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 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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Relationship between two viewpoints on Thermodynamics

I've always seem the standard viewpoint on Thermodynamics that it is all about studying phenomena related to a property of systems called temperature. Then we have the zeroth law which allows us to ...
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“Violation” of the Second Law

I can't reconcile some facts about entropy and irreversibility. This depresses me, because I feel I can't quite grasp the importance of entropy. I will illustrate my problems with an example given by ...
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Why do phase transitions even exist? Why not smooth density change curves?

Why do phase transitions even exist? Why not smooth density change curves? What properties of matter, quantum or otherwise, predicts that matter will undergo phases at different pressures and ...
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How does the temperature in a bucket of water with ice change over time?

I'm curious what happens to the temperature of the water in a bucket of water with ice in it. Let's start with a bucket with just ice in it, and we add water, in a room which is room temperature. It ...
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Can quantum vacuum carry entropy?

So, we know that the state of quantum vacuum does carry energy, as it was measured in the Casimir effect. This energy comes from particles almost instantaneous creation and annihilation. Even if they ...
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Which constant is required to calculate the energy in a thermal analysis?

I want to calculate the energy in a thermal analysis. I want to do it in analogy to the electrostatic field, because I'm interested calculating the $H_1$ error in a Finite Element analysis. For ...
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Thermal equilibrium

If two objects close together in a vacuum are in thermal equilibrium with their surroundings, but are of different sizes so they are actually emitting radically different amounts of energy, is it ...
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How to combat the black-body temperature of an object?

I'm trying to model the temperature of a large spacecraft for a space colony simulation game I'm working on. In another question, I checked my calculations for the steady-state black-body temperature ...
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compressibility of cold atoms in optical lattices

The compressibility of cold bosons in an optical lattice is defined as $\kappa = \frac{\partial \langle n\rangle}{\partial \mu}$, where $\langle n\rangle$ is the density and $\mu$ is the chemical ...
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Why does cold metal seem colder than cold air?

(I apologize for this elementary question. I don't know much about physics.) Let's say that I put a metal pot in the refrigerator for several hours. At this point, I guess, the pot and the air (in ...
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What happens when I place an ice cube into boiling water

My friend tried this experiment at home: She put an ice cube into boiling water. The water in the container stops boiling while the ice melts to water. My question: Why does the water stop boiling ...
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Distinguishable, Indistinguishable Paramagnetic Ideal Gas

In the canonical ensemble, the partition function for an ideal gas is given by: $$\frac{Z}{N!}$$ The factor $N!$ accounts for the indistinguishability of the particles of the ideal gas. What ...
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What's wrong with this temperature-in-space calculation?

I'm trying to calculate the steady-state temperature of a body in space, but my numbers are coming up much too small. For example, for a 1-meter cube, I'm getting a temperature of 194 K (or -81 C). ...
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Is it true that 3 different types of sound produces at different stages while boiling a water? [duplicate]

I have heard this from someone that 3 different types of sound occurs when we boil the water . is it really true ?
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How to prove this equation $W_b= {P_2V_2 - P_1V_1 \over 1-n}$

$W_b = \int$Pdv $PV^{n}$=C $P=CV^{-n}$ W=$\int cv^{-n} $dv =c$\int_{v1}^{v2}V^{-n}$ dv =c[${v^{-n+1} \over 1-n}]_{v1}^{v2}$ How to get rid of the (-n+1)? to prove $W_b= {P_2V_2 - P_1V_1 \over ...
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How does statistical mechanics predict that hot air rises?

Does hot air rise -- from a statistical-mechanical viewpoint Question #6329 asks whether and why hot air rises. The consensus answer is straightforward: - hot air is less dense than cold air - ...
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How is heat transferred to a thermometer?

Quick question. I can't seem to find a satisfactory answer online. How does a thermometer measure the average kinetic energy of atmospheric air? I assume that the energy is transferred by molecular ...
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How to prove R value for insulation?

I ran some tests on different types of insulation. I heated water, and placed it into an insulated box. The temperature was recorded every minute, for the water, as well as the air. The insulation ...
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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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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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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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Cooling 8 L of frying oil using ice [on hold]

I have 8L of frying oil (canola) - if I put it in a metal canister after frying and put that canister in ice water, what is the minimum amount of ice water that I need to bring the oil to a ...
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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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Measurement of the energy of an atom using a cold substance

An atom was prepared in a superposition of ground state and excited states.I propose to measure the state by coupling the system to a cold enough substance. By cold enough I mean $$kT\ll E_1,$$ where ...
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Elementary thermodynamics problem? [on hold]

The maximum height reached by an aluminum rocket is $115\,\text{km}$. Upon reaching Earth, it is traveling with a speed of $1500\, \text{m}/\text{s}$. if 50% of the heat generated by friction with the ...
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MIcrocanonical and Canonical - The thermodynamic limit

Considering a two level system with energies $ 0 $ and $ \epsilon$, we write out the single particle partition function with ease to be, also N-particle partition function for non-interacting ...
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Which thermoelectric effect is better?

