Magnets for compasses

Did you know magnets are an essential part of a compass?

A small magnet is what makes a compass point towards the North Pole.

The Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) uses adjusting magnets for small vessels, as shown in the picture below.

magnets for compass

A compass works by detecting the Earth's magnetic field which has two poles: North and South. The bar magnets commonly used for compasses are often marked N for the North Pole and S for the South Pole. Since like poles repel and unlike poles attract, the South Pole of the magnet is attracted to the Earth's magnetic north pole.

Alnico block magnets

alnico bars


AMF Magnetics' Alnico block magnets  are commonly used in schools and Universities, in a wide range of experiments and for educational purposes.


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