Brandon Explains Magnets

RT Animated Adventures: Brandon Explains Magnets

In RTAA #95, Brandon explains to Gus how magnets work after a discussion about the iPhone's compass, and Gus plays along to see just how much Brandon actually doesn't know about science. Spoiler alert: it's a lot.

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  • Thow21

    2 years ago

    Brandon is actually right...kind of. Because the northern magnetic pole attracts the northern end of a compass, physically is is a south pole. Also the poles move due to the fluid rotation occurring in the Earth's crust. Also I'm pretty sure that every half a million years, the magnetic poles reverse, so south becomes north and vice versa

  • D3athAngel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

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  • AshleyBren

    3 years ago

    Brandon is a freaking genius.

  • BubbaRollo

    3 years ago

    the magnetic south pole IS THE SOUTH POLE

    • Dil3560 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      No, actually the magnetic pole attract the opposite direction. So the magnetic South Pole has North point to it and vise versa. Blame cartographers for that one.

  • bricksantos

    3 years ago

    well the magnetic NORTH pole is located on one of the islands in canada's property and is slowly spiraling outward due to the rotation of earth on it's axis in relation to it revolution

  • epiclol

    3 years ago

    magnets work by them selves they have independent poles that sort of rely on the N/S poles of the earth

  • epiclol

    3 years ago

    joshua peck the south pole is only in that spot every 300 years or so, your wrong the north/south pole is actually 50 miles of the coast of greenland east. so every 300 years the north and south pole switch places that is supposively the end of the world again im saying it is the end of the world when that happens

  • JoshuaPeck FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Blade

    3 years ago

    Brando is kinda right. The magnetic South Pole is in the Northern hemisphere. Magnets will still point North because the metal will line up with the magnetic field.

    adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/hiking/com...

    This site explains it.

  • MorganGamer3 FirstMemberYay

    3 years ago

    I absolutely love the Animated Adventures because they are sooo Funny XD
    Great work!

  • jxj

    3 years ago

    i re watched this after watching a video explaining magnets. huge difference.
    [link=http://]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFAOXdXZ5TM

  • Kha0sRaptor

    3 years ago

    this is kinda how magnets work........... i think brandon's right guys

  • BladeLigerV

    3 years ago

    mmmmmmmm delicious magnets
    i remember this podcast

  • Downer666

    3 years ago

    I FUCKIN LOST IT AT THE CANADIAN SOUTH POLE!

  • pizzaking45

    3 years ago

    Sence Roosterteeth is so famose why dont they have their own tv channel

  • Aicon

    3 years ago

    Minutephysics Where is the True North Pole? That clears things up.

  • Bbqsauce FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 years ago

    @RegumCaboose

    Actually they're not arbitrary, but I do agree we should rename them Red and Blue XD

  • Mudry FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 years ago

    Oh RTAA....

  • NoOneAtAll

    4 years ago

    The iphone uses a gyroscope, not a magnet. So Brandon is still wrong.

  • ZryletTC

    4 years ago

    technically the magnetic south pole is somewhere in canda or south of the geographical north pole

  • RVBFAN314

    4 years ago

    @RegumCaboose

    There is no reason to call them north or south, we could just as easily call them Red and Blue.


    I like the way you think.

  • RegumCaboose

    4 years ago

    For clarification, the magnetic pole names are completely arbitrary. There is no reason to call them north or south, we could just as easily call them Red and Blue.

    Furthermore, deposits of minerals like magnetite will only affect a compass if you're in the immediate vicinity of the deposit.

    So in closing, fuck everyone my compass points Blue.

  • omgacat520

    4 years ago

    ADBLOCK NO LONGER WORKS.
    fuck.

  • Geeeenaa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Emerald cigarettes

    4 years ago

    Animated Adventures makes me such a happy girl.

  • ScarabJake

    4 years ago

    He is right. The north pole of a compass points to the geo north pole... but opposites attract so on the magnetic way of things, the magnetic south pole is more up in the norther region. The northern magnetic pole is the exact opposite of that. A regular compass is more effected by the mineral deposit of magnetite up in the north then it is by the actual magnetic field of the earth.

  • FoxboyPrower

    4 years ago

    And thus the bad science discussion begins.

  • El_Salsa_Rey FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 years ago

    The Magnetic South Pole actually is in the northern part of the world... it's kind of weird, but Brandon kind of had it right with that idea.

  • PineappleJac

    4 years ago

    Man, that guy is a fucking scientist.

