The graph shows the potential energy of an electric dipole which is in a constant electric field; only the electric force is acting on the dipole. Consider a dipole that oscillates between +/- 51 degrees.
What is the dipole's kinetic energy when it is aligned with the electric field?
Known: At 180, U= 2*10^-6 J
The Attempt at a Solution
In a previous section, the mechanical energy was asked for. Using U=pEcos(theta), I put substituted U=2.0*10^-6, theta=180degrees, and kept pE constant. pE was calculated to be -2.0*10^-6 J, then reworked the problem with a theta=51degrees to find the mechanical energy= -1.26*10^-6 J.
My understanding is that when the dipole is aligned with the Electric Field, the theta between them is zero and this is the potential energy's lowest value. I figure that the potential energy's lowest value would correlate with the kinetic energy's highest value and the answer would be 2.0*10^-6. This is incorrect. Also tried -2.0, 0, 1.26, -1.26, and -4 all *10^-6.
I have the problem wrong using all my attempts, but what is logic to figuring it out?