force and interactions

Stirring Sand

I ran across the idea for this week's experiment (which is really more of a challenge), while researching another question. The more I thought about it, the more I liked it. It involves the unusual behavior of sand in a glass of water.


OK, a puzzle this time. Imagine that you have two steel bars that look alike. One is a magnet and the other is not. Without using anything else (No paperclips, iron filings, etc.) how would you be able to tell which is the magnet?