UY1: Magnetic Force On A Current Carrying Conductor

magnetic force on current carrying conductor

Consider a straight segment of a conducting wire, with length $l$ and cross-sectional area $A$. The wire is in a uniform magnetic field $\vec{B}$, which is perpendicular to the plane of the diagram and directed into the plane.

Average magnetic force on each charge is given by:

$$\begin{aligned} \vec{F} &= q \vec{v}_{d} \times \vec{B} \\ F &= qv_{d}B \end{aligned}$$

Total magnetic force on all the moving charges is given by: (n is the no. of charge carriers per unit volume)

$$\begin{aligned} F &= \text{Total no. of electrons} \times qv_{d}B \\ &= nAl \times qv_{d}B \\ &= nqv_{d}A \times lB \end{aligned}$$

Recall that: $J = \frac{I}{A} = nqv_{d}$ which gives $I = nqv_{d}A$.


$$F = IlB$$


If the $\vec{B}$ field is not perpendicular to the wire but makes an angle $\phi$ with it,

$$\begin{aligned} F &= IlB_{\perp} \\ &= IlB \sin{\phi} \end{aligned}$$

The general form will be:

$$\vec{F} = I \vec{l} \times \vec{B}$$

Magnetic force on an infinitesimal wire section will be:

$$d\vec{F} = I \, d\vec{l} \times \vec{B}$$


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