When an electric field is applied to a shallow bath of vegetable oil, why do tiny bits

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When an electric field is applied to a shallow bath of vegetable oil, why do tiny bits of thread floating in the oil align with the field like compasses in a magnetic field?
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Fundamentals of Physics

ISBN: 978-1118230725

10th Extended edition

Authors: Jearl Walker, Halliday Resnick

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