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Maxwell-Boltzmann speed distribution

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Does the Maxwell-Boltzmann speed distribution hold for all ideal gases or just for the mono-atomic ones? If it holds for all gases, why? What happens with the degrees of freedom, don't they change things?? I'm very confused.
 

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Tom Mattson
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It certainly doensn't hold for all gases. The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution only holds when quantum effects are negligible. When that condition is not satisfied then the difference between bosons and fermions must be taken into account. Hence, the Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions.
 
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Does it hold for all ideal gases, even if they are not mono-atomic?
 

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