I was studying Lenz's law and self inductance when I came across the following question.

Take R to be the radius of a circular loop, which has a magnetic field perpendicular to this loop. We let the magnitude of the magnetic field be $$B=at^2r^2$$ Derive a formula for the magnetic flux through the loop as a function of time.

I intially used the formula for it, (the integral of the dot product of B.dA) and I get $$\pi a R^4 t^2$$ but the answer is meant to be $$\frac{\pi aR^4t^2}{2}$$

Im not sure where the $$\frac{1}{2}$$ comes from. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.


It comes as a consequence of the integral.

$\psi=\int at^2r^2dA=\int^{2\pi}_0\int^R_0at^2r^2rdrd\theta$


which equals $\frac{\pi at^2r^4}{2}$

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  • $\begingroup$ why do we convert to polar coordinates for this problem? $\endgroup$ – user728655 Apr 23 at 12:54
  • $\begingroup$ You are trying to find the integral over a circular area, so polar coordinates are most convenient for this problem. You would arrive at the same solution if you used rectangular coordinates, albeit the process would be tedious. $\endgroup$ – Groger Apr 23 at 13:05

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