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Homework Help: Lenz law wire and expanding loop

  1. Apr 20, 2012 #1
    Lenz law problem wire and expanding loop

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The loop has current radius R the red bar moves at velocity V. The distance the wire is from the loop is d and the top of the loop is length l Find the induced emf and the direction of the current in the loop.

    2. Relevant equations
    [itex]\Phi[/itex][itex]_{B}[/itex]=[itex]\oint[/itex][itex]\textit{B}[/itex] [itex]\bullet[/itex][itex]\textit{dA}[/itex]


    3. The attempt at a solution
    The wire causes a b field into the page inside the loop and v moving down means the flux is getting larger so the induced current will be counter clockwise to make a b field going out of the page to counter the expanding area.
    I know that the b field from the left part of the loop to the right decreases.
    I am trying to find out which way to integrate for flux because if the bar was not moving down flux would need to be integrated like this Ledkd.jpg since the b field from the left part of the loop to the right decreases cause it's distance is increasing from the wire creating the b field.

    But since the bar is moving down how would you integrate to calculate flux?
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2012
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  3. Apr 24, 2012 #2


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    Calculate the integral for a time instant when the length is l(t). The flux is proportional to the length of the loop. The induced emf is proportional to the time derivative of the flux, that is, to the time derivative of the length.

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