Magnetic Poles

Magnetic are specialized objects that are equipped with the ability to attract or repel magnets or other magnetic objects.

What are Magnetic Poles?

Magnetic poles are a terminology used to reference the corresponding ends of a magnet. These sections constitute the areas with the strongest magnetic field.

Types of Poles of a Magnet

There are two main variations of these poles. They include;

North pole: By principle, a magnet typically aligns itself in accordance with the magnetic field of the earth. The north is therefore the side of the magnet falls in line with the earth’s magnetic north.

South pole Just like the north of the magnet seeks the earth’s north so does the south. The south pole is the side that aligns itself with the corresponding Earth’s south

Characteristics of the 2 Pole of a Magnet

The main defining characteristics of the two poles on the magnet are their orientation and their reaction to each other when brought together in close quarters.

  • The magnet’s north pole will fall in a line facing towards the corresponding earth’s pole while the magnet’s south pole follows suit and faces its corresponding earth’s pole.
  • When put together similarly oriented poles will repel but when opposite sides are put close to each other they pull together.

Laws of Magnetic Pole

There is a singular standard law concerning magnetic poles. The law indicates that poles that are similar in orientation will push away from each other while those with contrasting orientations will pull toward one another.

Difference between Magnet North Pole and the South Pole

Several unique characteristics can be used to distinguish between the magnet’s north and south poles. The difference include;

  • When put nearby, the north poles will be automatically drawn to the opposing pole but will push away a pole with a similar orientation. With the same principle south pole will pull towards the opposite pole but will repel the similarly oriented pole.
  • When suspended on a string the natural predisposition of the magnet will cause the north pole to align in the same direction as that of the earth. The south pole will also follow suit orienting itself with the south pole of the earth.
  • On a diagram, the end from which the magnetic lines originate is usually the north pole. The section in which the land is the south pole
  • Manufacturers typically color code their commercial magnet bars depicting the north with a red color and blue for the south.
How to Identify a Magnetic Pole

Manufacturers of commercial magnets have devised a few ways of identifying the orientation of a magnet.

  • One of the ways typically involves marking the sections using their initial letters N or S.
  • Another way is using a standard color code where red indicates north and south is represented using blue.

However, if you have a plain and unmarked magnet there are a few simple methods that can help you locate the different poles;

  • You can suspend the unmarked magnet on a string. While suspended magnets typically align themselves with their corresponding earth’s magnetic field. The earth’s north will correspond with that of the magnet and the south will do the same
  • Another method is to use a compass whose pointer is normally oriented with the earth’s north pole. When set next to each other the south pole of the magnet will move towards the compass.
Which Pole of a Magnet is Stronger?

Magnetic poles have no unique individual impact on the overall magnetic strength of a bar. While the poles mark the areas with the highest magnetic field both equally have the same effect, therefore neither one is stronger than the other.

What is Magnetic Pole Strength?

This refers to the impact produced when the different poles from different magnets are placed in close proximity to one another

Do Magnetic Poles Shift?

It would require an inordinate amount of time most likely thousands or even tens of thousands of years for the poles of the earth to completely reverse. On the other hand, the earth has the ability to change at a daily rate of six degrees.

What are Earth's Magnetic Poles?

This refers to the sections of the Earth located on the polar north and polar south. You can identify their positions from where you are using a compass.

Every magnet possesses both these poles at any given time. If you were to break it off in half both halves would form new poles. The new poles will equally align according to the earth’s magnetic poles

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