Integration of a solenoidal vector field over a volume

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Homework Statement



div(J)=0 in volume V, and J.n=0 on surface S enclosing V, where n is the normal vector to the surface.

Show that the integral over V of J dV is zero.



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The Attempt at a Solution



I can't get anywhere with it! The divergence theorem doesn't seem to help, as I just go round in circles. Any help at all will really be useful.

Thanks
 

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Try applying the divergence theorem to the vector field [tex]\lambda\vec{J}[/tex] What happens if you choose [itex]\lambda[/itex] such that [tex]\vec{\nabla}\lambda[/tex] is a constant vector?
 
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Thanks for that - everything now works.
 

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