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5.3 Magnetic Field Strength: Force on a Moving Charge in a Magnetic Field


A proton moves in the –x-direction and encounters a uniform magnetic field pointing in the +x-direction. In what direction is the resulting magnetic force on the proton?

  1. The proton experiences no magnetic force.
  2. +x-direction
  3. y-direction
  4. +y-direction

A proton moves with a speed of 240 m/s in the +x-direction into a region of a 4.5-T uniform magnetic field directed 62° above the +x-direction in the xy-plane. Calculate the magnitude of the magnetic force on the proton.

5.4 Force on a Moving Charge in a Magnetic Field: Examples and Applications


A wire oriented north-south carries current south. The wire is immersed in Earth’s magnetic field, which is also oriented north-south (with a horizontal component pointing north). Earth’s magnetic field also has a vertical component pointing down. What is the direction of the magnetic force felt by the wire?

  1. West
  2. East
  3. Up
  4. North

5.5 The Hall Effect


An airplane wingspan can be approximated as a conducting rod of length 35 m. As the airplane flies due north, it is flying at a rate of 82 m/s through Earth’s magnetic field, which has a magnitude of 45 μT toward the north in a direction 57° below the horizontal plane. (a) Which end of the wingspan is positively charged, the east or west end? Explain. (b) What is the Hall emf along the wingspan?

5.8 Magnetic Fields Produced by Currents: Ampere's Law


An experimentalist fires a beam of electrons, creating a visible path in the air that can be measured. The beam is fired along a direction parallel to a current-carrying wire, and the electrons travel in a circular path in response to the wire’s magnetic field. Assuming the mass and charge of the electrons is known, what quantities would you need to measure in order to deduce the current in the wire?

  1. The radius of the circular path
  2. The average distance between the electrons and the wire
  3. The velocity of the electrons
  4. Two of the above
  5. All of the above

Electrons starting from rest are accelerated through a potential difference of 240 V and fired into a region of uniform 3.5-mT magnetic field generated by a large solenoid. The electrons are initially moving in the +x-direction upon entering the field, and the field is directed into the page. Determine (a) the radius of the circle in which the electrons will move in this uniform magnetic field and (b) the initial direction of the magnetic force the electrons feel upon entering the uniform field of the solenoid.


In terms of the direction of force, we use the left-hand rule. Pointing your thumb in the +x-direction with the velocity and fingers of the left hand into the page reveals that the magnetic force points down toward the bottom of the page in the –y-direction.

A wire along the y-axis carries current in the +y-direction. In what direction is the magnetic field at a point on the +x-axis near the wire?

  1. Away from the wire
  2. Vertically upward
  3. Into the page
  4. Out of the page

Imagine the xy coordinate plane is the plane of the page. A wire along the z-axis carries current in the +z-direction (out of the page, or ).). Draw a diagram of the magnetic field in the vicinity of this wire indicating the direction of the field. Also, describe how the strength of the magnetic field varies according to the distance from the z-axis.

5.9 Magnetic Force between Two Parallel Conductors


Two parallel wires carry equal currents in the same direction and are separated by a small distance. What is the direction of the magnetic force exerted by the two wires on each other?

  1. No force because the wires are parallel.
  2. No force because the currents are in the same direction.
  3. The force is attractive.
  4. The force is repulsive.

A wire along the y-axis carries current in the +y-direction. An experimenter would like to arrange a second wire parallel to the first wire and crossing the x-axis at the coordinate x=2.0  mx=2.0  m so that the total magnetic field at the coordinate x=1.0 mx=1.0 m is zero. In what direction must the current flow in the second wire, assuming it is equal in magnitude to the current in the first wire? Explain.