A compass is a tool that can be used to determine cardinal directions such as north, south, west, and east. A compass is often a pointing arrow that can correctly align itself with the Earth’s magnetic field. This simple experiment demonstrates how useful a manual compass can be in determining navigation or determining the direction of travel so that you don’t get lost. When on a trip, this navigation system is often utilized on numerous modes of transportation as well as by humans.
Compass users aren’t just limited to males who travel by land, sea, or air anymore. Because of the range of professions that can be done, it is also popular among women. The compass is useful for establishing the Qibla direction in worship for Muslims. Today’s compass shapes are very varied; a compass may even be found in everyone’s cell phone. The use of a digital compass in a cellphone, on the other hand, is highly dependent on the condition of the phone. Making your own compass can be a good way to know the cardinal directions even if your phone isn’t working. Let’s work together to make a compass!
Tools and Materials of How to Make a Manual Compass
- Whiteboard marker
- Duct tape
Instructions for Use of How to Make a Manual Compass
1. Prepare tools and materials to make a compass
2. Cut the Styrofoam into rounds
3. Cut the paper 9the size of styrofoam that has been cut)
4. Draw a + sign vertically and horizontally in the center of the paper
5. Slide the needle over the magnet in a clockwise motion several times
6. Place the needle on the styrofoam that has been cut crosswise
7. Put the styrofoam that already contains the needle on the water
8. See which way the needle is turning, mark the north and south
9. Paste the paper that has been drawn and mark the cardinal points
10. Put it back in the bowl
11. Rotate the bowl in different directions
12. Pay attention to what occurs
Explanation of How to Make a Manual Compass
The magnetic attraction of the earth’s magnetic poles, notably north and south, is used by an analog compass, also known as a manual compass. When a needle is rubbed against a magnet, it acquires magnetic qualities, allowing it to be used to detect direction depending on the arrow’s direction. A needle with magnetic power will not rotate in the same direction as the bowl, but will instead rotate in the direction of the earth’s magnetic poles, north and south.