




The divergence theorem is the form of the fundamental theorem of calculus
that applies when we integrate the divergence of a vector v over a region
R of space. As in the case of Green's or Stokes' theorem, applying the one dimensional
theorem expels one of the three variables of integration to the boundaries,
and the result is a surface integral over the boundary of R, which is directed
normally away from R.
The one dimensional fundamental theorem in effect converts thev
in the integrand to an nv
on the boundary, where n is the outward directed unit vector
normal to it.
Another way to say the same thing is: the flux integral of v over a bounding
surface is the integral of its divergence over the interior.
Divergence Theorem: For R a reasonably nice region in whichv exists, we have
where the normal is taken to face out of R everywhere on its boundary, R.