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Homework Help: U tube, magnetic force

  1. Oct 28, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A u-tube of uniform square cross section has electrodes sealed inside the upper and lower walls of the horizontal section. The two arms of tube being vertical. The tube is partially filled with liquid sodium and a direct current is passed between the electrodes. A uniform horizontal magnetic flux is also applied to the horizontal section of the tube in a direction normal to the vertical plane containing the tube

    The level of the liquid in the two vertical arms changes on application of the field.
    Cross sectional area of the tube = A
    Current between the electrode = I
    Density of the liquid sodium = P

    Given that a magnetic flux density of B is applied, by how much will the liquid level in one arm differs from the liquid level in the other arm?

    2. Relevant equations
    F = IBL

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I am guessing it has something to do with pressure at the point magnetic field is applied and the atmospheric pressure
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