• A compass is a small box with a glass cover on it.
  • It has a magnetised needle pivoted inside the box, which can rotate freely. Compass also has a dial with directions marked on it.
  • Keep the compass where you need to know the directions , the needle indicates the North-South direction when it comes to rest.
  • Compass is regarded as an important device for navigation. The most well known type of compass is magnetic compass.
  • The construction of the compass has changed over the years but the key mechanism remains the same. 
  • Earliest compasses were made by a magnetized needle which was usually attached by a piece of cork or wood that could float easily in a dish of water .


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CA Maninder Singh is a Chartered Accountant for the past 13 years and a teacher from the past 17 years. He teaches Science, Economics, Accounting and English at Teachoo