Magnetic field due to magnetic dipole

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It is NOT a homework question. I am doing my revision and get stuck at this question.

I am confused with the angle θ shown in this link:
http://www.physicspages.com/2013/10/06/mutual-inductance/

Professor who wrote this solution stated that θ is the angle between unit vector z and unit vector r, but as what i understand, the angle between two unit vectors (in this question) is cos(180-θ) = -cos(θ) but it is different with the solution shown in the link. (Help me, I am so confused!)

And also one more question. Why is the integration of area taken from 0 to b? If it is, aren't we taking a integration of disk, then? but in the question, it says it is a loop.

Can someone please explain it briefly?
 
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Professor who wrote this solution stated that θ is the angle between unit vector z and unit vector r, but as what i understand, the angle between two unit vectors (in this question) is cos(180-θ) = -cos(θ) but it is different with the solution shown in the link. (Help me, I am so confused!)
The professor is simply using the geometric definition of the dot product:
##\vec{a} \cdot \vec{b} = ||\vec{a}||\;||\vec{b}|| \; \cos(\theta)##
See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dot_product#Geometric_definition

Since ##\hat{z}## and ##\hat{r}## are both unit vectors their magnitudes are both 1 and so ##\hat{z} \cdot \hat{r} = \cos(\theta)##.
 
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The professor is simply using the geometric definition of the dot product:
##\vec{a} \cdot \vec{b} = ||\vec{a}||\;||\vec{b}|| \; \cos(\theta)##
See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dot_product#Geometric_definition

Since ##\hat{z}## and ##\hat{r}## are both unit vectors their magnitudes are both 1 and so ##\hat{z} \cdot \hat{r} = \cos(\theta)##.
Thank you very much for your reply!
I still want to make sure one more thing here.
So, θ is the angle between these two unit vectors? or angle 180 degree subtract with the angle between unit vectors?
 
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So, θ is the angle between these two unit vectors?
Yes.
 

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