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Find the magnetic field at the center of the square

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Homework Statement


Four long, straight wires parallel to the z axis pass through the points (±7.5 cm, ±7.5 cm) at the corners of a square in the x-y plane. Each carries a current of 2.5 A, with the upper two currents in the -z direction and the lower two in the +z direction. Find the magnetic field at the center of the square.

The Attempt at a Solution



Defining out of the page as the positive z-axis:

x x

. .

Using the right hand rule, the magnetic field will point to the left.

I don't really know how to find the magnitude, though. Do I treat each as a line current and add them together?

Thank you.
 

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Delphi51
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Do I treat each as a line current and add them together?
Yes. Each will be in a different direction so the adding will be just a little complicated. Lots of symmetry, though - maybe you will see a shortcut.
 

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