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Homework Help: Radius of coil in magnetic field

  1. Feb 9, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Two coils have the same number of circular turns and carry the same current. Each rotates in a magnetic field in a setup similar to the square coil in the figure below. Coil 1 has a radius of 4.2 cm and rotates in a 0.19 T field. Coil 2 rotates in a 0.42 T field. Each coil experiences the same maximum torque. What is the radius (in cm) of coil 2?


    2. Relevant equations

    Torque= NIABsin(phi)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I thought that since each coil experienced the same maximum torque and received the same current that I could set their respective NIABsin(phi) equations equal to each other, cancel out current, and solve for the area of the second coil, but the answer that I got was incorrect (8.899 cm). So I know that there has to be another way to solve this question, but I'm at a loss as to how to approach it. Can anyone offer any guidance or insight on what I'm doing wrong?
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  3. Feb 9, 2007 #2

    Doc Al

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    I don't understand how you got your answer; show exactly what you did.
  4. Mar 31, 2007 #3
    Help needed

    I am stuck on the same problem. I tryed B=muI/2pir. I used the one where we have all the infromation except for the I. I then used this I and put into a new equation to slove for r. I just thought it was smiple subistion. Because for you you don't have the I and for the other you need to find the r. NO clue after that.
  5. Mar 31, 2007 #4


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    [tex]\vec \tau = \vec \mu \times \vec B[/tex] where [tex]\vec \mu = N i \vec A[/tex] is the magnetic dipole moment. So you are given that [tex]\vec \tau[/tex] are the same and i guess current too. so it is just a matter of finding area then radius... you should expect the area, ie. radius for loop 2 be smaller since field is stronger there...
  6. Apr 1, 2007 #5
    i figured it out
  7. Feb 24, 2009 #6
    Ok I'm also trying to figure this one out and having trouble. I'm assuming I somehow need to use the area of the given radius' coil and the magnitude its magnetic field to find the area of the ungiven radius' coil?

    I'm just confused as to how.
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