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Homework Help: Solenoid Passing through square coil-Finding electric field

  1. Apr 17, 2010 #1
    Solenoid Passing through square coil--Finding electric field

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A very long solenoid with n turns of wire per unit length and radius b carries a current I(t) which decays with time as I(t)=I0e-t/T. The direction of current in the solenoid is as shown below. The solenoid passes through a single-turn square coil of wire with side length slightly larger than 2b and resistance R.


    a) Determine the electric field both inside and outside the solenoid as the current is decaying. Provide both a magnitude and direction.

    b) Determine the current through the square coil as a function of time, Ic(t) as the solenoid current decays.

    c) Determine the total energy dissipated in the resistance of the square coil from over the time period t=0 to ∞. Where does the energy come from?

    2. Relevant equations
    The induced emf can be obtained from Faraday’s law as
    ∫ E dr = -d/dt ∫B dA for an open surface S

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm going to start with part a
    If we let c=dB/dt, the rate of change of the magnetic field
    We choose that surface to be a circle of radius r, and we note by symmetry that the electric field must be tangential to it so for r<=R,
    So Ein=1/2cr tangential to the surface

    So Eout=cR2/2r tangential to the surface

    I will go onto the next parts next but I'm unsure if this is the right way to find the electric field...

    thanks in advance,
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 17, 2010 #2
    Re: Solenoid Passing through square coil--Finding electric field

    although I am a student like yourself, I arrived at the same answers

    note that B is obtained by ampere's law and that B =
    mu x n x I(t)

    and that outside the (ideal) solenoid
    B is zero
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2010
  4. Apr 17, 2010 #3
    Re: Solenoid Passing through square coil--Finding electric field

    so how would we relate the Ic with the square to find part b? This must be Faraday's law....
  5. Apr 17, 2010 #4
    Re: Solenoid Passing through square coil--Finding electric field

    well I don't think the question is too clear, but I'm assuming the wire somehow jumps onto the square coil then jumps off again onto the solenoid proper..

    according to faraday's law, emf = d/dt (flux)

    but instead of parsing the electromotive force into its definition as the line integral of electric field, we will now use its other definition as applied to circuitry, namely
    I = emf / R

    I = dflux/dt / R
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