AP Physics C Electricity : Magnetism

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Example Question #1 : Understanding Magnetic Fields And Charges

A proton traveling  enters a uniform magnetic field and experiences a magnetic force, causing it to travel in a circular path. Taking the magnetic field to be , what is the radius of this circular path (shown in red)?

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Possible Answers:


 

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To calculate the magnetic force of a single charge, we use , where  is the charge of the proton,  is its velocity,  is the uniform magnetic field.

Since this magnetic force causes the proton to travel in a circular path, we set this magnetic force equation equal to the centripetal force equation.

 is the mass of the proton and  is the radius of the circular path. Solve for .

Using the values given in the question, we can solve for the radius.

Example Question #2 : Magnetism

Which of the following best describes the net magnetic flux through a closed sphere, in the presence of a magnet?

Possible Answers:

Negative only if the north pole of the magnet is within the surface

Zero regardless of the orientation of the magnet

Positive only if the north pole of the magnet is within the surface

Zero only if the magnet is completely enclosed within the surface

More than one of the other options is true

Correct answer:

Zero regardless of the orientation of the magnet

Explanation:

The net magnetic flux (or net field flowing in and out) through any closed surface must always be zero. This is because magnetic field lines have no starting or ending points, so any field line going into the surface must also come out. In other words, "there are no magnetic monopoles."

Example Question #3 : Magnetism

A particle of charge  and mass  moves with a speed of  perpendicular to a uniform magnetic field, . What is the period of the particle's orbit in the field?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Relevant equations:

Set the magnetic force equal to the centripetal force, since the magnetic force is directed towards the center of the particle's circular path and centripetal force is defined as the net force towards the center of a circular path.

Rearrange to isolate  the velocity:

Determine the distance, , traveled in one revolution, which is the circumference of a circle of radius :

Plug this distance and velocity into , to solve for the period :

Example Question #4 : Magnetism

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Consider a current-carrying loop with current , radius , and center 

A particle with charge  flies through the center and into the page with velocity . What is the total electromagnetic force on the particle at the instant that it flies through the loop, in terms of the variables given?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The correct answer is zero. To calculate the force of a magnetic field on a moving charged particle, we use the cross product. We know that if the magnetic field is parallel to the velocity vector of the particle, then the force produced is zero.

Because our magnetic field in this case is going in the same direction as the velocity of the particle, we know that the magnetic force on the particle is zero.

Example Question #5 : Magnetism

Consider two long, straight, current-carrying wires at distance  from each other, each with a current of magnitude  going in opposite directions.

If the two wires described are not held in place, what motion will result from the magnetic fields produced?

Possible Answers:

The wires will move toward each other

The wires will rotate counterclockwise

The wires will move away from each other

The wires will rotate clockwise

The wires will remain in place

Correct answer:

The wires will move away from each other

Explanation:

The answer is that the wires will move from each other. Using our right hand rule, we know that the magnetic fields produced by each wire are in the same direction, as long as their currents oppose. Using the right hand rule again to determine the direction of the force exerted on each wire by the magnetic field with which they are interacting yields a force in the direction away from the other wire for each wire.

Example Question #6 : Magnetism

Two infinitely long wires having currents  and  are separated by a distance .

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The current  is 6A into the page. The current  is 9A into the page. The distance of separation is 1.5mm. The point  lies 1.5mm away from  on a line connecting the centers of the two wires.

What is the magnitude and direction of the net magnetic field at the point ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

At point , the magnetic field due to  points right (via the right hand rule) with a magnitude given by:

At point , the magnetic field due to  points right (via the right hand rule) with a magnitude given by:

The addition of these two vectors, both pointing in the same direction, results in a net magnetic field vector of magnitude  to the right.

Example Question #7 : Magnetism

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Consider a current-carrying loop with current , radius , and center

What is the direction of the magnetic field produced?

Possible Answers:

Counterclockwise

Into the screen

Clockwise

Out of the screen

There is no resultant magnetic field

Correct answer:

Into the screen

Explanation:

The correct answer is into the page. As the current is moving clockwise, we can use our right hand rule for magnetic fields produced by a current-carrying loop. Curl the fingers of your right hand in the direction of the current. This should result in your thumb pointing toward the screen, indicating the direction of the magnetic field.

Example Question #8 : Magnetism

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Consider a current-carrying loop with current , radius , and center 

What would happen to the magnetic field at point  if the radius was halved and current was multiplied by four?

Possible Answers:

The new magnetic field would be eight times as strong as the original

The new magnetic field would be four times weaker than the original

The new magnetic field would be eight times weaker than the original

The new magnetic field would be four times as strong as the original

The new magnetic field would reverse direction

Correct answer:

The new magnetic field would be eight times as strong as the original

Explanation:

The current flowing clockwise through the wire will induce a magentic field directed into the screen. The magnitude of such a magnetic field is given by the equation:

Using out altered values, we can derive a ratio to determine the change in magnetic field.

The resulting field will be eight times stronger than the original.

Example Question #9 : Magnetism

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Consider a current-carrying loop with current , radius , and center 

What is the magnitude of the magnetic field at point ?

Possible Answers:

There is no magnetic field at point 

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The current flowing clockwise through the wire will induce a magentic field directed into the screen. The magnitude of such a magnetic field is given by the equation:

Example Question #10 : Magnetism

Consider two long, straight, current-carrying wires at distance  from each other, each with a current of magnitude  going in opposite directions.

What is the magnitude of the magnetic field at a point equidistant from both wires?

Possible Answers:

Zero

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Using our right hand rule for magnetic fields produced by current-carrying wires, we know that the magnetic field produced by each wire is in the same direction within the distance between the wires. Therefore, we know that the total magnetic field is simply the magnetic field of one of the wires multiplied by two.

Use the equation for magnetic field:

Multiply by two, since the magnetic field will be equal for each wire, and substitute the given variables:

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