Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society

Research Article

On the value of Δn0m/nm, when m and n are very large

Professor Tait

I had occasion, lately, to consider the following question connected with the Kinetic Theory of Gases:—

Given that there are 3.1020 particles in a cubic inch of air, and that each has on the average 1010 collisions per second; after what period of time is it even betting that any specified particle shall have collided, once at least, with each of the others?