|If a person had enought helium balloons to make a
magnet weightless, to counteract the force of
gravity, then could you see it interact with the
earths magnetic field?
|Question Date: 2007-08-03|
If you use a compass and you are holding it up
with your hand, That is essentially the same
physics as using helium balloons to hold it up.
There is no change in the interaction regardless.
The laws of magnetism are the same with or
Yes. However, a simpler experiment would be to
tie a magnet to a toy boat and put the boat in the
water. If the boat isn't made too heavy by the
weight of the magnet that it would sink, then the
magnet will cause the boat to orient along the
Earth's magnetic field lines. This, by the way, is
HOW a compass works.
Nope, this only makes a compass. That's
exactly how they work.
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