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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In thermodynamic identity, dU=TdS-PdV. Are dS and dV orthogonal or is (T,P) defined in a conjugated space from (dS,dV)?

In thermodynamic identity, we say dU=TdS-pdV, and only Maxwell's relation is required for U to be a proper behaved thermodynamics variable. But from multivariable calculus, that result requires dS ...
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How close to the critical point is sufficient close for measuring critical exponents?

I am learning Monte Carlo and just manage to simulate a phase transition by computing the heat capacity or the susceptibility. I wish I can also compute critical exponents.To this purpose, I have read ...
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Do physicists use agent based models?

I am hoping that this is a simple and specific question. I just wanted to know whether physicists from any branch of physics use agent based models as a tool in their research? If so, then in which ...
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Boyle's law- what's the big deal if temperature is not constant?

Boyle's law: At constant temperature of the gas, the volume of a given mass of a gas is inversely proportional to its pressure. So, Boyle's law is talking about isothermal condition,right? But, ...
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Adiabatic Relation in Plasma Invariant and Thermodynamics

In the problem above, I know how to do the 1D part. Basically, you just plug $V_{l\,l} = \frac{J}{L}$ into $\langle \frac{1}{2} m v^2\rangle = \frac{1}{2} k T$. After you get $T$ in terms of $L$, ...
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Is this Process Possible?

An inventor has devised a complicated non-flow process in which 1 mol of air is the working fluid. The net effects of the process are claimed to be: A change in state of air from 250$^{\circ}$C and ...
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second law of thermodynamics

I'm a high school rookie learning thermodynamics right now by myself. I got really confused that the second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of the universe is always increasing. If the ...
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translational energy levels

My textbook says translational energy level is so closed, and it basically covers the whole EMR spectrum, so any temperature beyond absolute zero is high enough for molecules to have translational ...
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Will the heat increases with the resistance?

I have studied that the nichrome, which has high resistance, is used in heat coils to increase the heat released. But according to this equation, $$H=\frac{V^2}{R} t,$$ heat is inversely proportional ...
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Are there materials with an adiabatic compressibility higher than that of common gases?

Are there materials with an adiabatic compressibility, measured at atmospheric pressure, higher than that of common gases? Is there any fundamental upper limit to the differential compressibility of ...
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Pressure components in a film

I am performing molecular-dynamics simulations of a polymer near a crystalline substrate (polymer film). I am comparing the mechanical properties in the film with the properties in the bulk polymer. ...
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Death by entropy

An idea struck me as I was walking to class today. According to Wikipedia, entropy is defined as the number of specific ways in which a thermodynamic system may be arranged, commonly understood as a ...
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Best airflow stategy for cooling a confined area?

I am working on a machine which has an upper side which processes a product. On the lower side of the machine there are a couple of motors with built in inverters and there is a laser unit. There are ...
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Calculating The Change in Thermodynamic Potentials for Reversible Adiabatic Expansion of Real Gas

The question asks to find which quantities have a change of zero for the reversible adiabatic expansion of a real gas: Entropy, Enthalpy, Internal Energy, Helmholtz Energy, and Gibbs Energy. Change ...
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Entropy of a system: microstates and macrostates

Currently we're deriving the Gibbs expression for the entropy during an introductory thermal physics course. We're dealing with a system with $N$ different equally likely microstates that are ...
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Why does the Nusselt Number for a Constant Surface Temperature, Thermally Fully Developed Circular Pipe Converge To a Constant of 3.66?

I have flow in a pipe with a constant surface temperature boundary condition. The velocity profile is fully developed and the temperature profile is also fully developed. In my textbook, it says that ...
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Definition of heat and work

What is the definition of heat and work in thermodynamics? In high school textbooks, heat is defined to be the energy transfer due to a temperature difference. I think this is not a good definition. ...
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Heat Equation with In-Depth Radiation Exact Solution

I am looking to solve the heat conduction equation in a semi-infinite solid with in-depth radiation on the domain $-\infty < x < 0$. The governing equation of this problem is: $$\rho c ...
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What would a normal thermometer read at the Sun's photosphere?

I was reading about the Earth's Thermosphere, and I quote this: "The highly diluted gas in this layer can reach 2,500 °C (4,530 °F) during the day. Even though the temperature is so high, one would ...
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Speedy Cooling - Ice based Cooler - Efficient Way

Ice is used in a cooler in order to cool its contents. Which of the following will speed up the process? A) Wrap the ice in a metal foil B) Drain the water from the cooler periodically C) Put the ...
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Ideal gas in ensemble

I want to calculate the phase space density for a single ideal gas particle in a microcanonical ensemble. I know that the partition function is given by the well-known expression that you find for ...
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Why do windows fog quickly?

I'm from Bogotá, Colombia. In my city the temperature is all the year between 12ºC and 25ºC (bus mostly under 19ºC) and when I drive and it's raining, there is accumulation of fog on the windows, but ...
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Heat Transfer, Water in a pot

I have a question I've been pondering for a while. How can I determine the temperature in a pot filled with water? I know these things: I have a known mass of water, of mass $m_w$ I have a pot of ...
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Comparison between entropy and internal energy

Why is entropy change a better way of determining a spontaneous process compared to the change in internal energy?
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How does heat travel?

How does heat travel? I have two competing thoughts here!! Firstly some form of atomic/molecular process liberates a photon in the infrared region of the spectrum which is detected as heat by a ...
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Why does a substance expands upon freezing? What conditions necessitate this?

