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In what direction does a compass needle point?

  1. Oct 19, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    In what direction does a compass needle point? (More than one answer may be true.)

    T/F In the direction of the magnetic field lines at the location of the compass.
    T/F Toward the north magnetic pole if a bar magnet is brought near the compass.
    T/F Toward the south magnetic pole if a bar magnet is brought near the compass.
    T/F Approximately toward the north in the northern hemisphere.
    T/F Approximately toward the north in the southern hemisphere.
    T/F Approximately toward the south in the southern hemisphere.

    2. Relevant equations

    None.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I put T, T, F, T, F, F however, it is wrong. Can someone help please?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 19, 2007 #2
    A hint is that the geographical north (above Canada) is the magnetic south.
    The geographical south (Antarctica) is the magnetic north.
     
  4. Oct 21, 2007 #3
    Makes sense. Thank You.
     
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