# Three long wires are connected to a meter stick and hang down freely. Wire 1 hangs from the 50-cm mark at the center of the meter stick and

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Three long wires are connected to a meter stick and hang down freely. Wire 1 hangs from the 50-cm mark at the center of the meter stick and carries 1.50 A of current upward. Wire 2 hangs from the 70-cm mark and carries 4.00 A of current downward. Wire 3 is to be attached to the meterstick and to carry a specific current, and we want to attach it at a location that results ineach wire experiencing no net force.
(a) Determine the position of wire 3.

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1 year 2021-09-04T13:31:04+00:00 1 Answers 5 views 0

Three long wires are connected to a meter stick and hang down freely. Wire 1 hangs from the 50-cm mark at the center of the meter stick and carries 1.50 A of current upward. Wire 2 hangs from the 70-cm mark and carries 4.00 A of current downward. Wire 3 is to be attached to the meterstick and to carry a specific current, and we want to attach it at a location that results ineach wire experiencing no net force.

(a) Determine the position of wire 3.

b) Determine the magnitude and direction of current in wire 3

Explanation:

a) $$F_{net} \text {on wire }3=0$$

$$\frac{\mu_0 I_1 I_3}{2 \pi x} = \frac{\mu I_2 I_3}{2 \pi (0.2+x)} \\\\\frac{1.5}{x} =\frac{4}{0.2+x} \\\\0.03+1.5x=4x\\\\x=0.012m\\\\=1.2cm$$

position of wire = 50 – 1.2

= 48.8cm

b)  $$F_{net} \text {on wire }1=0$$

$$\frac{\mu _0 I_1 I_3}{2 \pi (1.2)} = \frac{\mu _0 I_1 I_2}{2 \pi (20)} \\\\\frac{I_3}{1.2} =\frac{4}{20} \\\\I_3=0.24A$$

Direction ⇒ downward