# Determine inductance of a solenoid

## Homework Statement

Determine the inductance of a solenoid with 650 turns in a length of 21 cm. The circular cross section of the solenoid has a radius of 4.2 cm.

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## The Attempt at a Solution

I've looked all over my textbook and cant come up with a possible equation(s). Help!!!

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rl.bhat
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L = μo*N^2*A/l.
where N is number of turns,
A area of cross section of the coil and
l is the length of the coil.

Ok so I did L = (1.26e-6)(650)^2(.00882) / .21 = 2.24e-2 H = 22.4mH. I got it wrong however. Where did I go wrong?

rl.bhat
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Check the area of the coil.

would area = .01764? (radius^2 (in meters) * .21)

rl.bhat
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would area = .01764? (radius^2 (in meters) * .21)
Area of cross section of the coil is π*r^2.

ok i'm an idiot. i got it wrong again. this was my equation: L = (1.26e-6)(650)^2(1.1466)/.21. i multiplied that answer by 1000 to get mH

rl.bhat
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(1.1466)/
How did you get this?
Area = π*(4.2*10^-2)^2 m^2 = 55.42*10^-4 m^2

ok i got it! i used n = 650 (is that not what n is?). Anyways... thanks for all your help (and patience). I really appreciate it!