# The direction of the magnetic field around a conductor

What will be the direction of the magnetic field be around a wire that carries current (straight conductor) between the poles of a permanent magnet?

I'm thinking it will be counterclockwise, since the X means into the page. We're using Fleming's left-hand rule in my course. Thank you!

• I'm thinking it will be counterclockwise, since the X means into the page ...are we to ignore the field of the poles? Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 3:48
• I think that the field of the poles is not the be ignored in this question. And that's what I've been thinking about. We are given 4 options for this: A. in to the page B. out of the page C. clockwise D. counterclockwise. Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 4:00
• Why is the X needed - does the conductor carry current? Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 4:16
• Yep, it does carry current. The x means that it is going "in". Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 4:26
• Mention that please. And you do mean magnetic field not force on the wire? Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 4:29