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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Problem regarding heat engines

We have two different set ups: a) A 200K brick in a 300K environment b) A 300K brick in a 200K environment From which one of these can you extract more work? Assume equal mass and heat capacity. ...
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why are the square of the components of velocity equal?

In Principles of Physics by Resnick,Halliday,Walker, when evaluating the $v_{rms}$ ,they first found $p = \frac{nM(v_x)^2}{V}$ & then substiuted $(v_{avg})^2 = \frac{1}{3} .v^2$ where $v^2 = ...
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Who invented the perfume bottle thought experiment?

A common thought experiment used to explain the second law of thermodynamics, the "arrow of time", etc. is perfume escaping from an opened perfume bottle; the perfume is likely to diffuse into the ...
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Thermodynamics for Dummies: Entropy and temperature

I do not study physics and I have never had a course in thermodynamics. I have no idea what it is about, but I am currently taking a course where we had something about entropy. Would be great if ...
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Coarse graining on measurement vs phase space (second law)

I've followed Leonard Susskinds series on "the theoretical minimum". In the entropy/reversibility episode in statistical mechanics, he explains (at least one way of) how the apparent paradox of ...
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Good explanation of phase transitions, second law of thermodynamics [duplicate]

I am looking for a good explanation (website, book, video,...) of phase transitions. I am interested in atmospheric applications (so basically condensation, etc. of water in air). I would like an in ...
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Liquid Column “Recoils” in a Sealed Cylinder When Hit by a Piston — Is it Possible?

Consider a cylinder filled partially with a liquid (e.g. water). The cylinder is sealed, and is at held at room temperature (e.g 298K). At equilibrium (or when no external disturbance is imparted to ...
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The thermodynamics of heating water in a rigid container [on hold]

When the pressure on the liquid surface is less than the vapor pressure of the liquid at a given temperature, the liquid will start to evaporate. This is common sense. The problem is more difficult ...
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Is it possible for an electrical device to generate more heat than another using less power or the same?

People are claiming that a Plasma TV uses more power which explains why it uses more heat. We refer to power as wattage in this regard. Countering this, is it possible that a device can draw the same ...
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Is Fourier's law of conduction a consequence of the second principle?

In classical thermodynamics courses, entropy is often motivated by the need to justify that heat flows from high temperatures zones to lower temperatures zones: this is seen as a consequence of ...
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Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics, temperature, and ordering

In my thermodynamics course (and in other places on the internet) it is asserted that the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics can be used to define the concept of temperature. One statement of the Zeroth ...
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Thermometer reading

I quickly plunged a room-temperature thermometer into very hot water, the mercury level went down briefly before going up to a final reading. Why?
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How to measure the energy consumption class of a home appliance?

Some of you may be familiar with the EU energy consumption classes for domestic appliances (or equivalents in other areas). Let's say we have a domestic appliance which was made before the energy ...
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Total multiplicity and entropy of Einstein solids

This is really a question to get a little more insight about a homework exercise. 1. In my text book, the sum of multiplicities for all possible macrostates is given to be: $$\sum ...
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Are temperature increases discrete? [duplicate]

Are temperature increases ever discrete in nature, or is it a continuous variable? If a discrete case exists, is there any material that exhibits particularly strange behavior?
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Making fire using a filled water bottle

I have seen videos where a fire was started using a water bottle filled with water. I guess the bottle acts like a convex lens that converges light to a focal point to start a fire. But why does water ...
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Why is it natural to look for solutions involving dimensionless quantities?

While studying the Heat Equation, I got stuck in a statement in my book. It says: We have seen that the combination of variables $\displaystyle \frac{x}{\sqrt{Dt}}$ is not only invariant with ...
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Why is density an intensive property?

I am still trying to understand what are intensive and extensive properties. Possibly someone can give a pointer to a decent text (preferably on the web), as I am not too happy (to say the least) with ...
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Energy from the Feynman-Kikuchi Partition Function

The Feynman-Kikuchi Partition function is given as $$Z_{FK}=K_\beta \int dx \eta(x) \exp \left(-\frac{x}{\beta}\right) $$ where $K_\beta$ is a normalization constant and ...
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How much energy would the Human Torch need? [duplicate]

I wasn't sure whether to put this in the SciFi section or here, but since I'm interested in a physical quantity,so I decided to ask it here. I was wondering about approximately how much energy would ...
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Capacitor-like-thing for controlling temperature of fluid?

I want to minimise the Gibbs' phenomenon like thing i.e. sudden peaks (temperature peaks here) in a container. Assume you have a cone where you want to block the transmittance of the temperature into ...
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Dark Matter as possible an explanation for Coronal Heating

It's my understanding that the mechanism behind Coronal Heating - why the Corona is so much hotter (> 1,000,000 K) than the surface of the Sun (6,000 K), and the mechanism by which the energy gets ...
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Simple Conduction Simulation

What is the simplest way to simulate heat conduction on a 2D plane? What I want to do is have 1024x1024 2D plane of uniform temperature 0°C and specify the temperature of a cartesian coordinate. ...
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Calculating height and evaluating the vicinity of a peak in a multiplicity function for a two-state paramagnet

I have to calculate the height and width of the multiplicity function for a two-state paramagnet. I'm supposed to do this analogously to the method in the text book, which I will try to outline below. ...
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Mixing mild and cold water, which one to pour first?

