# Difference between revisions of "Maxwell speed distribution"

The probability that speed of a moleculae of mass m lies in the range v to v+dv is given by

$P(v)dv = 4 \pi v^2 dv \left( \frac{m}{2 \pi k_B T} \right)^{3/2} \exp (-mv^2/2k_B T)$

The maximum of this distribution is located at

$v_{\rm max} = \sqrt{\frac{2k_BT}{m}}$

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