An ideal gas obeys Maxwell Boltzman statistics. Gas atoms(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

have an average kinetic energy of 3kT/2 but the individual atoms

have energies that vary from this average (Chi square distributed).

A solid (metal) has an average kinetic energy of about 3kT.

Does anybody know what statistical distribution the energy of

individual atoms of the metal obey?

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# Energy distribution of atoms in metal.

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