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Problem: Irrigation channels that require regular flow monitoring are often equipped with electromagnetic flowmeters in which the magnetic field is produced by horizontal coils embedded in the bottom of the channel. A particular coil has 100 turns and a diameter of 6.0 m. When it’s time for a measurement, a 6.5 A current is turned on. The large diameter of the coil means that the field in the water flowing directly above the center of the coil is approximately equal to the field in the center of the coil. The field is directed downward and the water is flowing east. The water is flowing above the center of the coil at 1.5 m/s.What is the magnitude of the force on an ion with a charge +e?

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The force on a moving charged particle in a magnetic field is given by:

F=qvB, where q is the charge, v is velocity, and B is the magnetic field inside the solenoid. 

Magnetic field, B is expressed as:

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Irrigation channels that require regular flow monitoring are often equipped with electromagnetic flowmeters in which the magnetic field is produced by horizontal coils embedded in the bottom of the channel. A particular coil has 100 turns and a diameter of 6.0 m. When it’s time for a measurement, a 6.5 A current is turned on. The large diameter of the coil means that the field in the water flowing directly above the center of the coil is approximately equal to the field in the center of the coil. The field is directed downward and the water is flowing east. The water is flowing above the center of the coil at 1.5 m/s.

What is the magnitude of the force on an ion with a charge +e?

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