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# What happens when a compass is placed near a magnetic field?

## What happens when a compass is placed near a magnetic field?

In Experiment 1, when you bring the compass near a strong bar magnet, the needle of the compass points in the direction of the south pole of the bar magnet. When you take the compass away from the bar magnet, it again points north.

How does a compass act in a magnetic field?

A compass works by detecting the Earth’s natural magnetic fields. This allows the needle to better react to nearby magnetic fields. Since opposites attract the southern pole of the needle is attracted to the Earth’s natural magnetic north pole. This is how navigators are able to discern north.

### What does a compass react to?

A magnet is what makes a compass point north — the small magnetic pin in a compass is suspended so that it can spin freely inside its casing and respond to our planet’s magnetism.

In which direction will a magnetic compass point if it is placed at the magnetic north?

Earth’s magnetic north pole is near Earth’s geographic south. That’s why the north pole of a compass points toward north because that’s where Earth’s south magnetic pole is located and they attract.

## Does a compass point in the direction of the magnetic field?

15.4 The compass (ESAEN) A compass is an instrument which is used to find the direction of a magnetic field. A compass consists of a small metal needle which is magnetised itself and which is free to turn in any direction. The compass needle aligns with the Earth’s magnetic field direction and points north-south.

Why does a compass react when place near a magnet?

If a magnet is placed near a magnetic compass, the north pole of the compass’s needle is attracted by the south pole of the magnet, and the south pole of the compass’s needle is attracted by the north pole of the magnet. Does a compass point to north only in winter?

### How does a compass needle align with a magnet?

As mentioned, the compass needle is small and light and will align itself with the magnetic field lines from the much stronger magnet. Normally, this stronger magnet is Earth itself, and a local magnet (whether electromagnet or permanent magnet) needs to “overwhelm” Earth’s magnetic field in order to determine the direction of the compass needle.

What happens when you put a compass on the North Pole?

The Earth is a magnet that can interact with other magnets in this way, so the north end of a compass magnet is drawn to align with the Earth’s magnetic field. Because the Earth’s magnetic North Pole attracts the “north” ends of other magnets, it is technically the “South Pole” of our planet’s magnetic field.

## What happens to your compass as you move away from Earth?

Think of the Earth as a little magnet that you place next to your compass and slowly pull away. The magnet eventually loses its magnetic influence on the compass, and the compass will then align itself with the strongest magnetic field present. That’s precisely what happens as you move away from Earth. You can try it out to see what it looks like.