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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Statistical mechanics prerequisite [duplicate]

I`ll be taking senior level and graduate course in statistical mechanics in a month. I was wondering what would be the best statistics and probability textbook to prepare for it? I`m currently ...
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Does coffee with cream cool slower than black coffee?

At Modernist Cuisine, Nathan Myhrvold states that "Coffee with cream cools about 20% slower than black coffee". He then gives three reasons, two of them related to radiation and the third one to the ...
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Legendre transformation of Entropy as a natural function of T, V, n

I have come across a question asking to get a Legendre transformation of entropy which is a natural function of 1/T, V, n starting from entropy being a natural function of T, V and n. However, I have ...
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Calculate thermal conductance of thick walls of a cuboid, given material conductivity and cube size

Note 1: This is probably as much a maths question as physics. Note 2: I am not sure if my use of the the term conductance is correct. I want to make a kiln. The walls will be thick. I can come to ...
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Linearity of the critical isochore?

When looking at the pressure-temperature diagram along the critical isochore (up to quite high reduced temperatures) a very linear trend can be observed. From a theoretical point of view, is the ...
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Maxwell relations, confused on how the solution got to this answer

I have a problem where, basically, in part (a) I correctly found a fundamental equation $$TdS = dE - 2\sigma l dx$$ Then the problem goes on to say that the only parameters of interest are $x$ and ...
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Characteristic length of differential element of cylinder surface?

I am trying to find the Nusselt number for a small element of the outside of a cylinder that has a height of $Delta z$. I found the average Grashof number of a surface as $$Gr_{L}=\frac{\beta \rho ...
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How to relate compression ratio to work input for a compressor in a heat pump

So I need to calculate the COP (Coefficient of Performance) for a 6-ton air conditioner system in terms of the compression ratio. I understand that: $$COP=\frac{Q_L}{W_{net,in}}$$ I cannot find out ...
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What's the typical material used as a low-k ILD in semiconductors?

Semiconductor companies (namely IBM, Intel, TSMC and etc.) may use different low-k materials as inter-layer dielectric (ILD) in their fabrication process. I'm wondering what is the most typical one. ...
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Thermodynamics and wall insulation [duplicate]

Australia's history has been littered with the problem of how to manage safety in bushfires. The local fire authority recommend consideration be given to preparing a bushfire management plan, deciding ...
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Definition and Measurment of Energy and Heat in Thermodynamics

The concept of work is clear from mechanics, where $dW=F\cdot dx$, leading to $dW=PdV$. Also different forms of energy are defined in mechanics, e.g., $E=\frac{1}{2}m v^2$, etc. How are the energy and ...
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Properties of material affecting magnetic refrigeration

I am reading about magnetic refrigeration at the moment - I see that two factors affecting the applicability of the material for use in magnetic refrigeration is that they must react strongly (i.e the ...
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Light bulb filled with air inside volume of helium [closed]

I have a question on my homework I can't really figure out. It's from Reif, problem 3.6, Fundamentals of Statistic and thermal physics Question: A glass bulb contains air at room temperature and at a ...
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Why the temperature of gas produced by firework falls rapidly?

When a firework explodes, the powder in the firework burns rapidly to produce a small volume of gas at high temperature and pressure. Can anyone explain to me why the temperature of the gas falls ...
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Experimental heat equation for a bottle of water

I'm not sure if this question belongs here, because I'm asking a question about experimental data rather than theoretic formula. Anyway, I'm trying to figure out the time-temperature relation of the ...
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diesel steam engine

Let's imagine a diesel engine's cylinder head would be heated by external means, to some hundred degree celsius, and the fuel would be replaced by water. We've made modifications so that water ...
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Food kept in a container in my pressure cooker cooks slower

The pressure cooker is heated at the base to cook the food. The pressure cooker releases steam when the force exerted by pressure exceeds the counterweight, at which point the weight rises up allowing ...
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Problem involving 1st law of thermo and ideal gas law

Problem: $1.0 \text{ kg}$ of air at pressure $10^6 \text{ Pa}$ and temperature $398 \text{ K}$ expands to a five times greater volume. The expansion occurs such that in every instance the added ...
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What state is fire? Solid, Liquid or Gas or Plasma? [duplicate]

What state is fire? Solid, Liquid or Gas or Plasma? I was just roaming around when this question popped out of my mind. In what state is FIRE?
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thermoelectric effect

The Absolute Seebeck effect states that an electric potential (voltage) is produced to any isolated conducting when subject to a temperature gradient.But why? My view of this is that when you apply ...
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Which pressure to use in the $T~ds$ equation?

Let's say I have an adiabatic, rigid, open container that has an amount of air at some pressure, $P_\text{cv}$, and some temperature, $T_\text{cv}$. I have heated pressurized air coming into the ...
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Best material for heat transfer between ice and water

What is the best container material for heat transfer between ice and water? this is a difficult question to ask without displaying a picture of what I'm meaning.
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Stress due to the mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients of two different attached materials

I'm simulating the thermo-electro-mechanical behavior of a copper wire which is surrounded by silicon dioxide. In other words, the wire segments is under mechanical and thermal loads and at the same ...
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Is there a thermodynamic law or theorem that expresses how systems “break” or “change” when enough energy is added?

