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OpenStudy (anonymous):

why the magnets are depicted as north and south poles??

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

This is an historical artifact from the days when the study of magnetism was limited to lodestones suspended from strings. Note that the "north pole" is defined as the "north-seeking" pole of the suspended magnet. Thus the earth's magnetic south pole is at the geographic north (so the north-seeking pole of the magnet is attracted by the earth's pole that is in northern Canada).

5 years ago
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