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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Do physicists use agent based models?

I am hoping that this is a simple and specific question. I just wanted to know whether physicists from any branch of physics use agent based models as a tool in their research? If so, then in which ...
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translational energy levels

My textbook says translational energy level is so closed, and it basically covers the whole EMR spectrum, so any temperature beyond absolute zero is high enough for molecules to have translational ...
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Ideal gas in ensemble

I want to calculate the phase space density for a single ideal gas particle in a microcanonical ensemble. I know that the partition function is given by the well-known expression that you find for ...
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Is state defined for non-equilibrium systems?

Equilibrium thermodynamic states follow the state principle and Gibb's phase rule when it comes to fixing a state when given a minimum of (typically) 2 state properties. For non-equilibrium states, I ...
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Change in Shannon entropy of a quantum circuit of Hadamard gate and a loop

The following Q&A about reversible computing is available here. It has listed a number of practical scenarios where a reversible circuit can still be dissipating heat. Let's assume that none of ...
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Does Nucleation Occur during Phase Equilibrium?

I understand that during phase transition nucleation must occur. I'm wondering, once phase equilibrium is established, does nucleation still occur? For instance, in liquid-vapour equilibrium, does ...
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Latent heat of solidification

What is the heat release mechanism involved in solidification from liquid phase? Is the energy transferred to nucleation centres?
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Freezing or melting Brine

In the freezing of brine, is it possible to do it at a rater or in such a way that the water only freezes or the ice is somehow isolated? Or conversely is this possible in the melting of brine-ice?
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'Mechanical equilibrium does not necessarily mean that the pressure is same at all points of the system' - why?

If there are variations in pressure or elastic stress within the system,parts of the system may move, or expand or contract. Eventually these motions,expansions or contractions will cease, and when ...
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Explanation for Homogeneous Nucleation Temperature?

What is homogeneous nucleation temperature (for water this is listed as -42C); is it simply the lowest experimental temperature you can go before supercooled liquid turns into solid, or is it that ...
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Why does the equation for effectiveness of heat exchangers have $C_{\text{min}}$ in the denominator?

For an ideal heat exchanger of infinite length, $$ Q_{max}=m_{h}C_{h}\left[T_{h,i}-T_{o}\right]=m_{c}C_{c}\left[T_{o}-T_{c,i}\right] $$ \begin{eqnarray*} m_{h}C_{h}T_{h,i}+m_{c}C_{c}T_{c,i} & ...
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Is it possible to cool magnetic dipoles with a magnetic static field?

Suppose you have a bath of magnetic dipoles, with a common mean rotational kinetic energy. Now you apply a very strong magnetic field so that the dipoles align with the field, thus "losing" their ...
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compressibility of cold atoms in optical lattices

The compressibility of cold bosons in an optical lattice is defined as $\kappa = \frac{\partial \langle n\rangle}{\partial \mu}$, where $\langle n\rangle$ is the density and $\mu$ is the chemical ...
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Estimating the effect of radiant barrier on the radiant and conductive heat transfer through a metal roof

The basic question is -- Will a radiant reflective coating be more effective applied to the upper surface or the lower surface of a metal? Case 1: Imagine a metal roof subject to solar heating. The ...
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How can entropic effects be prevalent at low temperatures?

I read in a book that at low temperature the hydrophobic effect (for example) is entropic but at high temperatures it is enthalpic. I thought that entropy should decrease at very low temperatures. ...
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Helmholtz free energy from a relation for entropy

The Legendre transformation defines the helmholtz free energy (at least according to my lectures) as: $F(T,V,N)=E-TS$ It also says to start with $E(S,V,N)$ and $T=\frac{\partial{E}}{\partial{S}}$ ...
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Monte carlo simulation for continuous spin model (e.g. XY or Heisenberg model)

Unlike the Ising model, the XY model and the Heisenberg model have a continuous spectrum. So one need discretize them for a numerical simulation. But how to make sure the discretization procedure ...
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Temperature change: boiling pasta in a lot of water or a little

SeriousEats gives a not-very-scientific representation of what looks like a thermodynamics calculation: Want to hear something even more interesting? Folks will occasionally say that "using a ...
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Showing the thermal expansion coefficient is the sum of the linear expansion coefficients

Given that the thermal expansion coefficient is defined as: $$ \beta=\frac{\frac{\Delta V}{V}}{\Delta T} $$ and the linear thermal expansion coefficient is defined as: $$ \alpha = \frac{\frac{\Delta ...
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If you dig a deep tunnel, will the rock sublimate?

If a tunnel is dug deep inside the crust (but before reaching places where the rock is liquid), how will the enormous downwards pressure manifest itself? Will the difference in pressure ...
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Dark Matter as possible an explanation for Coronal Heating

It's my understanding that the mechanism behind Coronal Heating - why the Corona is so much hotter (> 1,000,000 K) than the surface of the Sun (6,000 K), and the mechanism by which the energy gets ...
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How to define the thermodynamic temperature

I've been reading derivations of the thermodynamic temperature scale. I'm assuming these are using Kelvin's method. I follow the math and the conclusion of the argument, but I don't understand how it ...
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Can statistical mechanics explain the second law completely? [duplicate]

Statistical mechanics is restricted to the postulate of the equal a priori probability, but this postulate does not need to be considered for thermodynamics, so the valid ranges of statistical ...
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Thermal Velocity

What is thermal velocity? What is it's physical significance? Wikipedia says: The thermal velocity or thermal speed is a typical velocity of the thermal motion of particles which make up a gas, ...
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Macro-Level Explanation of Fluid Heat Transfer

Here's something I've been struggling with for a while. Say you have a hot fluid and cold surface (or the reverse, so long as there is a temperature difference) where the fluid flows over the ...
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Energy comparison, evaporate water vs compress air, same mass

I would like to compare the energy requirements of the 2 following tasks: Total energy to evaporate 1 litre of water at normal atmospheric pressure at normal temperature? Total energy to compress ...
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conducting heat to infinity

I am modeling a situation in which an object that is a small object that is spherical in shape is receiving heat at a constant rate and then conducting it away into a medium that can be model as ...
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How many state configurations are possible for $N$ particles in completely different states?

