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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

How to Find Magnetic Forces Between Current Carrying Wires

Many electronic devices have parallel wires with currents flowing. Now, each current produces magnetic fields that circulate around the current, and these magnetic fields interact with the other current to produce a force, due to F = Il x B. Check out this video to see how to combine a couple concepts - Ampere's law determines the strength of the magnetic field from one of the currents, and then this goes into the force equation to determine the strength of the force. The right hand rule will help determine the direction of the force. Net result is that currents in the same direction attract, and in opposite directions repel. Hope this helps!

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