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How to calculate the force between magnets?

  1. Sep 8, 2013 #1
    For example at the surface of both magnets, the field strength is 1.5Tesla. Suppose the top magnet plus the weight it's supporting is 1 Newton, what is the height that I need to separate both magnets of like facing poles so that the top magnet hovers?
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  3. Sep 9, 2013 #2
    Hint: The magnetic field B by a given pole of a bar magnet at a point (assume unit north pole) r cm away from its centre is given by,

    B= (μoqm/4π(r-l)2)

    Where qm is the pole strength of bar magnet. l is the "half length" of the bar magnet.

    Hence classically the force between two poles of bar magnet is defined by F = Bqm. This formula is valid if the poles are mere points.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2013
  4. Sep 10, 2013 #3
    So what if the poles aren't points like in the example that I gave. Suppose the magnets facing each other are circular. Would the difference between points and a circle area of 3cm2 be significant? If so, then how would you calculate it? (Forgive me if this post was already answered. I used the search function and came up with nothing related to this situation).
  5. Sep 10, 2013 #4
    What about intregrating the differential forces between differential areas on each magnet? Would it work? Do you know what I mean?
  6. Sep 12, 2013 #5
    Yup I was also thinking the same, although I don't know how to do it. It's a bit above my math level.
  7. Sep 12, 2013 #6
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