thebillsfan

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since in a current carrying wire the electrons are actually what's moving, i'm not sure i understand why we simply use the direction of current when determining the force on a current carrying wire
 

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In physics, the convention is to consider current as the movement of positive charge. If you use the right hand rule using the movement of electrons (opposite direction of the current), you'll arrive at the wrong answer.
 
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yeah i knew that, i just way overthought the question. thanks though