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 is the solution for the apparent contradiction of Second law due to energy fluctuation?

A system has maximum entropy when it has reached thermal equilibrium. But as statistical mechanics say, there is always an otherwise infinitesimal probability of particles to confine at a corner of ...
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How does energy flow between two parts of the system that are in thermal equilibrium?

As said by Peter Atkins, Though two bodies are in thermal equilibrium,energy always flows in both direction, but the net energy is zero. Now, how does it take place? I know the macrostate ...
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Efficiency larger than one?

The efficiency of a heat engine is the work we can do divided by the heat we take out of the hot reservoir. This quantity is always $ \le 1$. The efficiency of a heat pump is the heat we can release ...
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Coefficient of volume expansion for gases

I often read that at 0 degree (Centigrade), gases expand by 1/273 of its volume at 0 degree for one degree rise in temp. So does this coefficient of expansion ( i.e. 1/273) change with temperature?
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Entropy of a system: microstates and macrostates

Currently we're deriving the Gibbs expression for the entropy during an introductory thermal physics course. We're dealing with a system with $N$ different equally likely microstates that are ...
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Confusion about the Definition of Boiling Point

From the description of boiling here: Boiling is the rapid vaporization of a liquid, which occurs when a liquid is heated to its boiling point, the temperature at which the vapor pressure of the ...
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How to model an apartment's airconditioning?

Background: This reminds situation reminds be of an episode from the The Big Bang Theory, although it is quite different from it. My roommate and I have similar temperature preferences and also share ...
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What is entropy of the universe? [duplicate]

What is entropy of the universe? What is the change in entropy of our universe? Is this change increases or decreases? If the entropy of universe keeps on increasing then what are the consequences? Is ...
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Is heat added to an air bubble rising in water?

An air bubble was initially released from the bottom of an ocean. Assume that the air in the air bubble is an ideal gas and its temperature remains constant at 25 degrees Celsius. Is heat added or ...
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How much energy would it take to maintain the temperature in my pool?

Lets sat that I have a 1000 gallon pool sitting pretty at 82.4 degrees F (28 C). How much energy would it lose on a cold day (50 F or 10 C) and only the top was above ground (25 Sq Feet.) Would ...
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Question about Charles' law:

Charles's law says that the volume of a given mass of a gas is directly proportional to its absolute temperature. This means if we increase one, the other one is automatically increased. So the ...
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Latent heat of condensation

Regarding atmospheric processes, I understand that energy is required to evaporate water by moving molecules further apart i.e. a phase change from liquid to gas. The air then ascends into the ...
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What is the principle of equivalence in thermodynamics?

I've been searching for this for a while. There is a principle of equivalence in general relativity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equivalence_principle But I need the principle of equivalence in ...
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Comparing unknown temperature scales [closed]

Source: Principles of Physics by Resnick, Halliday, Walker. $9^{th}$ edition. Chapter 18. Problem 6. On a linear $X$ temperature scale, water freezes at $-125.0^0X$ and boils at $360.0^0X$. On a ...
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Turbofan: Efficiency wrt. the bypass ratio: “a lot of slow air > a little faster air”?

Reading / viewing up on how jet engines work, this video explains at the 9:02 mark that, for turbofan engines, ".. it is more aerodynamically efficient to have a lot of air moving relatively slowly ...
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Auto-refrigeration

I'm reading about the auto-refrigeration effect and can't find a really good explanation. Is the idea that when you have your condensed liquid, and then release it into a low pressure environment, ...
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How does heat pass through glass?

So infra-red and ultra-violet waves from the sun heat up the glass by conduction then it then radiates this heat to heat up a room or a car? Is that right? How would one calculate how much heat a ...
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Do ideal gases at zero Kelvin have potential energy?

Do ideal gases at zero Kelvin have potential energy?
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Why do real gases deviate from ideal behavior above the Boyle temperature?

My textbook says that Boyle temperature is the temperature at which a real gas shows maximum ideal gas behavior. Below the Boyle temperature, molecules come too close and intermolecular forces skew ...
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Why does black get heated the most? [duplicate]

I found out black heats up the most and white the least, as I expected. The question I had is that despite black reflecting all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum, and hence giving the black ...
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Spreading heat with water

If water is cycled through a thin pipe by a pump, and a certain spot on that pump is made of thin copper that is being heated by a 1000 C source, will the water, as a whole, attain a heat of 1000 C ...
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Debye temperature for the steel?

I'm looking for data on Debye temperature of steel (ideally with a known carbon concentration, structure, and set of phases), but find only data on elements. Do You happen to meet the data in papers, ...
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Air conditioners and the law of conservation of energy?

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I have often been told that air conditioners are more efficient than an electric heater, because, the story goes, if you put say 1 kW of electricity in the ...
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Can you confirm 2 simple statements about vaporization?

Vaporization is an interesting engineering subject, but unfortunately much about it has always been unclear to me. Recent research of mine has brought my mind to link vapor pressure to boiling and ...
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Does heat radiation come from the nucleus or the electrons?

Is more of the thermal radiation due to acceleration of electrons or acceleration of the nuclei? Do electrons and nuclei carry the same fractions of thermal energy in a hot body?
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Dividing values with units

I'm reading about the subject of heat in a basic physics book. If I am not mistaken the formula to work out how much energy is required to increase the temperature of water is ...
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If a balloon is continuously filled with air and stays at a constant shape and size will there be any empty space in the balloon?

