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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time factor of heat increase (specific heat)

It takes 4 joules to bring 1 gram of water up 1 degree, but for how much time - 1 second? If not, how much and how to calculate it?
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heat transfer between objects

when we touch a very hot object, the edges of our skin interact with the object's high energy and velocity particles and molecules. why is it physically that we get "burned" by extremely cold objects ...
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Chemical potential and origin of pressure in a solid

Pressure of a gas is related to the rate of change of momentum of the particles; the temperature is the mean kinetic energy of the particles. Can the chemical potential be given a similar physical ...
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Partition function for a two state system

We have a system of two energy states and we treat classical distinguishable and indistinguishable particles respectively. For the distinguishable case I thought that all in the left one one left ...
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thermodynamics trace calculation [closed]

I'm trying to calculate a trace to get the average energy. The Hamiltonoperator is $H = \sum\limits_k \varepsilon_k a_k^\dagger a_k$ and $N = \sum\limits_k a_k^\dagger a_k$. The trace to calculate is ...
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Reversible and Quasi static processes

Do we have any proof that reversible processes are always quasi static or is it just a fact that hasn't been violated till date? If there is a proof then please provide a link.
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Blowing on a hot liquid [duplicate]

Lets say you have a nice bowl of piping hot soup. You use your spoon and take a sip and realize its too hot. So you blow on it a few times and now its cooled enough that it doesnt burn your mouth. ...
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When does exergy destruction occur?

I am doing a project on developing a code for the first and second law analysis of the Brayton Simple and Modified cycles. The first law part is simple. But I have run into a roadblock when I started ...
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Where do limits of integration come from in the equation of heat transfer by conduction?

I was watching the third lecture of Diffrential equations on OCW. As an application, the model of heat transfer by conduction is provided. We derived this equation which models the system where $T$ is ...
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Thermodynamics thought experiment

There is some ideal gas in a container moving with some velocity on a smooth surface and you suddenly stop it( say by using your hands) , will the temperature of the gas increase? It seems to me that ...
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Is Carnot engine the only reversible engine?

Is Carnot engine the only form of reversible engine? Is it possible to have a different form of reversible engine that goes through different processes? For a standard Otto cycle working with ideal ...
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Heat loss from hot cast iron oven

I am considering an unconventional pizza oven made from cast iron. What is a good formula for estimating non-radiative heat loss from a 450C/850F surface in a 20C outdoor environment? I am looking ...
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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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pV work in reversible processes. Why is $p_{ext}=p_{internal}$ in a contraction?

My textbook uses newtons third law to say to prove this. I think that's completely wrong. What I think happens is that we are doing an approximation that $p=p+dP$. In case you haven't figured it out, ...
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Can a liquid boil in a closed container?

The title says it all. When one fills a container (with water for example) and closes it so no air can escape from it, then heats the container continuously, can the liquid boil or completely ...
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Joule thompson effect temperature change question?

Please can someone tell me what is the greatest amount of temperature change one can get from the Joule-Thompson throttling process? Is there a formula witch relates the temperatures and pressure's ...
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Question about fluid expansion

Hy, When a hot and dense fluid suddenly expands, how much can it cool down. Lets take for example an expansion valve from an AC, does the fluid do work when passing through the valve or does it not ...
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Joule Thomson effect

I have difficulties to understand the Joule Thomson coefficient given on the wikipedia page. It says that $(\partial_p T) = \frac{V}{C_p}( T \alpha -1)$. Now my problem is that I don't know about ...
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Thermodynamics and Internal Energy

I've been working on this problem for quite some time trying to figure out the most efficient way of answering it, So here goes the problem: There is a container, containing a monoatomic gas with ...
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Heat sink simulation with a fan

I am trying to solve this problem using advection-diffusion model and finite element method for solving it due to the complex geometry. Basically the problem i'm trying to solve using OpenFOAM is see ...
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Which factors are most important for choosing the optimal working fluid in a Stirling engine?

The theoretical factors I can think of are heat capacity, thermal conductivity, and viscosity. It seems to me that helium should be the better than hydrogen since it has lower heat capacity but also ...
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Definition of stress at the microscale

Take, for simplicity, a Lennard-Jones fluid below the critical temperature, which is to say that there is a phase separation into fluid and gas and thus an interface is formed. The macroscale picture ...
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Symplectic geometry in thermodynamics

There seems to be analogues between Hamiltonian dynamics and thermodynamics given the Legendre transforms between Lagrangian and Hamiltonian functions and all of Maxwell's relations. Poincarè tried to ...
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Why are heat-shields on re-entry vehicles smooth and not textured to increase drag?

Meteorites naturally texture themselves via the formation of regmaglypts, 'thumbprint-shaped' indentations caused by ablation of their surface, during entry into the atmosphere. This appears to ...
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Why is black the best emitter?

Why are emitters colored black better emitters than other colors? Why is white a worse emitter?
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Calculate mass of ice needed to cool water $\Delta$T degrees

I have a question about a thermodynamics formula I'd like to apply in my solution to a problem. The problem is "Determine how much ice one needs to toss into boiling water of mass $m_{w}$ such that ...
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Can a single molecule have a state?

