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B Magnet and north pole

  1. May 25, 2016 #1
    when a magnet attracts the north end of a compass, what does that mean?
     
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  3. May 25, 2016 #2

    ProfuselyQuarky

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    What do you think it means?
     
  4. May 25, 2016 #3
    that the part of the magnet that attracts north is also the north pole of the magnet
     
  5. May 25, 2016 #4

    davenn

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    no, try again
    remember the ol' rule about "opposites attract"
     
  6. May 25, 2016 #5
    oh okay so the side that the magnet attracts north on a compass is the south pole of the magnet?
     
  7. May 25, 2016 #6

    jbriggs444

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    Yes. We call the Earth's magnetic north pole a north pole because it is in the north. We call a magnet's north pole a north pole because it is attracted to the Earth's north pole.

    But opposites attract. The Earth's "north" pole (in the sense of geography) is its "south" pole (in the sense of how we would label it if it were just another magnet).
     
  8. May 25, 2016 #7

    ProfuselyQuarky

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    Well done! See, it just required a bit of grey matter :smile:
     
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