PHYS208 Fundamentals of Physics II

Hint for Ch. 30, 72P

Preparation for Lab Exercise 9. This is a calculationally-intensive problem; I would recommend the use of Maple or other symbolic processor if you are so-inclined.

Use HRW Eq. 30-28 with an arbitrary distance between coils s; superimpose result of two coils. Generalize to a distance x on-axis away from the point in the center. This will correspond to setting z = x for one coil and z = s-x for the other coil.

Now evaluate the derivative of B with respect to x and demonstrate that at the midpoint, x = s/2, the derivative is zero.

Evaluate the second derivative of B with respect to x. Show that at x = s/2, the second derivative is also zero if s = R.

Last updated Oct. 30, 1997.
Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1997.