Does the magnetic compass have a magnetic field around it?

Asked by Gurinder | 7th Jun, 2015, 06:31: PM

Expert Answer:

A compass is used as a magnetic field direction detector. A compass is nothing more than a tiny magnet suspended such that it can freely rotate in response to a magnetic field. Like all magnets, the needle has a North pole and a South pole that get attracted and repelled by the poles of other magnets. When the compass is placed in a strong magnetic field, the needle turns due to the forces of attraction and repulsion until it is perfectly aligned with the direction of the field.

Answered by Yashvanti Jain | 13th Dec, 2017, 07:58: PM