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Homework Help: Vector calculus proof

  1. Mar 30, 2014 #1
    The following is used as part of a proof I'm trying to understand:

    where f is a scalar field, and the surface integral is taken over a closed surface (which presumably encloses the volume).

    I'm not sure how to go about proving this. I can see the divergence theorem will come into play at some stage, but the scalar field seems to be in the way to start with. This is probably really simple, I'm a little rusty with my vector calculus.

    Clues would be helpful, thanks :)
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  3. Mar 30, 2014 #2


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    Hi physiks,
    Rewrite your expression like $$\int_V f(\nabla \cdot \mathbf{A}) + \mathbf{A} \cdot (\nabla f)\, dV = \int_S f\mathbf{A} \cdot \mathbf{dS}$$ and work with the left hand side to show the right hand side.
  4. Mar 30, 2014 #3
    Got it, thanks!
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