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## Homework Statement

What is a laplacian of a laplacian?

## Homework Equations

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laplacian = \Delta = \nabla^2 = \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2}+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial z^2}

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## The Attempt at a Solution

Is the follow true?

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\nabla^2\nabla^2=\nabla^4

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Also is this true?

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\nabla^2\nabla^2=\frac{\partial^4}{\partial x^4}+\frac{\partial^4}{\partial y^4}+\frac{\partial^4}{\partial z^4}

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Or does it include additional terms?

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\nabla^2\nabla^2=\frac{\partial^4}{\partial x^4}+\frac{\partial^4}{\partial y^4}+\frac{\partial^4}{\partial z^4}

+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}\frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2}+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}\frac{\partial^2}{\partial z^2}

+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2}\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2}\frac{\partial^2}{\partial z^2}

+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial z^2}\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial z^2}\frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2}

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Thanks.

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