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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Calculate TEC efficiency

I am currently doing a small experiment using a Peltier to cool 250ml of water. My aim is to achieve the cooling of 250ml from 23degC to 8degC in under 20minuets which I have done by strapping the ...
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Whenever we fill a bottle with cold water and close it, why is it that after a few seconds we notice cold water droplets outside the bottle?

Whenever we fill a bottle with cold water and place back the cap tightly closing it, why is it that after a few seconds we notice cold water droplets outside the bottle as if the water is coming out ...
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what property of steam makes it the preferable motive fluid in jet ejectors? why not air or nitrogen?

I want to know what properties of steam make it the fluid of choice in steam turbines jet ejectors. I want to understand the mechanism of energy conversion in these equipment and hence understand ...
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What caused a fluctuating cloud to form in a jet engine intake on a humid day?

I was on a commercial flight in a 737 stationary at idle on a taxiway. It had recently stopped raining so the relative humidity was likely near 100% and the air temperature was about "light jacket" ...
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Why are ceramic containers used for hot beverages?

Why are ceramic containers used for hot beverages? For example, is it dangerous to use plastic? Are there any other reasons other than to protect hands from heat?
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A simple osmosis problem

The following is adapted from a problematic question* asked on the Bio site. I would like to ask it free of those distractions here. If there is anything unduly artificial about the problem please ...
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Enthalpic Excess - Regular Solution Upon Mixing

My professor, in his handout, says the following about this diagram : For $\beta>+2$ there are two minima and phase separation occurs driven by unfavourable enthalpic interactions. I ...
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Thermo-Emf variation with temperature

In the following experiment for seebeck effect After a certain temperature, the thermo-emf begins to fall. Why does this happen? What is happening microscopically at this level to cause such an ...
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What is the relation between isothermal process and its surrounding?

In an isothermal process the temperature of a system remains constant but may or may not be similar to temperature of surroundings How is this possible?
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Temperature in an isobaric process

I have a certain conceptual issue - I'm solving heat engine problems and I found something difficult to understand. Let's take an isobaric part of a cycle of an engine, let's say that the ideal gas is ...
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How to increase temperature of small mass using large mass of lesser temperature?

I know that heat flow from higher temperature to lower temperature, but theoretically, is it possible to build heat pump that can move energy from ocean which are at ~295 kelvin to a small boiler ...
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Fuel and heated iron?

If I have a pile full of fuel (gasoline) - and I also have heated iron ( very very hot - color orange) and I put the Iron in the pile , Would the gasoline will burn ? I mean - does gasoline need ...
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What will happen to water at $0^\circ$ Celsius kept in large evacuated chamber

Suppose some water is kept at $0^\circ$, in a glass (ideal container, if necessary). Now it is placed in a large evacuated chamber. What will happen? I think some water will vaporize, some will ...
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Understanding collision terms in Boltzmann equation

I am reading a paper that deals with the Boltzmann equation. They add a collision which is supposed to account for collisions which happen when particles are within a radius of $d$ from each other. ...
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Does thermal energy include the kinetic energy of the electrons?

Or is the kinetic energy of the electrons not counted towards the thermal energy? (In other words only the energy of the lattice structure is counted)
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Why is $\left.\frac{\partial C_V}{\partial V}\right|_T$ different in these derivations?

I want to show that $\delta q$ is not an exact differential. Starting from $dE = \delta q - pdV$ and because $E := E(V, T)$ is a state function, which allows to express the exact differential as $$ ...
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Fluid Temperature as a function of Mass and Ambient Temperature

Problem I am trying to create an equation to calculate fuel temperature based on ambient temperature, heat exchange rate, and mass. The idea is very simple; when the mass is heated, depending on how ...
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Can I apply symmetry to this boundary value problem (BVP)?

Let's say I have a hollow cylindrical shell with inner radius $a$ and outer radius $b$ and length $L$. The temperature at at z=L is $T_{2}$ and the temperature at z=0 is $T_{1}$. There is also an ...
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What is concept of temperture in ion trap?

As only several thousands of particles are holding in the ion trap, how can we understand the temperature?
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Can entropy of a system decrease if we wait long enough?

A ball rests on a smooth surface. The ball's particles are in constant motion. So are the particles of the floor. Some of the ball's particles collide with the floor's particles and transfer kinetic ...
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Relation between speed of sound and compressibility

We know that $c^2=\frac{\partial p}{\partial ρ}$ The adiabatic compressibility is defined as: $\beta_S=-\frac{1}{V}\frac{\partial V}{\partial p}$ such that the subscript "S" stands for "adiabatic" ...
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Unheated intermediate room - positive or negative effect on flats temp. insulation?

This is a question I have heard quite some contrary opinions, so I want to ask it here, as it deals with physics in principle:) The question is basically that, if having a unheated intermediate (in ...
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What would give us more heat ? infrared or microwaves?

As we know that our body is made up mostly of water and the frequency of vibration of water molecules matches that of microwaves which is the working principle of microwave ovens. When we come in ...
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How is NASA's mod II Stirling engine so powerful yet so small?

Is it because of the temperature difference? I just don't understand how it can propel a car. Here's the link to the engine: ...
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Please describe how a vacuum flask/thermos works [closed]

Please describe how a vacuum flask/thermos works. How does the vacuum prevent convection/conduction/radiation? How does the lid with the curvy lines prevent either of the aforementioned heat ...
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Using the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution function to find specific molecule speeds?

