Magnetism Actually Keeps You from Falling through the Floor

Understanding the forces around us will effectively help us make better decisions about our environment, both on the large and small scales. Take magnetic forces for instance (these are actually a variety of electrical forces in case you did not know). Magnetic forces have an impact on you at this very moment.

The same repulsive forces that push to opposed poles of magnets away from each other is actually the same force that keeps you from falling through the floor at this moment, or prevents your computer from going through the table. On the other hand, at the molecular level, it is the continual spinning of iron molecules in the same direction that magnifies the force of attraction in a magnet to the point that you can feel it acting on the other magnet even at a distance.

Magnetic forces enable your phone to turn to the correct orientation when you want to show a video clip widescreen. They allow your speakers to produce sound (take a speaker apart sometime and you will quickly find a strong magnet!), and have even been suggested to aid in sleeping if you align your bed with the direction of the earth’s magnetic field (north to south).

So the next time you find yourself writing in your journal about the magnetic attraction you have towards someone, thank Isaac Newton for helping establish the basic laws of physics that help us understand just how powerfully one object can pull towards another. And while it is true that another person does have their own literal gravitational pull, it is not exactly enough to justify why you might want to hold onto them so tightly, though it is probably a very good thing that the earth has a powerful hold on everyone, even when they are in love, to prevent them from floating away in happiness.