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It's the physical property that indicates the degree/intensity of heat present in a substance or an object. It can be expressed and measured according to various scales.

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Proving that the Boltzmann entropy is equal to the thermodynamic entropy

I've been trying to understand how we can equate the Boltzmann entropy $k_B \ln \Omega$ and the entropy from thermodynamics. I'm following the approach found in the first chapter in Pathria's ...
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Why isn't temperature measured in Joules?

If we set the Boltzmann constant to $1$, then entropy would just be $\ln \Omega$, temperature would be measured in $\text{joules}$ ($\,\text{J}\,$), and average kinetic energy would be an integer ...
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What is the rate of heat transfer between 25C water and 20C air?

This might be an elementary question, but I was only able to find the formula for heat transfer only in one substance. *Surface area: 1 meter square
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Behaviour of Altimeter at different temperatures

I have realized that the Altimeter of my bike computer (it uses Air Pressure to determine altitude and needs to be calibrated every start) is not consistent at different temperatures. At the Start ...
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Does the vacuum have a zero Seebeck coefficient?

I was considering how at very high energies (e.g the Schwinger Limit) the vacuum starts having properties we would normally associate with "materials", such as non-linear polarizibility. The Seebeck ...
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Can the work in a isochoric process be non-zero?

I came up with a doubt regarding isochoric irreversible processes. Question: Is it always true that, for any isochoric process, reversible or not, the work exchanged by the system is zero and the ...
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Differences between thermal and non-thermal plasmas

I have a doubt about plasmas which may as well be trivial or very stupid, but I couldn't get a clear and straightforward answer anywhere I looked, and I can't get the grasp of it since I wasn't given ...
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Can two different objects or system of molecules have different temperatures, but having same internal kinetic energy?

If I take an extreme case, where a body has only an internal potential energy with zero internal kinetic energy, does this body have a temperature? Another question related to it: if two objects A and ...
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How is a irreversible process (conventionally) represented on a $T-S$ plane and why cannot it be (really) represented?

A reversible process can be represented on a $T-S$ plane, and the area under the curve is the heat exchanged by the system. On $P-V$ plane a irreversible process is conventionally represented with a ...
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Thermal energy of a system

If I had a hot cup of tea and I added to it cold milk, what would happen is that tea will lose some of its thermal energy to the milk. But why do we notice that our liquid is no longer as hot as ...
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When water turns to steam at 100 degrees Celsius why does both the internal and potential energy increase?

I thought during this transition only the potential energy increases as energy is used to weaken the van Der Waal forces between the molecules. And that the internal energy is only dependent on the ...
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How extremely low temperatures (near absolute zero) are actually measured [closed]

How do the industrial or laboratory thermometers for this purpose work like: what effects are based on, what are other alternatives how accurate they all are
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Temperature in the Hamiltonian limit

There is a well known connection between statistical mechanics in D spatial dimensions and quantum field theory in D-1 spatial dimensions. Changing the temperature in statistical mechanics corresponds ...
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At what rate does a wet clothing decrease the temperature of a human body?

The question is required for my project, but it is frankly too hard for me... The variables that I consider are: Human Body: 36.5(C) Air: 20(C) Sunlight Intensity: 1,368(W/m^2) Wind Speed: 20(km/hr) (...
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Relativity of temperature paradox

The imagined scenario: Part A: From special relativity we know that velocity is a relative physical quantity, that is, it is dependent on the frame of reference of choice. This means that kinetic ...
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What is the time required for water at 10 deg C to reach room temperature?

I have a small container (100mm X 80mm X 60mm) filled with water at 10° C. The container is made out of Aluminum and is not insulated, and is resting on a wooden table. Room temperature is about 27° C....
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What causes a heat generating source to stabilize at a certain temperature? (Answered by myself, I think)

For example, we out a heat sink on a microprocessor to keep it cooler. I understand that if we run 100 watts of electricity through the microprocessor, it will generate 100 watts of heat, or 100 ...
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How are extremely high/low temperatures achieved on Earth?

Low Temperature Superconductors (LTS) have their critical temperature below 30K. How are they cooled to such low temperatures? The operating temperature of a Tokamak is greater than 10 keV (over ...
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Water Boiling Time Calculator

Is there a way to calculate out how quickly a body of water will boil? My primary concern is to measure in relationship to different temperatures. For example, heat at 100 degrees Fahrenheit versus ...
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Compressed air in a volume: Can I determine its temperature?

Using a compressor, I augment the pressure in a volume (using atmospheric air). I only measure the pressure inside. I now that the density will increase however, the temperature decreases. Can any one ...
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Change in entropy of thermodynamic environment during isobaric or isochoric processes

When an ideal gas follows a isobaric or isochoric transformation (no matter if it is reversible or not) I'm not sure what is the change in entropy of the thermodynamic environment. First of all, ...
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Why don't solstices coincide with temperature extremes? [duplicate]

In northern hemisphere, the highest temperatures are usually in July — in the middle of calendar summer. See e.g. the climate chart on this wikipedia page. But the solstices are on 20-21 of June, ...
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Reversible processes in which mechanical or thermal equilibrium is not reached

The definition of a reversible thermodynamic process requires in any instant the mechanical equilibrium (equal pressures) and thermal equilibrium (equal temperatures) of the system in a quasi-static ...
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Chemical Potential as a function of Temperature

I have considered an ideal fermi gas. Then, we can obtain an expression for chemical potential as a function of Temperature. I want to understand the physical significance to it or what it really ...
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Why do fans produce cold air currents when they spin? [duplicate]

This was basically an exam question on first year medical students in the Medical Physics class and I couldn't answer it based on my background and pertinent preparation. The topic asked the candidate ...