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What is the basic difference between Maxwell and Gaussian Distribution?

  1. Dec 8, 2011 #1
    Can anyone tell me the basic difference between Maxwell and Gaussian distribution?

    Thanks in Advance
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  3. Dec 9, 2011 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Fundamentally - they have different extents and symmetry.
  4. Dec 9, 2011 #3


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    The Gaussian distribution is a general mathematical distribution.

    The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution is a particular distribution about particles (statistical mechanics). If the components of velocity are considered as random variables, its appearance is that of a particular three dimensional Gaussian.
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