Prof. Ward Rosse
Magnets! [Years 1, 2, and 3]
Mon Mar 4, 2013 21:20

“Good afternoon, everyone,” Professor Ward Rosse said, looking up from his copy of He Flew Like A Madman. The thirty-something-ish man slipped the book back into a desk drawer before standing up to begin class. The students would probably be disappointed that Godzilla was not in the room today, but Ward didn’t want his iguana anywhere near the subject of today’s lesson.

“Magnets!” He exclaimed. “We’ve been talking about magnets, yes? You all still remember that, the weekend didn’t get to you?” The class had spent the past week or so learning about magnets: that they had two poles, that iron and nickel were attracted to them, and that the Earth itself was a giant magnet, with poles corresponding (approximately) to the geographic location of Earth’s poles.

“Great! So now we’re going to make compasses! Basically, a compass is a magnet that’s allowed to rotate freely, so that it can align with the earth’s magnetic field. That way it will tell you which way is North. Compasses have been used for navigation for over a thousand years.” Ward’s outfit today matched the navigation/nautical theme: shoals of bright fish swum across his blue robes. Okay, that didn’t really match at all, but Ward liked fish.

“So, come up here and get a needle and a magnet and a dish. To magnetize the needle, run the magnet over it in the same direction over and over again. This will align all the magnetic fields of the atoms inside the needle.” Earlier, the students learned that some materials, mostly iron and nickel, had the ability to become magnetized. Every atom in the material had a tiny magnetic field, and when all those magnetic fields were aligned—so that every atom had north pointing the same way—the overall piece of iron, or whatever, would be magnetized.

“Then, you can either use the hover charm on the needle to let it spin free, or you can put some water in the dish and float the needle in it.” He gestured to the large jug of distilled water on the table at the front of the room (which also contained the needles, magnets, and dishes).

“Muggles have been making magnets like this for thousands of years,” Ward explained while all the students rummaged for their materials. “The Vikings used natural magnets, which they called lodestones, to tell which way is north. The compass needle will point along the north-south line, and you can easily do a test with a magnet or in an area you know which way is north. Then you can mark the side that’s north.”

Ward had a working compass up on his desk—the water version—in case any of the students wanted to check. “You can also check your compass using Point Me. And that’s it! I’ll be wandering around to see how you do. Ask a friend for help before you ask me! And don’t stab each other. Please.” Ward hoped no one would do anything too stupid, but after all, some first-years could barely tell which way to sit on a broom.

|OOC| Greetings! First, my most sincere apologies for being late. Don’t be like me. Second, please follow all RMI posting rules for length, grammar, etc. Third, please put your house name in the author box! Like so: Ivanna Gudgrad, Draco. This makes it so much easier for me to give you points. Fourth, please don’t stab each other with the needles! Ward is probably the last staff member a student would want to go to with an injury. If you do actually need help, tag Ward and I will endeavor to aid you in a timely manner. Thank you and happy posting!

    • When will the poles switch again, I wonder?Aukley Justesen {Lyra}, Sun Mar 10 14:38
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      • Approximately 13,500 yearsAnjali Soren, Tue Mar 19 23:07
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    • Magnets are rubbish.Serenity Locke [Lyra], Tue Mar 5 10:44
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                • Then why should I have one?Serenity, Tue Mar 12 21:02
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      • Wakey wakey! *pokes*Cayden Bloom [Cetus], Tue Mar 5 11:35
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        • Thanks, I needed that!Lena, Thu Mar 7 05:06
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          • Anytime!Cayden, Tue Mar 12 10:32
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