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Homework Help: Defining magnetic interaction between charged particles

  1. Feb 23, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Consider two charged particles 1 and 2, each of them able to translate (move from place to place) and to spin.

    2. Relevant equations

    I can not completely think of relevant equations at the moment.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I am a bit confused on how charged particles can create magnetic fields. and if there is magnetic interaction between particle 1 and 2.

    I know that when a charged particle has a velocity, it creates a magnetic field.
    In class, we covered Special Relativity, but I'm still a bit confused on what velocity of a charged particle means. (As in, if particle 1 translates pass particle 2 with a velocity, does that create a magnetic field, since both particles have a velocity in either reference frame?)

    Translating (moving) I am pretty sure means a charged particle has a velocity, but what about if one particle 1 is spinning while particle 2 is at rest, would that be considered the charged particle having a velocity?
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  3. Feb 28, 2017 #2
    Thanks for the thread! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post? The more details the better.
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