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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Project Orion pusher plate computer modeling

Linked from the space.stackexchange forum: http://space.stackexchange.com/questions/15051/orion-project-npp-pusher-plate-computer-models-and-survivability Project Orion is discussed as if it is a ...
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Would it be correct to state that all the forms of everyday matter (mountains, tables, buildings, people, etc.) are in a metastable state?

We had a fire going in the backyard of a friends house this weekend, and after thinking about the chemical reactions occurring in the wood (and anything else we threw into the pit), I started to ...
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Why are glass beads used in a fractionating column?

Most sources do not go beyond saying that glass beads help increase the surface area for condensation of the liquid of the higher boiling point while using the method of Fractional Distillation to ...
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How can I get the exit temperature of water entered 100 degree in a pipe surrounded by 30 degree water?

Assume any value for: Length of the pipe The material of the pipe Velocity Heat transfer coefficient. I tried considering it as parallel flow heat exchanger but the water in this example isn't ...
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Confusion about inverse square law and temperature increase of an object

I know the inverse square law means that radiation intensity decreases in proportion to the radial distance from the source (I is proportional to 1/r^2). Does this apply to the temperature increase ...
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What ds>dQ/T mean?

I read the derivation on page 216 over here: https://www3.nd.edu/~powers/ame.20231/notes.pdf First it considers an irreversible process between state 1 and 2 followed by a reversible process between ...
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When does the Boltzmann distribution apply?

What are the requirements for a system to be described by the Boltzmann distribution in equilibrium? For example, should all the particles be identical? No attractors in the phase space? ...
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Thermofluid mechanics inclined plane

As shown in the attacked image, a tank has an inclined wall at an angle of 450 to the horizontal. On this wall, there is a 1m square door that is hinged at A and has a simple latch at B. The distance ...
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Thermal Capacity

An electrical heating coil of power $P$ is used to transfer thermal energy to a body of mass $m$. In a time $t$ the body changes temperature by $\Delta T$ . What is the thermal capacity of the body?
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Does density of air decrease or increase with altitude and relation of this with temperature?

I think the air density decrease as due to gravity more air woul be near the earth but as the hot air raises up doesn't it have momentarily increased the density at height (like in up troposphere) ...
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Force applied between neighboring atoms resulting in increase in separation

I am attempting a past paper question in practice for an upcoming exam and I am a little lost with the following question: Using lennard Jones model for potential. An external force $F$ is applied to ...
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2nd law of thermodynamics - simple steam power plant problem [closed]

A steam power plant consists of a boiler, a turbine, a condenser and a pump. The temperature of the inner walls of the boiler is 350 °C and the temperature of the condenser cooling water is 20 °C. ...
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Entropy for $N$ number of particles [closed]

If there are $N$ number of non-interacting and distinguishable particles which have either Energy $E_1$ or $E_2$ , then a. What will be the entropy $S(n)$ for such system? ($n$ is the number ...
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Increase in entropy principle

If we consider a system to undergo an irreversible process from state 1 to state 2 and a reversible process from state 2 to state 1, then through Clausius inequality $\int_{1}^{2} \frac{\delta ...
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Maximum temperature possible on earth

What is maximum temperature that can we have on earth on a single day? Lets say an air mass is static over an area and there is no way for air mass to move, sun warming it up would increase ...
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Eddy current damping heat generation

Background According to this source (page 7): https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/109373/me450w10project16_report.pdf?sequence=1 the "braking" torque a magnetic field on a ...
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Are all heaters exactly as energy efficient as each other?

I many applications, efficiency is measured in terms of how much of the input energy is wasted generating heat instead of the actual type of energy you want. For example, lightbulbs generating heat ...
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A 50 g Ice Cube with an initial temperature of -10°C is put in 400 g of water at 40°C. Find final temperature [closed]

My calculations: $$Q_g + Q_l = 0$$ $$Q_g = -Q_l$$ $$mc\Delta T = -mc\Delta T$$ $$(0.05)(2100)(T_f+10) = -(0.4)(4200)(T_f-40)$$ $$105(T_f+10) = -1680(T_f-40)$$ $$105T_f + 1050 = -1680T_f + 67,200$$ ...
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U and PV changes in thermofluid processes

If we have a steady flow open system, how can we know the change in U and PV? I mean if we input work in the system, how can we know that the work goes to U increase or PV increase? Also, can you give ...
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relativistic temperatures energy assumptions

why is the assumption $k_bT>>mc^2$ made for relativistic temperatures, where did the kT come from and how is it related to mc^2?
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Why do Temperatures Equalize

I have some Oxygen at Temp A in one container and some Nitrogen at Temp B in another container. If I mix these two containers eventually both the Oxygen and Nitrogen will be at the same temperature. ...
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Relation between Canonical and Grand Canonical Ensemble for a two levels system

For a two-level system of classical non interacting distinguishable paricles, labelling energy levels as $+\epsilon, -\epsilon$, in the canonical ensemble I found for the partition function ...
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Thermodynamics : Heat transfer : Conduction or convection?

I have an hot object, that is place in a room of 20°C. My goal is to be able to estimate how warm the object will be in T seconds. To be able to do that, I must first understand what is really ...
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Room with open door and heater : use inside boundary conditions or heat source for PDE?

I want to model the stationary temperature in a room (=square) that has one open door (=side) is otherwise perfectly insulated is heated through a (circular) heater that is placed somewhere in the ...
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First Law of Thermodynamics and Signs

I have a question in my text book about the first Law of Thermodynamics. It gives 3 situations with the systems for each in brackets: 1) Rapidly pumping up a bicycle tyre (air in the pump) 2) ...
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Is potential energy included in internal energy?

