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Solution: 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?

Problem

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?

Solution

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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