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Physics 121: Electricity & Magnetism – Lecture 10 Magnetic Fields & Currents. Dale E. Gary Wenda Cao NJIT Physics Department. N. S. N. S. N. S. Magnetic Field Review. Magnets only come in pairs of N and S poles (no monopoles).

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physics 121 electricity magnetism lecture 10 magnetic fields currents

Physics 121: Electricity & Magnetism – Lecture 10Magnetic Fields & Currents

Dale E. Gary

Wenda Cao

NJIT Physics Department

magnetic field review

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Magnetic Field Review
  • Magnets only come in pairs of N and S poles (no monopoles).
  • Magnetic field exerts a force on moving charges (i.e. on currents).
  • The force is perpendicular to both and the direction of motion (i.e. must use cross product).
  • Because of this perpendicular direction of force, a moving charged particle in a uniform magnetic field moves in a circle or a spiral.
  • Because a moving charge is a current, we can write the force in terms of current, but since current is not a vector, it leads to a kind of messy way of writing the equation:
magnetic field caused by current

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Electromagnetic

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Magnetic Field Caused by Current
  • As you may know, it is possible to make a magnet by winding wire in a coil and running a current through the wire.
  • From this and other experiments, it can be seen that currents create magnetic fields.
  • In fact, that is the only way that magnetic fields are created.
  • If you zoom in to a permanent magnet, you will find that it contains a tremendous number of atoms whose charges whiz around to create a current.
  • The strength of the magnetic field created by a current depends on the current, and falls off as 1/r2.
biot savart law

m0 = permeability constant

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Biot-Savart Law
  • The magnetic field due to an element of current is
  • The magnetic field wraps in circles around a wire. The direction of the magnetic field is easy to find using the right-hand rule.
  • Put the thumb of your right hand in the direction of the current, and your fingers curl in the direction of B.

Biot-Savart sounds like “Leo Bazaar”

direction of magnetic field

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Direction of Magnetic Field
  • Which drawing below shows the correct direction of the magnetic field, B, at the point P?
  • I.
  • II.
  • III.
  • IV.

B into

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B into

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B into

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b due to a long straight wire
B due to a Long Straight Wire
  • Just add up all of the contributions ds to the current, keeping track of distance r.
  • Notice that . And r sin q = R, So the integral becomes
  • The integral is a little tricky, but is

B due to current in a long straight wire

b at center of a circular arc of wire
B at Center of a Circular Arc of Wire
  • Just add up all of the contributions ds to the current, but now distance r=R is constant, and .
  • Notice that . So the integral becomes
  • For a complete loop, f = 2p, so

B due to current in circular arc

B at center of a full circle

b for lines and arcs

circular arc

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2R

90°

3R

R

2.43 A

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70°

B for Lines and Arcs
  • How would you determine B in the center of this loop of wire?
  • Say R = 10 cm, i = 2.43 A. Since 95° = 1.658radians, 90° = 1.571radians, 70° = 1.222radians, 105° = 1.833radians, we have

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magnetic field from loops
Magnetic Field from Loops
  • The three loops below have the same current. Rank them in terms of magnitude of magnetic field at the point shown, greatest first.
  • I, II, III.
  • II, I, III.
  • III, I, II.
  • III, II, I.
  • II, III, I.

I. II. III.

force between two parallel currents

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  • To calculate the force on b due to a,
Force Between Two Parallel Currents
  • Recall that a wire carrying a current in a magnetic field feels a force.
  • When there are two parallel wires carrying current, the magnetic field from one causes a force on the other.
  • When the currents are parallel, the two wires are pulled together.
  • When the currents are anti-parallel, the two wires are forced apart.

Force between two parallel currents

forces on parallel currents
Forces on Parallel Currents
  • Which of the four situations below has the greatest force to the right on the central conductor?
  • I.
  • II.
  • III.
  • IV.
  • Cannot

determine.

F greatest?

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II.

III.

