# Tagged Questions

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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### Tap water in the cold glass

It is fairly long time I was in school and I was particularly bad at thermodynamics. This is an question I was trying to comprehend. I have 500ml of tap water @ 20°C. I pour it into heavy glass (730g)...
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### Calculation of entropy change in irreversible cycles, meaning of $\delta Q/T$ in irreversible processes

Let's take the two cycles in the pictures working with an ideal gas. We perform one, and then perform the other. The cycle is made reversible by making the gas exchange heat with a heat bath having ...
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### unchanged temperature of balloon inside freezer

I'd tried to put a balloon in the freezer and after enough time (several hours), I took it out and noticed that as I touch it that it's temperature did not drop down . I took an empty balloon ( not ...
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### Illustration of heat processes

In isothermal process the work produced in a cyclic transformation is the sum of the small quantities of work $\delta W$ produced at each stage of the cycle. This description of work I picture, for ...
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### why systems like these don't work [closed]

Suppose there is a thermal reservoir at temp T1 which is more than temperature T2 of a piston cylinder system. So it can transfer heat to system. Then the system gaining heat do work of friction on a ...
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### How does a gas behave if i let it out of a pressurised canister?

So I am working on a problem where I need to know how a gas behaves if it is let out of a canister. My first approach yielded some result, but i can't seem to get all the way, although it seems to me ...
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### Difference between a reversible change and a reversible process?

Question In thermodynamics what is the difference between a reversible change and a reversible process? Additional information I am new to the topic of thermodynamics and getting confused about ...
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### debye Specific Heat lattice

my Question is related to a two dimensional quadratic lattice. In our exercise we should find the Debye-Frequency wich is define as integral equal to 3N.In this case i get confused because it is a ...
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### Heat flow through a pipe

I have a pipe, in which a cooling medium flows through it. I would like to know the temperature of the cooling medium at different lengths of the pipe. Is there an equation to relate the length and ...
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### Does the skin effect, eddy current / hysteresis losses contribute to Johnson noise in an inductor?

Based on my very basic understanding of the Johnson noise, it's not just a DC phenomena, but should change with frequency in a system, where there is a frequency dependent, real component to the ...
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### Is there any easy process that absorbs heat? [closed]

In our day-to-day life, many processes procure/release heat like: burning of fuel, friction, heat losses while converting one form of energy to another, natural processes even in our body tends to ...
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### What is reversible and irreversible process? Can process below even be irreversible?

I heard the definitions, but I have much trouble understanding them. My teacher told me that in an example with two chambers and gas particles (look below) entropy increases, but I cannot understand ...
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### The outside of a steel teapot is hot to touch. Does this mean that the water inside is necessarily at least as hot?

Some teapots, like this one Are made from thin steel which conducts the heat of the teapot quite well, meaning that you can't comfortable hold the sides while they're full of hot water. Tonight I ...
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### Will my coffee end up colder if I wait to put in the milk? [duplicate]

When I receive a cup of coffee, and I'm not yet ready to drink it, will it lose less heat if I immediately add the milk, rather than wait to add the milk just before I drink it? (Bonus points for ...
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### Can you hold a magnifying glass close to a campfire and focus its heat like sunlight?

Will it work? Could you do the same to an oven?
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### How does this capillary-action setup not become a perpetual motion machine?

If you have a very thin glass tube and you place it into water, let's say the water in the tube rises to the height of $x$ mm from the surface of the water. What would happen if you poked a hole in ...
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### Internal heating effects of a circuit element?

The heat-up of a solid circuit component in an electric circuit (for which no chemical reactions, phase changes reactions or other stuctural changes take place) may include: Joule heating $\dot Q_J$,...
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### Does a fixed amount of gas have slighty more mass when at a higher temperature?

According to relativity, energy and mass are equivalent. Does this mean that the energy added to a fixed amount of gas when it is heated adds slightly to the mass of the gas? The difference would be ...
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### How can there be entropy change in this system?

