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MIT Physics 8.02 - Electricity & Magnetism

SECTION : Magnetostatics       

SUBJECT: Two Rings of Current Attracting  

The animation shows two co-axial wire loops carrying current in the same sense (represented by the spheres) which are connected by a spring (not shown). As the current is slowly ramped up, the magnetic force between the rings causes them to attract one another. Then, as the current ramps down again, the restoring force of the spring returns them to their original separation distance. We show the field configuration here using the "iron filings" representation. The bottom wire loop carries three times the current of the top wire loop.





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