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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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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Liquid Temperature Profile

Suppose I have a one meter cubed box of liquid and I know that it is in a $-4^\circ~\rm C$ room for some amount of time, but was at a uniform $25^\circ ~\rm C$ when it was placed inside. I know I can ...
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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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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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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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Energy Per Dry Ice Mass Required By de Laval Expansion of Air?

There has been a lot of talk lately about CO2 extraction from air. Since there are rocket engines in which ice crystals precipitate in the exhaust when expanding into near vacuum, it seems dry ice ...
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Heat capacity and fluctuation-dissipation theorem, meaning of energy fluctuations?

I have read that from the fluctuation-dissipation theorem that the heat capacity is proportional to energy fluctuations (or populations fluctuations). In this context what is the meaning of 'energy ...
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What is melting / boiling from the statistical viewpoint?

Microscopically, solids are usually described as "completely ordered" and "strongly bound", liquids "somewhat ordered", and gases "unbound" and "disordered". Thermodynamics predicts that the ...
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Optimal two-stage warming up of a bottle of baby milk

Here's a common two-stage method to warm up a bottle of baby milk to avoid uneven milk temperature: 1) Heat up a bowl of water in a microwave oven. 2) Put the bottle into the bowl of heated water to ...
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Heat transfer with a small airgap - conduction v convection v radiation

I have a transducer approx 25mm dia x 25mm length which will sit inside a brass casing, but stood off from the walls by around 0.5mm. Obviously the brass is a far better conductor than the plastic of ...
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Calculating optimal heat dissipation/air-flow out-of/into an enclosure - hole size vs number of holes

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I figured it would be a physics question. Essentially I have an enclosure that I will be using to house the components to build a computer. I am ...
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Why do different color materal differ temperature in the same sunlight?

I have a blue, red, and green cup and put a thermometer in each. Of the 3 the blue cup had the coldest temperature inside, then green, then red. I understand there may be differences in the ...
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Confusion about the number of micro states and approximating it for large number of particles

Hopefully after reading the meta site, I can now rephrase the question as more relevant to this site, this is a question related to statistical physics: Let us suppose we are given a system with ...
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Is frictional heat just electromagnetic interactions creating infrared radiation?

Example: Rub your index finger on a sheet of paper and you will feel that it will get noticeably hotter Is the reason you feel this increase in heat (technically an increase in kinetic energy of the ...
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Is it possible to consider PV diagrams without the equations of state?

Suppose that we have the equations of state for a particular system, or equivalently, that we have the fundamental relation $S = S(U,V,N)$. If we want to write down a PV diagram it will be quite ...
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In enthalpy, is PV the pressure energy?

In the case of a fluid, does the $PV$ contribution to the enthalpy correspond to the pressure energy in fluid mechanics? (Related: What is Pressure Energy?)
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Isentropic flow through nozzle

I've a question concerning the use of the Bernoulli principle. Let's say I have a pipe filled with air at atmospheric pressure, with a constricting section ala the figure below. The volume before the ...
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Thermodynamic equilibrium or thermal equilibrium and equipartition theorem

In all derivations of the equipartition theorem I can find a thermodynamic equilibrium distribution is used to show it's validity. But more vague sources (this site, wikipedia) state that only ...
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Black Body Radiation of a Home

If there is a home which is far away from all other buildings, what is the heat transfer due to radiation at night? Is the governing equation this: sigma*(T_home^4 - T_space^4)? Does the home radiate ...
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Thermodynamics: state change and process types

Why is change of state, for example: water to ice, considered an isobaric process as opposed to isothermal? I had always learnt that temperature does not change during change of state.
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What is the difference between thermodynamic and empirical temperature?

When I've studied Thermodynamics I did so in Callen's book and there the author talks about temperature as a single thing, which mathematically is simply defined as: $$T = \dfrac{\partial U}{\partial ...
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Why does cold air feel even colder when you are moving through it quickly?

My question is the following: Why does it feel colder (i.e. why does your body transfer more heat to the surroundings) when you are moving through the air at a high velocity, f.ex. when you are ...
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What is the relation between Clausius and Kelvin-Planck statement?

