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Which of the following is most strongly deflected by a magnetic field?

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Which of the following is most strongly deflected by a magnetic field?

A. β-particles

B. χ-particles

C. γ-rays.

D. χ-rays

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Generally speaking, electromagnetic waves are not deflected by magnetic and electric fields. But any charged particle like beta particle, which are negatively charged, can be deflected by a magnetic or electric field.

Now for the right answer to the above question:

  1. Option A is correct.
  2. Option B is incorrect.
  3. C is incorrect. gamma rays are electromagnetic waves which are neutral, and so, cannot be deflected by both electric and magnetic fields.
  4. D is not the correct answer. X-rays are also electromagnetic and neutral.
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You may please note these/this:

  • All electromagnetic waves are electrically neutral, and so, cannot be deflected by either magnetic or electric fields.
  • Any charged particle like electron, beta, alpha, and proton, can be deflected by both electric and magnetic fields.
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/ culled from 2015 JAMB-UTME physics past question 9 /

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