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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Simple modelling of seasonal variation of temperature?

I'm really curious about this: What is the simplest (or most simplified) differential equation that accounts for the variations of temperature throughout the year at some point on the northern ...
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Modeling a wine cooler heat loss to ambient

I'm trying to model the steady state heat loss to ambient, in W, for a wine cooler similar to the following: For the modeling, I will need the following variables/constants: $T_a$ [K]: Ambient ...
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Thermal emission cathode electron velocity distribution

I can't find any experimental data (or theoretical expression) on what is the velocity (or energy) distribution of thermal emission cathode electrons emmited from the cathode at approximately 1300K ...
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What happens to the temperature when an ideal gas is compressed?

I am rather confused about this. I know from Charles' law that under constant pressure, the volume of a gas is directly proportional to its absolute temperature i.e. $$\frac{V_1}{T_1} = ...
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Is the rapid compression of a non-insulated/insulated cylinder “practically” the same process?

I recently had an exercise which had us examine the following 4 situations: A quasi-static isothermic compression of a mono-atomic ideal gas. A rapid compression of a mono-atomic ideal gas, where ...
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Why is it that in a warm shower water feels hotter near the head?

When the water first hits your body, it feels warmer than when it streams down towards your feet. I realize that part of this is due to the water cooling down by dissipation to the surrounding as it ...
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Will a microwave heat sand?

I want to cook Turkish coffee on heated sand at school. I have difficulty accessing some easier method of heating, so I was going to try to heat sand in a microwave. It was then pointed out to me that ...
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Thermodynamics only deals with homogenous systems?

In Thermodynamics quantities like pressure, temperature and entropy are associated with overall states of a macroscopic system. In that case, we do not talk about "the quantity $Q$ at the point $p$ of ...
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Does air conduct heat better than saturated steam?

This engineering toolbox table shows thermal conductivity of steam at 0.016. I understand that water is better in conducting heat than air, but if I read this correctly, steam is worse in conducting ...
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How greatly can heat increase resistance? [on hold]

If a copper/aluminum wire has a resistance of 0.001Ohms at room temperature, how greatly would the resistance increase if it we're increase it by a 100 degrees?
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Thermodynamics: heat transfer

I hope this question isn't too simplistic but I've been in a discussion with someone who claims that no energy is transferred between a cool object and a warm one (either by radiation or conduction) ...
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Relationship between two viewpoints on Thermodynamics

I've always seem the standard viewpoint on Thermodynamics that it is all about studying phenomena related to a property of systems called temperature. Then we have the zeroth law which allows us to ...
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How does the temperature in a bucket of water with ice change over time?

I'm curious what happens to the temperature of the water in a bucket of water with ice in it. Let's start with a bucket with just ice in it, and we add water, in a room which is room temperature. It ...
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Can quantum vacuum carry entropy?

So, we know that the state of quantum vacuum does carry energy, as it was measured in the Casimir effect. This energy comes from particles almost instantaneous creation and annihilation. Even if they ...
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Which constant is required to calculate the energy in a thermal analysis?

I want to calculate the energy in a thermal analysis. I want to do it in analogy to the electrostatic field, because I'm interested calculating the $H_1$ error in a Finite Element analysis. For ...
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“Violation” of the Second Law

I can't reconcile some facts about entropy and irreversibility. This depresses me, because I feel I can't quite grasp the importance of entropy. I will illustrate my problems with an example given by ...
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Thermal equilibrium

If two objects close together in a vacuum are in thermal equilibrium with their surroundings, but are of different sizes so they are actually emitting radically different amounts of energy, is it ...
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compressibility of cold atoms in optical lattices

The compressibility of cold bosons in an optical lattice is defined as $\kappa = \frac{\partial \langle n\rangle}{\partial \mu}$, where $\langle n\rangle$ is the density and $\mu$ is the chemical ...
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How to combat the black-body temperature of an object?

I'm trying to model the temperature of a large spacecraft for a space colony simulation game I'm working on. In another question, I checked my calculations for the steady-state black-body temperature ...
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What's wrong with this temperature-in-space calculation?

I'm trying to calculate the steady-state temperature of a body in space, but my numbers are coming up much too small. For example, for a 1-meter cube, I'm getting a temperature of 194 K (or -81 C). ...
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Is it true that 3 different types of sound produces at different stages while boiling a water? [duplicate]

I have heard this from someone that 3 different types of sound occurs when we boil the water . is it really true ?
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What happens when I place an ice cube into boiling water

My friend tried this experiment at home: She put an ice cube into boiling water. The water in the container stops boiling while the ice melts to water. My question: Why does the water stop boiling ...
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Cooling 8 L of frying oil using ice [closed]

I have 8L of frying oil (canola) - if I put it in a metal canister after frying and put that canister in ice water, what is the minimum amount of ice water that I need to bring the oil to a ...
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Elementary thermodynamics problem? [closed]

The maximum height reached by an aluminum rocket is $115\,\text{km}$. Upon reaching Earth, it is traveling with a speed of $1500\, \text{m}/\text{s}$. if 50% of the heat generated by friction with the ...
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MIcrocanonical and Canonical - The thermodynamic limit

Considering a two level system with energies $ 0 $ and $ \epsilon$, we write out the single particle partition function with ease to be, also N-particle partition function for non-interacting ...
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How to prove this equation $W_b= {P_2V_2 - P_1V_1 \over 1-n}$

$W_b = \int$Pdv $PV^{n}$=C $P=CV^{-n}$ W=$\int cv^{-n} $dv =c$\int_{v1}^{v2}V^{-n}$ dv =c[${v^{-n+1} \over 1-n}]_{v1}^{v2}$ How to get rid of the (-n+1)? to prove $W_b= {P_2V_2 - P_1V_1 \over ...
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How does statistical mechanics predict that hot air rises?

