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Experiment for maxwell speed distribution and using integration

  1. Dec 7, 2013 #1
    Hello,

    I have a quick question that is made up of a few parts.

    1) How can you show the maxwell speed distribution via an experiment?

    Looking at the diagrams i've made in my notes, the properties of the curve are rather common sense, but there is something else i'd like to know about the curve.

    2) Supposing we do an experiment where our results can be presented as a maxwell speed distribution, how does one go about finding the 'function' of the curve we get? Is an approximation the best you can hope for?

    3) I think i've seen a link between my maths course and the idea of the speed distribution and i'd simply be interested in knowing if this is a sensible application of the idea.

    [itex]\bar{y}[/itex] = [itex]\frac{1}{b-a}[/itex]a[itex]\int[/itex]b y dx (not sure how to show the limits properly in latex)

    Is how you find the average value of y for a function within the range a to b, could you use this to find the average K.E of a gas by producing something akin to the maxwell speed distribution?
     
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