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Homework Help: Right Hand Rule for Magnetic Forces.

  1. Dec 13, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A particle travels 27 degrees to the y axis, a magnetic feild travels parallel to the y axis. In which direction is the magnetic force.

    2. Relevant equations
    Thumb=direction of q
    Fingers=direction of feild
    palm=direction of force

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Basically how do I use the right hand rule when there is an angle involved. Do i tilt my thumb or something?
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  3. Dec 13, 2015 #2


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    10254.jpg The right word to describe the direction of the field is not "travels" as it can be confused as a travelling electromagnetic field, you can use "aligned" or "directed" instead. Using the picture above, when the charged particle's velocity vector forms certain angle with the field, you simply adjust the opening between your thumb and pointing finger such that they form the angle in the actual problem.
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