16. Magnetic Field

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Learning Objectives

  • To be able to explain the general properties of magnetic fields and how we know they exist.
  • To be able to calculate the force on a charge moving in a magnetic field.
  • To have some intuitive understanding of why magnetic forces on charges exist.
  • To be able to explain the magnetic field of a set of Helmholtz coils in the Helmholtz and anti-Helmholtz configuration.


Course Notes

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The Magnetic Field (PDF)

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Learning Activities

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Concept Questions

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Challenge Problems

Challenge Problems (PDF)

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