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Homework Help: What is the direction of the electric dipole moment?

  1. Feb 11, 2005 #1
    Point charges -5.00 C and +5.00 C are separated by distance 3.20 m, forming an electric dipole.

    What is the direction of the electric dipole moment?

    From + to -?
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  3. Feb 11, 2005 #2

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    The electric dipole moment points from - to +.
  4. Feb 11, 2005 #3


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    If you chose the origin of the coordinate system in the point where you have the positive charge,then yes,the [itex] \vec{p} [/itex] will point towards the negative charge.

    In the end it's a matter of convention.

  5. Feb 11, 2005 #4
    dipole points from - to +


    oopps, that is already being said
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