Maxwellian distribution

noun

variants or less commonly Maxwell distribution or less commonly Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution
: an expression based on the theory of probability for the fractional number of molecules in a gas that are in equilibrium at a given temperature and have a specified range of velocities

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Etymology

after J. C. Maxwell and Ludwig Boltzmann

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“Maxwellian distribution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Maxwellian%20distribution. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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