I have a simple question about thermodynamic laws, and I am hoping you can help me. Let's say that I have a sphere container with some pressurized gas in it. I can slowly increase the pressure over ...
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Can the laws of classical mechanics be derived from quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

Can classical mechanics be derived from quantum mechanics as the same way thermodynamics derived from statistical mechanics?
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Rotary Steam Engine

Leon Crux invented the concept of interlocking archimedes spirals that eventually led to the scroll compressor but intended it to be used as a rotary steam engine. However technological limitations of ...
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What is the relationship between strain and electric current?

Strain or stress can be caused by different sources. I categorized theses sources as mechanical, thermal and electrical loads and formulated the total stress as follows: $$ \epsilon_{total} = ...
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energy efficiency, transformation from chemical to thermal energy, for district heating plants

If I have a system in which I introduce 100e.u.F (energy units) derived from chemical energy (i.e. fuel) and generate thermal energy to heat water what are e.u. absorbed by water? I.e. the efficiency ...
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Combined gas law in an open atmosphere

The question was asked about pressure vs. Volume increasing in an ideal gas as temperature is increased. My question then is this. What is the formula to determine how much volume and pressure will ...
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Decompression cooler

How would I figure the needed pressure differential to freeze water inside a cooler using ambient air? I am assuming that the combined gas law would apply here and that the formula P1•V1/T1=P2•V2/T2 ...
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What is the limit of vanishing density?

I've been asked to examine the limit of vanishing density for the virial equation of state derivation of $\left(\frac{\partial U}{\partial V}\right)_T$ and quite frankly, I have no idea what this is ...
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Temperature in a calorimeter [closed]

A closed calorimeter of negligible water equivalent contains 1kg ice at 0 degree Celsius. 1kg of steam at 100 degrees Celsius is pumped into it. Find the resultant temperature of the mixture. I ...
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Monotherm cycle, negative $Q_{net}$

In the demonstration of the Clausius theorem in classical thermodynamics my book uses the fact that $Q_{net}\le0$ is negative in a cyclic monotherm (meaning with one heat reservoir) transformation. ...
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Please correct my understanding of Clausius-Clapeyron and latent heat

As I work a problem set, I'm being asked to calculate the latent heat associated with a particular phase transition of $NH_3$ (solid -> liquid, liquid -> gas, solid -> gas). I'm being told to perform ...
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How to compute the change in entropy of s system when the temperature is decreasing?

How to compute the change in entropy of s system when the temperature is decreasing? Such a question may be too general,then we may ask a special case:How to compute the change in entropy of Annealing ...
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Constant Pressure lines in evaporation diagram

Assume that there is the following $T-H$ phase diagram with the constant pressure lines. Which is greater preasure? The preasure drops as we move to lower temperatures (i.e. from top to bottom)? ...
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Triple point temperature and freezing point

Why does the triple point temperature have very similar values to the freezing point, in most substances?
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How does the volume change affect an adiabatic process?

A gas consisting of rigid diatomic molecules was initially under standard conditions. Then the gas was compressed adiabatically, 5 times the original volume. Find the mean KE of rotating molecules ...
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How connected thermodynamical stability and dynamical stability for black holes?

Criteria for thermodynamical stability is the convex of entropy. But for black hole entropy is non-additive.
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Lambda transition data points of $\require{mhchem}\ce{^4He}$

I'm looking to get some data on the lambda transition of $\require{mhchem}\ce{^4He}$. I need the data points of the specific heat vs. temperature graph, if that makes sense.
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Negative temperature [duplicate]

How can we prove that if a negative-temperature system is in contact with a positive-temperature system, then the heat flow from the first to the second (and finally, the temperature of the second ...
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Heat of adsorption from fugacity data

I have a set of data relating the fugacity ($\approx$ pressure) to the loading for a given set of temperatures. There are three temperature sets each having five fugacity vs. loading points. The ...
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Increase in number of micro states explanation or restatement of second law?

Is the boltzmann's expression of entropy as log of micro states leading to the formulation that system is more likely to be in a macrostate with more no. Of micro states really is an explanation or ...
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Landauer's principle vs Rayleigh–Jeans 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 ...
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The physical laws of thermodynamics tell us that electrical impulses must produce heat?

Health - Controversial New Idea: Nerves Transmit Sound, Not Electricity - By Robert Roy Britt, LiveScience Managing Editor posted: 14 March, 2007 1:00 pm ET Rendering shows a biological membrane ...
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Entalpy and entropy role in freezing-point depression phenomena

There's this "atomic" explanation of the freezing-point phenomena on Wikipedia that leaves me really intrigued. Consider the problem in which the solvent freezes to a very nearly pure crystal, ...
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Using thermodynamics and Kinematics together to solve a parachuter problem?

I need to find a parachutist's displacement after a given height (nearly 37000m) and at a given latitude. I have his mass, area, parachute area, drop height, parachute deployment height, data about ...
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Constant volume specific heat

A monatomic ideal gas is confined to move in two dimensions. What is the constant volume specific heat for this gas? Consider a system of N independent harmonic oscillators moving in two dimensions. ...
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What is the ion drag mechanism in dielectric heating?

While reading about dielectric heating on Wikipedia, I read about the ion drag mechanism but there wasn't enough information about. I know there is another Phys.SE question talking about the ion drag ...
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Measurement of the energy of an atom using a cold substance

An atom was prepared in a superposition of ground state and excited states.I propose to measure the state by coupling the system to a cold enough substance. By cold enough I mean $$kT\ll E_1,$$ where ...