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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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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Monoatomic fluids and free space around atoms

In monoatomic fluids the atoms can move quite freely around each other. Is there any thermodynamic/statistical mechanic equation how much free space there is between the atoms? This has to be ...
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Internal reversibility

The concept of reversibility always gives me a hard time.In a reversible process the change of entropy is zero. On the other hand for irreversible process it is not.But there comes another topic which ...
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Confusion regarding latent heat of fusion

During vaporizing there is higher increase in internal energy (higher positive $\Delta U$) and more work is done by the liquid (higher $W$) as molecules become widely separated. During melting, there ...
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How long would it take for a smelly object to evaporate?

This question is a follow on from this deleted one: http://physics.stackexchange.com/q/177894/26076 as I was writing what I thought to be a valid physics answer to it. Version 1 of this question ...
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Is the Landau Free Energy U-TS or βH?

I'm having a hard time figuring out the physical meaning of the Landau Free Energy density: $$f(\phi,\nabla\phi,T) = \frac{1}{2}|\nabla\phi |^2 + \frac{a(T-T_c)}{2}|\phi |^2 + \frac{b}{4}|\phi |^4$$ ...
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A question about Thermodynamics [closed]

Burning fuel in car engine produce more heat or burning that fuel in free space?
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What--is the Ultimate Limit of heat based off c? [duplicate]

As heat goes up, molecules start moving at a faster rate. A gas molecule, if unhindered, could speed across the United States in three hours. I don't even want to know about plasma. But if heat ...
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If Ionic crystals are heated up, where does the energy go?

Ionic crystal are poor conductors of heat, due to lack of delocalised electrons. So if they are heard up where does the heat go? Does it get dumped in the potential well created by interatomic ...
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Double Pipe Heat Exchanger

I have a metal plate and I need to transfer heat out of the metal plate to the atmosphere. Hence, I can use a double pipe heat exchanger which contains 2 pipes. But what if I just use one pipe and let ...
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Why the non-analyticity of free energy function implies phase transition? And what's its connection with other 'higher level' free energies?

I have seen 'free energy' arising from several contexts in very different forms, and each contains different amount of information. For example free energy is defined as the logarithm of the ...
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Internal Energy questions

The first law of thermodynamics states that $\Delta U=q+w$ where $ΔU$ is the increase in internal energy of the system, $q$ is the thermal energy supplied to the system and $w$ is the work done on the ...
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Can a solar panel work with heat?

As we know that a solar panels due to the energy of light, but can we run a solar panel with the same amount of energy provided as heat?
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How much work do I need to convert 300ml of water from 25°C to 3°C? [closed]

A question on how to apply thermodynamics principles to figure out how much work is needed to hold 300ml water in room temperature at 3°C. So far I have: 1Cal for each degree per g of water. We have ...
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Ice when melted at zero gravity [closed]

I wish to know the behavior of ice at zero gravity, how ice will behave when melted at g=0? Thanks
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How does temperature relate to the kinetic energy of molecules?

In ideal gas model, temperature is the measure of average kinetic energy of the gas molecules. If by some means the gas particles are accelerated to a very high speed in one direction, KE certainly ...
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Counting the number of microstates that there are for a given configuration. How to prove this result?

I'm doing some statistical physics and I came across a result which I'm not sure how to derive. Any help? The answer turns out to be: Can anyone help with this derivation? Thank you :D
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How is the work done by a system turned into internal energy according to the first law of thermodynamics?

I have several questions about the first law of thermodynamics: When we have a force over a piston of a recipient with an ideal gas inside and that piston moves, we have work associated with that. ...
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Which one is colder? Zero temperature ice or zero temperature water?

I like to understand that which one of the following items seems colder, when we touch them? zero temperature ice zero temperature water Why? Thank you.
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How to calculate temperature of an incandescent bulb filament?

Suppose we have a light bulb, for which we know its power rating, like voltage of $12\mathrm V$, and power consumption of $10\mathrm W$. We also know it's a halogen bulb with a tungsten filament ...
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“Definition” of internal energy

Conversation of energy implies that if we have a thermally insulated system which goes from state 1 to state 2: $$\Delta E_{12}=E(2)-E(1)=\Delta W_{12}$$ and the 1st law of thermodynamics ...
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How does the second law of thermodynamics affect the efficiency heat-to-work conversion, at the molecular level?

I understand the second law of thermodynamics in terms of the improbability of the high--and-low-velocity particles of a gas to separate themselves so that at one moment they are at different sides of ...
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Zero volume at zero Kelvin

Why does the volume of a gas become zero at 0 Kelvin? Can a Bose Einstein condensate be considered as matter? (I mean the volume becomes zero)
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Sufficient conditions for Equipartition Theorem to hold

I was wondering what are the sufficient conditions for the Equipartition Theorem. I know there is another question (For which systems is the equipartition theorem valid?) that somewhats answers this ...
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At what energy consumption would we get a 1 degree rise in the Earth's temperature?

