# I Divergence Theorem not equaling 0

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1. Oct 26, 2016

### xoxomae

Why is it possible that
∫∫∫ V f(r) dV ≠ 0 even if f(r) =0

2. Oct 26, 2016

### DarkBabylon

I think something is missing here. What is missing is that whether f(r) is zero at every single point in space or just at a particular distance.
There is another thing:
When you are integrating you are essentially summing up a multiplication of the function by very small differences in x.
Simply put: f(r)*dV is your differential.
If f(r) is always zero, why would the sum of zeroes equal to something non-zero?
Moreover the divergence is the integral of f(r) vector field over small parts of surface areas with a vector pointing outwards multiplying it (is inside the integral if it changes with respect to location in space).

3. Oct 26, 2016

### xoxomae

Sorry, I forgot to mention that f(r) = div (grad (1/r))