Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution


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Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution

[′mak‚swel ′bōlts·mən ‚di·strə‚byü·shən]
(statistical mechanics)
Any function giving the probability (or some function proportional to it) that a molecule of a gas in thermal equilibrium will have values of certain variables within given infinitesimal ranges, assuming that the gas molecules obey classical mechanics, and possibly making other assumptions; examples are the Maxwell distribution and the Boltzmann distribution. Also known as Maxwell-Boltzmann density function.
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