Derive equation for electric potential of electric dipole

  • #1
I'm not understanding how the equation of the electric field due to an electric dipole is derived. This is how my book derives it:

Say you have electric dipole composed of charges +q and -q a distance d apart, with the negative charge at the origin of the z-axis. Then, at any point z, the E field is:

[itex]\frac{kq}{(z-\frac{1}{2}d)^{2}}[/itex] - [itex]\frac{kq}{(z+\frac{1}{2}d)^{2}}[/itex]

Below is the exact picture of the situation from my book:

22dipole2.jpg


But shouldn't the equation be:
[itex]\frac{kq}{(z-d)^{2}}[/itex] - [itex]\frac{kq}{z^{2}}[/itex]

??

In my book's equation, it looks like they're just treating the two charges as if they're at the same point (the midpoint, corresponding to (1/2)d)....I know that for large z, this wouldn't matter much, but still, what if you want small z...
 
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You have misunderstood the position of the origin. z=0 is between the charges (the dot).
 
  • #3
You have misunderstood the position of the origin. z=0 is between the charges (the dot).
Oh! wow im stupid thanks lol
 

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