Question: Why does compass needle always point north?

The north pole of a compass magnet points toward the north. Earths south magnetic pole is near Earths geographic north. Earths magnetic north pole is near Earths geographic south. Thats why the north pole of a compass points toward north because thats where Earths south magnetic pole is located and they attract.

Why does a compass needle always point north to south?

When it comes to magnets, opposites attract. This fact means that the north end of a magnet in a compass is attracted to the south magnetic pole, which lies close to the geographic north pole. The geographic north and south poles indicate the points where the earths rotation axis intercepts earths surface.

Which force keeps the compass needle pointing north?

A compass needle points north because the north pole of the magnet inside it is attracted to the south pole of Earths built-in magnet.

Why does a compass needle always point north and not always balanced parallel to the earths surface?

the earths magnetic field is not always parallel to the surface of the earth-it may have a component perpindicular to the earths surface. the compass will tend to line up with the local direction of the magnetic field, so one end if the compass will dip downward.

Why does a freely suspended magnet align itself in the north south direction?

Magnetism | Short/Long Answer Questions Solution: A freely suspended magnet always rests in the north-south direction because the magnetic south pole of the earth lies in the geographic north direction and the magnetic north pole of the earth lies in the geographical south direction.

Why does a freely suspended magnet always align itself in a certain direction?

Accepted Answer: The earth behaves as a magnetic dipole . Therefore a freely suspended magnet always points towards in the north-south direction because the north pole of the suspended magnet attracts the south pole of the earths magnet which is the geographical north pole of the earth.

How do we know north is north?

If you walk your compass around the electric wire the S->N direction is always that of the magnetic field, as defined by the right-hand rule. Maps point north perhaps because they were invented by people in the Northern Hemisphere, who may have found it convenient because they used the North Star for navigation.

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