If a container like a balloon but with constant volume is filled, is it possible to pack air molecules so closely together that they don't have any empty space between them? If so, what would this ...
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gravity affecting a molecules speed? [closed]

Why are the poles colder than the rest ofthe planet?Is the gravity stronger making molecules spin slower?How does gravity affect heat and hydrogen bonds? And what affects gravity?A little off topic ...
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In $PdV$, what is the value of $P$? $P_1$ or $P_2$?

Say I have an ideal gas that has a known $P_1$, $P_2$, $T_1$, and $T_2$ undergoing a reversible adiabatic process. I want to find the work done so I must use $PV = RT$ to get the change in $V$, so ...
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Landauer's principle vs Wien's displacement law

Can we argue based on Landauer's principle that if one bit information is changed inside a blackbody, the total radiated energy should be at least or in order of kTln2? If it is so, can we also argue ...
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What happens to the time it takes for my noodles to cook, and the temperature of the boiling water?

I have a boiling pot of water that I am going to cook my Sponge Bob Noodles in. I am very hungry and want the noodles to cook faster, so I turn up the heat from medium to high.( Note, the water was ...
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At what depth in the water atmospheric pressure is 100 times greater than on the ground?

At what depth in the water atmospheric pressure is 100 times greater than on the ground? This question comes from the fact that average pressure in Earth( 1000 mbar) is 100 times greater than in ...
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Thermal Expansion. Is there a way to fix my bottle?

I did something very stupid tonight. I poured hot water into an polyethylene water bottle and it immediately contracted causing it to overflow and burn my hand and leg. I immediately wasted my hand ...
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Deriving an Expression for Entropy

How to derive an expression for entropy in form of $S = \ln \Omega$ from the form $\displaystyle{S = - \sum_i \; p_i \ln p_i}$ ? That is the last formula taken as a definition of entropy. Just a ...
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Heat transfer speed - affected by difference in relative heat?

If I put something at room temperature in an environment that is at roughly half room temperature, does it get colder less quickly than if it were placed into an environment with 1/4 room temperature, ...
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Has anyone theorized a connection between entropy and quantum uncertainty?

I apologize if this kind of idle theorizing is frowned upon here, but I was wondering if it is possible that the Second Law of Thermodynamics is a consequence of quantum uncertainty. I've heard ...
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Does a water cooker element have to be 100C to get water to cook?

I understand that a water heater element is basically just adding energy to the mass of water in the container. So does that mean that the heater element only has to keep adding energy while the water ...
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Does opening or closing the window in a non-AC car in the summer affect how much heat is felt inside?

This will perhaps look like a very basic and trivial question. But I find it confusing. As an experience, when you are travelling in non-AC car in summer, have people felt if putting on or putting off ...
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When will internal energy change?

If a gas expands irreversibly and adiabatically from $(V_i, p_f+const)$ to $(V_f,p_f)$ will the internal energy change? I have two thoughts: 1) Yes because $\Delta E= \Delta Q + \Delta W$ always ...
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Entropy and the $2^{nd}$ law of thermodynamics

I have just been introduced to the word "entropy" and as it is my understanding that it is a measure of the randomness and chaos of particles in as system. My textbook list the 2nd law of ...
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What sort of math deals with thermodynamics inside of semiconductors?

That is to say, how would one consider the thermodynamics of a complex chip like a modern CPU? I hear that designing the thermal efficiency of such systems is very difficult. I'm not sure why, ...
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What are the units in the heat equation?

If we write the heat equation as: $$ \frac{\partial}{\partial t}u-\alpha \nabla \cdot (\nabla u) = f $$ Then, Temperature of the material: $u: m^3\times s\rightarrow K$ Thermal diffusivity: ...
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What material can achieve the highest temperature before failing when being heated by electricity?

Just as a qualifier, I barely made it through physical science in college, so... Please be detailed in your answers and assume I know nothing. Let's say I wanted to make an electrical coil for the ...
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What is the optimum elevation angle for my 3000W heater? [closed]

In an empty room shaped like a cube with verticies of length a and at 20C starting temperature (homogeneously distributed), what is the optimum elevation angle, X, of my 3000W heater fan if it is ...
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Emissivity of vacuum for radiation heat

What is the heat radiation emissivity of vacuum? For air as well? What is the difference? I understand that the vacuum has reflectivity of 0, So what is the other two values are in $$ reflectivity + ...
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Flakes of Ice in Frozen Milk and Orange Juice

When I was a kid, my family used to put our gallon jugs of milk and orange juice into the freezer when we'd go away on vacation so that they would keep longer. As I remember it, if we were gone for a ...
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Meaning of reversibility and quasistatic processes

A process in a closed system is reversible if the entropy change is $dS = \frac{dQ}{T}$. A process is quasistatic if a process is infinitely slowly. Now, if a process is reversible, this means ...
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Thermal Equilibrium and Canonical Ensemble

1 - Are two closed systems (with fixed volumes and of the same gas) in thermal equilibrium equivalent to two isolated systems at the same temperature? 2 - In the canonical ensemble, the "small ...
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Thermodynamic equilibrium of an isolated system

When an arbitrary system is isolated and left to itself, its property will in general change in time. ....after a sufficiently long time,the temperature will become the same at all points and then ...
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Exothermic heat release mechanism in gases

How is heat released when bond formation occurs in gases? For example, when atomic oxygen and molecular oxygen combine to form ozone?