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Right hand rule

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/* Direction of the magnetic force on a particle */ clarify
==Examples==
====Direction of the magnetic force on a particle====
To find the direction of the magnetic force on a positively charged particle in a [[magnetic field]], hold your right hand in a "thumbs up" position. Now, keeping your thumb extended, point your index finger in the direction of the particle's [[velocity]]. Your hand should now look as if you are forming a "gun." Next, keeping your index finger pointing in the same direction, extend your middle finger and rotate so that it foms a 90 degree angle with your index finger. Rotate your hand about the axis formed by your index finger so that your middle finger points in the direction of the magnetic field. Your thumb now points in the direction of the magnetic force.
Note that if the particle were negatively charged, you can still use the right hand rule, but the force is in the ''opposite'' direction (180 degrees away) from the force on the positive particle.
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