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 sort of thermodynamic process is this?

I have to calculate the work done in this thermodynamic cycle: LINK. But the bottom bit of the cycle is something I've never seen before. I guess the curve in $pV$ space is given by $$\left( V- ...
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Forms of the first law of thermodynamics

The first law of thermodynamics states that $$\frac{D}{Dt}(K+U)=W+H,$$ where K is the kinetic energy, U is the internal energy, W is the power of the external forces and H is the heat flux. I have ...
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Conceptual difficulty in understanding Fourier's Law of heat conduction

I am having a bit of difficulty understanding the statement of Fourier's law of heat conduction. As mentioned in Georg Joos , Theoretical Physics The quantity of heat passing per second through ...
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What is the work done by an ideal gas?

What is the work done by an ideal gas when final pressure and volume are both different from its initial pressure and volume or when both pressure and volume changes ?
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Heating and Recooling of an Object

Consider a piece of metal of length $L$ and linear thermal expansion coefficient $\alpha$. We eat the metal $\Delta T$ degrees, causing the metal to increase to length $$ L' = L + L \alpha \Delta T$$ ...
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A simple thermodynamic question? [closed]

I tried this question a lot of time and few day's earlier I also solved it correctly but I don't know why I am not able to solve it now. I can't get what link I am missing. ques: 2 moles of helium gas ...
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Is it possible to condense heat?

Suppose that I have a warm room. Is it possible to condense the heat of the room into a small object so that the room turns cold and the small object very hot? If it's possible: How? If it's not: ...
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Unclear how heat interacts with Navier Stokes

I am playing around with an Navier stokes solver and I'm having trouble introducing heat. Am I right in thinking this would be introduced in the ${\bf f}$ term of ${\partial{\bf u}\over\partial t} = ...
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A hot object exposed to low temperature in a vacuum doesn't lose heat?

I heard somewhere that if the human body were exposed to outer space where the temperature is extremely low, the human won't actually feel cold because in a vacuum, the heat energy doesn't have ...
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Can one heat up a vacuum?

I've got a question about heating a vacuum. If there were, say, a container in space, at 2.7 degrees kelvin (the typical temperature of space, if I'm not mistaken) and as empty as space (as close to ...
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thermodynamics in air and water

In perspective of thermodynamics,a person can survive a temperature of twenty degrees Celsius in air, but a person cannot survive in water with same temp.(it's not because he can't breathe) why is ...
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What's the lower limit for energy usage to desalinate water?

Consider a desalination process where you enter sea water and receive fresh water and brine (or maybe pure salt). How do I compute the least amount of energy per mass? I think this has something to ...
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Is it true that the mass of air in normal atmospheric pressure over 1$m^2$ is 10326 $kg$?

Is it true that the mass of air in normal atmospheric pressure over 1$m^2$ is 10326 $kg$? I calculated it from pressure formula $p=\frac{F}{A}$. Let $m=?, A=1 m^2 and p=101300 Pa$. ...
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Carnot cycle: What happens to the rest of the energy?

In a Carnot cycle, the work potential is $W =Q_{in}( 1-\frac{T_0}{T_R})$ where $T_0$ is the temperature of the sink, $T_{R}$ is the temperature of the source heat reservoir, and $Q_{in}$ is the heat ...
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Why does the aligning of magnetic dipoles in a material cause its heat capacity to decrease?

This is with regards to adiabatic magnetisation.
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What is $k_B$ in the context of this question?

Answering the following question 1000 atoms are in equilibrium at temperature T. Each atom has two energy states, $E_1$ and $E_2$, where $E_2 > E_1$ . On average, there are 200 atoms in the ...
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Why does Joule-Thomson expansion of a gas do no (external) work?

I understand one of the benefits of the Hampson-Linde cycle is that there are no cold-side moving parts, but isn't one losing an awful lot of energy in the throttling process? There must be something ...
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Which formula for entropy is correct? (OR Is the fundamental thermodynamic equality always right?)

Quick question, in the lecture notes to a thermodynamic course I'm taking, $$d\underline{S}=\frac{d\underline{U}}{T}+\Big(\frac{\partial P}{\partial T}\Big)_{\underline{V}} d\underline{V}$$ But ...
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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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Maximum efficiency for a counter-current heat exchanger (double flux controlled motorized ventilation)

I am not sure if I can explain the question correctly because I don't know the name of this mechanism in English. This is my explanation attempt: In a house, a tube is expelling the air from the ...
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Per unit area, is there more heat transfer through the open top of a mug or the side walls?

I had a mug of hot coffee cool too rapidly for my liking the other day, which made me wonder what was the greater contributor to heat loss for a typical open-top ceramic mug: the open top, the walls, ...
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Watercooling performance and amount of water or liquid in the loop

Imagine a watercooling system. It consist of a reservoir, pump, tubes and a radiator. We all know how it works. My question is, only inreasing the reservoir's volum, say from 1 liter to 2, will ...
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How does liquid convert to gas on getting thermal heat energy?

