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Homework Help: Confusion on applying right hand rule

  1. Nov 23, 2013 #1
    Hi guys I always get confused when I do the right hand rule like here when I apply it to this problem I am getting different answer than what the book have.

    A uniform magnetic field B, with magnitude 1.2 mT, points vertically upward throughout the volume of the room in which you are sitting. A proton with kinetic energy of 5.3 MeV moves horizontally to the north through a certain point in the room. What magnetic deflecting force acts on the proton as it passes through this point ? The proton mass is 1.67 * 10^-27 kg.

    so Fb = 6.1 * 10^-15 N; the book then says the force is sideways in horzontally to the east. I am getting it pointing in the z direction even when using cross product

    FB = q<v,0,0> x <0,B,0>

    Fb = qvB k^ direction
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  3. Nov 23, 2013 #2


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    What's your convention for relating north/south, east/west, and up/down to the x, y, and z axes? You know you've mixed something up if the force isn't perpendicular to the B field and the velocity.

    (I'm assuming that you are using i,, j, and k as unit vectors in the x, y, and z directions respectively).
  4. Nov 23, 2013 #3
    Ye I am using i j k as unit vectros x,y,and z directions respectively.. but I think thats what I have not relating north/south up down to x and y and z directions..
  5. Nov 23, 2013 #4
    Shouldn't your field be (0,0,B)?
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