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Velocity distribution of evaporating water molecules

  1. Jul 2, 2015 #1
    What is the velocity distribution of evaporating H2O molecules? It can not be Maxwellian.
     
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  4. Jul 4, 2015 #3
    Thank you for the references. They deal with rather specific issues of this general question. I would like to
    reframe it in more simple terms. A Maxwellian distribution results when freely moving particles interact
    elastically. The question can be posed as follows - is the evaporation of an H2O molecule elastic?
    Is it a two particle interaction? If not, can the distribution of evaporating molecules be Maxwellian?
     
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