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Homework Help: Work done by magentic field

  1. Aug 26, 2012 #1
    Two straight current carrying conductors A and B are lying in a vertical plane as shown.The separation between them is h and mass per unit lenght of wires is λ.Keeping one wire fixed (say A),Bis raised by small hieght δh.
    Q-1 What would be the work done by external agent?
    Q-2 Will the work done by magnetic field zero?[Answer this question first. I m confused since i was told that the work done by magnetic force(just magnet force not Lorentz) is always zero.But the book says "Work done is non zero",i think the book's wrong]
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  3. Aug 26, 2012 #2
    The book is right work is being done as F.ds is working .
    In the case you are talking about F.ds the angle is 90 degree thats why no work done.
  4. Aug 27, 2012 #3
    is the work done by magnetic force always zero??
  5. Aug 27, 2012 #4
    See , when magnetic force acts on a charge , it doesn't change its speed , it just gives it centripetal acceleration . And direction of force is always perpendicular to motion .
    I can say when ever Force is acting perpendicular to the motion of the body , work done is zero .
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