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Magnetic Field

  • A compass needle may be used to map the magnetic field lines.
  • An electric field exerts a force on a charge, whether the charge is stationary or moving. A magnetic field, however, exerts a force on a charge only if it is moving. The force is given by F = q v x B; it is the charge q times the cross product of the velocity v and magnetic field vectors.
  • Since the magnetic force is always perpendicular to the velocity, a magnetic does no work on a moving charge, and thus it does not change its speed.
  • If a charge, in a region where a uniform magnetic field exists, is given an initial velocity perpendicular to the field, then it will move in a circle.

Magnetic Field

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Magnets 0:13
    • Compass Will Always Point North
    • Moving a Compass Needle
  • Force on a Charged Particles 10:37
    • Electric Field and Charge Particle Q
    • Charge is Positive Force
    • Charge Particle is At Rest
    • Taking a Charged Particle and Moving to Right
    • Using Right Hand Rule
    • C= Magnitude of A, B
    • Magnitude of C
  • Motion of Particle in Uniform Magnetic Field 33:30
    • Magnetic Field has Same Direction
    • Direction of Force
    • Work Done By Force=0
    • Force is Perpendicular With Velocity
  • Bending an Electron Beam 48:09
    • Heating a Filament
    • Kinetic Energy of Battery
    • Introducing Magnetic Field
  • Velocity Selector 53:45
    • Selecting Particles of Specific Velocity
    • Parallel Plate Capacitor
    • Magnetic Force
    • Magnitude of Force
  • Extra Example 1: Vectors
  • Extra Example 2: Proton in Magnetic Field
  • Extra Example 3: Proton Circular Path