We calculate the magnetic field generated by a steady current that takes the shape of two types of special curves: hypocycloids and epicycloids with n numbers of sides. The computation was performed in the center of the referred curves. For this purpose, we use the Biot-Savart law which is studied in every introductory-level electricity and magnetism course. The result is quite general because it is obtained as a function of the number of sides of the curve and in terms of a parameter є that identifies the type of curve considered (є = —1 hypocycloids and є = +1 epicycloids).
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Revista Brasileira de Ensino de Fisica|
|State||Published - 2021|
- Biot-Savart Law
- Magnetic field