What is the meaning of the term “paramagnetic”?

What does Paramagnetism Mean

Paramagnetic materials have a small, positive susceptibility to magnetic fields, and are very weakly attracted by an externally applied magnetic field.


These materials do not retain the magnetic properties when the external field is removed. Paramagnetic materials include magnesium, molybdenum, lithium, and tantalum.

Periodic table of elements - metals

Paramagnetic properties are due to the presence of some unpaired electrons, and from the realignment of the electron paths caused by the external magnetic field.




Small stainless steel particles can become paramagnetic, which means that they can be picked up by strong magnets.


Image Source: Boundless. “Paramagnetism and Diamagnetism.” Boundless Physics. Boundless, 21 Jul. 2015. Retrieved 08 Sep. 2015.


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