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 temperatures can be reached in an air-to-air thermocompressor nozzle and why?

People are generally of the opinion that the boiler injector cannot be redesigned to run on air. In other words, an air-to-air thermocompressor that puts fresh air into a tank without a mechanical ...
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Maximizing Multiplicity of Einstein Solid == (Temperature = $\infty$)?

If I have a system consisting of 2 Einstein solids (A and B) is it equivalent to say that maximizing the multiplicity of the ...
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Joule-Thomson effect of Van der Waals gas

I'm supposed to calculate the inversion pressure $p_i$ of a Van der Waals gas. The state equation of the Van der Waals gas is: $$(p + \frac{a}{V^2})(V-b) = RT.$$ To get a hold of the inversion ...
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Behaviour of individual terms in Einstein-Smoluchowski fluctuation-dissipation relation

Consider a bath of Brownian particles at temperature $T$. If we sprinkle some larger particles in this (eg: pollen grains in water or dust motes in air), they'll diffuse with diffusion constant $D$ ...
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Rotational Constant and Moment of Inertia of Fluorine gas

I have come across some homework question on thermodynamics which needs me to calculate $B$ of $F_2$ My attempt: $B= \frac{h}{8\pi^2cI}$ where $I=\mu r^2=\frac{m_1m_2}{m_1+m_2} r^2$ Atomic mass of ...
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How to solve state parameters using these givens for an ideal gas?

In a thermodynamic turbine using air as an ideal gas, given that you have a known inlet temperature value $T_i$, a known exit pressure value $P_e$, a known inlet and exit velocity $V_i$ and $V_e$, a ...
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How much money does an unused but plugged-in cellphone-charger waste in a year, if its not getting warm?

Is it right as xkcd states: You can use heat flow to come up with simple rule of thumb: If an unused charger isn’t warm to the touch, it’s using less than a penny of electricity a day. Or, more ...
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Height of a piston in a heated cylinder containing H2O

I'm a first time user and I hope I won't be too enigmatic asking the following question: I have a cylinder (radius= $6$ $\text{cm}$) with a frictionless piston on top of it and inside $30$ $g$ of ...
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Several questions about spring chiller and LMTD

I'm designing a simple copper coil wort chiller. Digging formulas I'm having hard time to figure some things out, perhaps some simple guides may help me to go the right direction: LMTD need inlet ...
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Heat contained in compressed gas [closed]

I am trying to compute the amount of energy released in the form of heat if I compress 1 cubic meter of Hydrogen to 0.1 cubic meter while submerged in a large body of water of a given temperature - ...
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Does a flame produce free electrons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Fire Conduct Electricity? Why? Is fire plasma? Does a flame produce free electrons ? Or is the answer sometimes depending on the chemicals ? Does the answer depend ...
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Is enthalpy defined under non-isobaric conditions?

My question is this, Does Enthalpy have a meaning under non-isobaric conditions? Is its existence as a property of a system independent of whether the system is under isobaric condition or not? ...
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Any new texts directly on second law of thermodynamics? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recommendations for Statistical Mechanics book Is anyone aware of any recent text that summarises the research and arguments on second law of thermodynamics and also on ...
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Does a Peltier Thermoelectric layer make a good regulator for LN2 heat-sink interfacing

I understand that when cooling water with LN2 directly (through pipes for example), that it can be too effective, freezing the water (and blocking the pipe). From what I read, regulation of the heat ...
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Simple heat transfer question [closed]

You add an unknown volume of milk of $5.2 ^\circ C$ to a cup of coffee ($40 mL$ of water, temperature: $80.3 ^\circ C$). After a while of stirring the temperature reaches $73.2 ^\circ C$. The ...
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Free Energy and quantum measurement

Free Energy must be expended to reset the state of an measurement apparatus. Is this statement valid in all situations? Is there a Definitive mathematical exposition?
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“This is not a perpetual motion machine, because reservoir temperatures are changing.” Is it a valid argument?

I've already faced this situation several times: given a statement (in area of thermodynamics) I used it to provide an example of some perpetual motion machine (of first or second kind). Therefore, I ...
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Physics of homebrewing heat exchangers

In homebrewing on of the key steps when brewing with extract is to rapidly chill the wort from boiling temperatures to about 80F in 30 min. This is needed to reduce risk of environmental ...
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Temperature measurement, precision

I am having problems with one of the problems I have done (a) which is basically $\theta = 273.16K (19/15) = 346.00K$ For (b) I am given that the length is 15.00cm when the thermometer is incontact ...
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Carnot efficiency, coefficient of performance for a refrigerator

I was reading that a new type of refrigerator might reach a coefficient of performance (COP) of 10. This seems quite the achievement and the authors state that their approach might achieve a Carnot ...
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upper bound for the Kelvin scale [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is there no absolute maximum temperature? On the Kelvin scale, absolute zero represents the temperature at which there is no thermal motion. Consequently, speaking ...
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What is the fluid approximation for BCS action?

For a system with free fermion gas at finite density (i.e. free Dirac action), we have an ideal fluid description with rho, p, n. What is the fluid description for BCS action? Suppose we have a box ...
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What kind of phases nanoparticles have (gas-solid-liquid)?

If a phase transition requires a number of particles that is in the TD-limit, can nanoparticles (~10 atoms) have phase transitions? What kind of phases and transitions nanoparticles have?
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Is the $mL_c$ value for triangular and rectangular fins the same value?

