Maxwellian distribution

variants: or less commonly Maxwell distribution or less commonly Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution

Definition of Maxwellian 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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History and Etymology for Maxwellian distribution

after J. C. Maxwell and Ludwig Boltzmann

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“Maxwellian distribution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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