## 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*.

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Last updated Oct. 30, 1997.

Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1997.