Magnetic Forces on Conductors
Most recent answer: 07/11/2019
- chandra (age 30)
You're right that each electron has a magnetic moment. That means that there's some potential energy that depends on the dot product of the moment and the field. If the field is uniform, that potential energy won't depende on position. Therefore it gives no force.
The electrons are also moving, so each one does feel a Lorentz force proportional to vxB. Since there are just as many electrons with velocity near -v as near v, those forces average to zero.
(published on 07/11/2019)