Fleming's Left hand rule

  • The Thumb represents the Force, F
  • The First finger represents the Magnetic Field, B
  • The Middle finger represents the Current, I

Electric motor (Higher tier)

In this animation, the magnetic field moves from North to South.

The current is travelling into the coil on the left hand side and leaves on the right hand side.

Fleming's Left hand rule can be used to show the direction of the force (marked by the green arrow)

  • Remember: Thumb represents force, first finger is magnetic field, second finger is current.

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