posted by Jessica on .
A wire having mass per unit length of 0.440 g/cm carries a 2.80 A current horizontally to the south. What are the direction and magnitude of the minimum magnetic field needed to lift this wire vertically upward?
B*I*L = M g = (mass per length)*L*g
L cancels out.
Solve for B and use the right hand rule for the direction of the magnetic force (up)
B = (mass per length)*g/I
= 4.40*10^-2 kg/m*9.8 m/s^2/2.80 A
= ___ Tesla