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(This isn't a homework problem; I'm just working through Griffiths' "Introduction to Electrodynamics" textbook, and can't find a very clear explanation.)

When the relationship between electric field and charge distribution are given by:

[tex]\nabla[/tex] [tex]\cdot[/tex]E= [tex]\frac{\rho}{\epsilon_{o}}[/tex]

does this require that the charge distribution fill a particular volume, like that bound by a Gaussian surface, whereEis computed on the Gaussian surface? If not, how is the volume of the charge distribution accounted for in the equation? Basically, does the above equation demand thatEbe calculated on a Gaussian surface bounding a volume filled with the charge density [tex]\rho[/tex]?

The same question applies for Poisson's Equation...

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