Kinetic Theory I
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Kinetic Theory I


Kinetic Theory I

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Simulation of a (two-dimensional) gas of hard spheres. Shows Maxwell-Boltzmann speed distribution, and illustrates such concepts as mean free path and irreversibility. [Note: Source code available at -- JW.]
Material Type: Simulation
Date Added to MERLOT: June 13, 1997
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 10, 2005
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Submitter: Ric Stewart


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    Very good quality; in queue to be peer reviewed
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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: yes
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for John Walkup
14 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

Very nice applet that demonstrates the Bolztmann distribution well. Also provides references.