(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A short, straight wire segment of length l carries current I and is oriented so that it makes an angle of 30° with the horizontal. Point P is a distance r below the wire segment.

Which expression below is the best approximation for the magnetic field caused by the wire segment at point P?

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(a) (μoIlcos30°) / (4π^2)

(b) (μoIlsin30°) / (4π^2)

(c) (μoIl) / (4π^2)

2. Relevant equations

dB= (μo Idlxr(unit vector)) / (4πr^2)

3. The attempt at a solution

It seems I have to integrate to get the answer, however the geometry behind this problem is really confusing me. I believe I have to integrate r from when it touches the begining of the wire segment to the end of the wire segment, however I can't figure out how to manipulate the Biot-Svart law to do that. This is what I have so far:

(μo I)/(4π) = S sin(theta)ds/r^2 (S = integral :p)

Now, what do I do with ds?

Can anyone help me out, help would be greatly appreciated :]!

Btw π = pi and μo = mu(0), dont know if you can tell.

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# Biot-Savart Law Difficult Problem

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