Say for example, when we heat, water converts to steam gas. How does it happen? What happens underneath giving rise to breaking of bond between molecules in liquid state and spreading them in gas ...
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What are the patterns appear after kernel averaging?

Having a 2D map filled uniformly by random values (Figure:top-left) to demonstrate a disordered phenomena, the next maps are ...
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Function of air conditioner

What i always thought that air conditioners blow the cool air without knowing that they actually take the warm air from indoor and from outdoor. But whats the point of taking air from indoor and ...
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How to calculate heat exchange/deltaT in a moving volume of fluid?

I am building a preheater for a maple syrup evaporator and am going to use the steam generated by the heating process to pre-heat the incoming sap from, say 5 degrees C to (hopefully) something on the ...
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cm^3/g as a unit of adsorption

I recently saw cm^3/g as a unit for amount adsorbed. Usually, you see either kg adsorbate/kg adsorbent or mole adsorbate/kg adsorbent. Does anyone know the meaning of this unit?
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What happens to internal energy in high-density materials?

Normal-density materials have internal energy, which is the sum of the average energies associated to each of the degrees of freedom. Degrees of freedom can be described as vibrational, translational, ...
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Extracting heat energy from a material

Does it violate any physical laws to take a portion of the energy out of a system and use it? Specifically I'm referring to heat. (Kinetic energy). For example, if you have a material which has a lot ...
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Why is Cv used in the adiabatic expansion of Carnot Cycle to calculate internal energy

When I took this class years ago, I simply accepted it as fact. However, now that I'm teaching it, the following bugs me....a lot. Why do they use Cv to describe the change of internal energy during ...
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The thermal expansion of material

The question is that: they drill a hole in the middle of a metal. Then when this metal is heated, will the hole become larger or smaller? The hole will get bigger, by experiment, but I think that when ...
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Reversible cycle approximated by Carnot cycles

My textbook, W.E. Gettys, F.J. Keller, M.J. Skove, Physics 1, gives the definition of a reversible transformation as a transformation that can be inverted by effectuating only infinitesimal changes in ...
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What is the perfect Ice Cube? [closed]

I have a freezer with -25°C temperature and Soda with +30°C. What is the ice-cube-sized material I can put in the freezer that can bring my glas of soda to the lowest temperature? Are e.g. saltwater ...
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canonical ensemble that is quantum mechanical and continuous?

I do not understand what the following statements from Wikipedia mean For a canonical ensemble that is quantum mechanical and continuous, the canonical partition function is defined as $$ Z = ...
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Really how does the entropy of the universe increase?

Universe means the system along with its surroundings. I have always got this statement while studying the second law; be it a thermodynamics book(Sears, Salinger) , physical cihemistry book(Atkins, ...
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Finding the Enthalpy of an Ideal Gas given internal energy

I am trying to find a formula for tying things up. Given an ideal gas like helium or nitrogen gas (diatomic) how can I find its enthalpy simply given internal energy? I remember it was once taught in ...
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Preventing Heat Escape

Is is possible to completely prevent heat from escaping from a closed container? Here is a diagram of vacuum flask, which tries to implement the design - Vacuum Flask prevents heat from escaping ...
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Is possible to synthesize diamond at relatively lower pressures (6 to 7 GPa vs 12 GPa)?

Pure binderless nanopolycrystalline diamond can be produced from graphite when the graphite is treated with more than 12 GPa pressure and at least 2100°C temperature . If we treated graphite or ...
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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 ...
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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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Definition of 1 calorie

Why has the definition of 1 calorie been taken to be the energy required to heat 1 gram of water from 14.5 to 15.5 degree centigrade at standard pressure? Is there any specific reason for taking the ...
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Charles Law inverse for cooling?

Is the inverse of Charles law also true? If I double the volume, the temperature will be halved? In the fire service we ventilate a structure by opening up the ceiling to the attic. If the volume of ...
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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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Susceptibilities and response functions

It is often confusing whether a susceptibility is the same as a response function, specially that often they are used interchangeably, in the context of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Very ...
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What is the best thermal heatsink compound?

Re-worded This is about the Experimental Physics not PC building or how to grease a car's radiator. I have to insert a stainless steel enclosed PT100 into a block of metal to monitor its temperature ...
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Partition function: Number of states? Doesn't add up for ising

While trying to really understanding the partition function in statistical mechanics, I tried looking at it for a 2D ising model, as that's been helpful for me for all kinds of thermodynamic values. ...
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Are black holes hot?

If no light can escape black holes, in my mind they would act as a greenhouse, collecting radiation from the stars or CMB or anything. Or is all this energy just absorbed by the black hole?
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Can an object appropriately isolated from its surroundings become colder than its surroundings?

Consider a sealed box, well-insulated on all sides, except for the lid which is transparent to infrared. An object is placed inside the box and the box is evacuated (purpose being to thermally isolate ...
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Relation between work and internal energy in an Isothermal expansion

I don't understand why the change in internal energy in an isothermal expansion is considered to be 0. In an isothermal process is done work, so, shouldn't that imply that the internal energy changed? ...