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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What would result in a transformer that has its secondary wires disconnected from any circuit?

I am studying magnetism and I am curious as to what happens in a transformer that has its secondary output wires connected through a circuit versus one that doesn't. My main questions (in the case of ...
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Temperature Vs. Volume of Water

Here and here it states that water is at its highest density around $4^\circ$ Celsius. I know very little physics and a Google search has left me without an answer. I am teaching an ODE class in the ...
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Indicators on how even the heat is distributed?

I'm wondering if there are any good indicators on how even the heat is distributed on an object (for simplicity, a flat object maybe)? What are the possibly reasonable ways to maximize the evenness if ...
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What's the vapor pressure and evaporation enthalpy of a saline solution?

Suppose you dissolve an amount of salt in water. Because of the attraction between the ions and the water molecules, you'd expect lower vapor pressure and higher enthalpie, both depending on the ...
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What is the relation between surface area and radiation, if any?

Basically I wonder what happens to emitted radiation by douubling a light e.g. twice the surface area of the sun will emit how much more radiation? 4 times more? Is there a formula?
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Stealing heat, or not?

Say I hook a 1KW steam engine to the steam heat in my apartment, and generate 1KW of electricity (the engine is 1KW mechanical, not 1KW thermal) from it, so I don't have to pay ConEd. That means I ...
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What is the difference of work $W$ and thermal energy $Q$ in thermodynamic Stirling-process for ideal gas?

What is the difference of work $W$ and thermal energy $Q$ in thermodynamic Stirling-process (in simple form) for ideal gas? I think that you need work to preserve this process and you bring thermal ...
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What is the characteristic length of a cylinder

I have a cold cylinder that is submerged in hot water and I need to find the convective heat transfer coefficient. I can do the whole process but I am stuck finding the characteristic length. I found ...
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Heat Exchanger Calculation

I have a tank of oil at 55 degrees c. I plan to run a copper pipe 8mm in diameter (1mm thickness) into a coil 15m long inside the tank. For all purposes of assumption, the copper pipe is perfectly ...
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Action on Lard Oil

If water is mixed with lard oil and heated (creating some super-critical liquid with water), how does this affect the volatility of the mixture in comparison with its purity..? So, My question is: ...
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Performing work on a box of gas by lifting it, and first law of thermodynamics

What happens if we lift a box of ideal gas? Work is done to the box but no heat is getting into it. So does it's internal energy increase by the amount of work done? Or is it that lifting is not ...
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Work Done by an Adiabatic Expansion

I am given the information that a parcel of air expands adiabatically (no exchange of heat between parcel and its surroundings) to five times its original volume, and its initial temperature is 20° C. ...
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How to evaluate heating value on the basis on these data?

Heating value of liquid-gas mixture was tested with primus which has gas burner. In the initial state aluminum container with lid protected from the wind has temperature of 0 celsius and in it 0,54 ...
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Supermarket refrigerator - why is it noticebable colder in this shop area?

As we know fridge can't cool room in which it is (according to Second Law of Thermodynamics, heat emitted by fridge is greater than heat absorped). However, when we go next to the fridge in ...
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Work on ideal gas by piston

Imagine a thermally insulated cylinder containing a ideal gas closed at one end by a piston. If the piston is moved rapidly, so the gas expands from $V_i$ to $V_f$. The expanding gas will do work ...
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Dependance of temperature on color of metals

I asked this question because I supposedly did last year, Stanfor Klein which belongs to the Solar Energy Laboratory of the University of Wisconsin says that "the color of a car does not affect its ...
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Evolution of Gibbs energy change of reaction with temperature

The Gibbs energy change of reaction is given by $$\Delta G^0_{rx}=\Delta H^0_{rx}-T\Delta S^0_{rx}$$ From the look of it seems the direction of variation of equlibrium with $T$ is given by the sign ...
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Ideal gas with two kinds of particles, Grand canonical partition function

Consider an ideal gas contained in a volume V at temperature T. If all particles are identical the Grand canonical partition function can be calculated using $$Z_g(V,T,z) := \sum_{N=0}^\infty z^N ...
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heat of a laptop when placed on a table, when placed on a pile of books and when placed on a bed [closed]

I heard somewhere that it is dangerous to place a laptop on a bed. The reason given was that placing the laptop on the bed blocks (assume that the laptop does not have sideway fans - it only has air ...
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Mixing Water at Different Temperature

If I have cup of water at room temperature (say, $25^\circ$C). What would be the resultant temperature if I pour another cup of same amount of water at $100^\circ$C to it? Is it simply ...
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What is a qualitative explanation for order of values of standard entropies of formation for isomers of hexane?

I have literature values for the standard enthalpy and Gibbs energy changes of formation at 298 K, $\Delta H_\text{f}^o$ and $\Delta G_\text{f}^o$, for product in the ideal gas state. Since $G=H-TS$ ...
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At what point can we assume the tip of a fin is adiabatic?

Let's say there is a fin that is 1mm thick, extends 8mm from the surface, and is 10 mm wide. The fin is exposed to a moving fluid. Can we assume the adiabatic tip condition and use the characteristic, ...
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Equipartition theorem for flowing gas

If an ideal gas is flowing with a velocity $v$, how is the equipartition theorem applied. Normally, we can say that $\frac{1}{2}mv_{x,rms}^2=\frac{1}{2}k_BT$. We can do the same thing for $v_y$ ...
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What's the temperature distribution of a plane wall insulated on one side with no internal heat gen.?

Let's say we have a plane wall that is insulated on one side, exposed to a fluid on the other side, and has no internal heat generation. Would the shape of the temperature distribution be a constant? ...
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When to use Heat Diffusivity eqn and when to use Fourier's law to find temperature distribution?

