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Maxwell distribution

  1. Nov 12, 2008 #1
    There's so many derivation of the Maxwell distribution of speeds. Does anybody know a website or a textbook in which one can more easily find meanings behind each of the variables? For instance, where did the "e" come from?

    Please help!!!!
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  3. Nov 13, 2008 #2


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    Each of the components of velocity has a normal distribution.
    The standard normal distribution has a density function e-x2/(2pi)1/2.
  4. Nov 13, 2008 #3
    e is not a variable but a constant.
  5. Nov 13, 2008 #4
    oops...yeah...i know. Nevertheless, how did the e constant come into this equation?
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