Why does a substance expands upon freezing? What conditions necessitate this? For example, how does the slope of sublimation or fusion curve in a P-T diagram affect this?
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Is the atmospheric pressure the cause of a planet's surface temperature or is it the temperature the cause of a planet's atmospheric pressure?

I heard a climatologist on a talk show saying that one of the widely known arguments used by climate scientists to exemplify what a runaway greenhouse effect could cause to Earth's temperature and ...
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Is the physics of $j = \rho v$ questionable? What are the consequences? [closed]

In electrodynamics you have the quantity $\mathbf{j}$, which represents density of current per surface area. It is often said that $\mathbf{j} = \rho\mathbf{v}$, for geometric reasons. When I make ...
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Derivation of the Maxwell-Boltzmann speed distribution

We're currently deriving the Maxwell-Boltzmann speed distribution, but I'm struggling to squeeze out the right answer. For the first exercise we have to derive the fraction of molecules travelling ...
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What is the connection between the non-reversibility of the decay of unstable nuclei (as Uranium, Plutonium) and the 2nd principle of thermodynamics?

The 2nd principle of the thermodynamics says that if a system (e.g. an ideal gas) is left undisturbed, its number of microscopic states only increases. This is a statement of irreversibility of the ...
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Second Law from Statistics

Hi all I hope you can help me with the statistical origins of the Second Law. I cannot find anything that mathematically proves that order from disorder is impossible only improbable Leading me to ...
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Is state defined for non-equilibrium systems?

Equilibrium thermodynamic states follow the state principle and Gibb's phase rule when it comes to fixing a state when given a minimum of (typically) 2 state properties. For non-equilibrium states, I ...
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In statistical mechanics, what does integrating with respect to the position of a molecule mean?

So, this is probably a dumb question, but I cannot visualize or make sense of integrating over the position of a molecule in space. Okay, so an example in my thermodynamics textbook: we have N = 5 ...
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hydrodynamic entrance length [developing flow]. Non-native speaker needs some help [closed]

I am currently writing my thesis in English as an non-native speaker. From time to time, I struggle quite a bit with the correct expression of the sentences. Could you have a look on the highlighted ...
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Heat and the Temperature? [closed]

I have two chambers, one with oil and another with water. They are 1 kg each. When I supply an energy of 33600 J. Find the temperature that oil and water get heated to ? Specific heat capacity of oil ...
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Does a cooling mass lose mass as it radiates?

Assume we have a red hot cannonball in space. It starts off with mass M at 1000K. Later it has cooled by radiation to 100K. Has the mass decreased?
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Why is there a limited range of possible soap bubble size?

Soap bubbles are never "too small" or "too large". What defines the range of possible diameters of a soap bubble? Related questions: Why do steam bubbles increase in size as they rise, Why is the ...
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Where did the energy of the universe come from? [duplicate]

Last week my Physics teacher asked the class this question: If the internal energy of the universe is constant, then where did all the energy come from originally?
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Net work and the definitions of enthalpy and entropy and their implications in the Gibbs free energy

From the first law of thermodynamics: $\Delta U = q + w$ By definition: at constante pressure: $q_P = \Delta H = \Delta U + P \Delta V \quad Eq.1$ By definition, in the reversible process: $q_{rev} ...
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Calculating vapor quality in a two-phase region

I'm currently trying to find the vapour quality of a refrigerant in a two-phase region of cycle. I know $v_l$ and $v_g$, the specific volumes of the liquid and gas. I also know the temperature and ...
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What is the formula to find the temperature at a specific location of a material as a function of time that is gaining or losing heat?

Imagine a scenario where there is a homogenous material and at a any location in that object I know the temperature at time 0. Given some properties of that material, how can I find out at any other ...
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Solution to a kinetic temperature problem

I have a particular equation that needs to be solved for the kinetic temperature of a stream of gas particles. If we let the kinetic temperature be designated by the letter x, the equation becomes, ...
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Callen's Second Postulate - Composite or Closed+Composite systems?

In section 1.9 of Callen's Thermodynamics he says: The single, all-encompassing problem of thermodynamics is the determination of the equilibrium state that eventually results after the removal of ...
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Is collision in ideal gas because of physical collision or due to repulsion force

Is collision in ideal gas because of physical collision or due to repulsion force when they approach close by?
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A question about Memristors

A question about memristors: These semiconductor entities have been defined in terms of magnetic flux leakage, and a non-linear relationship to the electric charge that has flowed. In essence, the ...
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Boundary value problem

Consider the boundary value problem \begin{align} \frac{du}{dt}&= \frac{d^2u}{dx^2} , \\ u(0,t)&=0 \\ u(L,t)&=0 \\ u(x,0)&=f(x) \end{align} I know how to solve it using ...
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Change in Shannon entropy of a quantum circuit of Hadamard gate and a loop

The following Q&A about reversible computing is available here. It has listed a number of practical scenarios where a reversible circuit can still be dissipating heat. Let's assume that none of ...
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Entropy of this system

We have a system with two energy states $E_0$< $E_1=0$. We also know that state $E_0$ can only take at most $m$ particles. Curently, there are $n<m$ particles in $E_0$. Now, I am supposed to ...
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A model for surface adsorption

I have been trying to model the adsorption of an inert gas on the surface of a clean solid. So far my underlying goal is to express the Gibbs energy as a function of the number $N$ of adsorbed ...
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Entropy change at varying volumes

I have two questions both related to each other: 1.What is the effect of change in volume (whether increasing or decreasing), of a system, under isothermal conditions? How does this change in ...