Does hot air rise -- from a statistical-mechanical viewpoint Question #6329 asks whether and why hot air rises. The consensus answer is straightforward: - hot air is less dense than cold air - ...
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What's the point with equilibrium in Thermodynamics?

All the Thermodynamics books I saw until now state that in Thermodynamics we are mainly concearned with equilibrium states (I know there's "non-equilibrium Thermodynamics", but I'm interested on the ...
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Race Car Tire Pressure Change Due To Temperature Change [closed]

I need a simple calculation for a race car tire pressure change. I have a 33" diameter x 16" width tire mounted on a 15" diameter x 16" width wheel. If I have 8 psi at 75° what psi will I have at ...
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Why work $W$ and heat $Q$ are different concepts?

I understand heat as the flow of energy (through radiation, convection or conduction) from one body to another. When I think about conduction (for example) I visualize particles that jiggle a lot ...
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Why do phase transitions even exist? Why not smooth density change curves?

Why do phase transitions even exist? Why not smooth density change curves? What properties of matter, quantum or otherwise, predicts that matter will undergo phases at different pressures and ...
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Thermodynamics phase change question

why is specific volume of Saturated water greater at 1 MPA than at 0.1 MPA during the phase change process check out the T-V diagram here in the link. ...
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What happens to ice cream when you stir it?

I hope this is the appropriate forum for my question. I also considered posting it in the chemistry forum. When I eat ice cream I often stir it into a texture similar to that of soft serve. During ...
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Can you choose the variables of a state function?

I'm confused. I was first introduced to entropy as a state function of internal energy and volume $$S(U,V) \Rightarrow dS = C_v\frac{\mathrm{d}T}{T} - p\frac{\mathrm{d}V}{T} $$ wich is the ...
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Are Maxwell Relations valid only out of saturation?

My thermodynamics book suggests that the Maxwell Relations must be used when dealing with a single-phase system. The equations come right after the section Mathematical Relations for the Homogeneous ...
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Inconsistency between Helmholtz and Gibbs Free Energies

I know that if the Helmholtz free energy, $A$, is expressed as a function $A\sim A(N,V,T)$, then this function contains all thermodynamic information about the system. For instance, the pressure of ...
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How to calculate the buoyant force on a balloon at different altitudes [duplicate]

For a project into balloon simulation I'd like to know how the force on a balloon changes with altitude: I know that the Buoyant force on a balloon is: $F = (\rho_{air} - \rho_{helium})gV$ Using ...
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Estimating the effect of radiant barrier on the radiant and conductive heat transfer through a metal roof

The basic question is -- Will a radiant reflective coating be more effective applied to the upper surface or the lower surface of a metal? Case 1: Imagine a metal roof subject to solar heating. The ...
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Formation of atoms question

Could you please, explain to me the logic of the folllowing process as you would do to your 8 y/o sister: Ubiquitousness and stability of atoms relies on their binding energy, which means that ...
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How can entropic effects be prevalent at low temperatures?

I read in a book that at low temperature the hydrophobic effect (for example) is entropic but at high temperatures it is enthalpic. I thought that entropy should decrease at very low temperatures. ...
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Helmholtz free energy from a relation for entropy

The Legendre transformation defines the helmholtz free energy (at least according to my lectures) as: $F(T,V,N)=E-TS$ It also says to start with $E(S,V,N)$ and $T=\frac{\partial{E}}{\partial{S}}$ ...
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Definition of pressure in Thermodynamics

In Mechanics we define pressure as "the amount of force acting per unit area". It appears naturally in fluid mechanics where we consider a volume of fluid $W$ contained in a region filled with fluid ...
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Monte carlo simulation for continuous spin model (e.g. XY or Heisenberg model)

Unlike the Ising model, the XY model and the Heisenberg model have a continuous spectrum. So one need discretize them for a numerical simulation. But how to make sure the discretization procedure ...
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What determines how much energy a stone can hold?

Imagine you have a stone that is being hit by focused sunlight from a magnifying glass. Later you will place the stone into water to heat it. What type of stone will transfer the most energy into the ...
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Internal energy and photon absorption

I just wish to confirm whether my understanding is correct. I know that photon absorption/emission brings about quantised changes in electron energy levels. Photons (infrared) also interact with ...
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What really is a thermodynamic system?

I'm starting to study Thermodynamics and I'm pretty confused about what a thermodynamic system really is. When studying mechanics we focus our attention on systems of particles. So when we talk about ...
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Propagation/generation of sound is an isentropic process

Is the propagation and generation of sound an isentropic process? Is it because it is a reversible adiabatic process? Why would it be adiabatic? Does it happen so fast that there is no time to ...
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Why sound does not heat up the air?

Both thermal energy and air are propagated through vibration of particles so why sound does not heat up the air e.g loud musical instrument does not generate much heat ?
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Steady-state adiabatic nozzle, unknown exit velocity & temperature [closed]

The question is 2.10 taken from: Introductory Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 2E by Elliot,Lira Air at 30ºC and 2MPa flows ata steady state in a horizontal pipeline with a velocity of 25m/s. ...
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Difference between sound and heat at particle level

If heat (or thermal energy) are vibrations of particles and sound is a wave that is propagated through medium e.g vibration of air particles, what indicates if vibration of particles will be perceived ...