The Maxwell Speed Distribution

Requires a Wolfram Notebook System

Interact on desktop, mobile and cloud with the free Wolfram CDF Player or other Wolfram Language products.

Requires a Wolfram Notebook System

Edit on desktop, mobile and cloud with any Wolfram Language product.

This Demonstration shows an interactive plot of Maxwell's law for the molecular speed distribution of an ideal gas (1852). You can see an arbitrary speed interval (the light blue area under the graph) and get the fraction of gas molecules that correspond to those speeds (in the yellow box). When you check "show speed" button the most probable speed (red line), average speed (orange line) and root mean square speed (blue line) of the molecules is calculated. Note the default molecular mass is set for oxygen molecules.

Contributed by: Jan Fiala (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


Snapshots


Details



Feedback (field required)
Email (field required) Name
Occupation Organization
Note: Your message & contact information may be shared with the author of any specific Demonstration for which you give feedback.
Send