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Planck and Boltzmann Distribution

  1. Aug 29, 2013 #1
    Does anyone know if Max Planck knew about the Boltzmann distribution before he published his results in 1900? Also, when Planck introduced h, did he also give the value?
     
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  3. Aug 29, 2013 #2

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  4. Aug 29, 2013 #3
    Thanks, SteamKing. I think I read somewhere that Planck invoked the Boltzmann distribution... anyone have any other thoughts? Maybe it hadn't been published yet, but Planck knew about it?
     
  5. Aug 29, 2013 #4

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    It depends on which Boltzmann distribution you refer. The attached article in post #2 refers specifically to a Boltzmann distribution, which was derive from earlier work by B. There is also a Boltzmann-Maxwell distribution, which was derived more or less contemporaneously by B. and Clerk Maxwell.
     
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