Fundamentals of Physics Extended (10th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 1-11823-072-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-11823-072-5

Chapter 3 - Vectors - Questions: 9(3)a



Work Step by Step

We know that $q $ is positive and we want $\vec{v}\times\vec{B}$ to have the same direction as $\vec{F}$ , which is $-\mathrm{y}$. Now, we will use the right hand rule (see fig. 3.19 on p. 53) as follows: Outstretch your right arm and turn your hand so your thumb points down. The fingers are pointing to the right (the fingers represent $\vec{v}$ in the $+x$ direction, and the thumb $\vec{v}\times\vec{B}$ in the $-y$ direction). Swipe your fingers roughly for a right angle. The fingers now point behind you; This is the +z direction, when compared to the diagram. This is where $\vec{B}$ points.
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