# Find the magnitude of the magnetic field 10 cm from the wire

1. Nov 14, 2011

### Covenant32

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A) Find the magnitude of the magnetic field 10 cm away from the wire at point P as shown in the picture. The current is directed along the x-axis.

B) Find its direction

Info: I = 5 amps. Point P lies on the Y-axis. Current on the X-axis.

Picture (I have drawn): http://twitpic.com/7e0l7e [Broken]

2. Relevant equations

I THINK: B=u*I/2*pi*r

3. The attempt at a solution

B = (4pi * 10^(-7)) * 5/2 *pi * .1m = 7.85 * 10^(-8) N

***I am not sure if this is correct. I have no means to check my work, so I am hoping someone can simply tell me whether or not I am correct, and if not, perhaps enlightening me as to which direction I should head to find the right answer. Much thanks.

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2. Nov 14, 2011

### Staff: Mentor

Better to write it like this:
$$B = \frac{\mu_0 I}{2 \pi r}$$

Redo your calculation.

3. Nov 14, 2011

### Covenant32

Thank you, Doc Al. I redid my calculation in that format and got 7.96E-7. Does that seem correct?

Again, thank you.

4. Nov 14, 2011

### Staff: Mentor

Not exactly. When you plug in the value of μ0 = 4*pi*10^(-7), that pi will cancel with the pi in the denominator. So you should be able to do the entire calculation without touching a calculator.

Try it one more time.

5. Nov 14, 2011

### Covenant32

Aaah, got it. That should've been evident from the beginning. Thank you, Doc Al. You have alleviated me some frustration.

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