What is the relation between Clausius and Kelvin-Planck statement? In second law of thermodynamics, it is said that these two statement are equivalent and inverse to each other. Violation of one ...
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Expressing thermal efficiency for a closed Brayton cycle in terms of static enthalpies

I have a Brayton cycle made of a compressor (stage 2 to 3), a heat exchanger (stage 3 to 4) and a turbine (stage 4 to 5). The turbine and compressor are connected through a shaft. The cycle is closed ...
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What are the limitations of velocity selective coherent population trapping?

I'm somewhat familiar with limitations of Doppler cooling, particularly with the one photon recoil limit, but what I was curious about was what is the next barrier to cooling approaching absolute ...
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How to understand better this point of view on entropy?

On the book "Applied Differential Geometry" by William Burke we see a discussion about thermodynamics in which the following is said: A thermodynamic system is a homogeneous assembly that includes ...
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Definition of emissivity?

A have come across a definition of emissivity which is along the following lines: Emissivity is the power emitted per solid angle per frequency per surface area. This definition, however seems ...
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if copper is heated, does it become negatively charged?

i'm reading "Electronics for inventors" and there's this part where it says that free electrons never escape material due to electrostatic attraction with positive ions, but if heated, electrons are ...
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What is an extremal horizon?

In the contest of holography and thermodynamics, what is an extremal horizon? I am going through a paper by Hartnoll, Santos - Disordered Horizons: Holography of randomly disordered fixed points. They ...
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Is work only a change of kinetic or potential energy?

I find out on the internet that work is a transfer of energy essentially kinetic. What is the use of work if it does not consider all the types of energy applied , i mean sometimes an objects internal ...
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Did the universe have a temperature during inflation?

I've heard it said that inflation was not an equilibrium process. But I've also heard it said that during inflation, the temperature of the universe was much cooler than before or after. If the ...
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A question about ultimate computation capability

If we consider the physical limit of computational capability of a system with average energy $E$, then (1) According to Margolus and Levitin, a quantum system with average energy $E$ takes time at ...
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The Ideal Gas Equation in higher dimensions

Basically I wanted to know whether or not the ideal gas equation, $PV=NkT$ would hold in higher dimensions? If so, how would you go about proving this? I can't see any reason as to why it shouldn't ...
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solar energy on a specific location

How to find the amount of solar wattage in any specific place on earh in a monthly manner? by solar wattage I mean the energy recieved from the sun in a squared meters.
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Thermodynamics of Rubik's cube

I was wondering... Could it be possible to calculate the entropy change while rearranging a Rubik's cube from a given arbitrary arrangement? I tried with 3*3*3=27 microstates...but achieved a pretty ...
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Carnot cycle in steam processes

Our professor told us that in steam processes, such as Clausis-Rankine process, Carnot's cycle is impossible to achieve. Can someone explain why?
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ferromagnetic and Curie temperature. Energy question

Is energy absorb and release back when a ferromagnetic material heats and cools passing through the Curie temperature?
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If a system has an internal energy equal to 0, does this mean it doesn't exist?

Enthalpy is a measure of energy in a thermodynamic system: It includes the internal energy, which is the energy required to create > a system, and the amount of energy required to make room for it ...
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Different ways to calculate the bulk modulus

I am trying to calculate the bulk modulus of unit cells of materials with trigonal or monoclinic structure using two different methods: -The first one is by fitting the changes of volume and energy ...
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Radiation collapse to black hole

I want to find the temperature at which radiation in AdS will collapse to form a black hole. I have even found a reference that gives the answer but I cannot understand it: ...
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why stack width is larger than the thermal and viscous penetration depth in thermoacoustic refrigerator?

The thermal and viscous penetration depth is smaller than the spacing in the stack:this assumption leads to the simplification of Rott‟s functions, where the complex hyperbolic tangents can be set ...
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Do we know how much energy is released in internal conversion (fluorescence)?

In the Jablonski Diagram, when photons hit a surface and certain frequencies are absorbed, then internal conversion occurs to the excited portions of the surface and energy is released as heat (If I ...
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Cooling of a surface due to fluid passing over it

I am working on a project that requires me to measure the cooling effect of a liquid flowing through a surface. In order for me to effectively calculate the cooling effect, the solution of the below ...