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If you are in a dark empty room and are given two identical bars ( same mass ,same size, same weight and same texture). One of them is a bar magnet and the other one is an iron bar. There is nothing else in the room. You have to come out of the room with the magnet and leave the iron bar behind. 

Find a way to identify the magnet bar and the iron bar. 


Solution

If we know that the bars are thin and that the magnetized one is magnetized on its longest axis (that is, the north and south poles are at the tips of the bar, not the sides), then forming a “T” shape with the two bars will reveal which one is the magnet. There will be a much stronger attraction when the vertical part of the T is the magnet, since the magnetic flux is strongest at the tip. This is the more elegant answer

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