In pheesics, Gauss's law, an aa kent as Gauss's flux theorem, is a law relatin the distribution o electric charge tae the resultin electric field.

The law wis formulatit bi Carl Friedrich Gauss in 1835, but wis nae published till 1867.[1] It is ane o the fower Maxwell's equations which form the basis o classical electrodynamics, the ither three bein Gauss's law for magnetism, Faraday's law o induction, an Ampère's law wi Maxwell's correction. Gauss's law can be uised tae derive Coulomb's law,[2] an vice versa.


  1. Bellone, Enrico (1980). A World on Paper: Studies on the Second Scientific Revolution.
  2. Halliday, David; Resnick, Robert (1970). Fundamentals of Physics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 452–53.