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Q & A: How can I know which side is north and south of a ring magnet?

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Most recent answer: 12/14/2014
Q:
How can I know which side is north and south of a ring magnet?
- Trisaina (age 27)
United States
A:

Hi Trisaina,

Take your ring magnet and write N on one of the flat sides.   Then suspend it from an edge with a string.  If the N lines up with north, okay.   If not erase the N and write S.    By the way, the earth's north pole is really a magnetic south pole.

 

Lee H

 


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