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Homework Help: Find the magnetic field

  1. Apr 6, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Find the magnetic field near a straight current carrying conductor of length L and current
    I, at a point located along the perpendicular bisector of the wire a distance r from the
    wire. Your solution should show all the steps of the full derivation. You cannot use
    Ampere’s Law on a finite length wire
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  3. Apr 6, 2013 #2

    rude man

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    A finite length of wire, in order to carry a current, has to have external wiring defined, seems to me. So it seems to me the problem is unsolvable without that extra information.

    I suoose you could assume perpendicular wires connected to the wire's end-points and running to infinity.

    But by the same token one could run the external wiring as continuations of the wire under question to infinity, in which case we're back to Ampere's law.

    If one can assume a finite length of wire carrying a current in some magical way without external wiring then Ampere's law could be used at the wire's mid-point as described.
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