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supported by the National Science Foundation
written by John Belcher
designer: Michael Danziger
This is an interactive 3-D simulation of the electric field of two electric charges of equal magnitude and opposite charge (an electric dipole). It was designed to promote understanding of how a dipole pattern arises. The user can move an "observation point" around to see how the resultant field arises from the individual contributions of the electric field of each charge.
This item is part of a larger collection of visualizations developed by the MIT TEAL/Studio Physics Project to support an introductory course in electricity and magnetism.
For lecture notes that accompany this specific animation, click below:
MIT Open Courseware: Coulomb's Law Lecture Notes (pdf)
Please note that this resource requires Shockwave.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Electric Field
This 3D Shockwave simulation lets students explore how a dipole pattern arises as they move an "observation point" around two equal and opposite charges. By allowing them to see the field from a variety of reference points, they can visualize how each charge contributes to the resultant field.Link to Unit:
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MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Electric Field of a Dipole:
Covers the Same Topic As MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Creation of an Electric Dipole
A very simple animation designed to show how a classic electric dipole field pattern emerges when two opposite charges of equal magnitude are separated.relation by Caroline Hall
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