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Maxwell/Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution

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PsiPhi
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Jun6-07, 09:30 AM
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G'day,

I was just wondering what the difference was between a Maxwell(M) distribution and a Maxwell-Boltzmann(MB) distribution.

All I can gather at the moment is that both distributions have a similar form. A M distribution is for distinguishable particles, MB distribution is for a dilute gas and indistinguishable particles (fermions or bosons). I think that's all of it.

Any thoughts from forum members if I am missing anything crucial in there?

Thanks,

Kelvin.
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Astronuc
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Jun7-07, 03:33 AM
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See these discussions -

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu...kintem.html#c3

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu...maxspe.html#c1


Maxwell and Maxwell-Boltzmann seem to be used interchangeably by some.

Ostensibly, the Maxwell distribution refers the velocity (v) distribution, while M-B refers to energy (which is related to v2).


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