Covers the study of (mostly homogeneous) macroscopic systems from a heat/energy/entropy point of view. Maybe combine with [tag:statistical-mechanics].

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Explanation for negative specific heat capacities in stars?

I've just found out that a negative specific heat capacity is possible. But I have been trying to find an explanation for this with no success. Negative heat capacity would mean that when a system ...
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Does entropy increases due to gravity?

Imagine travelling to the surface of a neutron star where the very intense gravity would make you weigh 140 trillion times more than we do on earth. It's enough to significantly raise the entropy of ...
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What is the actual energy content of the Sun?

Beside the energy released by nuclear fusion in the core, the Sun is a hot plasma of hydrogen and helium ranging from thousands to million of degrees. So how does that translate into energy ? I have ...
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Why can we say that $\bar{d}Q=TdS$?

When we introduce entropy we do this by saying that: $$\bar{d}Q=TdS.$$ Now I was wondering why this should be true? I know that by looking at a Carnot cycle, we do get this relation for reversible ...
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Compute convective heat transfer coefficient for a condensing steam

I have a question about convective heat transfer coefficients. I am trying to figure out how much steam I can condense in this specific heat exchanger. Steam at 9 MPa is condensed in a 1 shell pass, ...
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How can we tell if a molecule is in thermodynamic equilibrium from scattering data?

We have a molecule that is emitting/absorbing photons. We know the Hamiltonian and that there are several levels. We count the emitted photons at different angles and frequencies. We can also do ...
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Dry Ice Sublimation time, practical calculations [on hold]

I would like to send a parcel to a family abroad with frozen (to the temperature of -18 ° C.) products.The products are small balls having a diameter of 4 cm. Balls are made from pizza dough.Total ...
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Why charge is an extensive property [duplicate]

While reading examples of extensive properties, I cam across electric charge. Can someone please explain to me why electric charge is considered to be an extensive property? We know that extensive ...
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joule-thomson effect and linde process

According to the j-t effect the decrease in the temperature is a result of the work done by molecule to expand thus increasing their PE and decreasing their KE, but in the linde process the next step ...
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Can the effectiveness of a heat sink be increased with surface texturing?

Some supercapacitors use chemical etching to increase their surface area by several orders of magnitude. Could a similar process be used on a heat sink to increase its surface area and thus its ...
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Recommend books on thermodynamics [duplicate]

I want to take on thermo I will be analysing boilers, gas cycles ,ic engines etc. I want to Analyse all of these by using the basic laws gof thermo on my own (if i could) .I have cengel boles book and ...
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How much entropy is produced in evaporating water due to irreversible evaporation towards equilibrium (humidity=100%)?

$dS=dH/T_{boil}$ for the increase in entropy by changing a phase at saturation ($T=373\text K$ for $p=1\text {atm}$ for water). However, water also obviously evaporates below boiling point when ...
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Here is a question I am trying to solve. Sorry for the highlighting, it is not relevant [on hold]

Thermodynamics initial pression,= 5 bar final pression= 2 bar The steam expand adiabatically PV^(1.120)=C providen initial volume= 3.64x10^(-4metres cubes) diameter piston= 50 mm= 0.05 m a) ...
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Calculating entropy (heat exchange) [on hold]

This is a homework question. Suppose 30 gram of metal gallium melts at 36°C. The melting temperature is 29.9 °C and specific heat of fusion is 80.3 kJ/kg. Is the total change of entropy simply ΔS = ...
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Calculating Boltzmann constant using semiconductor

My task from the latest laboratory exercise in physics is to calculate Boltzmann constant from known temperature, current and voltage. We were given this circuit: By changing the resistor value, I ...
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Thermal resistance of an aluminium plate to ambient?

I have heaters mounted on an aluminium plate inside an enclosure, and I would like to know what the temperature of the plate will be at thermal equilibrium for a given heating power. For this I need ...
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Work done in adiabatic reversible process

I was solving a problem on turbine.the steam works on turbine adiabatic reversibly .Is change in enthalpy or is it change in internal energy which equal this work?
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Is a black body sphere inside a black body shell hotter than the shell?

I am missing something very basic here. Let us assume the shell is at a fixed temperature T by a power generator. The sphere inside will radiate the same power it absorbs. The power radiated by the ...
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How stable are Benard Cells when the thermal gradient begins decreasing?

I've found lots of information on the formation of Benard Cells and convection currents but very little information about what happens to the self-organized structures when the energy gradient being ...
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Work done by a turbine in a reversible adiabatic process

Why is the change in enthalpy equal to work done in this case. I believe the change in internal energy should be the answer.
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Can Thermal Energy be converted into usable energy?

I'm going to go out on a limb and ask a question that will probably be a bit humiliating: Can Thermal Energy be converted into usable energy? I've been reading about conservation of energy, and I know ...
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Freezing or melting Brine

In the freezing of brine, is it possible to do it at a rater or in such a way that the water only freezes or the ice is somehow isolated? Or conversely is this possible in the melting of brine-ice?
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Euler Equation Arbitrary Quantities

I have a question about the Euler equation. For some state I can write down: $$ U = TS - pV + \mu N$$ In this equation $T$, $p$, $V$, and $N$ are directly measurable so they have fixed values. ...
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How do door-less refrigerators keep cool air inside?

I got curious when I saw a door-less refrigerator for the first time. It was in a shop and I couldn't control myself so I began to look around to see how they work but I couldn't figure it out. They ...
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Question Regarding Nucleation in Phase Change

When liquid turns into solid a nucleus is required. Is the same requirement present for solid-liquid (melting)? Do condensation also require nucleation sites like in freezing? When I look at ...
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SI Units for Isothermal Incompressibility and Specific heat capacity at constant volume

I am looking for the SI units of Isothermal Incompressibility and Specific heat capacity at constant volume. What I found was that Isothermal compression was measured in $\frac{m^2}{N}$ so I'm ...
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How can I compute heat retention of a heated ceramic floor?

