Magnetic field of 2 infinite wires.

In summary, using Amperes' law, the field strength for two thin, long wires carrying equal and opposite currents situated in y = -a and y = a is found to be B(y) = \dfrac{\mu_0 I}{2\pi (a-y)}. The average field strength in a region -b to b is found to be 0, which may seem incorrect but is in fact correct due to the equal and opposite currents canceling out.
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Homework Statement


Two thin, long wires situated in y = -a and y = a carrying two equal in magnitude and opposite running currents I.
Find the field strength in therms of y.
Find the average Field strength in a region -b to b, where 0 is between the 2 points.

Homework Equations


Amperes law.


The Attempt at a Solution


I find via. Amperes' law, that the field of the wire in -a (current running down) has the magnitude:
[itex] B(y) = \dfrac{\mu_0 I}{2\pi r_1}[/itex]
Where r1 is the distance from the wire, now i find that r1 = a-y.
The field from the other is the same with the distance r2 instead of r1. r2 = a-y too so the field is zero and the average is of course also 0, and that is annoying. What have i done wrong.
 
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Better check if, for the downgoing wire, r1 = a - y.
 

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The magnetic field of 2 infinite wires is the region surrounding the wires where magnetic forces are exerted on other objects. It is created by the flow of electric current through the wires.

How is the magnetic field of 2 infinite wires calculated?

The magnetic field of 2 infinite wires can be calculated using the Biot-Savart law, which states that the magnetic field at a point is directly proportional to the current in the wire and inversely proportional to the distance from the wire.

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