Assume that we have a dipole affected only by an applied magnetic field where only 2 possible orientations for its dipole moment are possible: "up" and down".
A dipole is simply an object with a separation of charges. This creates a dipole moment, which is a vector pointing from the negatively charged side to the positively charged side. In our scenario, we are only talking about 1 dipole in an applied field. This dipole can have 2 orientations. Let’s call them "up" and "down". We’ll say that the up orientation is the “positive” value for the dipole moment and the down orientation is the “negative” value.
My sources are my thermodynamics class and wikipedia/googleing. Does this seem pretty accurate? I got confused by wikipedia's 2 definitions for a dipole...could someone clarify the difference between the two and which one would apply here?