# Magnetic Field Force

1. Mar 28, 2016

### PhysicsInNJ

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A proton moves through a uniform magnetic field given by = (10 −25.3(j-hat) + 30(k-hat))mT. At time t1, the proton has a velocity given by = vx + vy(j-hat)+ (2.0 km/s)(k-hat) and the magnetic force on the proton is B = (4.46 ✕ 10−17 N) + (1.76 ✕ 10−17 N)(j-hat).

At this instant, what is Vx?

2. Relevant equations
F= qV x B

3. The attempt at a solution
F/qB= V (using all the i-hat values since Im looking for Vx)
(4.46x10^-17)/(1.6x10^-19)(0.001)
This gives me= 278750 m/s

2. Mar 28, 2016

### Staff: Mentor

Your relevant equation involves a cross product, so each force component will involve a mix of contributions from other components of the velocity and field vectors.

I suggest that you expand the cross product in the equation symbolically first, then pick out useful equations from the force terms.

3. Mar 28, 2016

### PhysicsInNJ

ok I have expanded the cross product and got this;

(Vy)(30) - (2000)(-25.6) = 30Vy + 512000
(2000)(10) - (Vx)(30) = 20,000 - 30Vx
(Vx)(-25.6) - (Vy)(-25.6) = -25.6Vx + 25.6Vy

So the relevant equation would be the second, since it has a Vx. I set that equal to 1.76E-17/ e and solved for Vx which did not work.

4. Mar 28, 2016

### Staff: Mentor

I don't see where you've accounted for the charge on the proton or the given units of the magnetic field terms (milli Teslas).

5. Mar 28, 2016

### PhysicsInNJ

I accounted for the charge by dividing by e, and just redid the calculation with 0.03 instead of 30.

6. Mar 28, 2016

### Staff: Mentor

That accounts for the $B\hat{k}$ term. What about the $B\hat{i}$ term (10 mT)?

7. Mar 28, 2016

### PhysicsInNJ

Thank you so much!!! that cleared it up!!

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