How many state configurations are possible for $N$ particles in completely different states? I cannot remember if the total number of state configurations for $N$ particles in completely different ...
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Does the entropy of an adiabatically isolated system stays the same after we decrease/increase the pressure?

Even if the system is isolated and there is no heat exchange with surroundings, shouldn't the decrease/increase of pressure result in increase/decrease of entropy? Does this property of an ...
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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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Does stew lose more liquid if stirred as it cools?

Suppose I cook a stew or soup and then take it off of the stove and leave it uncovered to cool. Of course, it will cool faster if I stir it (more surface area), but it will, eventually, cool to room ...
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Electromagnetic radiation and health issue

A lots of article even wiki tells that Cell phone radiation is very dangerous for health. Some people tell that it can be reason for brain cancer. A article Mobile phone subsides man’s sperms! ...
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Perfect Ideal Gas Modelization of Air

I'm solving a Thermodynamic problem. I have Air at temperature of 293.15 K, and pressure of 20 MPa. I would understand if is possible to consider this an Ideal Gas or not (and if is possible which are ...
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Thermodynamic potentials and approach to equilibrium

I have seen some material which tries to show that when approaching equilibrium upon different constraints, the changes in some thermodynamic potential is always positive or negative (for example, ...
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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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Does a surface in front of a radiator (not in contact) have a significant effect on the room's temperature or heating rate?

Does a surface in front of a radiator (not in contact) have a significant effect on the room's temperature or heating rate? Some time ago I had a discussion about it, and despite none of us knowing ...
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Can the thermal energy in an object be aligned, creating a thermal jerk?

Thermal energy is related to the speed at which atoms vibrate, therefor thermal energy is a form of motion. In a stationary object, all of these vibrating atoms 'impact' each other in such a way that ...
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Steady state average of physical quantities

Consider the following Hamiltonian: $$ H = \sum_n \left[\dfrac{p_n^2}{2m_n} + U(x_l) + V(x_{l+1} - x_l) \right], $$ that corresponds to a 1-D system of particles with nearest-neighbor interactions ...
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How can I calculate the speed at which water evaporates when held at 100 degrees Celsius?

If I have a mixture of some higher bp solvents and water, and I heat it to 100 degrees celcius so that the water in the mixture begins to boil, how can I calculate the rate at which water leaves the ...
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Chemical potential in terms of temperature and pressure

For part (a), I know how to take the partial derivatives of S to get chemical potential, pressure. But there seems that I still need one equation to correctly express chemical potential in terms of ...
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Would adding water after heating decrease the overall heat, when compared to adding the water before heating for the same period of time?

I was rather cold last night, and warmed up a cup of water to drink in the microwave. I put it in for 60 seconds, but it came out boiling hot, so I put a bit of cold water in with the hot water, and ...
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Thermal Physics, Specific Question [closed]

Question: The melting point of copper is 1080 degrees Celsius and its heat of fusion is 200 kJ/kg. If a copper coin at this temperature is completely melted by the absorption of 2000 J of heat, what ...
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Do reversible processes exist in Nature?

Classical thermodynamics always discusses entropy in the light of reversible processes, and it lies at the heart of the definition of entropy. But do these reversible processes exist in Nature, or are ...
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How hot does the upstairs need to be before it will heat the basement through convection?

During the winter we keep the basement door closed so that the cold air from upstairs won't flow into the basement. Then we heat the basement and the upstairs gets heated partially by conduction ...
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Information or Matter or Energy

Which one is the most fundamental of the universe? What it is made of? Physicists are searching for unique and fundamental form. The question is , information is more fundamental than energy ? ...
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What does 1/k represent regarding Newtons Law of Cooling?

What does 1/k represent regarding Newtons Law of Cooling? I know k represents the cooling constant. I think the inverse of k is the time taken for the liquid to cool from its maximum temperture to ...
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Isobaric expansion work, W = p(V2-V1) [closed]

Isobaric process, so $W = p\Delta V$ according to my book. We have 10 kg of saturated steam at $x = 0.9$, P = 200 kPa. We add work at a rate of $700 W$ and we're interested in the time it takes. We ...
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Thermodynamic entropy vs. quantum mechanical entropy

Is there a fundamental difference in the definition of entropy when considering the classical thermodynamic picture vs. the quantum mechanical picture, or are they both fundamentally equivalent?
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Thermal resistance of thermal interface materials?

Thermal conductivity are often used for surfaces between the computer chip and the heat sink to increase heat transfer and they want high thermal conductivity to decrease the thermal resistance. By ...
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Latent heat of vaporization

The molecular weight of water is 18.015 gram. The number of moles of water in one liter (1000 gram) will be: $3.34\times 10^{25}$ molecules (in 1kg). We know that latent heat of vaporization of water ...