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Homework Help: Mean value theorem in elelctrostatics

  1. May 13, 2009 #1
    The mean value theorem in electrostatics states that for charge free space the value of the electrostatic potential at any point is equal to the average of the potential over the surface of any sphere centered at that point.
    In its derivation I'm getting a kind of strange result that is not satisfactory. What I am getting is that the potential at required point is independent of the type of surface taken (spherical or not) and that it may not be the center as well.
    It would be better if you use Green's function to do this.

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  3. May 13, 2009 #2


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    So what are you asking exactly? (Also if you want help with your derivation, it'd be nice to see it ;-)
  4. May 13, 2009 #3
    Ok, so the result I'm getting is V(x)=<V>s, where s represents the surface, of any kind actually. So there's no reference to spherical shape also it doesn't follow that x has to be the center of the sphere if s is at all a sphere. I got this using the Green's function and Neumann boundary conditions
  5. May 13, 2009 #4


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    That result doesn't look right.....if you post your calculations for it, we can tell you wjere you are going wrong.
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