The right hand rule in a magnetic field

In summary, an electron moving in the -z direction enters a region with a uniform magnetic field in the +y direction. The direction of deflection can be determined using the right hand rule, where the fingers point towards the magnetic field, the thumb towards the B direction, and the palm represents the force direction. For more information, refer to the link provided.
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Homework Statement


An electron moving in the -z direction enters a region that has a uniform magnetic field in the +y direction. When the electron enters this region, what direction will it be deflected in?

Homework Equations


F=qv X B

The Attempt at a Solution


I tried answering this question using the right hand rule but got
confused. I use the right hand rule by directing my fingers towards the direction of the magnetic field, my thumb in the B direction and I let my palm represent the direction of the force. [/B]
 
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many questions said:
directing my fingers towards the direction of the magnetic field, my thumb in the B direction

Is B different from the magnetic field?
 

What is the right hand rule in a magnetic field?

The right hand rule is a simple method used to determine the direction of the magnetic force on a charged particle moving in a magnetic field. It states that if the thumb, index finger, and middle finger of your right hand are extended perpendicular to each other, with the index finger pointing in the direction of the magnetic field and the middle finger pointing in the direction of the particle's velocity, then the thumb will point in the direction of the magnetic force on the particle.

How is the right hand rule used in physics?

The right hand rule is used in physics to determine the direction of the magnetic force on a charged particle moving in a magnetic field. It can also be used to determine the direction of the magnetic field itself, if the direction of the particle's velocity and the direction of the magnetic force are known.

Why is the right hand rule important?

The right hand rule is important because it allows us to easily determine the direction of the magnetic force on a charged particle, which is crucial in many applications of electromagnetism. It also helps us understand the relationship between the magnetic field, the particle's velocity, and the resulting force on the particle.

Can the right hand rule be applied to any type of magnetic field?

Yes, the right hand rule can be applied to any type of magnetic field, whether it is a static magnetic field or an electromagnetic field. It is a universal rule that applies to all types of magnetic interactions.

Is the right hand rule the only way to determine the direction of the magnetic force?

No, the right hand rule is not the only way to determine the direction of the magnetic force. It is a simple and intuitive method, but there are other mathematical equations and rules that can also be used to determine the direction of the magnetic force.

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