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I Why does Gauss' law hold for any closed surface?

  1. Jun 7, 2016 #1
    Why does Gauss' law hold for any closed surface? and can you show this mathematically.

    Many thanks :)
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  3. Jun 7, 2016 #2


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    Chapter 1 in Classical Electrodynamics by J. D. Jackson provides this derivation.
  4. Jun 7, 2016 #3


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    Starting from what assumptions?

    Also, a Google search for "proof of Gauss law" turns up a number of pages which may contain what you're looking for, including a number of previous threads here on PF. :oldwink:
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