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A HandsOn Approach
Introduction: The MaxwellBoltzmann distribution is an important
scientific principle which describes how energy is distributed in a system.
This module will provide you with several different ways to understand
the MaxwellBoltzmann distribution.
 You can run a JAVA applet, which is an interactive simulation that allows you to visualize and explore the MaxwellBoltzmann distribution.
 You can visit pages that provide you with indepth information about various topics related to the MaxwellBoltzmann distribution. You may select them in any order.
 There are questions to guide your explorations and to assess your mastery of the MaxwellBoltzmann distribution. These relate to each topic that is part of the MaxwellBoltzmann distribution and are contained on the various topic pages.
 to explain what a random system is by defining it in your own words
 to explain equilibrium by defining it in your own words
 to explain a probability distribution by defining it in your own words
 to explain the MaxwellBoltzmann distribution by defining it in your own words
 to illustrate the MaxwellBoltzmann distribution by selecting various numbers of atoms and describing each result
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 to analyze</> the MaxwellBoltzmann distribution by comparing the results of selecting different numbers of atoms of the gas
 to analyze the MaxwellBoltzmann distribution by comparing the results of selecting different temperatures of the gas
 to synthesize the results of your explorations by writing an essay of your own description of the MaxwellBoltzmann distribution, including your analysis of the effects of temperature, number of atoms, and their interrelationship.
Getting Started: You can select your own way to use this module.
Visit the topic pages by using the outline below or the arrow buttons above.
Explore freely by running the applet on your own, or use the applet to
help you answer some of the questions on the topic pages. It's up
to you!
Background Material
MaxwellBoltzmann Distribution
 General Principles
 MB Distribution in an Ideal Gas
 Finding Average Gas Properties
 Caveats and Extensions