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 happen to Earth if the Sun suddenly disappeared? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If the earth left the solar system for interstellar space. How long would it take for atmosphere to freeze Suppose the Sun simply vanished, what would be the ...
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How to calculate specific heat capacity of an alloy

I have done an experiment in which I measured the specific heat capacity of a coin. I would like to compare the results to the actual value. I have found out that the coin is made of Cupronickel alloy ...
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Second Law of Thermodynamics, heat and quantum-level explanation

I heard somewhere that the second law of thermodynamics is stating that some heat (energy) becomes unusable for work (at the scale of the whole universe). Why is it like that? Can't heat be converted ...
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Water Electrolysis Calculations

From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_electrolysis#Efficiency): The electrolysis of water requires a minimum of 237.13 kJ of electrical energy input to dissociate each mole. Each ...
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How to determine size of a Heat Exchanger?

I am designing a Tube heat-exchanger, similar to this: My process requires water (at room temperature, 18C ~ 22C) that is being pumped out of a small tank (300 Liters) to be heated in a ...
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what is the physics just at bubble formation.

ie do a couple of molecules with more energy bang out a volume in the liquid where molecular attraction is overcome and the energetic molecules can move at random? where can I find out more about ...
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2 streams going into an engine and 2 come out. Find the enthalpy?

Problem: Steam supply to an engine is made of two streams that mix before entering the engine. Stream 1 flows at a $.01\frac{kg}{s}$ with an enthalpy of $2952\frac{kJ}{kg}$ and a velocity of ...
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Does power from a resistor perform work or heat transfer?

Let's say I have a cylindrical piston filled with air and fitted with an electrical resistor. The resistor has a current going across it and a voltage for a certain amount of time. My system would be ...
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how to calculate gibbs free energy per unit mass, per unit volume, and per mole?

I've ran into conflicting information on how to calculate the Gibbs free energy of fuels during combustion per unit mass, volume and mole. A sample solution for hydrogen would be really appreciated!
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Are all means of heating equally efficient? [duplicate]

In terms of cost of electricity, does it matter if I heat my room using a space heater, an open oven, a flood light, an ASIC? Assume no energy escapes the room, that the heat quickly becomes uniformly ...
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What happens to matter when in a thermodynamic equilibrium?

I am trying to gain a better understanding of thermodynamic equilibrium. Here's what (I think) I know: If a system is in Thermal, Radiative, Chemical, and Mechanical Equilibrium, then it is in ...
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Trying to turn a nonlinear differential equation into a linear one

The problem I have today is to determine the differential equation for a square fin protruding from a wall that experiences surface to ambient radiation and has an internal heat generation of $\dot q$ ...
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Is using water in a charcoal smoker less efficient than not using water?

I have a charcoal smoker that uses water. My understanding is that the water serves as a buffer and as a way to add moisture to the cooking environment. Some say that using water wastes fuel because ...
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Temperature of thermally isolated space region

If we thermally isolate a region in space, say using a hypothetical material of $0$ conductivity, and measure the region's temperature, will it be 2.7K?
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If quantum gas goes below 0K, is calling 0K absolute zero irrelevant?

Lord Kelvin defined the absolute temperature scale in the mid-1800s in such a way that nothing could be colder than absolute zero. Physicists later realized that the absolute temperature of a gas is ...
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What if an asteroid the size of the moon hitting earth

Would we all parish due to excessive heat? Or would that be only limited to the area near the impact while as the people on rest of the earth would die from other phenomenons such as mega earthquakes, ...
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A fan in a hot room at what point does it put in more energy that it dissipates

If a fan that is using 50 watts is moving 1 m³/min of air. Lets say the walls are the same temperature as the air so there’s no heat dissipation there. How do I know if the fan is putting in more ...
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Which is more efficient cooling? Cooling yourself from cold water from Referigerator or Airconditioning? [closed]

Case a: You chill a glass of water in refrigerator to a certain temperature and drink it.. it lowers your body temperature by X degrees. Case b: You switch on the a/c for a certain duration.. it ...
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Can we reach absolute zero one day, and if so, can we measure it?

I was reading this question, and I had this doubt, if we can ever reach absolute zero, how can we measure it? I ask this because as far I know, any measurement could change (increase) the ...
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Costant volume gas thermometer [closed]

I have two constant volume gas thermometers, one with an ideal gas $pv=RT$ and the other following the Van der Waals equation $(p+\frac{a}{v^2})(v-b)=RT$. They are calibrated using the freezing point ...
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Help me check units [closed]

I need to check units in this equation, I know, that there's Pa in the numerator, but what about the denominator? $p_1$ - pressure in [Pa] $T_1$, $T_2$ - temperature in [K] $\rho_w$ - density $g$ - ...
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I need help with this question on Heat Capacity

A calorimeter has a Heat Capacity of $70 J/K$. There is $150g$ water with a temperature of $20^oC$ in this calorimeter. In this, you put a metal cube of $60g$ with a temperature of $100^oC$. The ...
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Explain internal energy and enthalpy

Internal energy and enthalpy. I am finding it hard to distinguish between the two. Confused. Can someone explain me the two terms and difference between them? I tried learning from wikipedia but it ...
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Why do high current conductors heat up a lot more than high voltage conductors?