If energy consumption continues to rise at (say) 4% per year, how long before the heat dissipation seriously impacts climate?
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Writing an equation for the INTERNAL energy for a BRAYTON cycle

I am trying to understand the equation for the change in internal energy in the Brayton Cycle. Both the websites below gave me this formula :Change in U=q1+q2−w=0 ...
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What are the state variables like temperature after the system has done an adiabatic irreversible process? [closed]

Consider a system containing ideal gas which is initially at a volume $V_{1}$ and then suddenly its volume is increased to a volume $V_{2}$. What is the final temperature of the system if the initial ...
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Entropy: Disorder or energy dispersal?

The first definition of entropy given by Clausius is I believe this $$S=Q/T$$ It is as I understand a common fact to understand entropy and maybe often teach it as a measure of disorder through 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 is work done by an otto cycle along the 2 adiabatic curve negative?

I define the work done by the system as +dw and work done on the system as -dw. Looking through my notes on Otto cycle, I observed that the for the two adiabatic curves in a clockwise cycle such that ...
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How long does it take for water to boil when subjected to intense heat?

I have a rather odd question that may just boil (sorry) down to a fairly simple problem I can't solve. The scenario is this: A person is testing the intensity of a super-focused beam of sunlight in a ...
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To find average speed of gas molecule when the temperature is incresed

We are given moles of gas let say $n$. Temperature is increased from $T_1$ to $T_2$. Volume is held constant at $V_0$. We need to find the average speed of gas molecule when the temperature $T_2$ is ...
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Legendre transformation: non-convex/non-convave functions

The Legendre transformation is used to derive the Hamiltonian from the Lagrangian, and it finds many applications in thermodynamics to convert between the different potentials. $ f(x) \rightarrow ...
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showing that polytropic exponent n = 5/3 corresponds to an isentropic process for a monoatomic ideal gas [closed]

Given an ideal monoatomic gas with $pV = NT$ and $E = \frac{3}{2}NT$ what are the types of processes described by $n = 0, 1, \frac{5}{3}$, where n is the polytropic exponent ($p V ^ n = const.$)? ...
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Planck Temperature

I have heard of two different things occurring at Planck Temperature: 1. A black hole forms 2. The quantum gravity takes over and the wavelength of light emitted from the object is Planck length ...
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Heat capacity of a gas in gravitational field

How does one calculate the heat capacity of an infinitely long column (of constant cross-sectional area) of ideal gas in a uniform gravitational field? I tried using the lapse rate $dT/dH$ and putting ...
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How can i turn home gas from liquid to gas [closed]

I hope i am not too off topic, couldn't find a more suitable stack-exchange forum for this, if there is a better one, please point me to it, Well my question is the following, I am working on a ...
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Why do we feel hot because of sunlight? [closed]

sunlight , light generally , is an electromagnetic wave which turns into heat when it contacts a matter (solid,liquid,etc..) is that right ?
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Any general method of determining changes in speed of sound with pressure?

I need to correct speed of sound measurements in various gases for changes in ambient pressure, typically 700-1100 mBar. Is there any general theoretical model available for this? Especially something ...
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Boltzmann Distribution - Why maximum number of microstates?

I've recently started to learn statistical mechanics and I've run into Boltzmann Distribution. I wanted to see how it is derived and found some articles on web, but no one of them explain why the idea ...
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Does the second law of thermodynamics take into consideration of attractive interactions between particles?

If one searches Google or textbooks on 2nd Law of Thermodnamics, one usually finds a statement that is either equivalent or implies the following. The entropy of the universe always increases. But ...
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Full ionization meaning

I'm confused as to what full ionization mean? I have the mean molecular weight of electrons and ions and I have to calculate the ideal gas pressure for a star. Do I have to add them up as usual or do ...
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Series of parallel thermal resistance connection for this enclosure?

Let's say that I have an 2D enclosure in the shape of a pyramid with unequal areas for the faces and I am looking to determine in the inside air temperature. The parameters I know are the outer and ...
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Equation involving; elastic modulus, poisson ratio, radius and pressure of a sphere [closed]

I am trying to determine the expansion of a spherical pressure vessel. I am certain that an equation exist that will define the change of radius of the sphere as the pressure increases. The vessel ...
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If you heat a closed tube, does its mass change?

This is a result of a debate with friends. We were more concerned with the nano- and smaller-scale effects than the larger effects. Let's assume that we have a closed tube filled with air. We weigh ...
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A possible way to initiate a nuclear fusion reaction without a nuclear fission trigger [closed]

A few years back I read in either Popular Science or Popular Mechanics about a new kind of high explosive that had an energy density many times higher than the most potent ones previously developed, ...
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Increasing the efficiency of solar cell systems

As far as I know, there are currently two main approaches to utilising solar radiation for maximum energy conversion to electricity. These are either direct conversion to electricity, using ...
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Causality principle and Entropy (Second Law)

I was reading about the light cone in relativity and I got to the point where in order to avoid paradoxes one can introduce the causality principle: Causality Principle: For every inertial ...
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Practical understanding of energies in LHC collisions

Is visible light emitted at the point of collision in the LHC? If so, how bright? How much water could be heated up by 10 degrees celsius (this is the energy from collision only, not the energy to ...
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What polytropic index should I use for spherical accretion onto a degenerate object?

Take a degenerate object, such as a white dwarf, embedded in a gas cloud. The cloud is small enough such that the size of the object is non-negligible in comparison - that is, the white dwarf takes up ...