Let's say that there is a circular conical section that has diameter $D=.25x$ without any heat generation and I need to find the temperature distribution. Originially I thought I could use the heat ...
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Expansion of Helmholtz energy

To get an expansion of Helmholtz energy of a) an ideal gas b) a Van der waals gas we must integrate $\left ( \frac{\delta A }{\delta V} \right )_{T}=-P$ I saw the solution is : Can you ...
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how much heat i need to reach constant temperature

Is there an equation I can use to calculate the heat required (as a function of time) to sustain water at some specif temperature? I already know how much heat I need to reach the desired temparature ...
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What happens to temperature when pressure is constant in a cylindrical piston of saturated liquid ammonia?

Let's say I have a cylindrical piston containing saturated liquid ammonia that is fitted with an electrical heater and a paddle wheel for stirring at an initial pressure and an initial temperature. ...
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Helmholtz Free Energy relation

Ok so in a lecture my professor gave us this definition: $dF=\left(\frac{\partial F}{\partial T}\right)_{V,N}dT+\left(\frac{\partial F}{\partial V}\right)_{T,N}dV+\left(\frac{\partial F}{\partial ...
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Uses and interpretation of the 'Bowen Ratio' ($B_o=SH/LE$)

The Bowen Ratio is the ratio of sensible heat flux to latent heat flux, so presumably it gives some information about the relative importance of these processes. But it is not clear how this ...
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Reversible Stirling Engine

So it has been asserted that a Stirling engine with proper regeneration can be made reversible. It will consist of two isothermal quasi-static processes connected by two constant-volume processes. The ...
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What role does gravity have on flame composition?

In 2000, Nasa conducted an experiment and found that gravity plays an indirect role in flame formation and composition (see the wikipedia article). What role does gravity play? Why does a flame ...
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Heat loss using alternating current

I am looking for somebody who can explain this to me. As I have read in physics books, the Joule-Lenz Law (Joule effect of heating) is represented by the formula ...
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About state function

As I undersand in thermodynamics, a gas with an equation of state $f(V,T,p)=0$ will need only 2 variables (e.g $V$ and $p$) to determine its state. Regarding this question: I still don't ...
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Gibbs equation and third law of thermodynamics

I have seen a discussion of what would happen for an ideal gas expands irreversibly and adiabatically until absolute zero degree K. The entropy change is like that: Δs=Cv ln(T2/T1)+R ln(V2/V1) It is ...
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Difference between Residual Function and Excess Property

Sengers describes the deviation function as the difference of the actual mixture property and as determined from a model. If this model happens to be the ideal gas model, then it is also called ...
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Potential Energy Stored in Hydrostatic Test Unit [closed]

I have a perfectly rigid pressure vessel of volume $V= 3 \, \text{m}^3$ . The atmospheric pressure $P_{atm} = 101 \,\text{kPa}$ and $T_{atm} = 22 \, \text{C}$. First, I evacuate all the air in the ...
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Hot water freezing faster than cold water

This question has puzzled me for a long time. There is already a question like this on Physics.SE. John's answer to the question seems quite satisfying. But when I googled the cause I found this and ...
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Thermodynamics - compressor power [closed]

I have some homework to do but I haven't good thermodynamics background experience... :( The "translated homework is".. The compressor has a gas mass flow of $45 \,\mathrm{kg/min}$. on the entrance ...
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Distribution of temperature in a plume of a jet

The exaust gases of a plume of a missile have a distribution in temperature and in density vs. distance from the nozzle. Using a CFD software it is quite simple to get such distribution. Is there some ...
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Units kT = 1… why?

Why is it convenient to choose units kT=1? It came up in this paper: http://jfi.uchicago.edu/~leop/SciencePapers/scaling%20and%20universality%20in%20statistical%20physics.pdf in page 4, equation ...
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is boiling of water an isobaric process?

Is the conversion of water into steam at 100°C an isobaric process? It is an isothermal process, but does pressure rain constant during this process?Please explain as well..
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I need to calculate the temperature of some flat copper wire as it loses contact with a chilled capstan roller

I need some help in designing a system for cooling wire as it comes off a resistance annealer. I need to calculate the temperature of that flat copper wire as it comes off a chilled roller (call it a ...
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Heat equation : boundary conditions?

Say we have a bar centered at $x=0$, that is heated. We have the 1D Heat equation which we can solve to find a parabolic temperature profile : $$\kappa \frac{d^2 T}{d x^2}=-\frac{Q}{L S}$$ with ...
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How to prove R value for insulation?

I ran some tests on different types of insulation. I heated water, and placed it into an insulated box. The temperature was recorded every minute, for the water, as well as the air. The insulation ...
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Irreversible heat engines strictly less efficient than reversible ones

I undertand how Canot's theorem implies that irreversible heat engines must be no more efficient than reversible one's, but it isless clear why they need to be less efficient, as I have seen stated in ...
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Thermal Conduction through sphere

In general, a sphere with conductivity $\kappa$, heat capacity per unit volume $C$ and radius $R$ obeys the differential equation at time t: $$C\frac{\partial T}{\partial t} = \kappa \frac{\partial^2 ...
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Not Quasi-static, yet reversible process? Is this a valid example?

Imagine a gas (at room temp. and pressure) enclosed in a thermally insulating spherical container. At some instant, the container instantly expands symmetrically (radially outward) to, say, twenty ...
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How to calculate net power output of heated, expanding air?

I'm interested in designing and building a Stirling engine which uses air that has been heated, which expands and then acts upon a piston producing power. There is a fixed amount of air inside the ...
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How much energy would it take to maintain the temperature in my pool?

Lets sat that I have a 1000 gallon pool sitting pretty at 82.4 degrees F (28 C). How much energy would it lose on a cold day (50 F or 10 C) and only the top was above ground (25 Sq Feet.) Would ...