How can there be an entropy change in this system? Suppose if I have a system consisting of liquid water, $1\, \mathrm{kg}$ at $290\,\mathrm{K}$, I stir it, and do say, $10\, \mathrm{J}$ of work on ...
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### Determine the amount of energy used for baking a cake

Let's suppose we have a room of temperature $T_0$ with an oven of volume $V$, both filled with air of density $\rho$ and specific heat $c$. We need to bake a cake in the temperature $T_1$. Thus we ...
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### Why do two flames kept side by side merge into a single flame?

I have read about why a candle flame is in the shape of a tear drop in the presence of gravity. The top portion which is sharp is directly above the wick, where the soot particles from the wick rise ...
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### Deriving the partition function in MaxEnt

I'm trying to understand this paper on Maximum Entropy by Jaynes, and am stuck on something which should be rather simple. We're attempting to maximize the entropy $-\sum_i p_i \ln(p_i)$ subject to ...
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### If entropy is a state function, then why is all the talk about reversible vs. irreversible processes?

So I'm preparing for my Thermodynamics undergrad exam, and I just can't wrap my head around the significance of reversibility vs. irreversibility of a process in relation to entropy. I mean if entropy ...
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### If a microwave oven disk rotates to warm up food, why doesn't it go up/down/sideways?

This has been in my mind for a while... Well, actually everytime I heat any food with a greater amount of liquid in it: a microwave oven warms up food by inducing polar molecules in the food to ...
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### Will an object with a higher temperature lose its heat faster than a cooler, yet warm object

I'm after the math, which I don't understand yet and can't find elsewhere. The variables are: Two identical cups, A and B The same volume of fluid is contained in each cup, test fluid is water. ...
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### If pressure inside a container is lesser than atmospheric pressure, how long can the vessel resist deformation? [closed]

Is the strain caused by stress (due to the pressure difference) is negligible?
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### What physical change has taken place in a solid, say ice, half way through a latent heat temperature verses time experiment?

During the classic high school latent heat experiment a solid such as ice is heated from below the melting point until it is a liquid above the melting point. During this experiment the temperature ...
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### Is there a highest temperature? [duplicate]

Im new to physics and do not yet know of all of the terms and math. I was wondering about temperature. I read that there is the lowest temperature which is absolute zero where nothing happens, i.e. ...
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### Why specific heat at constant pressure is greater than specific heat at constant volume?

I know the relation between specific heat at constant volume and pressure and I also know how to calculate it. Thing is, I don't understand its concept I want to know why at constant pressure, ...
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### How can we be sure the Maxwell speed distribution equation is always a rational number?

The Maxwell speed distribution equation is given as $$f(v) = 4\pi \biggl(\frac{m}{2\pi kT}\biggr)^{3/2}\exp\biggl(-\frac{mv^2}{2kT}\biggr)v^2.$$ The left hand side gives the fraction of molecules ...
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### Why dU may not equals dW in free expansion?

From a video lecture, it is mentioned that "dU≠dW in Joule's free expansion if the process is irreversible and adiabatic" Mentioned in around 36:00-38:00 in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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### Resonance in Benzene violating Second Law of Thermodynamics

In chemistry a few months ago we were taught the resonant structure of benzene, that states the double bonds upon the six carbon atoms flicker back and forth between the two possible states it can be ...
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### Filling an empty box with ambient air

A rigid box has a volume of $V_1$ and is thermally isolated so that it exchanges no heat with its environment. Initially the box is empty, and the air around it has a pressure of $P_0$ and a ...
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### What happens as you approach/cross the Planck temperature?

According to IFLScience, above the Planck Temperature (absolute hot) conventional physics break down. My question is what happens as you approach this temperature, and, if it is possible, what ...
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### Amount of heat required to raise the temperature of a balloon which requires no energy for expansion?

Two moles of ideal helium gas are in a rubber balloon at $30^°C$. The balloon is fully expandable and can be assumed to require no energy in its expansion. The temperature of the gas in the balloon is ...
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### Is the pressure uniquely determined by the energy density?

I've been trying to figure out how many state functions one needs to fully specify a thermodynamic system. For example, suppose we are given the energy as a function of temperature and volume, i.e. U =...
The problem is to find an expression for the time it takes for a cylindrical water tank is half empty. I am given that the water tank has a diameter of $D_0$ and a hight $H$. The water outlet is ...