Boltzmann equation

Boltz·​mann equation | \ ˈbōlts-mən- How to pronounce Boltzmann equation (audio) , -ˌmän- \

Definition of Boltzmann equation

: an equation describing the behavior of a fluid in disequilibrium Robert Strain and Philip Gressman at the University of Pennsylvania employed modern mathematical tools to find solutions for the Boltzmann equation, which predicts the motion of gas molecules.— Jacob Aron, New Scientist, 22 May 2010

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First Known Use of Boltzmann equation

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Boltzmann equation

after Ludwig Boltzmann †1906 Austrian physicist

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“Boltzmann equation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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