# Force between two aligned permanent dipoles

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## Homework Statement

Show that the force between two aligned permanent dipoles, a distance r apart, is attractive and varies as $$r^{-4}$$

Length of dipole to be taken as d.

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## The Attempt at a Solution

I'm completely lost here and have no idea where to begin. My attempts at a solution have only led me to discover that somehow, energy of the dipole between two charged molecules is supposed to be E=$$\frac{p}{4\pi\epsilon_{0}r^{3}}$$ (where p = dipole moment = qd)

As to why this is so, I have no idea!

I've searched around these forums for similar problems. What is the electric field of a dipole and how do I derive it? I read that it's something to do with Taylor's Expansion on d/r. I realize I may sound like an idiot for asking such elementary questions, so i apologize.

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