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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Superficial velocity as a function of position along flow path

I am wanting to estimate the superficial velocity of a fluid as a function of position. The system I'm trying to evaluate is as shown below: A cylinder of porous media with the source acting on ...
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entropy change during irreversible heat loss [duplicate]

When a thermodynamic system gains heat if the heat gain is irreversible then there is a entropy generation along with the entropy transfer..so is there a similar entropy generation associated with ...
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clausious inquality

Take a reservoir which gains a heat Q irreversibly at temp T from a surrounding at temp T0 then the entropy change of reservoir is given by Q/t and that of the surrounding is -Q/T0...How is this ...
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Why the heat capacity doesn't diverge in the Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) phase transition?

The KT transition has a special properties that, during the phase transition the heat capacity stay finite (so the behaviour of the heat capacity cannot reflect any critical behaviours). However, the ...
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Show that change in internal energy equals zero for an adiabatic process with incompressible fluid

I have a problem when solving an exercise in thermodynamics. I am supposed to show that when we have an open system, where the process is adiabatic with an incompressible fluid, it follows that the ...
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entropy of a closed system undergoing an irreversible process should increase,decrease or remain same?

The answer in my book says it will increase. According to me it will increase if heat is added to the system But if heat is being removed it may increase decrease or remain the same depending upon ...
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Helmholtz Free Energy vs Gibbs Free Energy in Landau Theory

When I was studying thermodynamics potentials for the first time, I learned that keeping the pressure and the temperature constant, the Gibbs Free Energy is a minimum, also, if we maintain the ...
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Changing the melting point of ice

Myself and a friend have been stuck on this problem for a while now. We know that we should end up with an answer of $-0.007K$ however, cannot get to this solution. Help with the method we should use ...
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Internal energy of a molecule and bonding strength

I had a lecture on thermodynamics. I was told that the bond strength, $\epsilon$, is related to the latent heat of sublimation, $L_s$. $L_s\approx L_f+L_v$ if the melting and boiling points are close, ...
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What liquid would wick away heat most quickly?

I've read and seen on various "life hack" websites that if you've forgotten to chill drinks, wrapping them in a wet paper towel and sticking them in the freezer for a few minutes rapidly cools them ...
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Why bodies lose heat faster in water than in air?

A simple question. In several places, including this very recent and already famous paper http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6236/786.short it is stated that bodies lose heat in water very fast ...
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Magnetic moment of a paramagnetic crystal

I've been having some trouble with a paramagnetism problem from my Statistical Mechanics class textbook (F. Mandl, Statistical Physics, 2nd edition, p. 25). The problem is as follows Since the ...
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Fan Speed Formula

Is there any formula for computing fan speed by using air mass,air flux, air density or specific heat? I have computed air mass and air flux, and found the values for air density and specific heat, ...
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Entropy of a system of gravitationally interacting particles

Lets suppose there is a container in space where there are some particles moving very fast. But due to gravitational attractions between the particles they would just come to a corner of the box. ...
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Thermal Equilibrium of two thin sheets

While reading Gibbs' Elementary Principles in Statistical Mechanics I came across this footnote: The most simple test of the equality of temperature of two bodies is that they remain in ...
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Pressure, density, volume and mass in a room

Here's the question. A window in the room is open. The next day, the temperature of the room has increased, but the pressure of the air stayed the same. State and explain what has happened to ...
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How hot would tritium water be?

I realize this is kind of a silly question, but if you have tritium water, with the tritium half life of 12.5 years, I expect it would be quite hot. (note, this is not a homework question, I'm just ...
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Triangular Cyclic Process

i am currently studying for my physics exam and i am trying to wrap my head around cyclic processes. There is the cyclic process - ![1]: (http://imgur.com/7i0JF1S) "cyclic process" We know its an ...
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Highest temperature possible to achieve using magnifying glass and sunlight [duplicate]

Temperature of the surface of the sun is about 5750K. Can you heat an object to more than 6000K using magnifying glass and sunlight? According to second law heat cannot be transferred from colder to ...
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Why should slope of pressure versus volume always be negative?

I read that the slope of the pressure, ($P$), versus volume ($V$) graph should always be negative for thermodynamic stability, but there was no further explanation in the text. Could someone give an ...
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Transfer of heat through a finite temprature difference

Consider the following derivation There are two reservoirs at temp A & B at temp T1 & T2 .They are connected by a metal rod such that T1 > T2. Q amonut of heat is transfered ...
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Feasible way to cool water (ice) to temperatures around -20 degree celsius

Is there an easy way to cool water to temperatures around -20 or -30 degree celsius that is economically and technologically feasible for a high school student. Can it be done using typical household ...
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Why is the boundary layer thinner on the outside of an outer wall versus the wall inside the house

The convection on the outer suface of the outer wall of a house is larger, because outside a house it's more windy compared to inside. More wind means more turbulence which leads to more transfer of ...
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entropy change during heat loss

When a thermodynamic system gains heat if the heat gain is irreversible then there is a entropy generation along with the entropy transfer..so is there a similar entropy generation associated with ...
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How to find entropy if heat is not given? [closed]

A 120W cpu operates at 80 degrees celsius and is cooled by water at 10 degrees celsius. 1) How much entropy is generated in the chip? 2)How much of the entropy of the cooling water change? EDIT: I ...
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Is it possible to build an air compressor with no moving parts? [closed]

Is it physically possible to build an air compressor with no moving parts? A thermodynamic cycle capable of compressing air with no moving parts and operate it in stationary way. EDIT I will add a ...
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Entropy Change for a Thermally Isolated System

Clausius' Theorem states that $\int\frac{dQ}{T}\leq0$ for a closed cycle, with equality for a reversible cycle. Suppose we wish to take our system around a closed cycle such that the path from A to B ...
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Is it safe and theorotically correct to heat a bar magnet using an open fire/furnace, provided conditions given below?

