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Why does the compass turn right when a magnetic field other than the earth is applied

  1. Apr 4, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Why does the compass turn right when a magnetic field other than the earth is applied?
    This has been bugging me for a while, does anyone know the answer to this question?

    Thanks a lot :p

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    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Apr 4, 2012 #2

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    Re: Why does the compass turn right when a magnetic field other than the earth is app

    the statement is nonsensical ... it will NOT turn right unless that's where the magnet makes it turn ... move the magnet to the left and the needle moves to the left
     
  4. Apr 4, 2012 #3
    Re: Why does the compass turn right when a magnetic field other than the earth is app

    Ok... Thanks :p.

    I thought at first that, even though the magnetic field is radial it would have to do something with Coriolis Effect.
     
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