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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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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Isothermal Gas Expansion, a Reversible or Irreversible process?

Consider the following situation. A certain quantity of ideal monatomic gas (say one mole) is confined in a cylinder by a piston and is maintained at constant temperature (say $T_0$) by thermal ...
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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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Work Done by an Adiabatic Expansion

I am given the information that a parcel of air expands adiabatically (no exchange of heat between parcel and its surroundings) to five times its original volume, and its initial temperature is 20° C. ...
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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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Boltzmann Distribution - why maximum number of microstates?

I've recently started to learn statistical mechanics and I've run into Boltzmann Distribution. I wanted to see how it is derived and found some articles on web, but no one of them explain why the idea ...
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Change in entropy of the Universe for charging/discharging a capacitor

I just need to know what exactly happens when charging/discharging a capacitor. Is there any heat transfer between the capacitor and the surroundings? Is there a heat transfer between other parts of ...
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There is some attempt to build a magnetic flywheel (reservoir of motion)

We know how flywheel works! There is some attempt to substitute the flywheel-friction mechanism for some magnetic torque ? Exist some mechanism that uses thermal cycle of gases for generate magnetic ...
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How quickly does a gas reach a uniform temperature in an enclosure?

I'm just looking for ballpark figures and reasoning. Suppose a gas (air) at STP was introduced into a 10cm diameter sphere of infinite heat capacity and conductivity at one degree above the gas. How ...
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Chemical reaction A+B$\leftrightarrow$C. Equilibrium VS Non Equilibrium

Could you please confirm or say why I am wrong? Let us consider the steady state of the chemical reaction $A+B \leftrightarrow^{k_+}_{k_-} C$, with $k_+$ and $k_-$ the forward and backward rates. ...
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Third law of thermodynamics

Does Third Law of thermodynamics violates Quantum Mechanics, I mean Why third law of Thermodynamics holds if we think about it in terms of Quantum Mechanics ?
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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?
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Will heating up an object increase its mass? [duplicate]

According to the $E=mc^2$ equation, will an object whose thermal energy (temperature) rises also weigh more? And by the same token, will the mass of an object decrease as its temperature approaches ...
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Change in energy ideal gas

I am supposed to calculate the change in energy upon changing both the temperature from $T_1$ to $T_2$ and the volume from $V_1$ to $V_2$. Now I was wondering whether this solution is correct: We ...
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What's wrong with this way of thinking about greenhouses?

It's a clear day, the sun is shining, warming the ground to 29°. The air is at 26°; a breeze is blowing mixing the air so the temperature is fairly uniform: Now I section a bit of this scene off ...
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A simple experiment and the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution

Consider two containers separated by a removable wall, each side of which is a perfect mirror for the gas in the respective container. Also the walls of the containers are ideal mirrors. In each ...
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Entropy change in irreversible heat flow

For an irreversible heat flow from an object $A$ at temperature $T_A$ and another object $B$ at temperature $T_B < T_A$ , I'd like to know how to evaluate the change in entropy using the following ...
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What unit would the answer be in?

So I have used this formula: $$W= PV_1 \times \ln\frac{V_2}{V_1}$$ and I have converted my values to cubic meters and pascals. So Work Done, $W$, what would be the unit for that answer? I already ...
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How to convert cc to bar?

In astronomy/astrophysics, medium density is often given in cc, particles per cubic centimeter. Also, the temperature of the medium is usually given, in Kelvins. For some materials the melting point ...
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Energy without temperature

If you know the entropy $S$ of your system. Is there a general way to calculate the internal energy $U$ of your system? So the entropy $S$ is the only thing I know of my system. I have no information ...
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Can Thermal Energy be converted into usable energy?

I'm going to go out on a limb and ask a question that will probably be a bit humiliating: Can Thermal Energy be converted into usable energy? I've been reading about conservation of energy, and I know ...