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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LOCAL Temperature Gradient and Stress

I'm investigating the thermo-migration failure mechanism in nanoscale ICs interconnects. Typically, a nano wire under thermal stress suffers from material/mass migration or void nucleation if it ...
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Why (and how) do foods stick to a pan?

We all (sooner or later) have noticed that foods relatively high in protein (especially those low in fat) are very prone to sticking to a pan, or in general to any non-specially-coated metal surface. ...
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Vapour from a vessel's opening? [on hold]

I just noticed something interesting while I was in the chemistry lab. I heated some liquid( about 60 mL. Which consists of 20 mL of Oxalic acid solution and 20 mL of $H_2SO_4$) in a conical flask to ...
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Is heat a property of Something?

There are some unique properties of things in our world. For example, charge is a property of mass. Is heat a unique property of something? Can a vacuum/void have a finite amount of heat in it? What ...
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How much pressure would be needed to contain a 1 gigaton nuclear bomb explosion within a sphere of one meter radius?

How much pressure would be needed to contain the largest human exploitable nuclear bomb within a sphere of one radius? Also would it be possible to create a magnetic field that controlled some ...
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If I take a bottle of air into space, and open it, then close it and come back to earth and open it one last time, what would happen?

I was reading this post, but no one seem to go further as say what would happen if you brought the bottle back to Earth? Guess what another thing I'm wanting got know is, what would now be in the ...
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Symbols of derivatives

What is the exact use of the symbols $\partial$, $\delta$ and $\mathrm{d}$ in derivatives in physics? How are they different and when are they used? It would be nice to get that settled once and for ...
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Does car colour affect car temperature? [duplicate]

My family will buy a car, so to minimise the car's air conditioning and heating (and thus fuel) costs, how should we choose a car exterior's colour and the interior's colour and material (eg fabric ...
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Thermal Conduction with multilayered system

Sorry this question probably has a really simple answer but I have been looking and I can't figure out how to solve this problem. I know that the equation for power loss through conduction is ...
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A Christmas Story question!

since the Christmas season is here, I would like to ask a question about the movie, "A Christmas Story." In one of the subplots of the movie, Ralphie's friends were betting each other that their ...
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Understanding the physical applications of the Laplacian: Finding the heat-equation using the continuity equation [on hold]

I know the following: $$q=\rho c T$$ Where $q$ is heat per unit of volume, $\rho$ is the density, $c$ is the specific heat capacity and $T$ is the temperature. The flow of heat is given by: $$\vec ...
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Callen's “Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Themostatistics” the “most frequently cited thermodynamic reference in physics research literature”? [on hold]

Is Callen's Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Themostatistics really the "most frequently cited thermodynamic reference in physics research literature", as this claims? How would one verify this, ...
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Canonical Distribution (Partition Function)

For the canonical distribution $$ w_{n}=e^{(F-E_{n})/T}, $$ is the sum $$ Z=\sum_{n}e^{E_{n}/T} $$ a sum over energies or a sum over states? Perhaps this is a silly question, but Landau and Lifshitz ...
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How is the Horizon Problem really a problem?

I always thought the uniformity in the temperature of the CMB was supposed to be expected, since it's a much more probable initial condition for the universe. I finally found someone explaining what I ...
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Relation between Entropy and Temperature

Entropy is defined in my book as $S = \frac{Q}{T}$. To derive the formula it says that entropy should be directly proportional to the heat energy as with more energy the particles would be flying all ...
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Heat transfer between the bulk of the fluid inside the pipe and the pipe external surface

In an article from Wikipedia about heat transfer coefficients in the section Combining heat transfer coefficients there is an equation which describes the rate of heat transfer between the bulk of the ...
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Calculate the rise in temperature from directed radiation [on hold]

For example I have a 1 watt laser and direct it to a sheet of metal (copper), if I were to direct it for say a time interval of 1 minute what would be the change in temperature? I can predict that it ...
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How to find Entropy of system in terms of Magnetic Field and Temperature

I'm studying for final exams and I have a question about how to find the entropy of a particular system. The system is a lattice of paramagnetic atoms fixed to the lattice sites, with an external ...
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Heat Transfer in Cylindrical Coordinates

Lets say one has an infinitely long cylinder with some boundary heat terms on $r=r_0$ of the form $T(r=r_0, \phi,z)=T_0(\phi,z)$. What is the general solution for this type of equation? The general ...
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Why is molar specific heat at constant volume of a monatomic ideal gas a constant?

I thought specific heat varies depending on the substance. Why is it always $(3/2) R$?
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Grand Canonical Partition Function

I'm looking over posted lecture notes for a course, and this derivation of the Grand Canonical Partition function eludes me. It goes like this: occupation numbers $n_{α}=0,1,…$, Total particle number ...
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If the specific heat capacity depend upon the temperature, what formula we should use instead of $Q=mc\Delta T$

Recently, I learned that specific heat capacity is not constant in different temperatures and it depends on the temperature.If I have diagram like this (consider that the red part is a quarter of ...
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Acceleration of a container in thermodynamics

How will accelerating a container with an ideal gas in it affect the conditions? My initial thoughts are that the ideal gas will collect at the opposite end of acceleration, which means that the ...
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Change in entropy adiabatic expansion

I think that an adiabatic expansion of a gas should cause the entropy to increase. On the other hand we have for adiabatic processes that $dQ = 0$ and therefore $dS= 0$, which is why I thought that ...
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efficiency of a stirling engine with spring

I have used the concept of stirling engine with a spring instead of any gas to make an engine....i want to calculate the efficiency of it...here's a pic:
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Will heating up an object increase its mass? [duplicate]

According to the $E=mc^2$ equation, will an object whose thermal energy (temperature) rises also weigh more? And by the same token, will the mass of an object decrease as its temperature approaches ...
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Why does room temperature water and metal feel almost as cool as each other?