  • AndrewDevenH

    4 years ago

    brandon is so good at science XD

  • thesakattack

    4 years ago

    Yea he's right we all have to store minerals in our backyard. It's Canadian law

  • Pittyswains

    4 years ago

    Magnetic and geographic poles are opposite. Take a physics course.

    newton.cnice.mec.es/materiales_didacticos/magneti...

  • PsychoForYou

    4 years ago

    Lol, I love animated adventures!

    It is not the South Pole, it is the 'Magnetic' South Pole..... :3

  • DaRabidMonkey FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 years ago

    Yeah, it was funny, until the engineer guy came on during the next podcast to explain how Brandon was correct. Still convinced Brandon was confused but ended up being right by mistake, though.

  • LegendofArch

    4 years ago

    well actually it's magnetically south because the north arrow of a compass is attracted to the opposite charge; the north arrow is positively charged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compass#How_a_magnetic_c...

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    4 years ago

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  • Perraith

    4 years ago

    Haven't laughed that hard at an RT in a while.

    Seriously? It's called the North Pole, not Canada's pole (which sounds kind of... yeah)

  • Showstopper5 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 years ago

    Ur mother, I knew that without taking college or AP physics, than again, science is my favorite subject.

  • TerribleRed

    4 years ago

    Everytime I see that last animation of Brandon in the labcoat I can't help but crack up. Excellent.

  • Dmaster98

    4 years ago

    Ha!!

  • UrMother

    4 years ago

    An experiment, for those of you not lucky enough to have done this in school:

    1) Take the North end of a magnet.
    2) Put it near a compass. (just enough to get a reaction from the compass)
    3) Which end of the compass is attracted toward the North magnet?
    4) That is the true magnetic South end of the compass needle. (opposites attract)
    5) When the North end of the magnet is removed which direction does the South end of the compass needle point?
    6) That is the true magnetic North pole of the Earth.(the magnetic South end of the compass needle will be attracted to the Earth's magnetic North pole)
    7) Which one is correctly labeled magnetic North, the North tip of the compass needle, or the Earth's magnetic North pole?

    Easy enough to do sitting at your desk, and this should settle any debate raging here about which end is which. The answer may astound half of you(meanwhile the other 50% will be yelling IN YOUR FACE).

    It's important to note that the scientific definition of magnetic North is the part of the object where the magnetic field vector is pointing OUT of the object and the magnetic South is where the magnetic field vector is pointing INTO the object(if you know this, you've probably taken college or AP physics). The Earth's magnetic poles move(and sometimes flip, albeit VERY rarely, several hundred thousand to a few million years in between by our current dating information) and the geographic poles were named before humans understood the physics of magnets and their properties, and came up with this definition. Therefore, the Earth's magnetic pole residing in the Northern Geographic hemisphere may or may not actually be a magnetically north pole. By the scientific definition, they could be entirely opposite.

    How can we know which pole of the magnet is truly north, by the scientific definition? Well, we have defined electrons as negatively charged, so we can observe how an electron beam is affected by the magnetic field of a magnet's poles (remember your Right Hand Rule for vector cross products!) and determine from that interaction which pole makes the beam change in accordance with what should be the North pole.

    Thank you RoosterTeeth for helping me study for my Physics final next week.

  • nick2292

    4 years ago

    Oh my god, that's one of the funniest things I've ever heard.

  • AxialRaye

    4 years ago

    Lol

  • NickJohnson3

    4 years ago

    close enough

  • Dunko

    4 years ago

    Fun fact, scientifically, the "Magnetic North Pole" is technically a south magnetic pole because magnetic fields flow from the north pole of a magnet to the south. The Earth's North pole attracts north bar magnets, and is therefore a south pole.

  • HappyGoSlappy

    4 years ago

    I really need to clarify something here that is basic primary school (or elementary if you live in the states) knowledge. The north end of a magnet is repelled by the magnetic north pole, NOT attracted. However what we think of as the north end of the compass is actually it's south end just labeled north because the magnetic north is located in canada.

  • SGilley

    4 years ago

    So close, yet so far...

  • thatguyfromroosterteeth

    4 years ago

    srly... how DO they work??

  • BrokeHero

    4 years ago

    ITs a lie!..... Its actually tiny elves and magic

  • otis

    4 years ago

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  • shorai1

    4 years ago

    For some reason I was waiting for Magneto to be mention sometime during this explanation. And on the compass app thing here you go Gus: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_field_sensors

  • becbut

    4 years ago

    I now refuse to watch videos on the official Roosterteeth website because it messes with my adblocker. To YouTube!