The Maxwellian One-Dimensional Velocity Distribution Functions

As a starting point we again restate the speed distribution function equation we derived earlier:

N(v) = N (2/π) (m/kT)3/2 v2 e -(mv^2)/(2kT).

If we assume that the velocity distribution is isotropic, it follows that

 4π N(v,θ,φ) dΩ = 4πN(v,θ,φ) = N(v), and therefore that N(v,θ,φ) = N(v)/(4π).

But N(v,θ,φ) dΩ dv = N(vx,vy,vz) dvxdvydvz (transformation from spherical to Cartesian velocity space) and since = sin θ and
= v2 sin θ dv, it follows that

N(vx,vy,vz) = (1/v2)N(v,θ,φ) = N(v)/(4πv2) = N [m/(2πkT)]3/2 e -(mv^2)/(2kT) = N [m/(2πkT)]3/2 e -[m/(2kT)](vx2+vy2+vz2) .


N(vx,vy,vz)/N = N(vx)/N N(vy)/N N(vz)/N.

It follows from isotropy that

 N(vx) = N [m/(2πkT)]1/2 e -mvx^2/(2kT), and so on for N(vy) and N(vz).

From these one-dimensional velocity distributions is follows immediately that