# Unusual question about magnets with same poles.

Dobbie

## Homework Statement

A student finds an old magnet at the back of a drawer containing other magnets.
He designs an experiment to find out if it is still magnetised.
(i) He brings a plotting compass near to end A of the old magnet, as shown in the first part of the image.

State the polarity of end Y of the old magnet.
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(ii) The plotting compass is then brought near to end B, as shown in the second part of the image.

State the polarity of end X.
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(iii) Suggest a possible explanation for the student’s results.
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## Homework Equations

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## The Attempt at a Solution

my solution is that both the ends are south poles and i have no explanation what so ever...

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He designs an experiment to find out if it is still magnetised.

What if it isn't?

ApplePion
If it was magnetized that just could not happen. If unmagnetized then either N or S could be attracted to either X or Y , and it would be possible to create both those configurations if one set things up appropriately.

Dobbie
is it possible that the compass is faulty?