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Aug2913, 11:21 AM

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Does anyone know if Max Planck knew about the Boltzmann distribution before he published his results in 1900? Also, when Planck introduced h, did he also give the value?




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Aug2913, 11:59 AM

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Planck's value for h was 6.55*10^34 Js, which is pretty close to the modern value 6.626*10^34 Js.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck_constant The Boltzmann distribution was identified by J.W. Gibbs in 1901. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boltzmann_distribution 



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Aug2913, 02:08 PM

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Thanks, SteamKing. I think I read somewhere that Planck invoked the Boltzmann distribution... anyone have any other thoughts? Maybe it hadn't been published yet, but Planck knew about it?




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Aug2913, 02:40 PM

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Planck and Boltzmann Distribution
It depends on which Boltzmann distribution you refer. The attached article in post #2 refers specifically to a Boltzmann distribution, which was derive from earlier work by B. There is also a BoltzmannMaxwell distribution, which was derived more or less contemporaneously by B. and Clerk Maxwell.



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