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When the north pole of a magnet is attracted to the geographic northpole, the poles...

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sphinazee | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 31, 2009 at 4:48 AM via web

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When the north pole of a magnet is attracted to the geographic northpole, the poles repel.  Why?

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2009 at 5:06 AM (Answer #1)

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The north pole of one magnet attracts the south pole of the other, and vice-versa. One pole of your magnet pointed north; such a pole was originally called a north seeking pole, which was eventually shortened to north pole. When it was discovered that the Earth was a magnet, scientists realized that the north pole of the compass was attracted to the opposite magnetic pole of the Earth.

 

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