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Homework Help: Magnetic field due to two wires

  1. Oct 8, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The two wires shown in the figure carry currents of I = 5.58 A in opposite directions and are separated by a distance of d0 = 8.43 cm.
    Calculate the net magnetic field at a point midway between the wires. Use the direction out of the page as the positive direction and into the page as the negative direction in your answer.


    2. Relevant equations
    2*u0*i / 2*pi*r

    3. The attempt at a solution
    2(4piE-7)(5.58) / 2(pi)(.04215) = 5.286E-5 T

    Hw system says it's incorrect, I don't know where to go from here :(
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 8, 2014 #2


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    Step 1 is to draw a diagram, and mark on it relevant information. Identify the point of interest.
    Step 2 is to decide whether the fields will [tend to] add or cancel at the point of interest. (Should they exactly cancel then there is no further calculation to be done!)
    Step 3 is to finish working it out. How will you approach this?
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