# Concept with Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution Curve

by erik-the-red
Tags: concept, curve, distribution, maxwellboltzmann
 Sci Advisor HW Helper P: 3,147 Yes, it does. Whoever you are quoting there, however, only had the 1-dimensional distribution in mind. In fact, the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution applies also to a collection of particles with velocities in three dimensions. The integrations are over all velocities so that if f(v) is the distribution function then $\int f(\vec v) dv_x dv_y dv_z = n$ is the number density of particles in real space. Strictly speaking, it is not an area. Generally, $f = f(\vec x, \vec v, t)$ allowing for both temporal and spatial variation of the distribution function.