Earth is a magnet, why don't i fly away?

  • 6 Replies
  • 3931 Views

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

*

Offline eddirichard

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • 30
    • View Profile
Earth is a magnet, why don't i fly away?
« on: 25/06/2004 19:06:27 »
Metals especially iron stick to magnets. I'm not made of iron so why don't I just float away?[V]
« Last Edit: 30/06/2004 08:46:31 by Exodus »
 

*

Offline neilep

  • Withdrawnmist
  • Naked Science Forum GOD!
  • *******
  • 20602
    • View Profile
Re: Earth is a magnet, why don't i fly away?
« Reply #1 on: 25/06/2004 20:02:43 »
.....I'm not a scientist here but I wonder if something called gravity has something to do with it :-)..

Oh...and we all have a little iron in us too....I think enough to make a one inch nail or somethin.

'Men are the same as women...just inside out !'
Men are the same as women, just inside out !

*

Offline tweener

  • Moderator
  • Neilep Level Member
  • *****
  • 1144
    • View Profile
Re: Earth is a magnet, why don't i fly away?
« Reply #2 on: 26/06/2004 03:04:54 »
Neil is right.  You don't float away because gravity, not magnetism, is attracting you to the earth.  The earth has a magnetic field, but that is not what causes things to "stick" to it - that is purely gravity.

----
John - The Eternal Pessimist.
----
John - The Eternal Pessimist.

*

Offline Exodus

  • Phileas Fogg
  • Moderator
  • Neilep Level Member
  • *****
  • 1471
  • Geology
    • View Profile
Re: Earth is a magnet, why don't i fly away?
« Reply #3 on: 30/06/2004 08:45:47 »
I'm crap at physics but isnt it one of Newtons laws that anything with mass has a gravitational pull?


*

Offline neilep

  • Withdrawnmist
  • Naked Science Forum GOD!
  • *******
  • 20602
    • View Profile
Re: Earth is a magnet, why don't i fly away?
« Reply #4 on: 30/06/2004 19:32:18 »
What is it that someone once said ? 'there's no gravity...the Earth sucks'...it's an oldie but a goodie.

'Men are the same as women...just inside out !'
Men are the same as women, just inside out !

*

Offline tweener

  • Moderator
  • Neilep Level Member
  • *****
  • 1144
    • View Profile
Re: Earth is a magnet, why don't i fly away?
« Reply #5 on: 01/07/2004 03:29:35 »
quote:
Originally posted by Exodus

I'm crap at physics but isnt it one of Newtons laws that anything with mass has a gravitational pull?





You're close!  That comes from Einstein.

----
John - The Eternal Pessimist.
----
John - The Eternal Pessimist.

*

Offline Exodus

  • Phileas Fogg
  • Moderator
  • Neilep Level Member
  • *****
  • 1471
  • Geology
    • View Profile
Re: Earth is a magnet, why don't i fly away?
« Reply #6 on: 03/07/2004 04:10:21 »
thanks, you can see where my strengths lie! lol