# Magnetic field. I need help on understanding this problem.

## Homework Statement

Two long parallel conductors carry currents I_1 = 3.0A and I_2 = 3.0A, both directed into the page. Find the magnitude and direction of the resultant magnitude field at point p?

## The Attempt at a Solution

I need help with this problem. The professor only provided the answer but not the steps. I'm having a hard time understanding what to do. I can do all the other problems, but when it comes to a problem like this (with having to apply vectors) I do not know what to do. Help me.

First I tried drawing the magnetic fields (figure 2). Then I found the angles - 23 degrees and 67 degrees.

I am stuck after this. How do I solve using vectors?

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what do you mean by tangential?

Simon Bridge
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The B field around a wire follows circles - at distance r, the B vector will be a tangent to the circle, centered on the wire, with radius r.

Is ##\vec{B}_1## the field due to ##I_1## and ##\vec{B}_2## the field due to ##I_2##?
If so, they are pointing in the wrong directions. Please see the accompanying link.

oh yes, im sorry. your correct. i miswrote the B1 and B2.

Simon Bridge
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OK - so... do you know how to add vectors?

hmm is the special right triangle the triangle with the 90 degrees or is it the one with the added vectors?

i know how to add vectors like moving head to tail, but not very well when it comes to the math.

so at this point i would get a resultant vector that goes straight down. but im confuse. do i do the x and y component for B1 and B2 separately or do i do the x and y component for the resultant component?

Simon Bridge