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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Applying Euler Homogenous Function Theorem to $df$ or $f$

I am currently reading Demirel's Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics in order to learn more about entropy and nonequlibrium thermodynamics However I and stumped on how the author's do the following step: ...
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why do metals feel cold when electron moves at Fermi velocity?

This might be a very elementary question. Considering that electrons in typical metals have very high Fermi velocity, why is it that when you touch a metal you feel cold? My intuition tells me that ...
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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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If your hair was on fire and you entered a vacuum, could you outlast the fire?

Let's say a person's hair was on fire and suddenly we (instantaneously) pumped all the air out of the (sealed) room, then after time period X we put all the air back. Is there an X such that we will ...
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Non-steady state gas expansion

Please look at the following link for the sketch of the problem: Adiabatic Expansion with expanding control volume I have a certain amount of gas at a certain pressure and temperature at the start. ...
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Heat and work are not the state functions of the system. Why?

Heat and work, unlike temperature, pressure, and volume, are not intrinsic properties of a system. They have meaning only as they describe the transfer of energy into or out of a system. This is ...
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How does aerogel attain its enormous heat isolation properties?

In a text about properties of aerogel I read some interesting facts - clothes with aerogel proved to be impractical, being far too warm to wear. If you isolated a house with aerogel and lit a candle ...
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How many grams of anthracite coal is needed to convert to steam? [closed]

So I have searched the internet but it would not give me the answer that will truly satisfy the question. I hope someone could answer this
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Entropy maximum postulate and reversibility

I'm studying Thermodynamics on Callen's book and he introduces entropy through the entropy maximum postulate, namely: There exists a function (called the entropy $S$) of the extensive parameters ...
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Why does graphene exist?

I started to read some articles on graphene and almost all say that graphene was discovered late because physicists thought it would be unstable. Despite this, I didn't found a clear explanation of ...
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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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Is it possible to increase temperature of sun using radiation of sun itself?

We know that we can focus radiation of sun and can burn a paper. If we think of this thought experiment, will that happen? If someone constructs a concave mirror on the sun and concentrate radiation ...
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Calculating rate of vaporization of water

Let there be a cylindrical vessel with diameter D that only has liquid water and water vapor as the picture below shows (The water vapor is the grey portion and the liquid water is the blue portion). ...
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why a engine convert all of its heat into work? [duplicate]

Why does heat is released to sink at lower temperature why all of the heat that is taken by a engine from heat reservior cannot be converted into work? I know that it has something to do with the ...
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From a particle's point of view is his temperature absolute zero

Since the vibration of the particles is what cause temperature and a particle from its own point of view is not moving, is its temperature 0°K from its own point of view? Is there a thing like ...
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Isothermal compressibility

How does one get from the thermodynamics definition : $$ \chi_T = -\frac{1}{V} \left(\frac{\partial V}{\partial p}\right)_T$$ to the fluid dynamics definition : $$ \chi_T = \frac{1}{\rho} ...
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Heat Temperature and my dinner

So today while revising for my QM midterm I decided to raid the cupboards for a well earned lunch, only to find nothing there but noodles and rice. So I put two metal pans of water on two pre-heated ...
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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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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 ...