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This item is a simulation of the Maxwell-Boltzmann speed distribution. A group of particles is launched with the same speed inside a container. Once the particles collide with the walls of the container the speeds become randomized and the simulation represents the random motion of gas molecules contained a box. The user can view instantaneous particle velocities as well as a histogram that clearly shows the distribution curve. Related context-rich tutorial questions ask the user to think about the average particle speed, peak of the distribution curve, and how they relate. This page is part of a collection of Java applets with tutorial questions designed for students of undergraduate physics.
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