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Force on 3 current carrying wires

  1. Mar 31, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Two long fixed parallel wires, A and B, are 10cm apart in air and carry 40 A and 20 A, respectively, in opposite directions. Determine the resultant field (a) on a line midway between the wires parallel to them and (b) on a line 8.0 cm from wire A and 18cm from wire B (c) what is the force per meter on a third long wire, midway between A and B and in their plane, when it carries a current of 5.0A in the same direction as the current in A?

    2. Relevant equations
    F=BILsin(angle)
    B= (2(10^7)I)/r

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I have solved part (a) and (b) i need help with (c) I have calculated the forces on them
    A on C = 1E-4 towards
    B on C = 2.2E-5 away

    I tried to calculate it as though its on a straight line and also as though its making a triangle. for the triangle i used the angle ACB through the distances i have in cm. but it did not work.

    Answers A) 2.4E-4T, B7.8E10-5T C 1.5E-3N/, toward A
     
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2012
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  3. Mar 31, 2012 #2

    tiny-tim

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    hi jmr423! :smile:
    what angle? :confused:

    they're all in the same plane :wink:
     
  4. Mar 31, 2012 #3
    :S when i treat it as though its on a plane i get no where... i have tried a bunch of different things and nothing is working to solve c.
     
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  5. Mar 31, 2012 #4

    tiny-tim

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    show us what you've tried (in the same plane) :smile:
     
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