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Maxwell Boltzmann Speed Distribution

  1. Sep 28, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The three quantities Vmost probable, Vaverage, and Vrms, are not the same for the Maxwell speed distribution in 3D. If you restrict the gas to only be one dimensional, are these three quantities equal to each other? Justify your answer with a short explanation.

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    The curve looks like gaussian curve. I know Vmostprobable is going to be the peak of the curve. And Vaverage would also be at the peak of the curve which is at V=0. Im not sure how to get Vrms
     
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  3. Sep 28, 2012 #2

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    What's the definition of ##v_\text{rms}##?
     
  4. Sep 28, 2012 #3
    Root mean square velocity
     
  5. Sep 28, 2012 #4

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    I was looking for perhaps a mathematical formula or some other indication that you know what those words mean.
     
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