I am looking at the solutions that my professor put up and I feel that he did something wrong. Here is the question and I will give my stab at the solution so you can see why I think that it is wrong. ...
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How equivalent are heat energy and work energy in connection with a spinning flywheel?

Let's say we have two identical spinning flywheels, that have arbitrary geometry, and are made of copper. Now we apply some heat energy at the center point of flywheel A, causing it to slow down a ...
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Exam review question on thermodynamics [closed]

A cube has a side length of $20\text{ cm}$. An atom in the gas moves around the cube as shown. It continually bounces off the four lateral walls of the cube. The atom has a mass of $6.6\times ...
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How many times brighter could the stars shine without raising the temperature of space?

If my understanding is correct, the temperature of space (as defined by the temperature that a black-body will reach) has been decreasing since the big bang. It has never increased. Additionally, ...
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Do the properties of two streams flowing into an engine add together when they mix?

Let's say I have two stream supplys that have separate mass flow rates, enthalpies, and velocities that flow into an engine. Upstream of the engine's inlet, the two streams mix to form one stream that ...
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Relationship of the abundance of an isotope and the vapor pressure

Say I have a sample of some alkali metal - Rubidium for example. A sample of Rubidium consists of approximately 27% $^{87}$Rb and 73% $^{85}$Rb. Does the vapor pressure of each isotope individual ...
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How to compute the heat flow for a specific material for some given boundary temperature?

Assume I have a bounded material with heat sources inside. The material is known (i.e. I know heat capacity and all relevant data) and the temperature of the boundary is fixed. I solved the (steady ...
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Why is it when you microwave cold coffee and then add milk it creates a foam head? [closed]

As compared to when the coffee is just hot from brewing. I suspect it has something to do with the way the microwaves are affecting the molecules of the coffee.
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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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Entropy Change in an irreversible process

I have just started learning thermodynamics and the concept of entropy confuses me. Suppose I have a gas in a cylindrical container fitted with a piston. I take it through an adiabatic irreversible ...
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Clausius statement of the 2nd Law

I'm slightly messed up with the Clausius statement of the 2nd Law. I've seen at least two versions, which seem to be conceptually different. a) It is impossible to transfer heat from a colder body ...
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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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Physics of a burning log of firewood

According to my knowledge, heat is nothing but the result of the vibrations of atoms and molecules. I guess this mean that in heating up a gas or liquid, we are increasing the rate at which the ...
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Why does burning magnesium explode when sprinkled with water?

Magnesium powder burns extremely well and reaches temperatures of 2500°C. However, attempts to extinguish such a magnesium fire with conventional water (e.g. from a garden hose) only make it worse: ...
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Maxwell's Demon bug, trapdoor space and time

What about the size of the door (space) and how long has it to be opened (time)? I think Maxwell's demon would have a problem with space, if the door is too wide (more than one particle size), then ...
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Why doesnt this violate 2nd law of thermodynamics?

Consider an ideal gas in a cylindrical container in a gravitational field, with a piston on top pushing down by gravity. The piston has some locking mechanism that locks it in place if it is displaced ...
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Second law of thermodynamics implies a linear cosmology?

If one applies the second law of thermodynamics to the Universe[1] as a whole then one might expect that the entropy of the Universe always increases as time goes forward (or more accurately that the ...
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Why isn't the Bekenstein-Hawking Entropy considered the quantum gravitational unification?

Based on the Bekenstein-Hawking Equation for Entropy, hasn't the relationship between quantum mechanics and gravity already been established.
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100°C = 100 K =?

I'm in first year. Our class is in lesson " Heat and Thermodynamics". While solving a numerical problem of a reversible engine he told us that 100 degree Celsius is equal to 100 kelvin. I inquired but ...
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How can there be heat in a vacuum?

I keep reading in the Physics World focus issue on vacuum technology about scientists creating high temperatures in the vacuums etc. If heat is caused by thermal energy being radiated from particles ...
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Does heat always rise?

Does heat always rise in a gravitational field? I recently read that heat could be traveling down to the deep part of the ocean. Is there some new or old physics that makes heat sink?
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Why are some of the biggest stars known blue?

My question refers to an overview of the biggest stars we know: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4820647230_faba1c9f3b_o.jpg Why are some of those blue?
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How to measure the energy consumption class of a home appliance? [closed]

Some of you may be familiar with the EU energy consumption classes for domestic appliances (or equivalents in other areas). Let's say we have a domestic appliance which was made before the energy ...
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Measurement of heat in electrons

Is there any method to measure the heat of an electron and if there is; then is it a constant or a variable.
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Why cannot wood be fully burnt?

Burning wood emits smoke and black. Provided more oxygen or whatever required, can wood be practically burnt fully like petroleum gasses that emits a blue flame and little smoke and little black.
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Ideal gas temperature and pressure gradients?

Consider an ideal gas in a $d\times d\times L$ box with the $L$ dimension in the $x$-direction. Suppose that the opposite $d\times d$ sides of the box are held at temperatures $T_1$ and $T_2$ with ...
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Does the global financial system violate laws of thermodynamics and energy conservation? [closed]

For the past years I am thinking about relating concepts from physics to concepts from economics. Especially since the financial crisis made obvious the instability of the financial system I ask ...