I thought internal energy is only the energy due to molecular motion and chemical bonds, but here it says it's also the potential energy of the system! Is that true?
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heat as a low quality energy

In a cyclic process, there is no change in internal energy. So the work done by the system must equal to the heat offered to the system. So if all heat is converted to work, how can heat by a low ...
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How does frost form above freezing temperature?

This is a follow-up to the best answer linked below: Why does ice form on bridges even if the temperature is above freezing? I've witnessed that phenomenon, recently. The temperature was above zero ...
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Degrees of freedom and temperature

I quote the following lines directly from the Wikipedia page titled "Heat capacity": "...rotational kinetic energy of gas molecules stores heat energy in a way that increases heat capacity, since ...
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Can the second law of thermodynamics be violated in a small enough system if tried repeatedly enough?

Second law of thermodynamics is observed in the universe because statistics favors it, right? And in large enough system this statistical tendency becomes certainty. Does it also mean that negative ...
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Is saying that “Heat always flow from hotter to colder object in a isolated system” equivalent to the second principle?

In other words, can we make exactly the same predictions as the second principle (that involves entropy) by this phrase without ever introducing entropy ?
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Ideal gas law: Will the piston move at all?

We have the following experimental setup: Before the experiment starts: $$p_1=p_2; \space V_1=V_2; T_1=T_2+\Delta T$$ The experiment starts and both the containers are heated so that the ...
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how can energy conservation equation be different in different situations?

Neglecting potential and kinetic energy: energy conservation equation in a closed system is dU=Q-W and in an open system with steady flow is dU+d(PressureEnergyPV)=Q-W or in other words dH=Q-W. How ...
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Why use dimensionless heat capacity?

Perhaps this is blindly obvious, but in typical discussions of statistical mechanics (with, say, constant volume) one often finds that, rather than using the heat capacity $$ C_V = \frac{\partial ...
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Thermal de Broglie wavelength - definition

The thermal de Broglie wavelenght is often defined by the formula $\lambda=\frac{h}{\sqrt{2\pi mkT}}$ but equally frequently is it defined as de Broglie wavelength for a free ideal gas of massive ...
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Role of heat flux on bubble size

This is sort of related to this question, in that the question was spawned from the same question on Worldbuilding. Say you have a relatively shallow open pool of water (a pot or pan). When the ...
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Intuitive explanation of the shape of the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution

At higher temperatures (for an ideal gas), the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution is spread more widely and has a lower maximum. At lower temperatures, the spread is much more narrow and the peak is much ...
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Water in pot with a heat source beneath it to boil it, does the water move?

I mean if there is there heat transfer by convection in the water? since convection requires motion. if it moves, then how can i determine the velocity of the water?
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How is conversion inside heat engines of heat (random motion) to work (organized motion) explained in quantum physics?

When heat engines convert heat into work, they change the random motion of millions of particles into motion in a single direction. What is the phenomenon responsible for this alignment of ...
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How would an increase in temperature affect ooblek's (non newtonian fluid) viscosity?

Due to the fact that Ooblek (cornstarch and water), contains so much water and from what I understand it is non newtonian due to the particles suspended in it, would it therefore be correct to say ...
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I can get a heating strip - why can't I get a cooling strip?

A typical heating strip is a flexible silicone material containing a resistive heater. However, I would like the opposite - something I can wrap around my experiment and use in a similar way to the ...
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Temperature versus heat for water

What does the kink(abrupt rise and fall) in region of phase change from liquid to vapour state in the following graph indicate? Does it indicate that temperature rise and fall abruptly during phase ...
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How to model a cooling system?

Suppose a system with a coolant, a pump, a radiator, and a constant power load object with some constant heat capacity. How can we model the dependence of the load temperature on coolant flow rate (or ...
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Thermofluid mechanics Temperature

A steel alloy specimen (mass 4 kg) at 80 0C is submerged in water at 10 C0. At thermal equilibrium state the temperature of the steel-water system is 40 C0. Calculate the mass of the water used. The ...
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Why engines don't melt?

The temperatures of internal combustion engines are well above the melting points of the component materials. For example, temperatures can reach 2200° C whereas the melting point of aluminium is ...
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Do hot metals radiate? (Thermography)

I was looking into thermography which talks about emissivities of metals and other materials. Polished metals which have low emissivity appear to be colder in thermal imaging cameras even if they are ...
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Does the size of bubbles in water brought to a boil ever vary as a function of the amount of water?

Some discussion surrounding this answer on Worldbuilding got me curious. When water is brought towards a boil, bubbles are formed. Anyone who has ever cooked anything whatsoever knows about this. ...
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Heat transfer problems [closed]

A tank contains 4000 lts of chromic solution at 33 degree centigrade is surrounded by a nest of brass tubes. Water at 80 degree centigrade is flowing through the tubes. How to calculate the heat ...
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Does the thermal expansion of a conductor contribute to its change in resistance when it is heated?

We know that the resistance of a conductor varies with a change in temperature and we are taught that this change occurs due to the change in resistivity of the material but does the thermal expansion ...
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Convective heat transfer coefficients - how do you calculate them?

How do you calculate (or otherwise determine) h_i and h_o (convective heat transfer coefficients) for a heat exchanger? Standard thermodynamics equation below for reference. My specific situation ...