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Homework Help: What is B = (mu * l)/(2pi*r) used for?

  1. Sep 1, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    what is this equation used for

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Sep 1, 2008 #2
    Re: B=(mu*l)/(2*pI*r)

    It's ampere's law applied to a straight wire. (I think you can also derive it from Biot savart)

    Its used to find the magnetic field due to a straight wire w/current.

    Picture a bunch of circles, each one centered on the wire. The equation says that the magnetic field is the same at any point on the same circle. Also, the farther the cirlce is, the weaker the magnetic field and the stronger the current, the stronger the magnetic field.
  4. Sep 1, 2008 #3

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