After completing this section, students should be able to do the following.

  • Apply cross product (right-hand rule) to two vectors.
  • Visualize magnetic field from a straight conductor
  • Calculate the magnetic force
  • Explain the operation of a simple DC-motor
  • Apply Ampere’s Law to derive a magnetic field from given currents.
  • Calculate the magnetic energy of simple symmetrical structures carrying currents.
  • Describe inductance through a flux of the magnetic field
  • Conceptually explain what inductance is
  • Calculate the inductance for various conductor configurations.