# Why do two magnets facing each other with opposite poles but offset horizontally repel?

When you place two magnets with opposite poles facing eachother vertically they attract. However if you move one magnet horizontally by a distance greater than the magnets diameter they will begin to repel in the vertical direction but still maintain attraction in the horizontal direction. Why is this?

(Note: first, the nessesary horizontal displacement for vertical repulsion is a rough estimate. I am using my hands to measure force so I can really only measure up to 7cm. Second, the direction I chose to place the magnets is arbitrary.)

Edit: (Sorry, I can't include a picture because the file is too large. I will try to describe situation in more detail below:

Case 1: imagine two magnets aligned vertically with opposite poles facing eachother separated by some distance. In this case the two magnets will attract

Case 2: now imagin the same set up as case one but move one of the magnets to the side by a distance of atleast the magnets diameter. In this case the magnets repel in the vertical direction.

• Can you possibly draw a diagram to more clearly illastrate the situation? May 25, 2022 at 22:17
• "oposite" is not a word.
– hft
May 25, 2022 at 23:12