When a conductor carrying a current is placed in a magnetic field, the conductor experiences a magnetic force.

- The direction of this force is always right angles to the plane containing both the conductor and the magnetic field, and is predicted by Fleming’s Left-Hand Rule.

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Referring to the diagram above, F is Force, B is Magnetic field, I is current.

Factors affecting magnetic force on a current-carrying conductor in a magnetic field:

- Strength of the magnetic field
- Current flowing through the wire
- Length of the wire

$F = B I l \, sin \, \theta$, where

- F is force acting on a current carrying conductor,B is magnetic flux density (magnetic field strength),
- I is magnitude of current flowing through the conductor,
- $l$ is length of conductor,
- $\theta$ is angle that conductor makes with the magnetic field.

When the conductor is perpendicular to the magnetic field, the force will be maximum. When it is parallel to the magnetic field, the force will be zero.

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Joseph lamosa scribbled

This is really good of you people ,I benefit from your contribution

Ayesha scribbled

Why is sin theta used instead of cos theta when talking about the angle between B and L?

OGOH PETER ISAAC scribbled

Drive an expression for the magnitude of the force in a current-carry conductor in a magnetic field.

Zahra scribbled

What will be the affect on the magnetic force if we double all the parameters keeping sin 90°?

Zymal Khaliq scribbled

The force on current carrying wire is due to applied magnetic field or its own magnetic induction?

asif khan scribbled

the external and internal b field interact which result in a magnetic force on a conductor.

aparna.s scribbled

Why does a solenoid contract when a current is passed through it ?

Akhtar scribbled

Because of magnet

aparna.s scribbled

can you give a brief explanation

ShailSingh scribbled

This depends on the way winding is done in the solenoid, loosely wound conductor in the presence of magnetic attract each other and act as one current carrying conductor.