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Homework Help: Magnetic Field and Torque

  1. Nov 3, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The 10-turn loop of wire shown in the figure lies in a horizontal plane, parallel to a uniform horizontal magnetic field, and carries a 2.0A current. The loop is free to rotate about a nonmagnetic axle through the center. A 50g mass hangs from one edge of the loop.

    2. Relevant equations
    Torque = r x F
    Torque = IA x B

    3. The attempt at a solution
    My thought was to simply calculate the torque created by the mass and then relate that with an opposite torque provided by the magnetic field. I suspect that I'm calculating the torque created by the hanging mass wrong, since I haven't really dealt with torques in some time.
    Torque = r x F -> .025m*.05kg*9.8m/s^2 = .01225 Nm
    Torque = IA x B -> Torque/IA = B -> .01225/(2.0A*(.05*.1)) = B = 1.225 T

    If someone could help with what I'm overlooking here I would appreciate it.

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  3. Nov 3, 2009 #2
    never mind, I figured out that I have to use N (number of turns) in with mu.
  4. Nov 18, 2009 #3
    Hey, I tried the same thing you did... how do you factor in the number of turns?
  5. Nov 18, 2009 #4


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    Welcome to PF :smile:

    For a 1-turn loop, the torque is what estanton had before:

    T = I AxB​

    If instead you have 10 loops, can you tell how that affects the torque?
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