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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Why does a bubble take a spherical shape?

I suspect this has something to do with thermodynamics and the isoperimetric inequality and I'm interested in a mathematical derivation of this result.
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phase diagram of water v/s other substances

Why for water increase in pressure decreases solidification temperature. ? The fusion curve of water is not same as that of other substances and for other substances specific volume increases during ...
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How do I set up the tridiagonal matrix for a heat diffusion with layers of different thermal diffusivity?

I have Scala code that recreates the Crank-Nicolson solutions for the diffusion equations, and matches 'Excel for Scientists and Engineers' (Joe Billo, Wiley). However, I would like to be able to ...
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Why is cooling much harder than heating?

I'm trying to invent a distillation apparatus that runs solely on electricity. Suddenly, I realized that cooling things is really hard, while heating them up is so easy. Actually, it seems that there ...
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fugacity of gases and gaseous mixtures

Is fugacity defined only for gases and gaseous solution.? In many books it is given that fugacity is "effective pressure", what does it mean? If it is applicable to liquids and liquid solutions then ...
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Thermodynamic equilibrium- mixing of gases

What is the final temperature and pressure after removing diaphragm of a cylinder which divides the cylinder into two equal components each of volume $0.1\,m^3$ and each component contains air at ...
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Which is more efficient, heating water in microwave or electric stove?

So our propane tank in the kitchen ran out again today. Which is more energy efficient, boiling water in a microwave on an electric stove? All things being equal i.e. starting temperature and mass ...
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Unmixing of gases: What is the relevant temperature for my Entropy?

This answer to a question about unmixing gases states: However, let us now assume we have to hand a source of mechanical work, and a large heat reservoir at temperature $T$. I'll assume that ...
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How to calculate heat generated from cosmic dust in space? [duplicate]

Say I have a spaceship, and I'm flying it through space at a constant high velocity V. The spaceship is pretty large (big surface area). In space however, there is cosmic dust scattered throughout ...
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Why does the equation for effectiveness of heat exchangers have $C_{\text{min}}$ in the denominator?

For an ideal heat exchanger of infinite length, $$ Q_{max}=m_{h}C_{h}\left[T_{h,i}-T_{o}\right]=m_{c}C_{c}\left[T_{o}-T_{c,i}\right] $$ \begin{eqnarray*} m_{h}C_{h}T_{h,i}+m_{c}C_{c}T_{c,i} & ...
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On Thermodynamics of Spontaneity of the Reduction-Oxidation Chemical Reactions

According to the first and second law for a closed system containing different chemicals we have \begin{align} &\delta Q - \delta W = dU = T dS - p dV +\sum_i \mu_i d N_i\\ ...
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Coarse graining on measurement vs phase space (second law)

I've followed Leonard Susskinds series on "the theoretical minimum". In the entropy/reversibility episode in statistical mechanics, he explains (at least one way of) how the apparent paradox of ...
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Can you explain why crystals form without thermodynamics?

I know that the basic reason that solid crystals form is because it's the lowest energy configuration (i.e. this). I am looking for an intuitive explanation for this process, one that does not involve ...
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Is the amount of radiation you receive in space constant regardless of velocity?

I'm only in high school, so this will probably have fatal flaws. So basically in space, there is bound to be stray radiation, whether from the stars, or cosmic background, floating around right. And ...
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Does entropy have a physical meaning?

Entropy is incredibly useful as a mathematical tool. But what does it actually mean? I understand that the Boltzmann entropy is defined by: $$S=k\ln{\Omega}$$ With $\Omega$ being the multiplicity ...
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A puzzle of thermalization in simulating the 3D XY-model

I am learning the classical Monte Carlo simulation. When I simulate the 3D XY-model $$ \beta H = -\beta J \sum_{<i,j>} cos(\theta_i-\theta_j) $$ where $\beta$ is the inverse of the temperature ...
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Is there a true parallel between Gibbs' phase rule and Euler's polyhedral formula?

