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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Measured temperature (thermometre set to emissivity of 1) of smooth surface too high or to low?

We want to measure the temperature of a smooth flat surface with a thermometre based on absorption of thermal rays. The emissivity setting of the thermometre is set to 1 (same as a black surface), ...
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Thermo - Plotting constant pressure and temperature on a Pv and Ts diagram

I was just curious what the saturation curve for water (plotting pressure versus specific volume) would look like if you drew both a line of constant pressure as well as constant temperature. I am ...
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Newton's law of cooling for the heat equation boundary condition

Newton's law of cooling says the temperature of an object satisfies $$ \frac{dT}{dt} = -k(T(t) - T_0),\tag{1} $$ where $T_0$ is the surrounding temperature. See these HTML notes for example. Now if ...
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Second law of thermodynamics (in terms of entropy)

Is the second law of thermodynamics (in terms of entropy) for closed systems or isolated systems? I thought it must be valid for isolated systems, such as the Universe. But the book Fundamentals of ...
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Does it mean the molecules of all matter above absolute zero temperature are moving? [duplicate]

According to my knowledge, heat is the energy that is stored in form of kinetic energy of molecules in Brownian motion. However, in a macroscopic view, a rigid body seem to be "stable" but still store ...
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Where does air pressure come from?

Where does air pressure come from? I thought it was from gravity or the speed of the gas resulting from its heat. However, analyzing my own hypotheses, I think that my 'heat conjecture' is probably ...
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Could you make a system that exchanges matter but no thermodynamic energy?

Normally we distinguish between open, closed and isolated systems, assuming that the 4th possibility does not exist, as an exchange of matter presupposes energy exchange. Could it be nevertheless ...
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Charles Law inverse for cooling?

Is the inverse of Charles law also true? If I double the volume, the temperature will be halved? In the fire service we ventilate a structure by opening up the ceiling to the attic. If the volume of ...
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Is this the correct entropy? [on hold]

In order to take a nice warm bath, you mix $50$ liters of hot water at $55^{\circ} C$ with $25$ liters of cold water at $10^{\circ} C$. How much new entropy have you created by mixing the water? What ...
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Is heat from a stovetop, transfered through convection, radiation or conduction?

It doesn't appear to be convection, as there are no moving objects (or are there); probably not radiation (?), so it is conduction? I really don't know much about heat transfer and thermodynamics, ...
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Why energy at room temperature $= kT$ and not $(3/2)kT$ [duplicate]

I always see that a room temperature of $T=300\,\text{K}$ corresponds to an energy of $k_BT \approx \frac{1}{40}\,\text{eV}$. But shouldn't it be $\frac{3}{2}k_BT$ since the molecules in the air have ...
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Heat transfer coefficients

I am trying to make a model of non-stationary heating on a plate and I have questions considering coefficients. I am using explicit method to solve it (have to use it). I am not sure if I am using the ...
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Monoatomic fluids and free space around atoms

In monoatomic fluids the atoms can move quite freely around each other. Is there any thermodynamic/statistical mechanic equation how much free space there is between the atoms? This has to be ...
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Internal reversibility

The concept of reversibility always gives me a hard time.In a reversible process the change of entropy is zero. On the other hand for irreversible process it is not.But there comes another topic which ...
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Confusion regarding latent heat of fusion

During vaporizing there is higher increase in internal energy (higher positive $\Delta U$) and more work is done by the liquid (higher $W$) as molecules become widely separated. During melting, there ...
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How long would it take for a smelly object to evaporate?

This question is a follow on from this deleted one: http://physics.stackexchange.com/q/177894/26076 as I was writing what I thought to be a valid physics answer to it. Version 1 of this question ...
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Is the Landau Free Energy U-TS or βH?

I'm having a hard time figuring out the physical meaning of the Landau Free Energy density: $$f(\phi,\nabla\phi,T) = \frac{1}{2}|\nabla\phi |^2 + \frac{a(T-T_c)}{2}|\phi |^2 + \frac{b}{4}|\phi |^4$$ ...
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Evaporation of water [on hold]

assuming no wind involved and using 100 psi steam in a 1.5" diameter, submerged pipe, how much 180 degree F water can be evaporated per hour per lineal foot of pipe?
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A question about Thermodynamics [on hold]

Burning fuel in car engine produce more heat or burning that fuel in free space?
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What--is the Ultimate Limit of heat based off c? [duplicate]

As heat goes up, molecules start moving at a faster rate. A gas molecule, if unhindered, could speed across the United States in three hours. I don't even want to know about plasma. But if heat ...
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If Ionic crystals are heated up, where does the energy go?

Ionic crystal are poor conductors of heat, due to lack of delocalised electrons. So if they are heard up where does the heat go? Does it get dumped in the potential well created by interatomic ...
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Double Pipe Heat Exchanger

I have a metal plate and I need to transfer heat out of the metal plate to the atmosphere. Hence, I can use a double pipe heat exchanger which contains 2 pipes. But what if I just use one pipe and let ...
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Is this the energy balance for this problem? [on hold]

I am working on a school project and I have to cool equipment that are in an enclosure that is in the living room of a house. I have an exhaust fan that draws cold air from outside the house (ambient) ...
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Canonical or microcanonical ensemble?

What of this ensembles is more honest with natural thermal equilibrium? In microcanonical ensemble the sample is isolated, and we don't now the precise value of energy. By this considerations we have ...
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Why 'free energy' can contain different amount of information in different settings, and what's their connection to phase transition?

