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Geek1337
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Hey
I'm just working through some questions on Maxwell-Boltzmann distributions

The question is "Explain the process that causes some molecules in this sample to have very low energies"

The image linked with the question is just an average distribution and the question gives no further information.

Help would be much appreciated.
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I wouldn't call it a process, but the particles are continuously colliding and exchanging energy. The result is the statistical distibution that was defined by M&B.
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Low temperature?
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Low temperature?
no, temperature is proportional to the average kinetic energy of the particles in the distribution.
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I wouldn't call it a process, but the particles are continuously colliding and exchanging energy. The result is the statistical distibution that was defined by M&B.
Thank you, I really didn't understand what it meant by a "process" either but that may have just been used by the examiner to confuse people
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The question is about energy transfer - some collisions take place and the kinetic energy is passed on, therefore the partical that passes it on loses it

The process was COLLISION
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