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Posted by Matthew Sullivan on April 22, 2002 14:42:40 UTC

Hi Michael,
The premise behind this problem is that, according to classical magnetic theory, any charged particle in motion produces a magnetic field, and will experience a force when moving through a magnetic field unless the motion is parallel to the field lines. These two pages do a decent job of explaining these laws:

http://theory.uwinnipeg.ca/physics/mag/node2.html
http://theory.uwinnipeg.ca/physics/mag/node3.html

Theoretically, according to these laws, the magnetic interaction of two positive charges in motion would be a mutual attraction, even though electrical repulsion would still be at work.

Matt

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