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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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 [on hold]

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 curve? 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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What are the most commonly misunderstood/explained everyday phenonmon, and how do they really work [on hold]

So, there are all kinds of 'standard' explanations that people just 'know' about how things work which are wrong. The sort of explanations a dad may give to their son when he asks the infamous "why" ...
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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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Calculate temperature at isobaric or isochoric process [closed]

I've had some trouble in regards to calculate the temperatures in the different states. Considering the following pV-diagram: Here is the data I have: The adiabatic constant $\gamma$ is 1.4 ...
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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 ...
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How much energy is needed to heat your body in water? [closed]

How can we calculate (or approximate) the energy (in kJ) needed by our body to keep it constant at $36.6^{\circ}C$ in a swimming pool at $\sim 28^{\circ}C$ for 30 minutes? Body is naked and fully ...
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Temperature change: boiling pasta in a lot of water or a little

SeriousEats gives a not-very-scientific representation of what looks like a thermodynamics calculation: Want to hear something even more interesting? Folks will occasionally say that "using a ...
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Difference between heat capacity and entropy?

Heat capacity $C$ of an object is the proportionality constant between the heat $Q$ that the object absorbs or loses & the resulting temperature change $\delta T$ of the object. Entropy change is ...
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Woodstove coppertubing heat exchanger [closed]

I am trying to use the excess temperature of my wood stove's stack to heat a copper tube heat exchanger with water running through it. The water is piped through my concrete floor for radiant floor ...
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Definition of entropy in nonequilibrium states

Thermodynamical definition of entropy $$S(p)=-\int p\ln p~dx$$ is defined only on equilibrium system. But why can't we use it for non-equilibrium system? Is there a well-accepted definition for it?
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Paradox while Cooling & Heating in Air? [duplicate]

I was thinking about how asteroids get "burned" up in the upper atmosphere as they approach the earth surface due to the atmosphere of earth heating the asteroids immensely as a result of air ...
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How to calculate the heat transfer rate between the liquid and the gas?

Let water (liquid) be in a chamber (with no heat transfer to the walls). The gas is the residual space above the liquid, meaning that the contact surface is the surface of the water. Given the gas ...
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Thermodynamics of scattering theory

I have a couple of conceptual questions regarding the thermodynamics of scattering. Any partial answer or argument will be appreciated. For the sake of discussion, consider the scattering of ...
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How do objects heat up?

If every body emits radiation at a given frequency and temperature exactly as well as it absorbs the same radiation, how do objects heat up?
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Are pressure and volume not independent properties in liquid water?

Every thermodynamics textbook teaches us that, for a simple compressible substance, any two independent properties will suffice to determine the system state. Those can be pressure and temperature ...
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Is there a minimum energy content of information, other than 0 Joules?

Lets say I want to send the bit string 010110 to someone. Is there a theoretical lower bound on the energy needed to do this?
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Spontaneity / Free Energy of Non-Isothermal Process

I'm trying to determine a lower bound for the work input necessary to make an entropy-reducing process "spontaneous" in the sense that the 2nd law is not violated. For a constant temperature and ...
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Showing the thermal expansion coefficient is the sum of the linear expansion coefficients

Given that the thermal expansion coefficient is defined as: $$ \beta=\frac{\frac{\Delta V}{V}}{\Delta T} $$ and the linear thermal expansion coefficient is defined as: $$ \alpha = \frac{\frac{\Delta ...
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$\mathrm{CO_2}$ rate of deposition

Parts of Antarctica average -127°F (-83°C). The freezing point of $\mathrm{CO_2}$ is -109.3 °F (-78.5 °C). If one could construct a large container at such a place shielded from the sun, would ...
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How cold would a bowling ball near absolute zero make a room?

If a bowling ball at absolute zero suddenly appeared in my room, how cold would the room get? Would I die? My initial estimation is that it one bowling ball at 0K (i.e., 300K below room temperature) ...
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Why do metal surfaces reflect thermal signature?

I recently borrowed a thermal camera from a friend and I tried to observe my palm print over a reflective metallic plate. When I looked at it through the camera, it reflected my thermal signature too. ...
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How are heat transfer rate and heat capacity constant of a material related?

How are heat transfer rate and heat capacity of a given material is related? When I was a kid I imagined it like "Capacity is like a container or bucket of some sort, if it gets filled easily it can ...
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How to model an apartment's airconditioning?

Background: This reminds situation reminds be of an episode from the The Big Bang Theory, although it is quite different from it. My roommate and I have similar temperature preferences and also share ...
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Followup to: The relation between energy quanta of an Einstein solid and the equipartition value of heat capacity

As a followup question to this question: The relation between energy quanta of an Einstein solid and the equipartition value of heat capacity and this answer ...
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Ice and liquid water interacting across a boundary

Imagine we have two thermodynamic systems, one a mass of ice and the other an equal mass of liquid water, with both at 273.16K. Each system is isolated, except that they can interact with each other ...
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The relation between energy quanta of an Einstein solid and the equipartition value of heat capacity

Consider an Einstein solid with quantized energy values $U=q\epsilon$ and $N$ oscillators. I calculated some values of an Einstein solid numerically through a function in R (at the bottom of the ...
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What are the contributions of the Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics?

I am very interested in Thermodynamics, but though it is easy to find good books and information about classical thermo, it seems that is not the same for non-equilibrium thermodynamics. I would like ...
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Why is everything colder nowadays? [duplicate]

I know that when the universe began it was incredibly hot. Ever since, it is been cooling, and nowadays the average temperature of the universe is quite close to 0 K. Is this a consequence of having ...
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Is the second law of Thermodynamics an immense tautology?

Let's imagine for a second a system that is changing constantly from one microstate to another one. It could be a given volume of a gas with its atoms moving and bouncing around, or a deck of cards ...