From what I've read about heat, temperature and conductivity, I understand that the reason water at room temperature feels colder than most other things at the same temperature (like wood, air, ...
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Why is Cv greater than Cp during anomolous expansion of water?

Well, in general $c_p> c_v$ for most cases but for water having anomolous expansion from $0^{\circ}\mathrm{C}$ to $4^{\circ}\mathrm{C}$ the order is just opposite, $c_v >c_p$, why?
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Does heat at atomic scale present like macroscopic kinetic energy?

Heat energy is described as the kinetic energy of a molecule or atom, but how does that energy present itself? I keep hearing that it's "random", akin to a randomly jittering atom in space, but I'd ...
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Does leaving snow on my hot tub cover save me money?

Snow is supposedly such a good insulator, that some animals dig snow caves in which to hibernate through the winter. However, my hands seem to feel more comfortable being exposed to winter air than to ...
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What is the relationship between liquid-gas expansion pressure and surface area to volume ratio?

If a set volume of liquid is heated above its boiling point, how does the pressure that that volume of gas generates relate to the surface area of the medium in which it is enclosed in. For ...
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Light Polarizer and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

I have stumped myself with a thought experiment of my own devising. Suppose I take a beam of wholly depolarised, but otherwise plane wave light. Its von Neumann entropy per photon is $\log(2)$ nats ...
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Physical significance of temperature

Some books say when heat flows into a monatomic gas at constant volume, all of the added energy goes into an increase in random translational molecular kinetic energy. But when the temperature is ...
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Does the orientation matter by a heat mirror?

I have a roller blind, which has a heat mirror, so one side seems to be covered with some sort of metal. In summer the metallic side faces outwards, so it can reflect the sunlight. Now in the winter ...
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Why are we using water pipe instead of air pipe to warm our houses? [closed]

In France, most of the houses are using water pipes. I wonder why this choice was originally done.
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Why does air feel cooler when blown through a small hole and warm through a big one? (for example from a mouth) [duplicate]

I hope the question is clear enough and I'm sure that you can try this thing quite easily yourself. When I blow air from my mouth to my palm through a small opening, I feel cool in my palm, but its ...
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Change in energy ideal gas

I am supposed to calculate the change in energy upon changing both the temperature from $T_1$ to $T_2$ and the volume from $V_1$ to $V_2$. Now I was wondering whether this solution is correct: We ...
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What is a heat source and heat sink in relation to thermodynamics? [closed]

Honestly, I have exams in two weeks and this is something I missed. What is a heat source and heat sink and how do they interact? I get that a heat sink is for dissipating heat, and it's obvious that ...
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Copper Bath Keeping the Water Warm

I was watching a home improvement program the other day and the presenter mentioned that a copper bath kept the water warmer for longer. She didn't say what it was being compared with but I have ...
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Heat equation with heat radiation and heat transfer

If I want to calculate steady temperature distribution on a one-dimensional stick, and I need to consider both the heat radiation and heat transfer, then my equation will be in the form: $$ ...
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find total change in temperature of a person being struck by lighning [closed]

A lightning flash releases about 1010J of electrical energy. If all this energy is added to 50 kg of water (the amount of water in a 165-lb person) at 37∘C, what are the final state and temperature ...
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Energy Flux due to Diffusion

Per the Fundamental Thermodynamic Relation, I know that the chemical potential of $i$ represents the energy which would added to a system if a particle of $i$ were added with all other system ...
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First law of thermodynamics [closed]

In the first law of thermodynamics, we learned that $W$ and $Q$ are path-dependent quantities, but how are $Q$ and $W$ defined? I mean $W = \int_{\gamma} p(s) ds$ would be one possibility, where ...
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Steady State temperature

Let's say I have two opposite sides of a box with temperature $T_{1}$ and $T_{2}$ respectively. And I have calculated the temperature in the region between the two sides. So, just like the equation ...
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temperature and velocity exchange

So there is a relation between total temperature and velocity of a fluid. In an adiabatic flow what determines how much one property (velocity or temperature will change)? I know the equation. But ...
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Why Does Air Hold More Water When the Air is Warmer?

I know that when the temperature of the air rises, the maximum amount of Water it can hold before the water condenses to water droplets increases. But why is this - has it got something to do with ...
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Schottky Anomaly - Heat Capacity

I'm having a little bit of a difficulty understanding the origins of the schottky anomaly at low temperatures in the heat capacity of certain materials with restricted energy levels. As I understand, ...
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Work done by heating a balloon with $H_2$ ideal gas

I have a difficulty treating this problem. Could you help me to understand the questions, please (I did my attempt)? Problem Consider a spherical balloon filled with $H_2$ gas. Due to a ...
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Isentropic efficiency of gas expansion process

let a compressed gas expand. If the process is isentropic, the relationship between its temperature before expansion, and its temperature after expansion is related to its heat capacity ratio. The ...
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How constant volume gas thermomether keeps the volume constant?

So the level of mercury on the left is being kept down by the pressure of the gas, correct? When the temperature rises, shouldn't the mercury level on the left go down? And when the mercury level go ...