Gibbs' phase rule states: $$F=C-P+2$$ where $F$ is number of degrees of freedom, $C$ is number of components, $P$ is number of phases. Euler's polyhedral formula states: $$V+F-E=2$$ where $V$ is ...
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A confusion on Radiations emitted from a body [duplicate]

Suppose an atom is accelerated...Now the protons in its nucleus and the electrons in the orbits are also accelerated...So will they emit the electromagnetic radiations? Basically here the electrons ...
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Why do computers generate heat?

Computers generate heat when they work. Is it a result of information processing or friction (resistance)? Are these just different ways to describe the same thing? Or does some definite part of the ...
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Temperature Gradient with varying $T$ [on hold]

I'm working on a problem which asks for the temperature gradient at the ends of the rod. The blocks (right and left) are both kept at 0 degrees C. The temperature of the rod is given by $T = ...
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What is the difference between reversible and irreversible adiabatic expansion?

What is the difference between reversible and irreversible adiabatic expansion? Is it true that the work done by the gas is the same but the pressure applied externally differ between two process? ...
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Water in vacuum (or space) and temperature in space

So, water in vacuum will boil first and then freeze. I don't know how the freeze happens. As pressure lowers to zero, what happened to freezing point? (I know heat taken by vapor, and the water cool ...
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Does no variables change in an adiabatic + isothermal system?

Adiabatic + isothermal = no heat and temperature change. Does that mean the system will remain as it is? If it is adiabatic + isovolumetric or adiabatic + isobaric , is it as well no change in any ...
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Why does the coefficient of performance need to be calculated with $W + Q$?

How much work must a heat pump with a COP of 2.50 do in order to extract 1.00 MJ of thermal energy from the outdoors (the cold reservoir)? The first formula that came into my mind after reading ...
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Calculate heat transfer out of a basement

I am thinking it should be possible to calculate heat loss out of basement based on the temperature of the walls, but am not sure how to do it (what the equations are). For example, lets say the ...
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Is it only possible when 600J of heat is exhausted and 400J of heat is converted into work? [on hold]

Is it only possible when 600J of heat is exhausted and 400J of heat is converted into work? Is the 600J heat will enter the cold reservoir and available to do work again? q1/T hot + q3 / T cold = 0 ...
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Why won't the efficiency of a heat pump increase when $T_\mathrm{cold}$ decreases?

Why won't the efficiency of a heat pump increase when $T_\mathrm{cold}$ decreases? In the carnot cycle, efficiency increases when $T_\mathrm{cold}$ gets colder and $T_\mathrm{hot}$ gets hotter. Are ...
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Calculating new temperature of an object when air temperature changes

I'm trying to calculate the new temperature of an object when the air temperature around it changes, given a period of time. Basically I get periodic readings from an air temperature sensor in a ...
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Comparison between isobaric, isothermal and adiabatic expansion

Please check if my understandings of these terms are right because they are a bit confusing to me. For all three types of expansions, a change in volume means work is done by the system to the ...
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For change in entropy dS = dq/T, is T the temperature of system or surrounding or both?

For change in entropy dS = dqrev/T, is T the temperature of system or surrounding or both? I am confused about Thot, Tcold, Tsys and Tsurr. If qrev, are we talking about the reversible cycle such as ...
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Temperature dependence for specific thermal diffusivity in the diffusion formula

I recently found this answer about the diffusion equation (nice one actually), but have one doubt about the temperature dependence of this formula. If the "packet" of energy (terminology suggested ...
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Is this theory about Universe and information true?

I recently saw this video about information and randomness. At some point, it states that a completely predictable universe would infringe the second law of thermodynamics, because it would imply that ...
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Finding electric power generated using heat transfer

I'm working through an example I have been given to study. Suppose I have a 2m X 4m photovoltaic panel on my roof that is irradiated with a solar flux of $G_s = 700W/m^2$. Given: $\alpha_s = 0.83$ ...
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The difference between heat and temperature

So as I understand it, heat energy of an object is the SUM of all the kinetic energies of the molecules of the object (upto constant factor). The temperature on the other hand is the AVERAGE of the ...
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Why does compressing a piston increase the internal energy?

