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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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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Bernoulli Equation for isentropic ideal gas flow

If one derives the Bernoulli Equation for the isentropic ideal gas flow you get: $$ \frac{1}{2}v^2 + g z + \left(\frac{\kappa}{\kappa -1} \right) \frac{p}{\rho} = const. $$ Two questions: Is ...
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Highest temperature possible to achieve using magnifying glass and sunlight [duplicate]

Temperature of the surface of the sun is about 5750K. Can you heat an object to more than 6000K using magnifying glass and sunlight? According to second law heat cannot be transferred from colder to ...
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Is it safe and theorotically correct to heat a bar magnet using an open fire/furnace, provided conditions given below?

For a project, I will have to heat a bar magnet to any temperature above 40 degree celsius. For this, can I place the magnet over an open fire --like one in a furnace-- for 20 minutes or so to achieve ...
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Finding the equation of state from a thermodynamical potential

Given a themrmodynamical potential eg, the helmholtz free energy, $$F=-Nk_BT \ln(V-bN)+aN\ln V + k_BTN\left( \ln N! -\frac{3}{2}\ln T\right)$$ $a,b$ positive constants and $V \geq Nb$ and $N>>1$....
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Area under temperature time graph

I have an open desiccant heating system which has a flow rate of $0.7$ litres/sec, I have recorded the temperature profile after the air has been heated and plotted it against time in seconds. My ...
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Does it mean the molecules of all matter above absolute zero temperature are moving? [duplicate]

According to my knowledge, heat is the energy that is stored in form of kinetic energy of molecules in Brownian motion. However, in a macroscopic view, a rigid body seem to be "stable" but still store ...
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Could you make a system that exchanges matter but no thermodynamic energy?

Normally we distinguish between open, closed and isolated systems, assuming that the 4th possibility does not exist, as an exchange of matter presupposes energy exchange. Could it be nevertheless ...
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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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Rate of evaporation of water with mass loss at set temperature and pressure

I have a cylindrical tank with an 'm' amount of water in it. The tank is sealed except through an exhaust with a fan that keeps a lower than atmospheric pressure (but not vacuum) inside the tank. The ...
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Blackbody radiation and emissive power

According to blackbody radiation theory, and thanks to Planck, we now know that there is a energy density, $u(\lambda,T)$ [$J/m^3$], associated with a certain wavelength at a particular temperature. ...
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What is the correct form of heat diffusion equation taking into account temperature dependence of specific heat

What is the correct form of the heat diffusion equation in 1D if we take into account the temperature dependency of specific heat capacity? $$ \rho\frac{d(cT)}{dt} = \frac{d}{dx}\bigg(k\frac{dT}{dx}\...
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Rough/ballpark thermodynamics and black body temperature question

This is probobly pretty basic but I got into a debate with someone and the temperature of Titan came up, and I did some quick and dirty calculations - as follows. Titan is about 9.5 times as far from ...
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Carnot vs. Otto

Otto cycle is reversible and according to Carnot theorem should have the same efficiency as Carnot $\eta_{Carnot}=1-T_C/T_H$. The efficiency of Otto is $\eta_{Otto}=1-\frac{T_4-T_1}{T_3-T_2}$ (see ...
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What does this extraneous solution to an elementary thermodynamics problem represent?

I recently had the following homework problem (Knight 3e, exercise 16.72, page 467): The cylinder in Figure CP16.72 has a moveable piston attached to a spring. The cylinder's cross-section area ...
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The fly and the sphere of iron

When I was a child, I read something like the following in a book whose name I have now forgotten (I tried to find the original quote on the web, but although there are some similar passages the ...
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How does this new theory of a possible infinitely old universe not violate the second law of thermodynamics

I read the following article: http://phys.org/news/2015-02-big-quantum-equation-universe.html And followed it back to this journal reference : http://arxiv.org/abs/1404.3093 It appears to be ...
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Accessible system where specific heat and thermal conductivity vary in different ways?

I'm teaching undergrad thermo this semester and to my surprise several students are having trouble conceptualizing heat capacity and thermal conductivity as different properties; they can apply them ...
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Why is work done on the system considered when calculating the work output?

The thermodynamic efficiency $\eta$ is calculated by $\eta= \frac{W_{out}}{Q_{in}}$ Using the first law of thermodynamics we usually say that $W_{out}$ is $Q_c+Q_h$, where $Q_c$ is the heat ...
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What happens to running water in sub-zero environment?

Many rivers in sub-zero winter temperatures don't freeze (photo). For simplicity let's discuss a (small) water pipe/canal with uniform cross section, inclined by an angle $\theta$. It seems that: ...
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Why does ice melts faster near the surface of water?

I had a few frozen bottles and while they were melting I saw this: in all of the bootles, the ice seems to get thiner near the surface. I have searched a bit and I've found this video that shows ...
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When I'm in a warm room how much of the warmth I feel is due to radiation from surfaces?

Say I'm in a room heated to 23C, once the temperature is in balance all the objects will also be 23C and radiating heat towards me. How much of the warmth I feel is due to this radiation, and how much ...
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How to use the first law of thermodynamics for simple mechanical systems?

I'm confused about what exactly is $Q$ and $U$ and their signs. Consider a block initially having some kinetic energy which we stop and we want to find by how much amount its temperature increases. ...
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How can we describe or model the spread of ice during the freezing of the surface of a still lake?

Premise: I live in a place where it is unquestionably wintertime in every aspect of the phrase. I was driving down the street and I drove by a lake. There was a recent and sudden temperature drop (...
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How can I estimate the cooking time of a roast?