I've been looking for problems to practice on this topic and found a problem asking to use the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution function to calculate the fraction of Argon gas molecules with a speed of ...
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Can exergy and exergy destruction be understood through thermodynamical and/or statistical-mechanical principles?

My textbook Fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics, Moran and Shapiro states: The exergy is the maximum theoretical work obtainable for an overall system consisting of a system and the ...
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Temperature-induced wavelength shift of optical coatings?

Optical coatings designed for reflection or anti-reflection are made of many thin layers which will expand when heated. What will the effect be on the wavelengths the coating will reflect when the ...
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Is temperature-induced change in the volume of balloons dependent on gas?

Which balloon will have higher relative change in volume, helium balloon immersed in liquid nitrogen or air balloon immersed in liquid nitrogen? Since volume is directly proportional to temperature ...
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Absorption of radiation due to temperature

I was wondering if the temperature of an object affects the amount of radiation it absorbs. For example, if I have a box that is hotter, will it absorb more energy as compared to the same cooler box? ...
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What is the effect of phase transition on the thermodynamic state variables of a material?

When a material undergoes a phase transition, it releases an amount of heat (under a specific temperature). So the effect of the phase transition on entropy would be equal to: \begin{align} ...
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Is water a gas at critical density, room temperature?

I am quoting Chaikin, Lubensky, Principles of Condensed Matter Physics, p. 4. Now suppose we have a closed container of water vapor at a density of 0.322 g/cc at room temperature. As the ...
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Is there really such a thing as an irreversible process?

If an isolated system goes from a state A to B, will it always eventually fluctuate back to state A? If not, give an simple example. Is it right to say that entropy only says that the probability ...
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How does enthalpy help us to find the state of equilibrium?

For an adiabatic system with constant external (generalized) forces, in a state out of equilibrium we have: $$\delta H\leq 0 $$ If I understand correctly, derivation of this inequality does not rely ...
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Why is there a sign error in my derivation? Adiabatic expansion of ideal gas: $TV^{1-\gamma}$ is constant

This is the last part of a derivation of the equation for an ideal gas undergoing reversible adiabatic expansion. I'm trying to prove that $T V^{\gamma-1}$ is constant, but my result is that $T ...
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What the rate of heat transfer between my thumb and a surface of known dimensions and properties?

I am trying to calibrate a high speed thermocouple for measuring heat transfer rates. One of the calibration techniques I am using is sticking my thumb to the thermocouple (which is embedded flush ...
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Do ice crystals grow only as heat is being removed or also when an item is at a set temperature?

Chicken develops ice crystals between -2C to -4C. Now as chicken's temperature moves slowly from -2C to -4C ice crystals will grow. However, let's say that in a freezer, we set the final temp to -3C. ...
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Do bifacial solar panels operate at lower temperature than normal solar panels?

Bifacial solar panels have a glass backplane instead of the usual aluminum and are designed to absorb and convert to electricity light incident on either face. Many manufacturers claim that their ...
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Fourier rate equation valid in which frame of reference?

I wonder about the following; the Fourier rate equation of heat conduction states: $$\vec q = -k\nabla T$$ But I'm wondering if this is valid in every frame of reference, because the heat flux $\vec ...
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Explanation Needed: Thermodynamics of a hot/cold water jet machine

I didn't know where to begin with this problem. I eventually found a solution online, which is why I'm reposting this question with an answer. I was wondering if anyone can explain the one question I ...
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Is the convective heat coefficient always dependent on heat flux and delta T?

I'm having a difficult discussion with a colleague because I'm running heat flow simulations for a small heater (5 mm^2 area), and I insist that if we're going to run more electrical power through the ...
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Can't understand a thing about emissivity concept

I can't understand something about emissivity. Emissivity is defined as the ratio of the radiant energy of an object, to radiant energy of blackbody at a temperature $T$. So, The vegetation has ...
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Isentropic vs Total pressure

I am confused between these two quantities: Isentropic pressure and Total pressure. Are they the same?
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Gas in movement

Suppose I have a gas contained in a solid box and I drop it from a certain height, is the temperature of the gas going to change because of the velocity that it acquires during the fall? If so, by how ...
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on Brownian motors

From this review on Brownian motors, there is such a statement without detailed explanation: (I think this statement is general enough so that one does not need to read the article) "Apart from ...
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1/2 freeze a water bottle

Is it possible to quick freeze half of an unopened bottle of water or soda by putting half of the bottle in a subfreezing solution liquid nitrogen or other solution without freezing the whole bottle?
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Thermal Penetration Depth discrepancy

I've been working on a project that involves thermoacoustics, and one of the commonly-used values in this field is know as the thermal penetration depth. It is calculated as follows: $$\delta_k = ...
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Mass fraction of fuel on a fuel droplet surface

Concerning combustion of fuel droplets: Why is the mass fraction of fuel on a fuel droplet surface slightly less than one? It is known that the temperature is below the boiling point at the fuel ...
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Function for heating of a planet by its star

I'm looking for an algorithmic model which will gives rough estimate of the average temperature of a planet's atmosphere (good enough to say whether there will be liquid water anywhere, or if metals ...
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Do metals generally lose more heat by convection than non-metals?

I've been experimenting with radiative cooling lately and in my mind convection is always an enemy (especially forced convection since the modules are outdoors). Looking at Newton's law of cooling, ...