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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Could CP violation be exploited to violate the second law?

I don't understand well CP-violation, but since it introduces a microscopic irreversible process, couldn't it be somehow exploited to decrease entropy? For instance, if we could somehow use it to bias ...
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Lennard-Jones induced pseudo-molecules

It can be shown that the Lennard-Jones potential - which describes the interaction between particles in non-ideal gases - gives rise to pseudo-molecules: after a triple "collision" of three ...
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What's the connection between being homogeneous in energy and having a proper time scale?

Towards the end of page 8 of this scientific paper, I have found the following sentence: ...given the fact that the system is homogeneous in energy, or equivalently, that it has no proper time ...
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Medical/Physics Question - Cut Off Finger Preservation

This question might require some knowledge of medical/tissue, but physicists seem to know everything, so figured I've give it a shot here ;) When people put cut off fingers they are told to put the ...
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Finding internal energy using equation of state

I have an equation of state as a function of $p$ (pressure), $T$ (temperature) and $V$ (volume) for a real gas and need to find an expression for the internal energy $U$. I know this is given by the ...
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Thermodynamics - convection current

please could someone help explain the mechanism of a convection current as I keep finding conflicting explanations. Is a convection current caused by differences in density or differences in pressure? ...
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Basic Thermodynamics: Quasistatic Adiabatic Process

I'm going through the exercises in a Thermodynamics book, just to revise and build my intuition. Right now, I'm working on: Show that for a quasistatic adiabatic process in a perfect gas, with ...
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What is the difference between thermodynamical equilibrium and statistical equilibrium?

I am trying to understand what is the different between thermodynamical equilibrium and statistical equilibrium, for example, between photons and electrons at the early universe. (I read through paper ...
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What mechanisms require the use of different polarities in DC welding?

In gas metal arc welding, an electric arc forms between the work piece and a consumable wire, heating the work piece and also melting the tip of this consumable wire, which is continually fed into the ...
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Trace of the number operator in second quantization

I would like to find the helmholtz free energy of a system $F=-T ln(Tr[e^{\frac{-H}{T}}])$ namely a bcs superconductor (using Annett's notation) $H=\sum E_k (b_{k\uparrow}^\dagger ...
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Can I usefully interpret a non-unital completely positive (CP) map as a cooling process?

Non-unital completely positive (CP) maps take a maximally mixed quantum state (aka a normalized identity matrix aka an infinite temperature state) and map it to something else. This necessarily ...
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commutator to entropy in an uncertainty relationship?

Question: Does there exist a commutator to entropy in an uncertainty relationship? Similar Energy and time for instance.
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Heat equation with Neumann boundary conditions

I would like to explore some ideas with different geometries exchanging energy mainly by radiation. This means solving Laplace equation for the steady state. However the boundary conditions are always ...
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Is there a source that provides data for the temperature coefficient of resistivity at different temperatures?

I'm looking for a source where I can find the temperature coefficient of resistivity at different temperatures for pure metals. Tables are everywhere for 20$\,^{\circ}$C, but I'm having difficulties ...
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What's the domain of usability of these two expressions for entropy

$$dS=\frac{dQ}{T}$$ $$S=k\ln \Omega$$ What assumptions are being made about the system/process that allow for using those expressions?
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Can one get clear ice crystals from a dirty suspension?

Euteictic freeze crystallization is a method where an electrolytic solution is cooled and separated into a stream of (relativly) clean, pure ice and a salty brine. I know anectdotally of wine ...
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Calculate how hot PLA will become

I am trying to attach the shaft of a brass heating tip to a PLA component. My problem is that the tip will have to reach a temperature of about 200°C and the PLA can only handle a temperature of about ...
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Interface condition for heat exchange

I would like to compute the heat distribution of a piece of metal with some surrounding material. The heat is assumed to propagate by diffusion, so inside the metal piece and also on the outside, the ...
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Will humid air mitigate airborn dust due to neutralization of static electricity?

I have came to understand that humid air will help prevent electrostatic forces that can propel dust and cause it to cling to surfaces. My first question: is this above statement true? If the answer ...
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In a non-degenerate plasma, why are e-e collision negligible compared to e-ion for thermal conduction?

I'm trying to make some order of magnitude estimates of heat transfer in stars - to better understand 1) why conduction is said to be negligible (for non-degenerate matter) and 2) when convection ...
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Temperature of the CMB when the Earth formed and the faint young Sun paradox

The cosmic microwave background (CMB) has a modern temperature of about 2.7 K. At the time of the origin of the CMB, about 13.6 billion years ago, it had a temperature of about 3000 K. ...
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Dissipation when the temperature is not constant

Consider a process where some chemical species diffuses from one part of a system (which I'll call $A$) to another ($B$) at a rate $r$ $\text{mol}\cdot \mathrm s^{-1}$. If the system's temperature is ...
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Centrifugal Compressor Flow Rate

For a centrifugal compressor, as found in most turbochargers on internal combustion engines, is there a noticeable change in flow rate versus a naturally aspirated flow rate? In other words, does the ...
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When do I know if energy stored in an object is 0 or nonzero? (Heat transfer)

There is uniform internal heat generation at $\dot{q}=5\times10^{7} \frac{W}{m^{3}}$ is occurring in a cylindrical nuclear reactor fuel rod of 50 mm diameter and under steady state conditions the ...
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What are typical values of the critical thickness of insulation?

