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written by John Belcher
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This is a Quicktime animation depicting the electric dipole field that is created when two opposite charges of equal magnitude are pulled apart.  The item may be viewed as a video or in stepped motion.

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. Lecture notes, labs, and presentations are also available as part of the MIT Open Courseware Repository:
MIT Open Courseware: Electricity and Magnetism

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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electric Field
- Electrostatics
= Coulomb's Law
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Keywords:
Coulomb, animation, dipole, dipole field, electric dipole, field lines, pith ball
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Metadata instance created April 12, 2010 by Caroline Hall
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April 15, 2010 by Caroline Hall
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J. Belcher, (2004), WWW Document, (http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/PithBallsCreate/PithBallsCreate.htm).
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J. Belcher, MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Creation of an Electric Dipole, (2004), <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/PithBallsCreate/PithBallsCreate.htm>.
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Belcher, J. (2008, May 24). MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Creation of an Electric Dipole. Retrieved October 31, 2014, from http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/PithBallsCreate/PithBallsCreate.htm
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Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Creation of an Electric Dipole. May 24, 2008. http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/PithBallsCreate/PithBallsCreate.htm (accessed 31 October 2014).
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Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Creation of an Electric Dipole. 2004. 24 May 2008. National Science Foundation. 31 Oct. 2014 <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/PithBallsCreate/PithBallsCreate.htm>.
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@misc{ Author = "John Belcher", Title = {MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Creation of an Electric Dipole}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {31 October 2014}, Month = {May 24, 2008}, Year = {2004} }
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MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Creation of an Electric Dipole:

Covers the Same Topic As MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Electric Field of a Dipole

A 3D interactive simulation of the electric field of two equal and opposite charges, depicted in a "grass seeds" representation. The observation point may be moved in positive or negative directions along x, y, or z.

relation by Caroline Hall
Covers the Same Topic As MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Creating an Electric Field

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