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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

Why do charged particles from outer space, called cosmic rays, strike Earth more frequently at the poles than at the equator?

To determine
The reason why charged particles from outer space called the cosmic rays strike earth more frequently than at equator.

Explanation

At the poles of the earth, the magnetic field points directly downward or upward. Hence it is parallel or anti parallel to the direction of motion of the cosmic rays. As the magnetic field does not exert force on particles moving parallel or anti-parallel to the direction of magnetic field, the...

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