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Homework Help: Finding current through a bar

  1. Dec 19, 2016 #1
    1. A uniform bar has mass 0.0180 kg and is 30.0cm long. It pivots without friction about an axis perpendicular to the bar at point a (as seen in the diagram). The gravitational force on the bar acts in the −y-direction. The bar is in a uniform magnetic field that is directed into the page and has magnitude 0.350 T . What must be the current I in the bar for the bar to be in rotational equilibrium when it is at an angle 60.0o above the horizontal?

    2. F = qv x B
    dF = Idl x B

    3. I've attempted to just plug in the values using the numbers given in the question but I'm unsure how to account for the angle using the above formulae.
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  3. Dec 19, 2016 #2
    Draw a free-body diagram. Show all the forces acting on the bar.
  4. Dec 20, 2016 #3
    Thanks. Found it by equating mg(L/2 cos theta) to IB L^2/2 and solving for I.
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