I was studying a book about thermodynamics of nanosystems and I got stuck with this question in my mind which I couldn't find an answer for. For instance, does a single water molecule have a state, ...
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Can a Fermi gas and a Bose gas be both at the same pressure and temperature?

The title says it all: can a Fermi gas and a Bose gas be both at the same pressure and temperature? It comes from a quiz about statistical mechanics
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transfer of heat from lower to higher temperature [duplicate]

Can heat be transfer from low temperature body to high temperature body? Because according to second law of thermodynamics it can be transfered. But how?
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Meaning of chemical equilibrium between two phases

Suppose two phases 1 and 2 of water, say ice and water, are kept in a closed container, at a fixed temperature $T$ and fixed pressure $P$? Then I have the following question: Is phase 1 in ...
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Free Expansion - Paradox?

Let's say I have an isolated, adiabatic chamber which is divided into two parts with a massless, frictionless piston. One part has vacuum, while the other has a gas. In the beginning, they are at ...
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Does tin foil keep heat out?

For example, if i were mailing a box of chocolates and lined the inside of the box with foil, then wrapped the chocolate in bubble wrap and placed it inside the foil lined box, would the box heat up ...
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What is the minimum temperature of a metal surface to ignite a cigarette touching it perpendicularly?

Suppose you have a cigarette tip touching a metal surface at a 90 degree angle, exposed to air at 25C / 1atm, no wind, normal oxygen concentration. Cigarette is a regular brand, tobacco with paper ...
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Decreasing Temperature and Pressure of a closed system

I have a closed system that contains a pocket of gas. What happens to the volume of the gas when the ambient pressure acting on the system decreases, and the internal energy of the system decreases. ...
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Why doesn't a glass french press shatter when boiling water is poured in?

When I was little, I accidentally shattered a glass cooking instrument due to applying far too drastic a temperature change to it. Since then, I've been a bit afraid of doing it again. Of late, I've ...
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Difference between collisional and collisionless Boltzmann equations?

Reading an excellent answer, I've read about there are different Boltzmann statistics for a collision-less system (f.e. stars in a galaxy) and in a system with collisions (f.e. gas in a closed box). ...
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Thermodynamics - mass of gas expelled

Question: An open vessel contains 200 mg of air at 17 degrees Celsius. What percentage of weight of air would be expelled if the vessel is heated to 117 degrees Celsius if the pressure is to ...
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Is there a “high temperature” variant of 0 degrees Kelvin? [duplicate]

I know that -273.15 degrees celsius, also known as Absolute Zero or 0K is the low temperature limit for objects, but is it possible that there is a 'highest temperature?' I would have to guess that ...
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If an object falls - regarding air resistance - does the Potential or Kinetic energy get converted into thermal energy as it is falling?

I read a paragraph on the transfer of potential energy to kinetic energy and heat from this website: Even if air resistance slows down the ball, the potential energy is the same (Mb x g x H). ...
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Diffusion in a chemical potential gradient

I am having troubles to understand to connection between equilibrium and non equilibrium thermodynamics. I am studying a mixture of molecules $A,B,C$ and solvent $S$. The free energy $F$ is given by ...
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Blackbody radiation in thermally inhomogeneous environment

The power radiated by the backbody is according to Stefan-Boltzmann law $$ P = \sigma \varepsilon A (T^4-T_{env}^{4} ).$$ Is the parameter $T_{env}$ supposed to be only the temperature in the near ...
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Does radiating heat to outer space through the atmospheric transparency window have any impact on heat loss?

I was reading this article: Passive radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight The authors are improving upon the age-old idea of reflecting incoming sunlight while ...
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Do the stars in a galaxy have a thermal kinetic energy distribution?

I think, there is practically everything given to that: many point-like masses, able to exchange energy pseudo-randomly, and far long enough time to reach a thermodynamical equilibrium. Of course, ...
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Is temperature affected by gravitational potential?

Ok, I feel a bit silly asking this. I'm asking in relation to this question here on the molecular basis of hydrostatic pressure in a gas. There's been quite a bit of discussion and one of the ...
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Negative temperature thermodynamics

I asked this question about thermodynamics. I considered $$T=\frac{\partial U}{\partial S}$$ at constant $V$ and $N$ (number of particles), but now I can't figure out the change of $U$ with respect ...
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Where does the joules come from (ideal gas constant)?

I have not done any physics in ages and have recently started studying it. The first chapter in my book deals with the ideal gas constant: $$pV=nRT$$ It is rewritten as: $$R=\frac{pV}{nT}$$ When I ...
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Is the equilibrium state in thermodynamics a consequence of the second law of thermodynamics?

Is the thermal equilibrium state the state of maximum entropy? Is it a consequence of the second law of thermodynamics?
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Human body emits Radiation [closed]

Human being emits which type of waves and how to find that waves any possibility to detect this waves by Using sensors
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I need to remove water from a system [closed]

I work in an industry and I need to remove water from a system. The scenario: There is a washer and a blower on a conveyor belt. The item being washed is plastic (not sure what type) and can't be ...
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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 ...