These equations express the " law of **equipartition** of energy," commonly spoken of as the Maxwell-Boltzmann Law.

The law of **equipartition** shows that the various mean energies of different kinds are all equal, each being measured by the quantity 1/4h.

This energy, therefore, comes under a different category from the energy for which the law of **equipartition** was proved, for in proving this law conservation of ' Very significant confirmation of this conjecture is obtained from a study of the specific heats of the elements in the solid state.

In fact the proved tendency for the gas to pass into the " normal state " in which there is **equipartition** of energy, represents in this case nothing but the tendency for the translational energy to become dissipated into the energy of innumerable small vibrations.