I never remember what worked before, or to write it down someplace. In any case the size and starting temperature will vary. The instructions I learned from refuse to give a time at all, and the ...
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How to move liquid uphill against a thermal gradient, without moving parts

I am looking for a conceptual way of dealing with the following. I am not looking for a set of blueprints. Consider a 5 meter x 10 cm vertical closed tube filled with a substance in the gas and ...
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The Big Crunch and perceived entropy

I'm aware of the Big Crunch theory, that once at capacity, the universe may collapse in on itself. Hawking once theorized that time may go backwards during this crunch. So, that got me thinking: how ...
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Why does air feel cooler when blown through a small hole and warm through a big one? (for example from a mouth) [duplicate]

I hope the question is clear enough and I'm sure that you can try this thing quite easily yourself. When I blow air from my mouth to my palm through a small opening, I feel cool in my palm, but its ...
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First law of thermodynamics [closed]

In the first law of thermodynamics, we learned that $W$ and $Q$ are path-dependent quantities, but how are $Q$ and $W$ defined? I mean $W = \int_{\gamma} p(s) ds$ would be one possibility, where $\...
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Do the number of possible microstates increase as temperature decreases?

Entropy change, $\Delta{S}$, can be found from the $\frac{1}{T} - Q$ graph. When the temperature doesn't change during the dispersal of heat energy in the system, the area under the graph is more, ...
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Water behaviour under theoretical near-infinite pressure conditions

I've asked a similar question here but the answer given shows the behaviour of water under general conditions. I'd like to know what the behaviour of water is like as pressures increase towards ...
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How does the second law of thermodynamics follow from low entropy of early universe?

One of the explanations of the second law of thermodynamics is that it goes back to the low entropy in the early universe (How do you prove the second law of thermodynamics from statistical mechanics?)...
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Calculating rate of vaporization of water

Let there be a cylindrical vessel with diameter D that only has liquid water and water vapor as the picture below shows (The water vapor is the grey portion and the liquid water is the blue portion). ...
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How can we tell if a molecule is in thermodynamic equilibrium from scattering data?

We have a molecule that is emitting/absorbing photons. We know the Hamiltonian and that there are several levels. We count the emitted photons at different angles and frequencies. We can also do ...
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Calculating Boltzmann constant using semiconductor

My task from the latest laboratory exercise in physics is to calculate Boltzmann constant from known temperature, current and voltage. We were given this circuit: By changing the resistor value, I ...
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Question Regarding Nucleation in Phase Change

When liquid turns into solid a nucleus is required. Is the same requirement present for solid-liquid (melting)? Do condensation also require nucleation sites like in freezing? When I look at ...
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How can Wien's Displacement Law be 'changed' to a version for frequency?

Wien's Displacement Law stated that for a blackbody emitting radiation, $$\lambda_{max}=\dfrac{1}{T}$$ where $T$ is the temperature of the body and $\lambda_{max}$ is the maximum wavelength of ...
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Is the Gibbs-Duhem equation always valid?

The derivation of the Gibbs-Duhem equation from Wikpedia uses: As shown in the Gibbs free energy article, the chemical potential is just another name for the partial molar (or just partial, ...
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Thermodynamic Internal Energy Reference States

The internal energy, $U$, of a given thermodynamic state, $\boldsymbol{R}$, as introduced in thermodynamics textbooks like Callen seems to be defined as: $U (\boldsymbol{R}) = \Delta U (\boldsymbol{R}...
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Why does Air Pressure not Matter in Phase Equilibrium?

So long as we are in the ideal gas range, the presence of air does not affect the liquid/solid-vapour equilibrium in any way (such as equilibrium vapour pressure, melting point etc.). Is there a ...
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Is the amount of radiation you receive in space constant regardless of velocity?

I'm only in high school, so this will probably have fatal flaws. So basically in space, there is bound to be stray radiation, whether from the stars, or cosmic background, floating around right. And ...
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Does air conduct heat better than saturated steam?

This engineering toolbox table shows thermal conductivity of steam at 0.016. I understand that water is better in conducting heat than air, but if I read this correctly, steam is worse in conducting ...
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What's wrong with this temperature-in-space calculation?

I'm trying to calculate the steady-state temperature of a body in space, but my numbers are coming up much too small. For example, for a 1-meter cube, I'm getting a temperature of 194 K (or -81 C). ...
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Problem regarding heat engines [closed]

We have two different set ups: A 200K brick in a 300K environment A 300K brick in a 200K environment From which one of these can you extract more work? Assume equal mass and heat capacity. Using ...
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Why is thermodynamic equilibrium not reached by the system during a thermodynamic irreversible process?

In reversible process,due to infinitesimal steps,the system remains in thermal equilibrium(why?) . But in irreversible process, thermal equilibrium does not exist. What is the cause for this ...
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What happens at the subatomic level when energy is added to an atom?

For the sake of simplicity I shall use the hydrogen atom. I know that adding energy to the hydrogen atom means bombarding it with photons. I am curious about what happens to the quarks and electron of ...
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How can heat turn into light

I am confused about how hot surfaces can radiate light to their surroundings. When I shine a light on a surface the light turns to heat spontaneously, and when I leave that hot surface it radiates ...
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Why does nuclear matter tend to maximize pressure?

I'm reading a text about equations of state of dense nuclear matter. It is often stated that the phase with maximum pressure is preferred. Why is that?
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P-N junction voltage under polarization

All the books that deal with the p-n junction under applied bias assume that the same equations used for the equilibrium case (no bias) can be used for the biased case provided that the junction ...