Biot-Savart law

Biot-Sa·​vart law | \ ¦bēˌōsə¦vär-, ¦byōsə- \

Definition of Biot-Savart law

: a statement in electromagnetism: the magnetic intensity at any point due to a steady current in an infinitely long straight wire is directly proportional to the current and inversely proportional to the distance from point to wire — compare ampere's law

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History and Etymology for Biot-Savart law

after Jean B. Biot †1862 French mathematician and Félix Savart †1841 French physician & physicist

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“Biot-Savart law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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