Concept Question 5-2: The ends of a 10 cm long wire carrying a constant current I are anchored at two points on the x axis, namely x = 0 and x = 6 cm. If thewire lies in the x–y plane in a magnetic field B = ˆyB0 , which of the following arrangements produces a greater magnetic force on the wire: (a) wire is V-shaped with corners at (0, 0), (3, 4), and (6, 0), (b) wire is an open rectangle with corners at (0, 0), (0, 2), (6, 2), and (6, 0).

Concept Question 5-2: The ends of a 10 cm long wire

carrying a constant current I are anchored at two points

on the x axis, namely x = 0 and x = 6 cm. If thewire lies

in the x–y plane in a magnetic field B = ˆyB0

, which of

the following arrangements produces a greater magnetic

force on the wire: (a) wire is V-shaped with corners at

(0, 0), (3, 4), and (6, 0), (b) wire is an open rectangle

with corners at (0, 0), (0, 2), (6, 2), and (6, 0).

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