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Homework Help: Circular current Loop I don't understand

  1. Dec 4, 2013 #1
    Suppose you want to find the magnetic field at a point p at the z axis from the picture attached.

    Attempt to understand this problem:

    The way the books solves it is that it says the angle theta between current element i ds and r is 90.
    Then he calculates the integeral which has two parts DB perpendicular and DB parrallel to z axis.
    But now that's my issue didn't we already say that i ds and r is 90 degree with respect to each other?? why do we need now to calculate DB parrallel to z-axis I understand how he did that calculation or why he did this calculation but what I don't understand why did mention at first that ds and r are perpindicular if that's the case wouldn't the answer be only dB = (u0i / 4PI) *( ds /r^2)
    and we didn't need to do anything with the integeral?

    I am hoping to understand this coz this thing about r ds being perpinduclar doesn't make sense to me.

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  3. Dec 5, 2013 #2
    The dB vector is perpendicular to both the ds and r vectors. This means that it points at an angle with respect to the vertical axis on which P lies. So what the problem does is resolve it into two components and then try and figure out what the components are for the various current elements.
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