# Compass

## Key Stage 3

### Meaning

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A compass is a very small magnet that can freely spin around its center to show the direction of a magnetic field.

A compass will point with one end towards the North Seeking Pole and the other towards the South Seeking Pole.
The end which points to the North is called the North Seeking Pole and the one pointing to the South is the South Seeking Pole.
Some very small compasses are used to draw the magnetic field around a magnet. These are called plotting compasses.

### Examples

 These compasses show the direction of the magnetic field of a bar magnet. These compasses show the direction of Earth's magnetic field.

## Key Stage 4

### Meaning

Text

A compass is a very small magnet that can freely spin around its center to show the direction of a magnetic field.

A compass will point with one end towards the North Seeking Pole and the other towards the South Seeking Pole.
Then end which points to the North is called the North Seeking Pole and the one pointing to the South is the South Seeking Pole.
Compasses show that the Earth acts like a large magnet with the North of the Earth being a South Seeking Pole.
Some very small compasses are used to draw the magnetic field around a magnet. These are called plotting compasses.

### Examples

 These compasses show the direction of the magnetic field of a bar magnet. These compasses show the direction of Earth's magnetic field. This shows that the North of the Earth is a South Seeking Pole of a magnet.

### References

#### AQA

Compass, pages 246, 260, GCSE Physics; Student Book, Collins, AQA
Compass; plotting, page 245, GCSE Physics; Student Book, Collins, AQA
Compasses, page 217, GCSE Combined Science Trilogy; Physics, CGP, AQA
Compasses, page 222, GCSE Physics, Hodder, AQA
Compasses, page 229, GCSE Combined Science; The Revision Guide, CGP, AQA
Compasses, page 290, GCSE Physics; The Complete 9-1 Course for AQA, CGP, AQA
Compasses, page 92, GCSE Physics; The Revision Guide, CGP, AQA
Compasses, pages 276, GCSE Combined Science Trilogy 2, Hodder, AQA

#### Edexcel

Compasses (plotting), page 85, GCSE Physics; The Revision Guide, CGP, Edexcel
Compasses, page 269, GCSE Physics, CGP, Edexcel