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Old 09-16-2016, 09:01 PM
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Gas molecules move about with varying velocity which has, according to the
Maxwell- Boltzmann law, a probability density given by

$ f(v) = cv^2e^{\beta v^2} $

The kinetic energy is given by $Y=E= \frac{1}{2}mv^2$ where m is the mass. What is the density function of Y ?

I simplify the Y equation as $ \frac{2y}{m} = v^2 $ and then just sub it in with and multiple by the abs d/dx. But, I get a different solution.

Is there something wrong with the method? In a pdf transformation, do I need to simplify $v^2$ to just $v$?
Now that I think about I bet the square factor changes the derivation.

Correct solution is:

$\frac{c}{m}{(\frac{2y}{m})}^.5e^{\frac{2\beta y}{m}}$

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It one to one so write v in terms of y and substitute. Then calculate |dv/dy| in terms on y and multiply.
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Old 09-16-2016, 10:20 PM
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It one to one so write v in terms of y and substitute. Then calculate |dv/dy| in terms on y and multiply.
Are you saying simplify further to ${(\frac{2y}{m})^.5}=v$ ? I understand this method. I just wondered if there was a way to solve f(y) to f(v^2). But, it looks like it's probably just too messy. Thank you for the reply.
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