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Statistical Distribution Functions


In particle physics distribution functions describe the energies of particles in a system depending on its temperature. Even in systems which appear to be at a single temperature, such as the particles in air, some will be moving faster or slower than others. Understanding the distribution function is important for evaluating microscopic and macroscopic properties of a thermodynamic system.


Three of the most important examples of distribution function are the Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions; the former is a classical distribution, appropriate for identical but distinguishable particles, and the latter two are quantum distributions, used for fermions and bosons respectively.


The motto in this section is: the higher the level of abstraction, the better.

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Jakob Schwichtenberg
advanced_tools/statistical_distribution_functions.txt · Last modified: 2018/03/27 16:34 by jakobadmin