Definition of Maxwell's distribution in English:

Maxwell's distribution

(also Maxwell distribution)


  • The distribution of molecular velocities predicted by Maxwell's law, the number with a velocity between v and v + d v being proportional to exp (−½ mv 2 /kT)v 2d v (where m is the mass of a molecule, k is Boltzmann's constant, and T is the absolute temperature).


Late 19th century.