The U.S. department of energy suggests electric radiant floor heat can be cost effective if the floor is preheated during off peak electricity hours if installed within an appropriately massive ...
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Why wouldn't a room temperature superconductor violate the laws of physics?

I understand that the laws of physics (as we know them) cannot be violated, but what I would like to know is what I'm missing, because I know there is some explanation that I'm not accounting for. ...
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Why are electric charge and magnetization extensive properties? [closed]

While reading about extensive properties examples I came across electric charge and magnetization. But I couldn't understand why are they extensive properties?
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Conservation of energy when focusing black body radiation on another black body

This question about whether or not it is possible to focus black-body radiation to make something hotter than the radiation's source was answered mostly negative: the second law of thermodynamics ...
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relation between heat capacity at constant magnetic field and the heat capacity at constant magnetization [closed]

One of the exercises in Pathria, statistical mechanics asks us to prove, for any magnetizable material, $$C_H-C_M=-T\left(\frac{\partial H}{\partial T}\right)_M\left(\frac{\partial M}{\partial ...
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dynamic structure factor for nucleation

I know that using the peak position/moment of structure factor or may be by first zero or minimum of pair correlation function we can estimate the characteristic length scale in a phase separating ...
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Calculating entropy [duplicate]

Suppose 30 gram of metal Gallium melts at 36 °C. The specific heat of fusion is 80.3 kJ/kg and the melting temperature is 29.9 °C. Explain if the melting of the Gallium in this process is ...
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'Mechanical equilibrium does not necessarily mean that the pressure is same at all points of the system' - why?

If there are variations in pressure or elastic stress within the system,parts of the system may move, or expand or contract. Eventually these motions,expansions or contractions will cease, and when ...
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Derivation of temperature-volume relationship for a reversible adiabatic expansion of an ideal gas

We start with $\delta q = 0$ and $dU = C_{V}(T)dT = \delta w$. Why can we take the heat capacity at constant volume, when this process is an expansion so volume increases?
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How does water help extinguish fire?

How does water extinguish fire? Heat energy from the fire is transferred to the water, isn't that how it works? How does water deprive oxygen and stop combustion? How is the specific heat of water ...
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How can Wien's Displacement Law be 'changed' to a version for frequency?

Wien's Displacement Law stated that for a blackbody emitting radiation, $$\lambda_{max}=\dfrac{1}{T}$$ where $T$ is the temperature of the body and $\lambda_{max}$ is the maximum wavelength of ...
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Determine change in entropy - Please verify [closed]

Suppose 30 gram of metal gallium melts at 36°C. The melting temperature is 29.9 °C and specific heat of fusion is 80.3 kJ/kg. Explain if the melting of the gallium in this process is reversible or ...
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Difference between heat and work

According to the Kinetic Theory of Matter, temperature is nothing but a measure of the kinetic energy of matter. My textbook says that the change in internal energy of a system is the heat gained plus ...
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Why doesn't this work? [closed]

Let us suppose that we have a machine. This machine produces energy in two ways: First it cools a supply of water down using refrigeration technology and sends the heat it collects to a heat ...
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Is it possible to focus the radiation from a black body to make something hotter than that black body?

My previous question wasn't specific enough. I'll try to be more specific. Let's imagine we have a hot body let's say 6000K hot that emits lots of thermal radiation. Let's assume 1kW of radiative ...
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Why does filling a compressed air cylinder produces heat?

And the opposite follow-up question: why does opening the air cylinder makes the air cooler? What I know is that I can't find these answers using the ideal gas law, because that is an equation of ...
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Is it possible to start fire using moonlight?

You can start fire by focusing the sunlight using the magnifying glass. I searched the web whether you can do the same using moonlight. And found this and this - the first two in Google search ...
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Thermodynamics: Caclulate final temperature with hot metal in gas [closed]

I've been working on this problem for a couple of hours now, and I think that I simply don't understand the basic principles that tie into the problem: (note that I attempted this problem and it was ...
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Chemical potentials at triple point

How to prove that chemical potential of each phase at triple point are equal? My attempt: At phase transition, $P$ and $T$ are constant and using $dG=0$(Gibbs free energy at minimum) at equilibrium ...
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What makes fluorescent lamps lower in heat than high pressure lamps coated with phosphorus?

Why does a fluorescent lamp give off more pure visible light (without heat) than a high-pressure lamp? Is the heat given off by high-pressure lamps caused by the intensity of light being emitted from ...
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Understanding the phase separation of a chemically reactive mixture

Let's consider a mixture of solvent and components $A$ and $B$ such that $A$ can transform into $B$ with a rate $k_1$, and the reverse reaction with a rate $k_2$. $A \rightleftharpoons^{k_1}_{k_2} B ...
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I have got some weird data after a homemade battery experiment

Okay, so i've been searching for some time, for perpetual motion machines of the second kind. So things got into my mind, such as this homemade solar cell. And i thought in my mind:" It's not the ...
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Are critical exponents below and above the critical point always same?

The scaling relations don't distinguish the the critical exponents below and above the critical value. In the mean field level, I understand these critical exponents are same whatever one approaches ...
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Density as a derivative of the Helmholtz energy

The equation of state for nitrogen has been formulated using the Helmholtz energy as the fundamental property with independent variables of density and temperature. The equation of state in ...