Problem: Paramagnetism of O2. When liquid oxygen is poured through a magnet, it “sticks” to the poles.What would you expect to see if liquid nitrogen were poured between the poles of the magnet?

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We have to determine how would nitrogen react if it were poured between the poles of a magnet.


We have the information that liquid oxygen is paramagnetic, and it sticks to the poles of a magnet.

Paramagnetic substances are attracted to a magnetic field.

Diamagnetic substances are repelled by a magnetic field.

To determine the behavior of nitrogen, we need to determine if it is paramagnetic or diamagnetic.

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A photograph shows liquid oxygen sticking to two magnetic poles.  A diagram shows that because O2 molecules are paramagnetic, they are attracted into the magnetic field.

Paramagnetism of O2. When liquid oxygen is poured through a magnet, it “sticks” to the poles.

What would you expect to see if liquid nitrogen were poured between the poles of the magnet?

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