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Electric energy stored in dipole

  1. Oct 1, 2008 #1
    there is a +q and -q on the x-axis. the +q is L/2 in the negative direction and the -q is L/2 in the positive directions. the distance between the two charges is L. there is a test charge P on the y axis a distance r from both charges.

    we had to find the electric energy stored in the dipole.

    she gave us the answer -> W= (q^2)/(4*pi*epsilon_0*L) => W=(q_1*q_2)/(4*pi*r_12)

    i do not understand how she got this. could someone please enlighten me a little bit?
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  3. Oct 1, 2008 #2


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    You can calculate the potential energy of the dipole the same way in which you calculate the potential energy of any array of charges.
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