The Energy Distribution FunctionThe distribution function f(E) is the probability that a particle is in energy state E. The distribution function is a generalization of the ideas of discrete probability to the case where energy can be treated as a continuous variable. Three distinctly different distribution functions are found in nature. The term A in the denominator of each distribution is a normalization term which may change with temperature.

Index Quantum statistics concepts Applied statistics concepts Kinetic theory concepts  

Go Back 
The MaxwellBoltzmann DistributionThe MaxwellBoltzmann distribution is the classical distribution function for distribution of an amount of energy between identical but distinguishable particles. Besides the presumption of distinguishability, classical statistical physics postulates further that:
One of the general ideas contained in these postulates is that it is unlikely that any one particle will get an energy far above the average (i.e., far more than its share). Energies lower than the average are favored because there are more ways to get them. If one particle gets an energy of 10 times the average, for example, then it reduces the number of possibilities for the distribution of the remainder of the energy. Therefore it is unlikely because the probability of occupying a given state is proportional to the number of ways it can be obtained.

Index Applied statistics concepts Reference Blatt Ch. 11.  

Go Back 
MaxwellBoltzmann Details

Index Applied statistics concepts  

Go Back 