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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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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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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Evaluate functional integral in partition function of thermal $\phi^4$ theory (Kapusta/Gale p.34-35)

my question is about some steps in the book "Finite Temperature Field Theory" by Kapusta and Gale. To explain the setting, I how to evaluate the functional integrals in the expression $$ \ln ...
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Electrochemical cell potential - Prigogine book

I'm trying to understand equation 10.2.14 from Prigogine book "Moder thermodynamics": $V=\frac{\tilde{A}}{nF}=\frac{1}{nF}\left(\mu_X^R+\mu_Y^L-\mu_{Xred}^R-\mu_{Yox}^L\right) - \left( \phi^R-\phi^L ...
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Does a cooler, submerged in water, keep beer colder, longer?

Looking around the web, I see some submerged bucket-like things, without insulation, and some floating coolers, where the actual cooler is not submerged. Given that your water temperature is lower ...
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Could water physically makeup the core of a planet or otherwise large celestial mass?

Knowing very little about the nature of water, wondering how it might behave at the centre of a planet or centre of an another massive gravitational body. Could water take such pressures or might it ...
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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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Specific heat at constant volume

Me and my friend came across this derivation is some lecture notes of our thermal physics module. We have been trying to calculate the partial differential of the internal energy but cannot get the ...
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Thermal Equilibrium of two thin sheets

While reading Gibbs' Elementary Principles in Statistical Mechanics I came across this footnote: The most simple test of the equality of temperature of two bodies is that they remain in ...
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Temperature change in adiabatic free expansion

Consider a gas with fixed number of particles $N$ undergoing adiabatic free expansion from $V_1$ to $V_2$. Apparently we have the following relation $$\Delta ...
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Vertical wall at 3 different temperatures - do the same natural convection coefficient correlations apply?

I have an vertical enclosure that consists of 3 shelves, each with its own temperature and are thermally isolated from each other. We will call the shelves A, B, and C with A being the base shelf. The ...
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Area under temperature time graph

I have an open desiccant heating system which has a flow rate of $0.7$ litres/sec, I have recorded the temperature profile after the air has been heated and plotted it against time in seconds. My ...
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Heat transfer coefficients

I am trying to make a model of non-stationary heating on a plate and I have questions considering coefficients. I am using explicit method to solve it (have to use it). I am not sure if I am using the ...
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Is $\mathrm{d}H = C_P \mathrm{d}T$ and $\mathrm{d}U = C_V \mathrm{d}T$ always true?

Is $\mathrm{d}H = C_P \mathrm{d}T$ and $\mathrm{d}U = C_V \mathrm{d}T$ always true for ideal gases?
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Why does transfer of $^3$He from the rich to sparse phases in a dilution refrigerator cause cooling?

Explanations of the dilution cooling process seem to state without explanation that moving a $^3$He atom across the boundary from the $^3$He rich to the $^3$He sparse phases takes up heat from the ...
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How do I calculate temperature diffusion in a gas contained in a heatsink?

To simplify the problem, consider a sphere with a diameter of $25\mathrm{mm}$ inside an infinite heatsink at $300\mathrm{K}$. At $t=0$ I instantaneously raise the temperature of the gas in the ...
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Is the diffusion coefficient time-dependent?

It is known that in the partial differential equation: $$u_t=au_{xx} $$ within the limits $0<x<1$ and $a>0$, the diffusion coefficient, arises in the mathematical modelling of a process of ...
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How fast do I have to dry myself for a hot shower to heat my body?

I am not a physicist. I would like to know how fast do I have to dry myself after taking a hot shower to get more heat from the shower, than lost because the water on my skin increasing heat exchange ...
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Are reversible and irreversible processes frame dependent?

since it is all about time. If I have a look at an irreversible process from a frame where time runs really slow. is there a possibility of considering that process reversible from that frame?
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Thermal de Broglie wave length

If we refer to this wiki page thermal de Broglie wave length, we can see there are two expressions. One is derived using equipartition theorem, which makes perfect sense. The other one used $\pi kT$ ...
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Given the Pair Correlation Functions for a Multi-component Fluid, is There a Simple Way to Obtain the Helmholtz Free Energy?

I think it may not be possible. Given all the pair correlation functions (e.g. calculated from Ornstein Zernike theory), it seems possible to obtain the internal energy (assuming different species ...
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How water anomalies affects the Mpemba effect?

I understand basic explanation of Mpemba effect like this: Distant molecules are easier to realign into new formations. But if we compared two bottles of water like in Mpemba effect and one of them ...
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What is the smallest engine theoretically possible?

Is there some law of physic forbiding small engines that use say petrol? I would like to know of some analogy between electric motors and heat engines. In the latter we can make a motor so small that ...
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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?: ...