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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Where does the kinetic energy go?

A uniform cylinder was placed on a frictionless bearing and set to rotate about its vertical axis. After a cylinder has reached a specific state of rotation it is heated without any mechanical support ...
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How much heat needed to heat 400g of ice at 0°C to 20°C in a 200g aluminium pot? [closed]

An aluminium pot has a mass of 200g and contains 400g of ice at 0°C. How much heat would be needed to melt that ice and then raise the temperature of the resulting water to 20°C. The specific heat ...
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Can I make a cold air trap (thermal equilibrium)

Thermodynamic buoyancy. I have an air intake for combustion air entering into a basement furnace room. During cold weather, the air enters unchecked (no damper on pipe is allowed). I have this 5 ...
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Does heat increase the volume of a gas, and in turn its pressure?

Lets say you have 1 liter of hydrogen in a sealed container, at 100 psi. If 50 cm^2 of the containers surface area is heated to a 1000 degree Celsius, will the psi increase over time? What would be ...
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Equilibrium Condition

In classical thermodynamics, equilibrium conditions means maximum entropy for a closed state. However, people always talk about equilibrium for open systems as well. How can one say that an open ...
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“Single-shot” Heat engine efficiency limits

The sun is 5778K and Earth is ~290K. Using the sun as the hot reservoir and earth as a cold reservoir we get 95% Carnot efficiency. However, the solar power efficiency limit is only 86%, see: ...
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'Polar Vortex' Boiling Water to Snow is Mpemba Effect?

I am based far away from the icy storm currently blanketing the US - the 'polar vortex'. However, I have seen in the TV news footage of reporters throwing boiling water into the air, the water ...
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Why does a copper mug keep my Moscow Mule cold? (Or does it?)

The Moscow Mule is a delicious cocktail that is normally served ice cold in a copper mug. The general consensus among Moscow Mule drinkers is that the copper mug keeps the drink colder than a normal ...
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How does the internal energy and entropy depend on mass?

I've found this thermodynamics question: Given a fluid described by the following equations: $$PV^{1/3}=aT^3 ,\quad U=3aT^3V^{2/3}, \quad S=\frac{9}{2}aT^2V^{2/3}$$ The parameter $a(n)$ ...
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NPT simulations: what is the inertia of volume fluctuations (using periodic boundary conditions)?

NPT molecular dynamics (MD) are most often implemented by adding some kind of piston that regulates the pressure. The inertia of this piston determines the dynamics of volume fluctuations in the ...
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Explain internal energy and enthalpy

Internal energy and enthalpy. I am finding it hard to distinguish between the two. Confused. Can someone explain me the two terms and difference between them? I tried learning from wikipedia but it ...
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Setting up an equation for calculating how long it takes a body to change temperature in its sorroundings

The United States has just recently been hit by a massive vortex of Arctic air. These unusually bitter temperatures have sparked my interests to ask the following rheotical question: How much time ...
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How does this Stirling engine work?

I'm looking at this Stirling engine, which I believe is a variation of an alpha type. It was developed by Nasa back in the 1980's. The thing is, I can't figure out how the hydrogen cycles through the ...
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Radiant barrier effect on inside of a hot water tank

I am trying to determine if a radiant barrier on the inside of a hot water tank would increase its insulating value. Normally radiant barriers are used in house construction to reduce heat loss by ...
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Why do high current conductors heat up a lot more than high voltage conductors?

120 volts x 20 amps = 2,400 Watts However, if I increased the voltage and lowered the current, you can also use a smaller wire size (more inexpensive), also have less heat and achieve the same watt ...
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Heat engines and “Angular momentum” engines?

We know that the theory of heat engines is that, if you accept the second law of thermodynamics, $\Delta S > 0$ then you can define temperature using $\frac{1}{T} = \frac{\partial S}{\partial E}$ ...
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Why 1 Month LHC Magnet Cooling Times

An often quoted figure is that the LHC magnets take a month to completely cool and a month to warm. There is never an explanation as to why that is. I can conjure any number of reasons (slow changes ...
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Does diamond dust conduct heat as well as diamond?

Diamond is one of the best thermal conductors you can get. If the diamond is crushed into dust and spread out over a flat surface, but still held fairly compact (for instance in a small petri dish), ...
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Questions about Statistical Mechanics

For grand partition ensemble, is it true that the introduction of chemical potential allows us to have the sum of number of the particles in each state to be the total number of particles ("On ...
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Would a cone shaped Stirling engine work?

A Stirling engine evidently functions by heating and cooling air, thus making the piston move up and down. What if the heated side of the cylinder were shaped as a sort of cone with a gentle slope, ...
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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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Thermo-couple Eelectroomotive force

I am studying thermocouples. In a text book, the author said that, the electromotive force can be written as $$ E= \alpha \theta + \beta \theta^2 \tag{1}$$ where $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are constants ...
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Transfered thermal energy to a gas with varying mass

In my physics book (and wikipedia) it states that the thermal energy transferred to an object is: $Q = c \ m \ dT$, where $Q$ is the transferred thermal energy, $c$ is the specific heat capcity of the ...
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How to calculate the van der Waals force from the van der Walls equation?

