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## Distribution function*This article describes the*distribution function*as used in physics. You may be looking for the related mathematical concepts of probability density function or cumulative distribution function.*
In molecular kinetic theory in physics, a particle's ## Additional recommended knowledgeHere, N is the total number of particles and Particle distribution functions are often used in plasma physics to describe wave-particle interactions and velocity-space instabilities. Distribution functions are also used in fluid mechanics and statistical mechanics. The basic distribution function uses the Boltzmann constant Related distribution functions may allow bulk fluid flow, in which case the velocity origin is shifted, so that the exponent's numerator is Plasma theories such as magnetohydrodynamics may assume the particles to be in thermodynamic equilibrium. In this case, the distribution function is The mathematical analog of a distribution is a measure; the time evolution of a measure on a phase space is the topic is study in dynamical systems. |

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