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Magnetic field from two wires and magnitude

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Homework Statement



can someone please help? im having major problems with physics right now :(

Each of the wires carries a current of magnitude I. The current in wire 1 is directed out of the page and that in wire 2 is directed into the page. The distance between the wires is 2d. The x axis is perpendicular to the line connecting the wires and is equidistant from the wires.


a.) Point M is located a distance 2d from the midpoint between the two wires. Find the magnitude of the magnetic field B_1M created at point M by wire 1.
*Express your answer in terms of I, d, and appropriate constants.

b.)Find the magnitude of the net magnetic field B_M created at point M by both wires.
*Express your answer in terms of I, d, and appropriate constants.

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The Attempt at a Solution




I got the B1L created by wire 1 by point 1 only.
so I thought since they have the same current and distance, they will have the same magnitude, so I just add them. But I got it wrong.
one of the hint says "find the direction of B"
I am confused how to find the direction for wire 1 and 2 at point M.

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The Attempt at a Solution

 

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diazona
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Well, let's take it one step at a time. First, pretend wire 2 doesn't exist, and find the magnetic field (magnitude and direction) produced by wire 1 at point M. Do you know how to start doing that? (Hint: use the right-hand rule for the direction)
 

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