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Homework Help: Electric Dipole

  1. Mar 5, 2008 #1
    [SOLVED] Electric Dipole

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I have an carbon atom polarized so it is essentially a physical dipole. I know the spacing between the "two charges" and I know what the charges are. I need to determine the potential difference across the polarized atom.

    2. Relevant equations

    Not sure

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I think that I need to determine the potential at both ends of the physical dipole and then find the difference between them. However, there are charges at the ends, so if I try to find the potential at the ends, it is infinity. I must be thinking about this wrong.
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  3. Mar 6, 2008 #2


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    I think they just want the pot at one charge due to the other.
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