I have seen 'free energy' arising from several contexts in very different forms, and each contains different amount of information (as a number, 1D function, 2D surface, etc). For example free ...
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Internal Energy questions

The first law of thermodynamics states that $\Delta U=q+w$ where $ΔU$ is the increase in internal energy of the system, $q$ is the thermal energy supplied to the system and $w$ is the work done on the ...
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Can a solar panel work with heat?

As we know that a solar panels due to the energy of light, but can we run a solar panel with the same amount of energy provided as heat?
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How much work do I need to convert 300ml of water from 25°C to 3°C? [closed]

A question on how to apply thermodynamics principles to figure out how much work is needed to hold 300ml water in room temperature at 3°C. So far I have: 1Cal for each degree per g of water. We have ...
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How to find the enthalpy if I have the pressure and temperature? [on hold]

There is a refrigerator with R-134a as the working fluid. The R134a enter the evaporator at P=100kPa, quality =0.2 and it leaves at P=100kPa, T=-26 degree Celsius How can I find out the ...
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Why does internal energy remains constant in isothermal system? [closed]

how to write this answer for 2 marks question simple and straight answer. Please
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Ice when melted at zero gravity [closed]

I wish to know the behavior of ice at zero gravity, how ice will behave when melted at g=0? Thanks
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How does temperature relate to the kinetic energy of molecules?

In ideal gas model, temperature is the measure of average kinetic energy of the gas molecules. If by some means the gas particles are accelerated to a very high speed in one direction, KE certainly ...
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Counting the number of microstates that there are for a given configuration. How to prove this result?

I'm doing some statistical physics and I came across a result which I'm not sure how to derive. Any help? The answer turns out to be: Can anyone help with this derivation? Thank you :D
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How is the work done by a system turned into internal energy according to the first law of thermodynamics?

I have several questions about the first law of thermodynamics: When we have a force over a piston of a recipient with an ideal gas inside and that piston moves, we have work associated with that. ...
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Which one is colder? Zero temperature ice or zero temperature water?

I like to understand that which one of the following items seems colder, when we touch them? zero temperature ice zero temperature water Why? Thank you.
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How to calculate temperature of an incandescent bulb filament?

Suppose we have a light bulb, for which we know its power rating, like voltage of $12\mathrm V$, and power consumption of $10\mathrm W$. We also know it's a halogen bulb with a tungsten filament ...
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Compute the temperature of the reservoirs between which the engine operates [closed]

An ideal gas for which $c_v$ = 3R/2 is the working substance of a Carnot engine. During the isothermal expansion the volume doubles. The ratio of the final volume to the initial volume in the ...
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Physical interpretation of legendre transformations in thermodynamics

I have found this question(Physical meaning of Legendre transformation) and I have some questions regarding the transformations in thermodynamics, In thermodynamics we have: $$H= U+PV $$ $$F=U-TS ...
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“Definition” of internal energy

Conversation of energy implies that if we have a thermally insulated system which goes from state 1 to state 2: $$\Delta E_{12}=E(2)-E(1)=\Delta W_{12}$$ and the 1st law of thermodynamics ...
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How does the second law of thermodynamics affect the efficiency heat-to-work conversion, at the molecular level?

I understand the second law of thermodynamics in terms of the improbability of the high--and-low-velocity particles of a gas to separate themselves so that at one moment they are at different sides of ...
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Zero volume at zero Kelvin

Why does the volume of a gas become zero at 0 Kelvin? Can a Bose Einstein condensate be considered as matter? (I mean the volume becomes zero)
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Gas Pressure in Industrial processes [closed]

Can anybody please help with the following? Ammonia is produced by the Haber process where nitrogen and hydrogen combine to form ammonia according to the equation: N2 + 3H2 == 2NH3 If 1 mole of N2 is ...
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Thermodynamics - Gas Laws [closed]

Can anybody please help with the following problem? The compression ratio of an engine is 16:1. The volume of air in the cylinder is $0.5 \,\mathrm{litres}$ at a temperature of $30 ...
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Sufficient conditions for Equipartition Theorem to hold

I was wondering what are the sufficient conditions for the Equipartition Theorem. I know there is another question (For which systems is the equipartition theorem valid?) that somewhats answers this ...
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Thermodynamics of a heated enclosure [closed]

i have to maintain an aluminum enclosure of size 200x300x400mm at around 80 degrees Celsius, there for i need to calculate the thermodynamics of the system, ie what power of heater i need to achieve ...
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Can an intercooler be analysed as any other heat exchanger?

I am doing this project on developing a code for the first and second law analysis of a practical Gas Turbine Cycle. It includes a two-stage compression process and thus, involves an intercooler, ...
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At what energy consumption would we get a 1 degree rise in the Earth's temperature?

If energy consumption continues to rise at (say) 4% per year, how long before the heat dissipation seriously impacts climate?
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a physical model for pde [closed]

Consider the initial boundary value problem $$u_t=a(t)u_{xx},\,\,\,0<x<1,\,\,\,t>0$$ $$-ku_x(0,t)=hu(0,t),\,\,\,t>0$$ $$u(1,t)=u_0,\,\,\,t>0$$ $$u(x,0)=f(x),\,\,\,t>0$$ where ...
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When obtaining the thermodynamic entropy (e.g. by differentiating F) the average entropy is being found. In what sense is this an average?

If I have some expression of the entropy (or another thermodynamic quantity of a system (e.g. pressure) obtained from the Helmholtz free energy, F. Is this the mean (average) or the modal (most ...
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Historical Survey of Statistical Mechanics [migrated]

Statistical mechanics is a subject with a particularly rich history. I think of the early debates of Boltzmann and Loschmidt, the rather confusing differences between the approaches of Gibbs and ...