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College PhysicsGlossary

Ampere’s law
the physical law that states that the magnetic field around an electric current is proportional to the current; each segment of current produces a magnetic field like that of a long straight wire, and the total field of any shape current is the vector sum of the fields due to each segment
another term for magnetic field
Biot-Savart law
a physical law that describes the magnetic field generated by an electric current in terms of a specific equation
Curie temperature
the temperature above which a ferromagnetic material cannot be magnetized
direction of magnetic field lines
the direction that the north end of a compass needle points
regions within a material that behave like small bar magnets
an object that is temporarily magnetic when an electrical current is passed through it
the use of electrical currents to induce magnetism
materials, such as iron, cobalt, nickel, and gadolinium, that exhibit strong magnetic effects
G, the unit of the magnetic field strength; 1 G=10–4T1 G=10–4T size 12{"1 G"="10" rSup { size 8{ - 4} } `T} {}
Hall effect
the creation of voltage across a current-carrying conductor by a magnetic field
Hall emf
the electromotive force created by a current-carrying conductor by a magnetic field, ε=Blvε=Blv size 12{ε= ital "Blv"} {}
Lorentz force
the force on a charge moving in a magnetic field
magnetic field
the representation of magnetic forces
magnetic field lines
the pictorial representation of the strength and the direction of a magnetic field
magnetic field strength (magnitude) produced by a long straight current-carrying wire
defined as B=μ0I2πrB=μ0I2πr, where II is the current, rr is the shortest distance to the wire, and μ0μ0 is the permeability of free space
magnetic field strength at the center of a circular loop
defined as B=μ0I2RB=μ0I2R where RR is the radius of the loop
magnetic field strength inside a solenoid
defined as B=μ0nIB=μ0nI where nn is the number of loops per unit length of the solenoid (n=N/l(n=N/l, with NN being the number of loops and ll the length)
magnetic force
the force on a charge produced by its motion through a magnetic field; the Lorentz force
magnetic monopoles
an isolated magnetic pole; a south pole without a north pole, or vice versa (no magnetic monopole has ever been observed)
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
a medical imaging technique that uses magnetic fields create detailed images of internal tissues and organs
to be turned into a magnet; to be induced to be magnetic
magnetocardiogram (MCG)
a recording of the heart’s magnetic field as it beats
magnetoencephalogram (MEG)
a measurement of the brain’s magnetic field
Maxwell’s equations
a set of four equations that describe electromagnetic phenomena
common application of magnetic torque on a current-carrying loop that is very similar in construction to a motor; by design, the torque is proportional to II and not θθ, so the needle deflection is proportional to the current
loop of wire in a magnetic field; when current is passed through the loops, the magnetic field exerts torque on the loops, which rotates a shaft; electrical energy is converted to mechanical work in the process
north magnetic pole
the end or the side of a magnet that is attracted toward Earth’s geographic north pole
nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
a phenomenon in which an externally applied magnetic field interacts with the nuclei of certain atoms
permeability of free space
the measure of the ability of a material, in this case free space, to support a magnetic field; the constant μ0=×107Tm/Aμ0=×107Tm/A
right hand rule 1 (RHR-1)
the rule to determine the direction of the magnetic force on a positive moving charge: when the thumb of the right hand points in the direction of the charge’s velocity vv size 12{v} {} and the fingers point in the direction of the magnetic field BB size 12{B} {}, then the force on the charge is perpendicular and away from the palm; the force on a negative charge is perpendicular and into the palm
right hand rule 2 (RHR-2)
a rule to determine the direction of the magnetic field induced by a current-carrying wire: Point the thumb of the right hand in the direction of current, and the fingers curl in the direction of the magnetic field loops
a thin wire wound into a coil that produces a magnetic field when an electric current is passed through it
south magnetic pole
the end or the side of a magnet that is attracted toward Earth’s geographic south pole
T, the SI unit of the magnetic field strength; 1 T=1 NAm1 T=1 NAm
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