I am doing an experiment which requires the thermoelectric effect. I know about the Seebeck and the Peltier effects. Well, from what I have found till now on these topics is that they both can produce ...
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What's the point with equilibrium in Thermodynamics?

All the Thermodynamics books I saw until now state that in Thermodynamics we are mainly concearned with equilibrium states (I know there's "non-equilibrium Thermodynamics", but I'm interested on the ...
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How much electricity can be produced by my thermoelectric generator?

I am using a thermoelectric cooler from a pc's heatsink to produce electricity. Its size is 30mm by 30mm. I will cool it on one side at -10 degree Celsius and the other at 24 degree Celsius. Can ...
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Race Car Tire Pressure Change Due To Temperature Change [on hold]

I need a simple calculation for a race car tire pressure change. I have a 33" diameter x 16" width tire mounted on a 15" diameter x 16" width wheel. If I have 8 psi at 75° what psi will I have at ...
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Will a water-cooled system heat up a room less than an air-cooled system?

Recently - motivated by the recent heat where we live - an acquaintance argued that a water cooled computer will not heat up the room as much as an air cooled computer will. His reasoning was that the ...
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Why work $W$ and heat $Q$ are different concepts?

I understand heat as the flow of energy (through radiation, convection or conduction) from one body to another. When I think about conduction (for example) I visualize particles that jiggle a lot ...
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What happens to ice cream when you stir it?

I hope this is the appropriate forum for my question. I also considered posting it in the chemistry forum. When I eat ice cream I often stir it into a texture similar to that of soft serve. During ...
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Would adding water after heating decrease the overall heat, when compared to adding the water before heating for the same period of time?

I was rather cold last night, and warmed up a cup of water to drink in the microwave. I put it in for 60 seconds, but it came out boiling hot, so I put a bit of cold water in with the hot water, and ...
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Thermodynamics phase change question

why is specific volume of Saturated water greater at 1 MPA than at 0.1 MPA during the phase change process check out the T-V diagram here in the link. ...
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Formation of atoms question

Could you please, explain to me the logic of the folllowing process as you would do to your 8 y/o sister: Ubiquitousness and stability of atoms relies on their binding energy, which means that ...
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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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Adiabatic expansion in van der Waals gas

Given a Van der Waals gas with state equation: $$\left( P+\frac{N^2 a}{V^2}\right)\left( V-Nb \right)=NkT,$$ show that the equation of an adiabatic process is: $$\left( ...
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Can you choose the variables of a state function?

I'm confused. I was first introduced to entropy as a state function of internal energy and volume $$S(U,V) \Rightarrow dS = C_v\frac{\mathrm{d}T}{T} - p\frac{\mathrm{d}V}{T} $$ wich is the ...
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Inconsistency between Helmholtz and Gibbs Free Energies

I know that if the Helmholtz free energy, $A$, is expressed as a function $A\sim A(N,V,T)$, then this function contains all thermodynamic information about the system. For instance, the pressure of ...
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Are Maxwell Relations valid only out of saturation?

My thermodynamics book suggests that the Maxwell Relations must be used when dealing with a single-phase system. The equations come right after the section Mathematical Relations for the Homogeneous ...
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What causes a heat generating source to stabilize at a certain temperature? (Answered by myself, I think)

For example, we out a heat sink on a microprocessor to keep it cooler. I understand that if we run 100 watts of electricity through the microprocessor, it will generate 100 watts of heat, or 100 ...
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Why are volume and pressure inversely proportional to each other?

It makes sense, that if you have a balloon and press it down with your hands, the volume will decrease and the pressure will increase. This confirms Boyle's Law, $ pV=k=nRT $. But what if the ...
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How to calculate the buoyant force on a balloon at different altitudes [duplicate]

For a project into balloon simulation I'd like to know how the force on a balloon changes with altitude: I know that the Buoyant force on a balloon is: $F = (\rho_{air} - \rho_{helium})gV$ Using ...
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Explicit form of the entropy production in hydrodynamics

I'm trying to understand how hydrodynamics arise from a precise, mathematical formulation of thermodynamics, learning mostly from Landau's "Hydrodynamics". So Landau starts from formulating the ...
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Estimating the effect of radiant barrier on the radiant and conductive heat transfer through a metal roof

The basic question is -- Will a radiant reflective coating be more effective applied to the upper surface or the lower surface of a metal? Case 1: Imagine a metal roof subject to solar heating. The ...
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Rayleigh-Taylor Instability dependence on acceleration direction

I'm trying to bolster my understanding of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, and I've gotten stuck on the point of which fluid (more or less dense) is being accelerated into the other. Cases of uniform ...
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Problem about thermodynamic relations

We know that for constant pressure thermodynamic processes, $dH=dQ_p$. My question is, does it implies that only reversible work is possible in this processes so that $dw=0$ because $dv$ is zero? In ...
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What are the most commonly misunderstood/explained everyday phenonmon, and how do they really work [closed]

So, there are all kinds of 'standard' explanations that people just 'know' about how things work which are wrong. The sort of explanations a dad may give to their son when he asks the infamous "why" ...