When we compress a piston, its total internal energy increases, however I don't understand why. As the piston compresses, the temperature should change, as the total energy density increases. As a ...
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Heat balance: how to obtain T(t) with energy in the form u(T(t))

I have the heat balance equation for a cooling case in the form: $$\frac{dU(T(t))}{dt}=-J$$ with $U$: energy (J) $T$: temperature (K) $t$: time (s) $J$: heat flux leaving the system (W) I have ...
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Is it possible for heat to flow from body having less heat energy to a body having more heat energy?

Is it possible for heat to flow from a body having less heat energy to a body having more heat energy?
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Disequilibrium during infinitesimal steps of a thermodynamic reversible process & cause of maximum work to be achieved during reversible process?

In almost every sites and even in my book,it is written that "Reversible process is the process which is carried out infinitesimally slowly so that in each step thermodynamic equilibrium is maintained ...
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Alternative liquid for Galileo thermometer

So a friend of mine broke my Galileo thermometer recently. The glass tube and the liquid inside were lost, but the bulbs survived. I've cleaned out an old tall glass candle, and tried filling it with ...
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Entropy changes with the reversible and irreversible expansion of an ideal gas [on hold]

a) What is the entropy change for 1.00 mol of H2(g) that has undergone a reversible expansion from 0.01m^3 at 100K to 0.100m^3 at 600K. For hydrogen, Cp = 29.066-0.836x10^-3T+20.17x10^-7T^2 in ...
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Why a mono-atomic crystal layer (2D) can't be stable?

According to Peierls and Landau, 2D crystals were thermodynamically unstable. They can't exist! Of course, this theory was disapproved in 2004 (example: graphene). What is the general definition of ...
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Are there materials that get softer with temperature decrease?

Could be there material that begins melting/softening when it's temperature is lowered? I would say no, but I've seen enough physics to know that not always life is so easy. Moreover I think I've ...
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Will 5 pizzas in the same Hot Bag stay warmer than 5 pizzas in 5 separate Hot Bags?

For example, say I am delivering 5 pepperoni pizzas to 5 different addresses. In one scenario, I Keep all 5 in the same insulated Hot Bag, I carry that bag to the door, and I quickly remove one of the ...
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Boltzmann Distribution of Electrons in Confining Potential

I have a particle simulation wherein many non-interacting electrons are trapped in a electric potential well. I would expect, and therefore I initialize according to this, that the electrons would ...
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Thermodynamics only deals with homogenous systems?

In Thermodynamics quantities like pressure, temperature and entropy are associated with overall states of a macroscopic system. In that case, we do not talk about "the quantity $Q$ at the point $p$ of ...
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Does the relation between entropy and temperature depend on the ensemble?

If we change the temperature of a given system, there will be a relation between its entropy and temperature S(T). Is S(T) the same in a canonical ensemble and a grand canonical ensemble? If not, is ...
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When the low temperture reservoir with negative temperture (Kelvin), such as Ising model, is the efficiency of ideal heat engine larger than 1?

The ideal Carnot engine works between two heat reservoir with two temperatures $t_h$ and $t_l$. Its efficiency is then $1-\frac{t_l}{t_h}$ . If the low temperture reservoir is the Ising model with ...
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The thermodynamics of heating water in a rigid container

When the pressure on the liquid surface is less than the vapor pressure of the liquid at a given temperature, the liquid will start to evaporate. This is common sense. The problem is more difficult ...
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How to use specific heats and temperature change in a system to calculate mass?

In a system where multiple liquids and solids are mixed together with different specific heats at different initial temperatures, reaching an equilibrium temperature, how do all of these things relate ...
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Liquid Column “Recoils” in a Sealed Cylinder When Hit by a Piston — Is it Possible?

Consider a cylinder filled partially with a liquid (e.g. water). The cylinder is sealed, and is at held at room temperature (e.g 298K). At equilibrium (or when no external disturbance is imparted to ...