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This is an animation of the destruction of an electric field. It begins with five negative and five positive charges, all of equal magnitude and separated by a distance L in space. One by one, the five positive charges are moved at constant velocity from their initial position to the location of the negative charges.  The user can observe the strength of the electric field decreasing as each positive charge is moved into place.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We suggest using this animation with a closely related model by the same authors showing the opposite phenomenon: creation of an electric field by charge separation. SEE RELATED MATERIALS for a link to MIT 8.02: Creating an Electric Field.

For lecture notes that accompany this specific animation, click below:
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Coulomb, animation, dipole, dipole field, electric dipole, field lines, field strength
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J. Belcher, (2004), WWW Document, (http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/DestroyField/destroyField.htm).
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J. Belcher, MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Destroying an Electric Field, (2004), <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/DestroyField/destroyField.htm>.
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Belcher, J. (2008, May 24). MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Destroying an Electric Field. Retrieved October 24, 2014, from http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/DestroyField/destroyField.htm
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Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Destroying an Electric Field. May 24, 2008. http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/DestroyField/destroyField.htm (accessed 24 October 2014).
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Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Destroying an Electric Field. 2004. 24 May 2008. National Science Foundation. 24 Oct. 2014 <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/DestroyField/destroyField.htm>.
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@misc{ Author = "John Belcher", Title = {MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Destroying an Electric Field}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {24 October 2014}, Month = {May 24, 2008}, Year = {2004} }
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MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Destroying an Electric Field:

Accompanies MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Creating an Electric Field

A companion animation by the same authors  that depicts the opposite phenomenon: the creation of an electric field through charge separation. Strength of field increases as positive charges are moved one-by-one to a location of L distance from the initial position.

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