# Which material can be used to make the needle of a compass?

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.
A.

### Which direction does the needle on a compass point?

But the magnet is the opposite way around to how you might think, with its south pole up near Earth's actual (geographic) north pole and vice-versa. A compass needle points north because the north pole of the magnet inside it is attracted to the south pole of Earth's built-in magnet.
• #### Why does a compass always points to the north?

The Earth is a magnet that can interact with other magnets in this way, so the north end of a compass magnet is drawn to align with the Earth's magnetic field. Because the Earth's magnetic North Pole attracts the "north" ends of other magnets, it is technically the "South Pole" of our planet's magnetic field.
• #### What pole does a compass point to?

A magnetic compass does not point to the geographic north pole. A magnetic compass points to the earth's magnetic poles, which are not the same as earth's geographic poles. Furthermore, the magnetic pole near earth's geographic north pole is actually the south magnetic pole. When it comes to magnets, opposites attract.
• #### Do compasses point north in the southern hemisphere?

An interesting detail is that there are northern- and southern-hemisphere compasses. This has to do with the fact that the magnetic field lines, to which a compass needle aligns, point into the earth at the north and south magnetic poles. A good compass will last a long time.
B.

### Which way does a compass needle point if you were at the magnetic North Pole?

At the north pole, for example, if you hold the compass horizontally the needle which is supposed to point north will point south, toward the north magnetic pole. That's not saying much, since at the north pole ANY horizontal direction is south.
• #### Which way does a compass needle point if you were at the magnetic North Pole?

At the north pole, for example, if you hold the compass horizontally the needle which is supposed to point north will point south, toward the north magnetic pole. That's not saying much, since at the north pole ANY horizontal direction is south.
• #### Why does a compass needle not point true north?

Because the Earth's magnetic North Pole attracts the "north" ends of other magnets, it is technically the "South Pole" of our planet's magnetic field. While a compass is a great tool for navigation, it doesn't always point exactly north.
• #### Where is the true north?

True north (also called geodetic north) is the direction along Earth's surface towards the geographic North Pole. Geodetic north differs from magnetic north (the direction a compass points toward the Magnetic North Pole), and from grid north (the direction northwards along the grid lines of a map projection).
C.

### Which end of the compass needle will point toward the north pole of a bar magnet?

The black rectangle represents a bar magnet. The magnet's North and South poles are labeled. The other item represents a compass; the red end of the needle is the end that would point towards Earth's North Magnetic Pole. Notice that the red end of the compass needle points toward the south pole of the magnet.
• #### Why does a compass needle deflected when brought near a bar magnet?

Compass needle gets deflected in presence of bar magnet because it is made like that to reflect in presence of magnetism. It gets deflected on earth towards north also because of a huge magnetism of earth.
• #### Which end of the compass needle will point toward the north pole of a bar magnet?

The black rectangle represents a bar magnet. The magnet's North and South poles are labeled. The other item represents a compass; the red end of the needle is the end that would point towards Earth's North Magnetic Pole. Notice that the red end of the compass needle points toward the south pole of the magnet.
• #### Which side of a magnet is attracted to steel?

A north side of the magnet is attracted to the south side of another magnet. However, the north side of the compass points to the north pole, this can only mean that the "north pole" is really the magnetic south, and the "South magnetic pole" is really the magnetic north.

Updated: 4th November 2019

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