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Direction of magnetic force

  1. Apr 16, 2013 #1
    Hello, I know about the right hand rule, but I get confused when velocity and magnetic field are not perpendicular to each other, then how do I determine the direction of the magnetic force? Can I not use the right hand rule?
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  3. Apr 16, 2013 #2

    Meir Achuz

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    You can still use the RH rule for direction. The magnitude just gets multiplied by sin(theta).
  4. Apr 17, 2013 #3
    It is the component of the velocity at right angles to the field that experienses the force.
    The component parallel to the field does not experience any force
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