1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Two long parallel wires are a center-to-center distance of 1.50 cm apart and carry equal anti-parallel currents of 1.80 A. Find the magnetic field intensity at the point P which is equidistant from the wires. (R = 4.00 cm). 2. Relevant equations [tex] B= \frac{u_{0}I}{2\pi r} [/tex] infinite wire 3. The attempt at a solution Ok I have been workin this problem for a while. In terms of vectors, the y's cancel out. For the X direction I get: [tex] B_{totalx}=\frac{u_{0} I R}{\pi \sqrt( (d/2)^2 +R^2)}[/tex] I dont get why I am wrong, I took the sum of the b-fields in terms of vectors. And no the answer is not 0 T!
If they have equal, anti-parallel currents, and it's a point that's equidistance from the wires, then the answer has to be zero. Unless you decide to ignore the fact that magnetic fields are vectors.
Thats what I used to think too, but when I entered 0 T it is incorrect. there is something else I am missing.
Go back and ask your instructor what he means by anti-parallel. It has more than one meaning. It shouldn't but it does.
I agree, word choice could be better. However I don't have contact with my prof. right now, this assignment is due in an hour.
If I was you I would give your best guess (ignore that you know it's "not right") and argue for points later. Chances are others having the same problem.
he is not, there is an answer I people got. There is some trick though, but my math tells me otherwise,
??? The two B fields add up, they don't cancel!! It's when the currents are in the same direction that the total B field is zero at the point midway between them.