A-level Physics (Advancing Physics)/Force/Worked Solutions

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1. What force is exerted by a 1T magnetic field on an electron (of charge -1.6 x 10−19C) moving at 5% of the speed of light (3 x 108 ms−1)?

This may seem tiny, but remember that the acceleration of the electron will be far greater, as it has such a small mass. The fact that the electron was moving at 0.05c means that we don't have to do any relativistic corrections.

2. What force is exerted by a 5mT magnetic field on a 20 cm wire with resistance 1μΩ attached to a 9V battery?

3. The following diagram shows a positive charge moving through a magnetic field. Draw an arrow representing the direction of the force on the charge.

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Note that, if the charge had been negative, the force would be in the opposite direction (upwards).

4. The following diagram shows a wire in a magnetic field. Draw an arrow representing the direction of the force on the wire.

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