# What is the needle of a compass?

## What is the needle of a compass?

The compass needle is a little steel magnet balanced upon a pivot; one end of the needle, which always bears a distinguishing mark, points approximately, but not in general exactly, to the north,’ the vertical plane through the direction of the needle being termed the magnetic meridian.

## What is a compass needle made of?

The needle of a magnetic compass must be made of a metallic substance, which can be magnetized for an extended period of time. The most common substance used for compass needles is steel. Steel is an alloy of iron and a small amount of carbon.

## What magnet attracts a compass needle?

Earth’s south magnetic pole

## Is a compass a permanent magnet?

The needle of a compass is itself a permanent magnet and the north indicator of the compass is a magnetic north pole. The north pole of a magnet will tend to line up with the magnetic field, so a suspended compas needle will rotate until it lines up with the magnetic field.

## What happens if you put a compass near a magnet?

The needle of a compass is itself a magnet, and thus the north pole of the magnet always points north, except when it is near a strong magnet. When you take the compass away from the bar magnet, it again points north. So, we can conclude that the north end of a compass is attracted to the south end of a magnet.

## What will happen if we bring a magnet near a compass?

If a compass is brought near a magnet its needle gets deflected due to the magnetic field of magnet. If a compass is brought near a magnet its needle gets deflected due to the magnetic field of magnet.

## Where is the force of a magnet the strongest?

The magnetic field generated by any magnet is always strongest at either pole. The magnetic force is equally as strong at both the north and south pole.

## Why does the needle get deflected by the magnet?

The compass needle is a small magnet. That’s why when a compass needle is brought near a bar magnet, its magnetic field lines interact with that of the bar magnet. Hence, a compass needle gets deflected near the magnet bar.

## What happens to the magnetic needle kept in a non uniform magnetic field?

It will experience force and torque both. Due to unequal forces acting on the poles, it will experience torque. Was this answer helpful?

## What happens if a bar magnet is cut into two pieces?

Answer: The pole strength of each piece when a bar magnet is cut into two equal halves perpendicular to its length is the same as the pole strength of the original bar magnet.

## Do magnetic field lines ever end?

A magnetic field has no sources or sinks (Gauss’s law for magnetism), so its field lines have no start or end: they can only form closed loops, extend to infinity in both directions, or continue indefinitely without ever crossing itself.

## What is the direction of magnetic field lines inside and outside the bar magnet?

The direction of magnetic lines of force of a bar magnet is from north to south pole outside the magnet and from south pole to north pole inside the magnet.

## What is the direction of magnetic field inside the bar magnet?

(a) The direction of magnetic field lines outside a bar-magnet is from North seeking pole to south seeking pole while inside the magnet it is from south to north seeking pole.

## What is the direction of field lines inside the bar magnet?

The magnetic field lines for a bar magnet emerges from the north pole and enters the south pole. The properties of these magnetic field lines are that it always emerges from the north pole of the magnet and enters the south pole.

## What is the magnetic field inside a magnet?

The magnetic field lines of a simple magnet are shown in the picture below. They point from the north pole to the south pole. However, the magnetic field lines do not just end at the tip of the magnet. They go right through it, so that inside the magnet the magnetic field points from the south pole to the north pole.

## Is North positive or negative?

On Earth, the north (positive) pole of the Earth’s magnet is in fact at its South geographic pole. A compass needle sure enough indicates North, but if you put a compass needle near a bar magnet, it points AWAY from the north (positive) pole of the bar magnet.

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## What are 2 different types of magnets?

There are many types of magnets, which are generally divided into two categories: permanent magnet and a soft magnet.