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Homework Help: Helmholtz Coil Question

  1. Feb 22, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I had a lab where we used Helmholtz coils to measure the period of a bar magnet (1/s2) vs output current. The graph of this is a straight line. Using the slope, I am supposed to be able to derive the C constant and then that divided by the intercept is supposed to yield the magnetic field.

    2. Relevant equations
    (1/s2) = CBtot= C{Bh + .072Nμ0Ic/R} = CBh + C (.072Nμ0/R) Ic

    μ0 = 4π x 10-7 T m/A
    N = 200 turns
    R = 0.105 m
    slope = 5.80
    intercept = 0.564

    C = m/4π2 I
    I = moment of inertia
    3. The attempt at a solution

    I've tried plugging the numbers into the equations to solve for C but I don't know what to use for Ic or I (Moment of inertia). I'm not even sure if this post makes all that much sense since all these variable are based on convention. Any help would be appreciated.
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  3. Feb 23, 2015 #2


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    It seems you have to calculate C from your graph's gradient, which will be equal to
    according to you.
    Then you use this value of C to get Bh from the y-intercept of the graph.
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