We discuss the evolution of the magnetic flux density and angular velocity in a molecular cloud core, on the basis of three-dimensional numerical simulations, in which a rotating magnetized cloud fragments and collapses to form a very dense optically thick core of >5 × 1010 cm -3. As the density increases towards the formation of the optically thick core, the magnetic flux density and angular velocity converge towards a single relationship between the two quantities. If the core is magnetically dominated its magnetic flux density approaches 1.5(n/5 × 1010 cm-3)1/2 mG, while if the core is rotationally dominated the angular velocity approaches 2.57 × 10-3 (n/5 × 1010 cm-3)1/2 yr-1, where n is the density of the gas. We also find that the ratio of the angular velocity to the magnetic flux density remains nearly constant until the density exceeds 5 × 1010 cm-3. Fragmentation of the very dense core and emergence of outflows from fragments will be shown in the subsequent paper.
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