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Homework Help: Need help coming up with dl in cylindrical coords.

  1. Mar 3, 2010 #1

    The whole problem consists of several parts, but my issue is to come up with a dl for the peice of wire shown.

    Im trying to find the force on the wire due to a magnetic field produced by another wire running along the x-axis (not shown in pic).

    [tex]\vect{B} = \frac{\mu_0I}{2\pi s}\hat{\phi}[/tex]

    I am trying to get my dl x B so I can integrate, but I cannot come up with a dl. The reason I'm having trouble is because I know in cylindrical, for dl, both phi hat and s hat change along integration path for dl.

    Someone please help I think I've tried every method except for the one that works. :(
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  3. Mar 3, 2010 #2


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    I'm interested in this. It seems to me you need to use
    B = μI/(2πr) = μI/(2πy) for the magnetic field at height y caused by the wire running along the x-axis. And for the force on the wire, wouldn't you just use
    F = ILB or dF = IBdL ? You would then have to express dL as (cos θ)*dx to get an element of length perpendicular to B.
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