# Magnitude of torque on a current loop

1. Apr 30, 2006

### ovoleg

I've given this one a good effort and I cannot seem to solve it, been trying for a couple days on my own now...Anyone able to lend a hand?

I was using t=uxB(u cross B) to find the torque and then take the negative of it to find the torque that is to hold it?

vector u = I(vector A), and for this I am getting vector(A)=.0692i+.08j+.0346k
vector(B)=.58i+0j+0k
When I do the matrices for the cross(x) I get 0i+.321088j+.7424k

The only part of this that is right is the i component which is zero...

I'll be in your debt forever if you could help with a) or c)

Thanks!!!!
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The rectangular loop in Fig is pivoted about the y-axis and carries a current of 16.0 A in the direction indicated.((It's 16A, don't mind the picture saying 15A, this is the diagram below, click link))

a) If the loop is in a uniform magnetic field with magnitude 0.580 T in the +x-direction, find the magnitude and direction of the torque required to hold the loop in the position shown.
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b) Repeat part (a) for the case in which the field is in the z-direction.
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c) For each of the above magnetic fields, what torque would be required if the loop were pivoted about an axis through its center, parallel to the y-axis?
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2. Apr 30, 2006

### andrewchang

$$\tau = NIAB sin \Theta$$

N = number of loops
I = current
A = area of loop
B = magnetic field
theta = angle between loop and field

3. Apr 30, 2006

### ovoleg

I love you! why doesn't my book have this?? :*(.

Thanks alot!

4. Oct 1, 2007

### electron

well it is sinQ if we take the angle of rotatation in the geomtrical center of the loop......

just for information..heh