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∇-∇Φ=-4πGρ to

∇^2Φ=4πGρ

∇ is divergence, Φ is supposed to be potential energy.

G is gravitational constant and p is density so both are scalars, Any help apreciated.

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∇-∇Φ=-4πGρ to

∇^2Φ=4πGρ

∇ is divergence, Φ is supposed to be potential energy.

G is gravitational constant and p is density so both are scalars, Any help apreciated.

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jedishrfu

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laplace_operator

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mathman

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You misread the previous post. It says "divergence of the gradient is the Laplacian". Don't omit "divergence of".

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HallsofIvy

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I suspect that what you are reading as "-", a subtraction, is really "[itex]\cdot[/itex]", a dot product. [itex]\nabla^2 \phi[/itex] is

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Brilliant! thank you so much, wow I cannot believe I didn't see that, wow.

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