Suppose for example that a person like me likes his water in-between. A bit colder than the room temperature but not very cold. If you have a water dispenser that pours rtp water and cold water, which ...
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Given the Gas, Temperature and Pressure find Volume? [closed]

Give the specific volume of carbon dioxide at -20 C for 2000 kPa and for 1400 kPa. I am getting ready for Thermodynamics class so I've been reading the textbook and doing some questions, I can ...
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Is there an efficiency-optimizing layout of items in a refrigerator? [closed]

Is there some optimal layout of items, or types of items (characterized by size, shape, density, solid/liquid, etc) that will allow a common household refrigerator to function with optimal energy ...
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What to do when you are sitting in a closed room without any fan or AC

I suffered this today, when the solar panels of our college stopped to work. Imagine a situation in which you are sitting in a botany lecture conducted by a 73 year old man, who cannot speak loud and ...
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Is average air temperature related to near shore water temperature? [closed]

Basically my wife booked to go on a beach based holiday but cloudy and only warm conditions are predicted for the area- does that mean the water is likely to not warm?- we are sensitive to cold. Its ...
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Why is thermodynamic equilibrium not reached by the system during a thermodynamic irreversible process?

In reversible process,due to infinitesimal steps,the system remains in thermal equilibrium(why?) . But in irreversible process, thermal equilibrium does not exist. What is the cause for this ...
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Liquid Nitrogen Expansion to Desired Temperature

I want to take liquid nitrogen in a pressurized container and spray it through a hose onto objects in a room. The container has a pressure regulator so I can adjust pressure as desired. The ...
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Entropy and dark matter structure

Inspired by this question. I believe that the usual explanation that preserves the second law of thermodynamics as an astrophysical gas cloud collapses under gravity is that the gas must heat and ...
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Why does the majority of smoke leave when flames appear?

When I burn wood, paper, or other plant matter, where there is a flame, there generally isn't too much smoke, but it I blow the fire out, smoke starts billowing up. It billows thicker and thicker as ...
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Are galaxies, stars, planets, and ultimately life in violation of the second law of thermodynamics? [duplicate]

How can we think about entropy in these situations? To my knowledge all of these structures are born out of gravitational interaction. However, it would seem that the formation of these more organized ...
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Heat transfer to a cube from one of the faces [closed]

Heat Flux= 10 MW Inlet water temperature = 28 degree centigrade for cooling purpose through a tube passing through the centre of retangular block of length 50 mm,height 30 mm and width 30 mm inner ...
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What is entropy really?

On this site, change in entropy is defined as the amount of energy dispersed divided by the absolute temperature. But I want to know: What is the definition of entropy? Here, entropy is defined as ...
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What is entropy of the universe? [duplicate]

What is entropy of the universe? What is the change in entropy of our universe? Is this change increases or decreases? If the entropy of universe keeps on increasing then what are the consequences? Is ...
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Milk-First School

I have always been struck by the huge amount of different arguments about the issue: When you make a cup of tea, the milk should be poured first or added to the cup after the tea? Wikipedia, ...
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Is speed an intensive property?

I remember being taught in elementary physics that while it makes sense to add volumes, masses, or heat, it makes no sense to add temperatures. As I wanted to use that to illustate some other issue, ...
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Thermal superconductivity

I have heard several times of the concept of "thermal superconductivity" (As opposed to "electrical superconductivity"), but I am unclear on exactly what that could mean. It turns out to be really ...
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Is enthalpy also valid for liquids and solids?

The definition of enthalpy is $$H=E+PV,$$ is it only valid for (ideal) gas? As this naturally comes from the first law of thermodynamics, $$dE=dQ+PdV$$ for a enclosed system of gas. Can we talk ...
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can I tune a magnetic field to conduct heat from a rotating object?

Is there a way to transfer heat from a rotating object made of iron into a suitable heat sink using a magnetic field as a transfer medium?
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Why does the thermal conductivity of water decrease with increasing salinity?

Intuitively I would expect the thermal and electric conductivity to be positively related, and since electric conductivity increases with salinity, so should thermal. But according to this table ...
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Relationship between temperature and energy

What is the definition of temperature in relation to energy? I'm mostly interested in general dimensional terms. Is temperature the kinetic energy per mass? Or kinetic energy per volume?
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What's the difference between energy and temperature in field theory?

I'm familiar with the formalisms for both zero temperature and finite temperature field theory, but (somewhat embarrassingly) I don't actually have a good physical intuition for when physical ...
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Didn't we mess up with the temperature?

The following passage has been extracted from the book "The Feynman Lectures on Physics-Vol l": The mean kinetic energy is a property only of the "temperature." Being a property of the ...
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How to transfer propane from a SMALL cylinder to a SMALL metal cylinder [closed]

I made a metal cylinder that is the SAME size as my 400g propane cylinder (picture: here). I want to transfer ALL (or almost all) of the propane from the propane cylinder to my metal cylinder, ...
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How can it be that the sun emits more than a black body?

As far as I know, a black body is an ideal emitter. So how can it be that a non-ideal emitter emits more radiation than a black body? This happens only in a very limited area at around 500nm, but it ...
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Relations between pressure and temperature

I have several questions concerning thermodynamics and I order them in 4 points that may be related: What's the difference between heat and work at the atomic level? Isn't heat simply work between ...
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What materials are used in non thermal plasma?

While reading about non-thermal plasmas, I came across their ionization potentials(~1%), and other capabilities, such as their non Maxwellian energy distributions. At what temperatures, and pressures ...