Ok, now that we know what we can do with a compass it is time to figure out how to do what we want.
Lets start with figuring out a known direction. Lets say we were out hiking with mom and we used our simple GPS to record the location of the car. The GPS tells us that the car is bearing 197 degrees. We are out in the middle of the woods! Where is 197 degrees!
Step 1: Rotate the dial on the compass until 197 is on the "white line".
Step 2: Hold the compass flat, with the "direction arrow" facing toward the direction you are looking, and spin around in place until the red needle is pointing towards the "N" on the dial. (When the needle is pointing to the "N" on the dial, the needle will be centered in the "dog house".)
Step 3: Look ahead! You are facing 197 degrees! (The direction arrow will point towards the number you put on the white line WHEN the red needle is pointing to the letter "N".)