As most people who've had any elementary heat transfer course are aware, when insulating a pipe, wire, etc, there is a critical thickness for the insulation below which it causes greater heat transfer ...
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Maxwell's Demon - laser cooling

There’s an interesting article on Scientific American that tells how to cool individual atoms to within a very tiny fraction of Absolute Zero. It uses two laser beams acting on a very cold rarified ...
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Is the system in equilibrium?

If the time derivative of the Liapunov functional related to free energy of my system is zero, can I say my system is in chemical equilibrium?
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Necessity of infinitesimal steps for reversible processes

Is there a mathematical proof for why a reversible process is one that has many infinitesimal equilibrium steps, rather than fewer large steps? Maybe something along the lines of this?: ...
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Confusing Chemical potential of mixtures

I feel that there are very few textbook that treat the chemical potential of mixtures in an understandable clear way, which is why I wanted to ask here about certain things? Although I do not have a ...
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Can a gas be modelled as a low density blackbody, if we want to consider how detectable it will be in space?

The answer to this question taught me about the sort of parameters I need to consider if I want to consider how "detectable" an object in space is. I want to consider the detectability of a ...
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Brownian Ratchet Plausibility

Alright I'm going to throw whatever reputation I have on the line here. And yes this is a serious question. Apologies for the shoddy imagery. I had a couple ideas to get the Brownian Ratchet to ...
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Heat loss from hot cast iron oven

I am considering an unconventional pizza oven made from cast iron. What is a good formula for estimating non-radiative heat loss from a 450C/850F surface in a 20C outdoor environment? I am looking ...
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What is the minimum temperature of a metal surface to ignite a cigarette touching it perpendicularly?

Suppose you have a cigarette tip touching a metal surface at a 90 degree angle, exposed to air at 25C / 1atm, no wind, normal oxygen concentration. Cigarette is a regular brand, tobacco with paper ...
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Diffusion in a chemical potential gradient

I am having troubles to understand to connection between equilibrium and non equilibrium thermodynamics. I am studying a mixture of molecules $A,B,C$ and solvent $S$. The free energy $F$ is given by ...
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Negative temperature thermodynamics

I asked this question about thermodynamics. I considered $$T=\frac{\partial U}{\partial S}$$ at constant $V$ and $N$ (number of particles), but now I can't figure out the change of $U$ with respect ...
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Calculation of Water Temperature

In a close looped process the soft water (approx. $200\frac{m^3}{h}$ at $14$ barg) gets heated gradually from the ambient temperature to $\Delta$T of 20°C in $13-14$ minutes, i.e. if amb. temp is 45°C ...
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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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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 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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In supersonic flow, why must area increase in order to have velocity increase?

Based on the area velocity relation: $\frac{dA}{A}=(M^2-1)\frac{du}{u}$ For M > 1, in order to increase u, we must increase A. I'm wondering what the explanation is physically and why it is opposite ...
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Why is not pressure as effective as temperature in changing the internal energy of solids?

The internal energy is mainly dependent on temperature in all gas, liquid and solid just because an increase in temperature makes the velocity of system's atoms greater. By the time we compress a ...
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Why doesn't the 1 dimensional ising model have a transition temperature?

Consider a 1 dimensional chain of spins that are able to either have the value $\sigma =$ $+1$, $-1$, from now on referred to as up and down. For the Hamiltonian $H = J \sum_{i,j} \sigma_i \sigma_j$ ...
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Does degeneracy affect the adiabatic relation?

The adiabatic relation is $P=K\rho^\gamma$. For ideal monotomic gas $\gamma$ is 5/3. For nonrelativistic degenerate electron(inside white dwarf), $\gamma$ is also 5/3. Is this just an coincidence? ...
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Interpretation of partition function and thermodynamic potential

So in the microcanonical ensemble the partition function $\Omega$ counts the number of microstates for a given $(NVE)$ configuaration and $S = k_B \ln (\Omega)$ is the entropy. The most likely state ...
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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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Isentropic and Isothermal Compressibility

Why isentropic compressibility is greater than isothermal compressibility ? While deriving $C_p$ and $C_v$ relation, I got $\frac{Cp}{Cv}$ as $\frac{ke}{Kt}$. Which tells us that $Ke > Kt$. But ...
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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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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 are the thermal properties of a “perfectly rigid” container?

can a "perfectly rigid" container be a diathermal boundary? I checked the wikipedia article for heat and read: Kinetic theory explains transfers of energy as heat as macroscopic manifestations of ...