# Curl of an electric dipole field

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Tags: curl, dipole, electric, field
 P: 150 Is the field of an electric dipole conservative? Initially I thought it would be, for no particular reason but that's just what my high school intuition thought. (haha I thought everything would be conservative apart from friction) But I was reading up on some vector calculus and discovered $$\mbox{curl}(\nabla f) = \mathbf{0}$$ If you put a positively charged rod in an electric dipole field, and fix it at the right orientation, it will rotate. Does that mean that the field is not conservative? EDIT: I just realised it would also rotate in an electric monopole field lol thanks