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Direction of force without right-hand rule?

  1. May 11, 2015 #1
    Hi guys
    I'm not sure if this is the right area - this is my first post - but it seems like it fits so

    My question is, is there a way to get the direction of force on a charged particle from a magnetic field without using the right hand rule? What I'm looking for would be a way to just think about it, rather than look at my hands, or imagine my hands.

    Thanks for any answers!
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  3. May 11, 2015 #2


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    You could calculate ##q\vec v\times \vec B## [and, if needed, get the components]
  4. May 11, 2015 #3
    derp.....for someone currently finishing up a linear algebra course.. I should have gotten that xP but thanks a ton!
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