This is completely confusing me, please help. The word that is giving me problems is "direction". The text talks about the "direction of the magnetic field lines" . As I understand it, the fied lines curve around a straight wire. So you can only have two directions, clockwise or anticlockwise. But are they saying that clockwise or anticlockwise is a a direction?? Im also confused when field lines are described as "into the page" or "out of the page". If the mag field lines wrap around the wire, then wouldnt that mean the field lines are going into the page on one end of wire and out of page on the other end (if you looking top down onto a wire)? So it should be both into and out of paper right? Theres also this practice question in the text (that I will separete from this post and repost in homework questions, if necessary?) and it specifically asks this: "A moving negative charge placed in an external magnetic field circulates counterclockwise in the plane of the paper. In which direction is the magnetic field pointing?" -Is that a typo? Shouldnt it be asking about the direction of the magnetic force? (because the field lines go either clockw or anticlockw)? Or is this just more of me not understanding fields? Thanks for any help. I really want to understand RHR...Its making me crazy.