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Can anyone tell me how to interpret the divergence of a vector field? Please kindly help.

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Can anyone tell me how to interpret the divergence of a vector field? Please kindly help.

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Gauss' Law says that the flux of an E field is proportional to the total charge within the surface that you compute the flux.

Using integral theorems, the flux is a volume integral of the divergence. But, the total charge is the volume integral of charge density. This works out for arbitrary volumes so the divergence must be proportional to the charge density.

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