IV.

ampere s law
Ampere’s Law

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  • Ampere’s Law for magnetic fields is analogous to Gauss’ Law for electric fields.
  • Draw an “amperian loop” around a system of currents (like the two wires at right). The loop can be any shape, but it must be closed.
  • Add up the component of along the loop, for each element of length ds around this closed loop.
  • The value of this integral is proportional to the current enclosed:

Ampere’s Law

magnetic field outside a long straight wire with current
Magnetic Field Outside a Long Straight Wire with Current
  • We already used the Biot-Savart Law to show that, for this case, .
  • Let’s show it again, using Ampere’s Law:
  • First, we are free to draw an Amperian loop of any shape, but since we know that the magnetic field goes in circles around a wire, let’s choose a circular loop (of radius r).
  • Then B and ds are parallel, and B is constant on the loop, so
  • And solving for B gives our earlier expression.

Ampere’s Law

magnetic field inside a long straight wire with current

B

~r

~1/r

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Magnetic Field Inside a Long Straight Wire with Current
  • Now we can even calculate B inside the wire.
  • Because the current is evenly distributed over the cross-section of the wire, it must be cylindrically symmetric.
  • So we again draw a circular Amperian loop around the axis, of radius r < R.
  • The enclosed current is less than the total current, because some is outside the Amperian loop. The amount enclosed is
  • so

inside a straight wire

fun with amperian loops
Fun With Amperian Loops
  • Rank the paths according to the value of taken in the directions shown, most positive first.
  • I, II, III, IV, V.
  • II, III, IV, I, V.
  • III, V, IV, II, I.
  • IV, V, III, II, I.
  • I, II, III, V, IV.

I.

II.

III.

IV.

V.

solenoids
Solenoids
  • We saw earlier that a complete loop of wire has a magnetic field at its center:
  • We can make the field stronger by simply adding more loops. A many turn coil of wire with current is called a solenoid.
  • We can use Ampere’s Law to calculate B inside the solenoid.
  • The field near the wires is still circular, but farther away the fields blend into a nearly constant field down the axis.
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Solenoids
  • The actual field looks more like this:
  • Compare with electric field in a capacitor.
  • Like a capacitor, the field is uniform inside (except near the ends), but the direction of the field is different.
  • Approximate that the field is constant inside and zero outside (just like capacitor).
  • Characterize the windings in terms of number of turns per unit length, n. Each turn carries current i, so total current over length h is inh.

ideal solenoid

toroids
Toroids
  • Notice that the field of the solenoid sticks out both ends, and spreads apart (weakens) at the ends.
  • We can wrap our coil around like a doughnut, so that it has no ends. This is called a toroid.
  • Now the field has no ends, but wraps uniformly around in a circle.
  • What is B inside? We draw an Amperian loop parallel to the field, with radius r. If the coil has a total of N turns, then the Amperian loop encloses current Ni.

inside toroid

current carrying coils
Current-Carrying Coils
  • Last week we learned that a current-carrying coil of wire acts like a small magnet, and we defined the “dipole moment” (a vector) as
  • The direction is given by the right-hand rule. Let your fingers curl around the loop in the direction of i, and your thumb points in the direction of B. Notice that the field lines of the loop look just like they would if the loop were replaced by a magnet.
  • We are able to calculate the field in the center of such a loop, but what about other places. In general, it is hard to calculate in places where the symmetry is broken.
  • But what about along the z axis?

N is number of turns, A is area of loop

b on axis of current carrying coil
B on Axis of Current-Carrying Coil
  • What is B at a point P on the z axis of the current loop?
  • We use the Biot-Savart Law

to integrate around the current loop, noting that the field is perpendicular to r.

  • By symmetry, the perpendicular part of B is going to cancel around the loop, and only the parallel part will survive.
b outside a toroid
B Outside a Toroid
  • The magnetic field inside a Toroid is . Using an Amperian loop, what is the expression for the magnetic field outside?
  • Zero
  • The same, decreasing as 1/r.
  • The same, except decreasing as

1/r2.

  • The same, except increase as r.
  • Cannot determine.
summary

m0 = permeability constant

exactly

Summary
  • Calculate the B field due to a current using Biot-Savart Law
  • Permiability constant:
  • B due to long straight wire: circular arc: complete loop:
  • Force between two parallel currents
  • Another way to calculate B is using Ampere’s Law (integrate B around closed Amperian loops):
  • B inside a long straight wire: a solenoid: a torus:
  • B on axis of current-carrying coil: