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# Problem: The permanent electric dipole moment of the water molecule (H2O) is 6.2×10−30C⋅m.What is the maximum possible torque on a water molecule in a 3.6×108 N/C electric field?

###### FREE Expert Solution

Torque on a dipole:

$\overline{){\mathbf{\tau }}{\mathbf{=}}{\mathbf{P}}{\mathbf{E}}{\mathbf{s}}{\mathbf{i}}{\mathbf{n}}{\mathbf{\theta }}}$ where P is the dipole moment and E is the electric field.

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###### Problem Details

The permanent electric dipole moment of the water molecule (H2O) is 6.2×10−30C⋅m.

What is the maximum possible torque on a water molecule in a 3.6×108 N/C electric field?