their own axes, the atomic system behaves like a magnetic dipole. Therefore, atoms can produce magnetic field or can have magnetic moment inside it. Since electrons revolve around the nucleus in the same way in every substance, almost all type of substances can have magnetic dipoles inside these and thereby almost all the substances can show magnetic properties. So, almost every materials or substances are magnetic materials. In this article, we are going to discuss different types of magnetic material and non-magnetic materials, their examples and properties.

Contents in this article:

  • What is magnetic material?
  • Example of magnetic material
  • Properties of magnetic material
  • Types of magnetic material
  • Non-magnetic material
  • Example of non-magnetic material
  • Difference between magnetic and non-magnetic material
  • Applications of magnetic material

What is magnetic material?

The materials that are affected by a magnet are known as magnetic materials. A magnet can attract or repel these type of materials and can convert those materials into magnets for a while by the process of magnetic induction.

Examples of magnetic material

Picture of magnet
Picture of magnet

Iron (Fe), Nickel (Ni), Cobalt (Co), etc. metals are magnetic materials. For more example, check the table of magnetic materials list at below. Most of these materials can become a magnet for a while by the process of magnetic induction with another magnet. But diamagnetic materials and their alloys are not considered to be magnetic materials as their magnetic interactions are very poor. Therefore, gold, silver, copper, Zinc, etc. are non-magnetic materials.

Properties of magnetic material

The properties of magnetic materials are as followings –

  1. External magnetic field can induce magnetic properties inside a magnetic material.
  2. If a magnetic material is placed in external magnetic field, all of its dipoles get oriented in the same direction. As a result, the net dipole moment increases and hence its magnetic property becomes stronger.
  3. Magnets can attract or repel all of the magnetic materials.
  4. Some of magnetic materials can posses magnetic properties inside it even after removing the external magnetic field. This is due to the retentivity property of the material. This is not same for all materials.
  5. Magnetic materials also show coercivity property. This property implies the ability of withstanding the external magnetic field without becoming demagnetized.

Types of magnetic material

Depending upon the origin of magnetism and interaction with magnets, there are five types of magnetic materials or substances. These are –

  1. Diamagnetic material
  2. Paramagnetic material
  3. Ferromagnetic material
  4. Ferrimagnetic material
  5. Anti-ferromagnetic material

These magnetism properties have different origins and different properties. The properties and examples of all type of magnetic materials are discussed in other articles. To see those articles, click on above blue links. Here is the list of magnetic materials of different types.

Zn, Cu, Pb, Ag,
Au, Hg, Sb, Bi,
H, H2O, NaCl
Al, K, Pt, Na,
CuSO4, FeCl3,
Sn, Mn
Fe, Ni, Co, Gd,
Fe3O4, YIGFe2O3, MnO,
MnO2, Mn2O
Example list of different types of magnetic materials

Non-magnetic materials

The substances or materials that are not affected by a magnet are known as non-magnetic materials. Each atoms of a non magnetic material has dipole moment, but the net dipole moment of the entire substance becomes zero and these substances cannot be magnetized even after applying external magnetic field.

Examples of non-magnetic materials

Rubber, Plastics, Papers, feather, mica, etc. are the examples of non-magnetic materials. Some alloys also behave like non-magnetic materials. Also, the diamagnetic materials like Zn, Cu, etc. and their alloys like brass are not magnetic materials as their magnetic interactions are very weak.

Difference between magnetic and non-magnetic material

SL NoMagnetic materialNon-magnetic material
1.Affected by MagnetsNot affected by magnets
2.Can be converted into magnetCannot be converted into magnet anyway
3.Net magnetic moment may or may not be zero.Net magnetic moment is always zero.
4.Examples: Fe, Ni, Co, Steel, etc.Examples: Rubber, Plastic, Paper, etc.
Differences between magnetic and non-magnetic material

Application of Magnetic material

Here are some of the applications of magnetic materials –

  1. Magnetic materials are used in motor and generator that converts the electrical energy into mechanical energy and vice-versa respectively.
  2. One can convert magnetic materials into permanent magnets that can be used in loudspeakers, sensors, etc.
  3. Magnetic materials have applications in power transformer.
  4. Magnetic materials have uses in video tape and audio tape.

Some important questions:

  1. Is gold a magnetic material or not? Ans: Pure gold is not a magnetic material.
  2. Steel is magnetic material or not? Ans: Yes
  3. Rubber is a magnetic material or not? Ans: No
  4. Is Copper magnetic material? Ans: No
  5. Is brass magnetic material? Ans: No
  6. Cobalt is magnetic material or not? Ans: Yes

This is all from the types of magnetic material and non-magnetic material and their properties and examples. If you have any doubt on this topic you can ask me in the comment section below.

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