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The total decrease of fdω during dt is therefore equal to . If the state is to be stationary, this must be exactly equal to the number of m-molecules whose velocities at the beginning of dt do not fulfill the conditions (10) but which during this time interval are changed by collisions in such a way that they now satisfy them—they obtain by collision a velocity lying between the limits (10). In other words, must be equal to the total increase of fdω resulting from collisions. §4. * To find this increase, we shall next seek the velocities of the two molecules after a collision of the specified kind.

Jules Sageret, La vague mystique (Paris, 1920). René Dugas, La 12 Théorie Physique au sens de Boltzmann (Neuchatel-Suisse: Editions du Griffon, 1959). 1 Cf. Kundt and Warburg, Ann. Physik [2] 155, 341 (1875). ] * Maxwell, Phil. Trans. 170, 231 (1880). † William Crookes, though not its original discoverer, was the first to investigate extensively and publicize the radiometer effect: see Proc. R. S. London 22, 37 (1874), Phil. Trans. 164, 501 (1874), and many other papers. It created a sensation in the scientific world during 1875–1877, since it apparently was a demonstration of the long-sought pressure of light.

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