Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Electromagnetism problem

  1. Oct 3, 2004 #1
    When going over my notes on the lorentz electromagnetic force in my physics 3 electromagnetism class got a bit puzzled by one statement that seems just to be taken for granted. Could anyone help me and tell me why x1i =r1 -y1j on page 5 on http://www.physics.gla.ac.uk/~dland/ELMAG305/Elmag305txt1.pdf [Broken] where frame 1 is the stationary frame and 2 the frame moving with velocity v to the right of frame 1

    If its just by using pythagorus wouldnt the above quantities (x,y and r) be to the second power. i just cant get my head around this and realise its probably something really straight forward. any help would be much appreciated.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 1, 2017
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 3, 2004 #2


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    the vector r = xi + yj by definition, see the figure on the previous page.

    Using the Pythograean theorem you get the magnetude of r.

    [tex] \mid \hat {r} \mid = \sqrt { x^2 + y^2 } [/tex]

    You are dealing with the VECTOR r. See the difference?
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2004
  4. Oct 3, 2004 #3
    haha yeah i do now and realise how obvious that was, thanks
  5. Oct 6, 2004 #4
    Another quick question, why on page 6 of the slide does vy1k = v x r?
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook