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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)

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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.

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J. Belcher, (2004), WWW Document, (http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/DipoleField3d/dipoleField.htm).
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J. Belcher, MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Electric Field of a Dipole, (2004), <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/DipoleField3d/dipoleField.htm>.
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Belcher, J. (2008, May 2). MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Electric Field of a Dipole. Retrieved July 23, 2017, from http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/DipoleField3d/dipoleField.htm
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Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Electric Field of a Dipole. May 2, 2008. http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/DipoleField3d/dipoleField.htm (accessed 23 July 2017).
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Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Electric Field of a Dipole. 2004. 2 May 2008. National Science Foundation. 23 July 2017 <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/DipoleField3d/dipoleField.htm>.
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A very simple animation designed to show how a classic electric dipole field pattern emerges when two opposite charges of equal magnitude are separated.

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