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Maxwell Speed and Velocity Distributions (3-interconnected 1-page models)

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Overview and Learning Objectives

The Maxwell speed distribution is an important law in kinetic motion theory. This activity computes the Maxwell speed and velocity distribution functions in real time. It will help you link the pictures of Maxwell speed distribution function and atomic motion. You can also explore the effect of temperature on velocity distribution.

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Physics/Chemistry

  • Kinetic energy
  • Kinetic motion
  • Random kinetic motion

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  • Physical-Science: Energy Conservation / Entropy - 2 All energy can be considered to be either kinetic energy, which is the energy of motion; potential energy, which depends on relative position; or energy contained by a field, such as electromagnetic wave (Full Text of Standard)

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Created by CC Project: Molecular Workbench using Molecular Workbench

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Requirements

  • Java 1.5+ - Java 1.5+ is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X 10.4 and greater. If you are using Mac OS X 10.3, you can download MW Version 1.3 and explore within it instead.

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These materials are based upon work supported
by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers
9980620, ESI-0242701, EIA-0219345, DUE-0402553, and 0628181.

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