MLA Citation: Bloomfield, Louis A. "Question 258"
How Everything Works 21 Jan 2018. 21 Jan 2018 <>.
258. Why do north and south poles on magnets change back and forth?
Only electromagnets can change back and forth and then only when they are connected to a supply of alternating current. A permanent magnet, such as that used to hold notes to a refrigerator, has permanent poles that do not change. But an AC powered electromagnet, such as that found in a transformer, does have poles that change back and forth.

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