5.1(a). Answer the following questions regarding earth’s magnetism:  A vector needs three quantities for its specification. Name the three independent quantities conventionally used to specify the earth’s magnetic field.

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The three independent quantities used to specify the earth’s magnetic field are:

(i) The horizontal component of Earth's magnetic field  (H_{E}).

(ii) The magnetic declination (D): It is the angle between the geographic north and the magnetic north at a place.

(iii)The magnetic dip (I): It is the angle between the horizontal plane and the magnetic axis, as observed in the compass

 

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