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Magnetism Experiments - Magnets Pointing North
 
Pointing North
Materials you will need:

• Water
• A Bowl
• A Compass
• Two Small Pieces of Paper or Sliced Cork
• Two Needle-Magnets (refer to experiment - Make Needle-Magnets)
 
Did you know that the Earth acts like a giant magnet and attracts other magnets towards its north pole?

Try this experiment with two needle-magnets to see how the Earth pulls on magnets.

Steps:

1.  Float a small piece of paper in a bowl of water and rest a needle-magnet on it.  When the needle is still mark which way it points.

2.  Now do the same with the second needle-magnet.  Both needles should point the same direction, which is along a north-south line.

How to find north:  To find out which end of your needle-magnet points north, you can either use a compass or you can use your shadow.  

Go outside at midday on a sunny day.

If you are north of the equator, your shadow will point north.

If you are south of the equator, it will point south.

 
 
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