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# Module 19:

## Sources of Magnetic Fields:

Biot-Savart Law
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Module 19: Outline
Magnetic Fields Creating Fields: Magnetic Fields, Creating Fields:
Biot-Savart Law
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Sources of Magnetic Fields
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What creates fields?
The Earth Hows that work? The Earth How s that work?
Moving charges!
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## Electric Field Of Point Charge g

An electric charge produces an electric field:
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E
q
r
2

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E r
q
r
=
4
o
r

r
: unit vector directed from q to P
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r
: unit vector directed from q to P
Magnetic Field Of Moving Charge Magnetic Field Of Moving Charge
Moving charge with velocity v produces magnetic field: g g y p g

x v r q
r
r
P
2
x
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v r
B
o
q

=
r
2
4 r
:

r
unit vector directed
from q to P
r

q
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permeability of free space

0
= 4 10
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T m/A
Animation: Animation:
Field Generated by a Moving Charge
animation
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C ti h di t ib ti Continuous charge distributions:
Currents &Biot-Savart
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Currents & Biot-Savart
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From Charges to Currents? From Charges to Currents?
B v d dq
r
r
= [coulomb]
[meter]
[ ] [sec]
[coulomb]
v
r
=
[coulomb]
[sec]
[meter]
dq
B s d Id
r
r
[sec]
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B s d Id
The Biot-Savart Law
Current element of length ds carrying current I
produces a magnetic field:

s r I d
r
0
2
4
s r
dB
I d

r
2
4 r
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The Right Hand Rule #2 The Right-Hand Rule #2

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z r =
Concept Questions: Concept Questions:
B fields Generated by Currents y
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Concept Question: Biot-Savart
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The magnetic field at P points towards the
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1. +x direction
2 +y direction 2. +y direction
3. +z direction
4. -x direction
5 -y direction 5. y direction
6. -z direction
7 Fi ld i ( di ti )
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7. Field is zero (so no direction)
Concept Question: Bent Wire p
The magnetic field at P is equal to the field of:
1. a semicircle
2 i i l l h fi ld f l i h i 2. a semicircle plus the field of a long straight wire
3. a semicircle minus the field of a long straight wire
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4. none of the above
Demonstration: Demonstration:
Field Generated by Wire y
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D t ti Demonstration:
J umping Wire J umping Wire
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Magnetic Force on
Current-Carrying Wire
Current is moving charges, and we know that
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g g
moving charges feel a force in a magnetic field
Magnetic Force on
r r
Current-Carrying Wire
F v B
B
q =
r r
r
s
v q q

=
r
r
q q
t
q

s s
q
I
t

= =

r r
( )
F L B I
r r r
t
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( )
F L B
B
I =
C t Q ti Q ti Concept Question Question:
Parallel Current Carrying Wires Parallel Current Carrying Wires
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Concept Question: Parallel Wires p
Consider two parallel current
carrying wires. With the currents
running in the same direction, the
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I
g ,
wires are
I
1
I
2
1. attracted (likes attract?)
2 ll d (lik l?) 2. repelled (likes repel?)
3. pushed another direction
4. not pushed no net force
5. I dont know
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5. I don t know
D t ti Demonstration:
Parallel & Anti-Parallel Currents Parallel & Anti Parallel Currents
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Can we understand why? Can we understand why?
Whether they attract or repel can be seen in Whether they attract or repel can be seen in
the shape of the created B field
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Concept Question: Current
Carrying Coils Carrying Coils
The above coils have
1. parallel currents that attract p
2. parallel currents that repel
3 opposite currents that attract
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3. opposite currents that attract
4. opposite currents that repel
Force on Dipole from Dipole:
A ti P ll l Ali t Anti-Parallel Alignment
i ti animation
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Force on Dipole from Dipole:
Parallel Alignment
animation
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Example : Coil of Radius R Example : Coil of Radius R
Consider a coil with radius R and current I Consider a coil with radius R and current I
I
I
I
P
I
I
P
Find the magnetic field B at the center (P) Find the magnetic field B at the center (P)
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Example : Coil of Radius R Example : Coil of Radius R
Consider a coil with radius R and current I Consider a coil with radius R and current I
I
I
I
P
Legs contribute nothing
I parallel to r
I
I
P
I parallel to r
Ring makes field into page
2) Choose a ds
I
2) Choose a ds
4) Write Biot Savart 4) Write Biot-Savart
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Animation: Magnetic Field Animation: Magnetic Field
Generated by a Current Loop
Shockwave Shockwave
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## Example : Coil of Radius R Example : Coil of Radius R

In the circular part of the coil

d
r

| d | d
r
s r

d
r
Biot-Savart:
s r

| d | ds =
r
I
I
0

s r d
I
dB

r
Biot Savart:

0
I
ds
r

I
I
0
2
4
dB
r
=
=
0
4
r
2
I
R d
r
s
r
d
I
=

0
I
4
R d
R
2
=

0
I
4
d
R
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4 R

## Example : Coil of Radius R Example : Coil of Radius R

Consider a coil with radius R and current I
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dB =

0
I
4
d
R
I
I
4 R
B dB

0
I
d
2

I
I

B = dB =
0
4 R
0

I
s
r
d
=

0
I
4R
d
2

=

0
I
4R
2
( )
4R
0
4R
0
i t B
I
r
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0
into page
2
B
R
=
Example : Coil of Radius R Example : Coil of Radius R
I
I
P
0
I
r
I
I
P
page into
2
0
R
I
= B
N t
I
Notes:
This is an EASY Biot-Savart problem:
N t i l d No vectors involved
This is what I would expect on exam
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Problem:
B Fi ld f C il f R di R B Field from Coil of Radius R
C id il d f i i l f dii R d 2R Consider a coil made of semi-circles of radii R and 2R
and carrying a current I
What is B at point P?
P
II
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Problem:
B Fi ld f C il f R di R B Field from Coil of Radius R
C id il ith di R d i t I Consider a coil with radius R and carrying a current I
What is B at point P?
WARNING:
What is B at point P?
WARNING:
This is much
harder than harder than
the previous
problem problem.
Why??
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