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Electromagnetic Force on Current Carrying Conductor

This lesson is on Electromagnetic Force on Current Carrying Conductor, which is part of Unit 3 Area of Study 1 for VCE Physics.

Here we will investigate qualitatively and quantitatively the interaction between a current-carrying conductor and a uniform magnetic field. In particular, we will cover:

  • Conditions under which the maximum force is produced
  • Relationship between the directions of the force, magnetic field strength and current
  • Conditions under which no force is produced on the conductor
F = q v b sin(\theta) 
  • q is charge
  • v is velocity
  • b is the magnetic field
  • theta is the angle between the conductor and the field

Magnetic force on a current-carrying wire

Magnetic force on a current-carrying wire & conditions under which no force is produced on the conductor.

The following video will explain the relationship between the directions of the force, magnetic field strength and current.

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