Three Infinite Straight Wires

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Homework Statement


Three infinite straight wires are fixed in place and aligned parallel to the z-axis as shown. The wire at (x,y) = (-23.5 cm, 0) carries current I1 = 3.3 A in the negative z-direction. The wire at (x,y) = (23.5 cm, 0) carries current I2 = 1.2 A in the positive z-direction. The wire at (x,y) = (0, 40.7 cm) carries current I3 = 7.9 A in the positive z-direction.

http://www.smartphysics.com/images/content/EM/14/h14_threewires.png [Broken]

What is Fx(1), the x-component of the force exerted on a one meter length of the wire carrying current I1?

Homework Equations


Biot-Savart's Law: B=[itex]\frac{μ_{o}I}{2∏r}[/itex]
Magnetic Force: F=ILxB
F=[itex]\frac{μ_{o}I_{1}I_{2}L}{2∏r}[/itex]

The Attempt at a Solution


I've tried using B-S to find each magnetic field individually, then find their forces individually, then combined together to get the total force. Using the arctan, I can get the angle of the force from the x-axis, which allows me to get the force in the x direction. I've also tried combining the fields together first and finding the angle then. I then use the force from the field. In both situations I'm getting a force of 7.138e-5N in the negative x direction, but apparently I'm wrong.
 
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I figured out my problem. I was actually doing it right, but I'm using a different calculator, so I was inputing numbers wrong.
 
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I currently am on this problem with my homework. I thought this was correct. Thank you for the reassurance.
 

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