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Homework Help: Verifying that electrostatic potential satisfies Poisson's equation

  1. Oct 17, 2012 #1
    i'm trying to understand how the electrosatic potential expressed as an integral satisfies poisson's equation. i know that i have to take the laplacian of both sides of (Eq 1.17) page 35 in Jackson.

    i understood how jackson took the laplacian of [itex] \frac{1}{\sqrt{r^2 + a^2}} [/itex] but after Eq 1.30 i am completely lost. he took a taylor expansion of p(x') around the point x' = x which i understand to second order is p(x) + (x' - x) * ∇p + (1/2)((x' - x) * ∇)2p.

    but i have no idea how he calculated the integral over [itex] \theta [/itex] and [itex] \phi [/itex] to get the answer on the next line.

    how would one go about this? is the process straightforward enough that jackson chooses to simply omit it in the text?
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  3. Oct 18, 2012 #2

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