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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Is it common for hot objects to have more black-body-like spectrum for higher frequencies?

I'm comparing spectral output of an incandescent light lamp, for which the spectrum is given by manufacturer. Namely, I took the color temperature given in the specifications and inserted it to ...
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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? [on hold]

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?

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 enthalpy? I ...
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Why does internal energy remains constant in isothermal system? [on hold]

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

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 [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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

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 ...
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How to design a radiator to dissipate heat? [on hold]

I am making heat radiator that dissipates the heat from water coolant lines coming off of another project of mine. The coolant lines will flow into a barrel, radiate as much heat off as possible, and ...
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Writing an equation for the INTERNAL energy for a BRAYTON cycle

I am trying to understand the equation for the change in internal energy in the Brayton Cycle. Both the websites below gave me this formula :Change in U=q1+q2−w=0 ...
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What are the state variables like temperature after the system has done an adiabatic irreversible process? [on hold]

Consider a system containing ideal gas which is initially at a volume $V_{1}$ and then suddenly its volume is increased to a volume $V_{2}$. What is the final temperature of the system if the initial ...
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Entropy: Disorder or energy dispersal?

The first definition of entropy given by Clausius is I believe this $$S=Q/T$$ It is as I understand a common fact to understand entropy and maybe often teach it as a measure of disorder through the ...
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Is $\mathrm{d}H = C_P \mathrm{d}T$ and $\mathrm{d}U = C_V \mathrm{d}T$ always true?

Is $\mathrm{d}H = C_P \mathrm{d}T$ and $\mathrm{d}U = C_V \mathrm{d}T$ always true for ideal gases?
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Why is work done by an otto cycle along the 2 adiabatic curve negative?

I define the work done by the system as +dw and work done on the system as -dw. Looking through my notes on Otto cycle, I observed that the for the two adiabatic curves in a clockwise cycle such that ...
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How long does it take for water to boil when subjected to intense heat?

I have a rather odd question that may just boil (sorry) down to a fairly simple problem I can't solve. The scenario is this: A person is testing the intensity of a super-focused beam of sunlight in a ...
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Hot air particles

I have a question- albeit random one!. I recently visited a friends place who used a standard shovel from the shed as a tool for moving hot charcoals around a pizza oven. Unfortunately the shovel was ...
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Square of velocity = 2 times temperature times specific heat capacity ; seems too tidy [on hold]

So I did some algebra and came up with the following $v^2 = 2Tc$ where $ v = $ average velocity of the particles $ T = $ tempreture $ c = $ specific heat capacity but this seems too tidy
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How to find heat transfer and released heat? [on hold]

Given the sterling cycle with the following processes 1-2 isothermal expansion - heat addition from external source 2-3 constant volume heat transfer - internal heat transfer from the gas to the ...
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Finding the temperature needed to have speed of gas atom equal to Ve [on hold]

We are given n moles of a monatomic gas Argon Molar mass 6.4*10^-26. Pressure equal to 101300 pascals. Temperature = 300 K Need to find the average speed of one of the atom of the gas. Secondly I ...
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To find average speed of gas molecule when the temperature is incresed

We are given moles of gas let say $n$. Temperature is increased from $T_1$ to $T_2$. Volume is held constant at $V_0$. We need to find the average speed of gas molecule when the temperature $T_2$ is ...
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How to calculate how much energy is needed to fuse makro particles such as a certain type of plastic? [closed]

As the title suggests, how do I calculate that? I would like to fuse plastic particles of the size around 0.1 millimeter using ultrasound. What equations do I need?
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Legendre transformation: non-convex/non-convave functions

The Legendre transformation is used to derive the Hamiltonian from the Lagrangian, and it finds many applications in thermodynamics to convert between the different potentials. $ f(x) \rightarrow ...
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showing that polytropic exponent n = 5/3 corresponds to an isentropic process for a monoatomic ideal gas [on hold]

Given an ideal monoatomic gas with $pV = NT$ and $E = \frac{3}{2}NT$ what are the types of processes described by $n = 0, 1, \frac{5}{3}$, where n is the polytropic exponent ($p V ^ n = const.$)? ...
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Why does transfer of $^3$He from the rich to sparse phases in a dilution refrigerator cause cooling?

Explanations of the dilution cooling process seem to state without explanation that moving a $^3$He atom across the boundary from the $^3$He rich to the $^3$He sparse phases takes up heat from the ...
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Planck Temperature

I have heard of two different things occurring at Planck Temperature: 1. A black hole forms 2. The quantum gravity takes over and the wavelength of light emitted from the object is Planck length ...
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Heat capacity of a gas in gravitational field

How does one calculate the heat capacity of an infinitely long column (of constant cross-sectional area) of ideal gas in a uniform gravitational field? I tried using the lapse rate $dT/dH$ and putting ...
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How can i turn home gas from liquid to gas [closed]

I hope i am not too off topic, couldn't find a more suitable stack-exchange forum for this, if there is a better one, please point me to it, Well my question is the following, I am working on a ...
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Why do we feel hot because of sunlight? [closed]

sunlight , light generally , is an electromagnetic wave which turns into heat when it contacts a matter (solid,liquid,etc..) is that right ?
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To find the temperature at equilibrium [closed]

A 4.4-kg block of ice originally at 263 K is placed in thermal contact with a 14.8-kg block of silver (cAg = 233 J/kg-K) which is initially at 1021 K. The H2O - silver system is insulated so no heat ...
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Any general method of determining changes in speed of sound with pressure?

I need to correct speed of sound measurements in various gases for changes in ambient pressure, typically 700-1100 mBar. Is there any general theoretical model available for this? Especially something ...
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Boltzmann Distribution - why maximum number of microstates?

I've recently started to learn statistical mechanics and I've run into Boltzmann Distribution. I wanted to see how it is derived and found some articles on web, but no one of them explain why the idea ...