For a project, I will have to heat a bar magnet to any temperature above 40 degree celsius. For this, can I place the magnet over an open fire --like one in a furnace-- for 20 minutes or so to achieve ...
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Calculations on heat transfers [closed]

An unclothed person whose body has a surface area of 1.4m^2 with emissivity of 0.85 has a skin temperature of 37 °C standing in a 20 °C room. How much heat does the person lose per minute?
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Does time freeze at Absolute Zero? [closed]

Time has many definitions per se, but the basic idea being it's "the measurement of change" so as we know, all matter looses it's ability of changing with the loss of kinetic energy. and the where it ...
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Entropy change in mixing two gases

The entropy change of an ideal gas is calculated as \begin{equation} \Delta S = C_V n\ln(\frac{T}{T_0}) + nR\ln{\frac{V}{V_0}} \end{equation} derived by integrating $dU = TdS - pdV$. It is only true ...
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What could be the effects of accidentally spilling supercooled water/liquid on an unprotected body surface?

Will the body rapidly start losing heat or will the water find a seed and solidify around it ?
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Classifying regions of Van der Waal like gas

Given the equation of state $$p+a\left(\frac{N}{V}\right)=\frac{Nk_BT}{V-bN} \tag 1$$ Taking into account of the fact that a realistic model requires $p \geq 0, V \geq Nb, N>0$ classify the ...
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what is the supercritical state?

is the supercritical state of matter a separate state of matter or is it a combination of a liquid and a gas? could someone give me an overview of this state and its properties. i have seen some ...
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Heat capacity of solids vs liquids $s_{liquid} = 2\ s_{solid}$

I heard that specific heat capacity if water $s_{\text{water}} = 1\ \frac{\text{cal}}{\text{g}\cdot \text{K}}$ while for ice, $s_{\text{ice}} = \frac{1}{2} \frac{\text{cal}}{\text{g} \cdot \text{K}}$ ...
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How much heating Earth inner core provide to the surface?

Compare to the energy that the Earth surface receives from the sun, how much power comes from the inner melted core ? How important is this contribution to the surface temperature ?
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What is characteristic time in Fourier number exactly?

Please tell me What is characteristic time in Fourier number? How can I calculate characteristic time? Suppose I started heating water in a closed container by immersion rod. And temperature increases ...
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Why is there steam in a hot shower even though the water is not boiling?

When I take a hot shower, there is normally a fair amount of steam. However, I don't think the water coming out of the shower-head is actually boiling (unless I am mistaken). Why is there water ...
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Meaning of solutions of an equation of state [closed]

Question Let $p \geq 0, V \geq Nb, N > 0$. Now we are given the equation of state $$p+a\left(\frac{N}{V}\right)=\frac{Nk_BT}{V-b} \tag 1$$ Classify the solutions of the equation of ...
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Looking for name of mapping procedure [migrated]

I have been searching for a technique that I used 20 years ago, but for the life of me, I cannot remember the name. It is used in visualizations of pressure, temperature, electromagnetic fields etc. ...
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Problem with indistinguishability in partition function

Consider an ideal gas of classical particles of mass $m$ in uniform potential $\xi$ in 3d. The gas $N$ molecules, volume $V$ and is at temperature $T$. I believe that the Hamiltonian of this system is ...
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Finding $p(z), \rho(z)$ of an ideal classical gas in a box

We have a classical ideal gas of particles of mass $m$ at fixed chemical potential $\mu$ and fixed temperature $T$. We have a potential energy $U(z)=mgz$ and the gas is in a rectangular box of height ...
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Deriving pressure from a given partition function

If the partition function for some system is given as $e^{\text{$\alpha $T}^3V}$; please note note that $\alpha$ is a constant. I have computed $$\left[\frac{\text{$\delta $Z}}{\text{$\delta ...
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Finding the equation of state from a thermodynamical potential

Given a themrmodynamical potential eg, the helmholtz free energy, $$F=-Nk_BT \ln(V-bN)+aN\ln V + k_BTN\left( \ln N! -\frac{3}{2}\ln T\right)$$ $a,b$ positive constants and $V \geq Nb$ and ...
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The energy contribution of a frequency at finite temperature

This is from a paper I'm reading: Since each frequency contributes $\hbar \omega/2$ of energy (or at finite temperature, $\hbar \omega /2 \coth(\hbar\omega/2kT)$), we can find the energies for the ...
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transient condition from bodies subjected to condective boundary conditions

I would like to request you that please solve my queries about two questions. What type of conduction, Transient or steady state, should i consider during heating of water in a closed container ...
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Temperature change in adiabatic free expansion

Consider a gas with fixed number of particles $N$ undergoing adiabatic free expansion from $V_1$ to $V_2$. Apparently we have the following relation $$\Delta ...
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Rain system movements and highways?

In my free time I sometimes enjoy watching the weather or radar and trying to predict how a rain system will move. Pretty often I notice that a small rain system or even a large one will congregate or ...
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2nd law of thermodynamics - thought experiment

I have designed this simple thought experiment that seems to contradict 2nd law of thermodynamics. Could you please find a mistake in my reasoning? ...
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Understanding view-/formfactor for radiation with a specific example

There is radiation coming from a point source (black body). How much of the total emitted energy (from the point source) hits a spherical surface given by $\phi = 0 - \pi $ and $\theta = 0 - \pi/2 $? ...