120 volts x 20 amps = 2,400 Watts However, if I increased the voltage and lowered the current, you can also use a smaller wire size (more inexpensive), also have less heat and achieve the same watt ...
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How light causes increase in temperature

Temperature is the measure of movements of atoms. So if something is said to have high temperature it means that its atoms are moving fast or have high KE energy. There are basically two ways heat ...
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Paraphrasing speed and heat capacity [closed]

Can we call speed the change in distance per time? Further, would you phrase heat capacity as change in heat per temperature or change in temperature per heat? The reason for this question is that ...
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At the atomic level, is heat conduction simply radiation?

Radiation and conduction are two ways that heat is transferred. Convection isn't really a mode of transfer as the actual heat transfer really occurs through radiation/conduction and not by some other ...
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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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Amount of free energy in the Earth-ionosphere waveguide

How much free energy is there in the Earth-ionosphere waveguide resulting from the constant bombardment of lightning strikes all over the Earth, and how do you go about calculating an estimate for it? ...
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The difference between free energy and perpetual motion [closed]

What is the difference between free energy (over unity) and perpetual motion? Please provide some examples, both real world and theoretical.
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Heat transfer through a slab with both conduction and radiation [closed]

A solid slab made of Tantalum of dimensions l(length)=15cm, b(breadth)=6.25cm and t(thickness)=0.5mm , is heated from the side txb (Thickness x Breadth) using some electrical energy of 6 x 10^4 ...
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Heating up a room to 50 °C

Suppose I have an empty room of $24 m^3$ and I want to heat it to 50 °C, assuming the current room is well isolated and the current temperature is 20 °C. How much power (in Watts) would a single ...
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Does it take a lot of energy to heat metals up?

Why does it take a lot of energy to heat metals? And to do it quicker it requires much more energy? What about the use of lasers would that be an efficient process that is quicker and requires less?
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Boundary conditions for the heat equation when solving a mass density gradient

I'm working with a mass density gradient with length $L$ and I'm trying to solve the heat equation in 1-D (mass diffusion equation, $\partial_t\rho(t,x)=D\Delta\rho(t,x)$), but I'm not sure which ...
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Pressure derivative of bulk modulus

Hi all what is the definition of pressure derivative of bulk modulus if it is a pressure derivative of bulk modulus at zero pressure. if the pressure is zero how it is derivative by pressure?
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Was Joule's experiment able to show: thermal energy = $mgh$

Is my understanding of this experiment correct? There is the quantity $MC\delta \theta$ associated to the heat which I think is not an absolute value to be compared with $mgh$ since the $\delta ...
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Heat Sink Design-Choice of Material [closed]

I am currently designing a heat sink for OPA 549. Among the many considerations, for example, the choice of material, the geometry of heat sink, the design of fins and all the parameters that come ...
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Heat preserving performance of container relative to content

This question has been addressed in the case of a thermos bottle: Performance of a thermos bottle relative to contents I am asking the question again without the hypothesis that it is a thermos ...
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Conditions for heat exchange and evaporation

I wonder if there is any law for heat exchange. I have learnt that heat exchange between systems occurs when the temperature of respective systems differ. But in case of evaporation, the process ...
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Temperature loss of a moving object

I would like to know how to calculate the temperature change of a moving object. For example if I throw a ball that is warmer than the surrounding air, how much would it lose form it's temperature in ...
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Heisenberg's uncertainty and $0 K$ temperature

when a body is subjected to $0 K$ temperature, it becomes rigid. hence if we see in terms of quantum the lattice vibration decreases, resulting in no change in the direction of the Random velocity, ...
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The effects of heat on gravitational fields

In boiling soapy water, globs of soap coalesce as the temperature increases to boiling. Does this mean that temperature increases the gravitational pull of bodies?
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Black body balloon in vacuum [closed]

The problem statement, all variables and given/known data There is a perfectly spherical balloon with surface painted black. It is placed in a perfect vacuum. It is gently inflated with an ideal ...
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Entropy change in a cycle with two isochoric and two adiabatic processes [closed]

Prove that the change of Entropy in a cycle with two isochoric and two adiabatic processes is 0. How can I prove that? Thanks!
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Potential energy for different states

While studying thermal physics at school, I have been taught that solids simply have more potential energy than the liquids and gases. Note that it was said that this potential energy is due to the ...
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What forces are at play when molecules wiggle (due to heat)?

What forces are at play when molecules wiggle (due to heat)? Or in other words, What makes them move?
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Relationship between boiling point and pressure

In the bubble chamber, liquid hydrogen is kept at high pressure. When a stream of charged particles are injected into the bubble chamber, pressure on the liquid hydrogen is released and bubbles of gas ...
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How “things” radiate electromagnetic radiation? [closed]

How things radiate electromagnetic radiation? I don't ask why they radiate (higher temperature than 0K) but how they radiate this electromagnetic waves?
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Transient radiation--heating a slab

Hey guys I really need help on this problem. A ceramic slab of dimentions 5cm x 10 cm x .25 cm has to be heated to $177\,^{\circ}{\rm C}$. The ceramic slab travels on a conveyor belt traveling at ...
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Where is the candle hottest?

Where is the hottest spot above a lit candle? In the flame or just above the flame tip or some cm above the flame or other? Update My question more precisely concerns the heat energy I can get from ...