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## Homework Statement

Which wire will experience the biggest force?

a. 1

b. 2

c. 3

d. all wires experience the same force

e. can't be determined without additional information

## Homework Equations

F = BIL sin θ

## The Attempt at a Solution

Can the above formula be applied to a non-straight wire? I only know that the formula is used for straight conductor.

My guess: the answer is wire 2 because for wire 1 and 3, there will be vertical and horizontal components of magnetic force and some of the horizontal components will eliminate each other. The sin or cos term of the force will reduce its magnitude hence the biggest force will be experienced by wire 2.

Am I correct? Thanks