Magnetostatics and Electrostatics

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Here is the problem, I have no idea how to do this!

(In a single straight wire) If the positive charges (density p+) are at rest, and the negative charges (density p-) move at speed v, show that:

p- = -(p+)*(gamma)^2
 

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Astronuc
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Is gamma some kind of ratio?

The traveling charges (enclosed current) induces a magnetic field which in turn imposes a force on moving charges, which then must be offset by an electrostatic attraction.
 
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Yeah gamma = 1/ sqrt(1-v^2/c^2) where v is velocity and c is the speed of light!
 
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Try to think that the global electric charge must be conserved, and see how in relativity change the volumes by lorentz contraction. then remember that Q=density times volume and you'll get the answer...
 
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The traveling charges (enclosed current) induces a magnetic field which in turn imposes a force on moving charges, which then must be offset by an electrostatic attraction.
for get this approach and go with what Marco_84 suggested. I was thinking something entirely different, not realizing that this was about SR.
 

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