Why are magnets shaped in a U?



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    U-shaped or horseshoe magnets were originally made because bar magnets did not have a very strong attraction on either end. By facing two poles in the same direction, the magnet was stronger and could pick up small metal objects. These days, we can easily make much stronger magnets in just about any shape, but horseshoe magnets are still useful for demonstrations of magnetism.

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