Given the van der Waals equation $$\left(p+\frac{n^2a}{V^2}\right)\left(V-nb\right)=nRT$$ and the van der Waals constants $a$ and $b$, how can I find the van der Walls force between two atoms at ...
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Compression and expansion

Why is it that solids on compression [As in striking a hammer etc.] heat up, but liquids and gases on compression [Pressurizing liquids causes them to freeze or gases to liquify] cool down? Can ...
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A draft makes people feel cold. How can that be measured?

On some days our office feels very cold to the point at which we find it difficult to type because our hands have gone numb. But our facilities manager insists it is the same temperature as always. ...
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is this heat calculation equation correct?

If I have a line of copper wire (lets say $\textrm{1 meter}$ long, $\textrm{1 mm}$ thick) and one end is a flattened disk of copper about the size of a quarter, and I apply a lot of heat to it (I'm ...
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What groups of symmetry are most suited for filling uniformely a spherical 3D space, whilst possessing the lowest possible surface-to-volume ratio?

I am looking for the closest known approximate solution to Kelvin foams problem that would obey a spherical symmetry. One alternative way of formulating it: I am looking for an equivalent of ...
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How is NASA's mod II Stirling engine so powerful yet so small?

Is it because of the temperature difference? I just don't understand how it can propel a car. Here's the link to the engine: ...
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How effectively does heat flow through copper wire?

If I have a line of copper wire (lets say 1 meter long, 1mm thick) and one end is a flattened disk of copper about the size of a quarter, and I apply a lot of heat to it (I'm talking 800 Celsius) will ...
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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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Second law of thermodynamics and motion

The second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of an isolated system never decreases, because isolated systems spontaneously evolve toward thermodynamic equilibrium—the state of ...
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How do I predict volume loss due to evaporation when boiling water?

Suppose I have a pot with diameter $D$ containing a volume of water $V$, being heated by a flame under it. If the ambient air temperature is $T$ and relative humidity is $R$, how can I calculate the ...
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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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Realistic calculation of heat loss for pipe

Good day everyone, I am new on this site and I hope to find here help, since I am not going anywhere with the literature I have found. I try to calculate realistically the heat loss of a hot, ...
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How do Stirling engines work?

How do Stirling engines work? I understand the heating and cooling of air, but how much faster (or more force, I'm not sure which to use) does the piston move per degree Celsius that the temperatures ...
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Is it possible to “cook” pasta at room temperature with low enough pressure?

It is known fact, that boiling point of water decreases by decreasing of pressure. So there is a pressure at which water boils at room temperature. Would it be possible to cook e.g. pasta at room ...
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How to calculate the heat of a metal?

Lets say I leave 100g of copper outside under a convex lens that is 1m squared in surface area (I've been told that 1m2 of sunlight equals 1Kw). How would I figure out the temperature reached for a ...
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How to freeze the Niagara waterfalls?

Here is a picture of the usual vigorous Niagara Falls (in the winter). Here is the picture of Niagara Falls frozen in 1933 (in the very cold winter). Here is the picture of Niagara Falls frozen in ...
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How do I calculate the curve of a parabolic mirror to melt the ice from my street gutter?

I want to make a concave parabolic mirror that will have a focal point six inches below where I place it (on the edge of the sidewalk) so that it will melt the ice collecting in the gutter below and ...
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Radiation pressure thermodynamic paradox

Could the radiation pressure of a black body (theoretically) perform work on the perfectly reflecting apparatus in the figure below? Assume that the block does not hinder the passage of light through ...
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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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Does thermal energy change within a chamber depending on what's in it, where it is, what it is?

I have noticed that some people will say that, when you put more mass in an oven, it takes longer for both to cook than if just were one. Some others will say that timings are the same. Assume we ...
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Is there any optical component that uniformizes the incoming light?

Is there any optical component in existence that uniformizes randomly pointing rays?
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Is energy released during change of state?

When a substance changes state from solid to liquid, the temperature of the substance remains the same and the heat energy from the external source is converted to potential energy within the ...
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Is temperature of a single molecule defined? [duplicate]

Is temperature of a single molecule defined? This question just cropped up in my mind as I have often heard of laws being violated when it comes to the scale of a single molecule. Does this happen in ...
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Rijke tube: Why Sound is maximum when heated 1/4th length from bottom of tube

Why is it that the maximum sound coming from a Rijke tube happens only when heated wire gauze is placed at 1/4th the length of the tube from the bottom. According to Rayleigh: If heat be ...
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Why does the coefficient of performance need to be calculated with $W + Q$?

How much work must a heat pump with a COP of 2.50 do in order to extract 1.00 MJ of thermal energy from the outdoors (the cold reservoir)? The first formula that came into my mind after reading ...
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Temperature of thermally isolated space region

If we thermally isolate a region in space, say using a hypothetical material of $0$ conductivity, and measure the region's temperature, will it be 2.7K?
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How does blood/saliva boil in outer space?

Why would the blood boil? Is it because of the temperature or pressure? Because I really can't figure it out. I thought space didn't have a temperature above freezing unless close to a star or the ...