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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Temperature in an isobaric process

I have a certain conceptual issue - I'm solving heat engine problems and I found something difficult to understand. Let's take an isobaric part of a cycle of an engine, let's say that the ideal gas is ...
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Director field fluctuations in a liquid crystal in a magnetic field

If we consider the Frank elastic free energy in the equal constants limit (for more details, see here Chapter 4.1.) with an external magnetic field, we have $$ F = \frac{1}{2}\int \text{d}^3 r\left ( ...
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What is the principle of equivalence in thermodynamics?

I've been searching for this for a while. There is a principle of equivalence in general relativity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equivalence_principle But I need the principle of equivalence in ...
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How to use specific heats and temperature change in a system to calculate mass?

In a system where multiple liquids and solids are mixed together with different specific heats at different initial temperatures, reaching an equilibrium temperature, how do all of these things relate ...
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Latent heat of vaporization

The molecular weight of water is 18.015 gram. The number of moles of water in one liter (1000 gram) will be: $3.34\times 10^{25}$ molecules (in 1kg). We know that latent heat of vaporization of water ...
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Why does an electric motor burn up when you physically stop it?

As an electric motor spins, the energy from the electricity is 'conducted' to the rotor by the magnetic fields. However, when the motor is stopped, the energy becomes heat and burns up to motor. ...
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Radiation heat transfer

I'm looking at the radiosity equations for heat transfer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiosity_(heat_transfer)#Radiosity_method Specifically, I'm hesitant to accept the equation: $$ \dot Q_i = ...
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If fans increase the heat of the air and this DIY AC decreases it, why don't they neutralize eachother?

Please try to answer in layman terms, i am only starting to study thermodynamics (And physics) In my book one of the curiosity parts gives that fans don't actually cool the room but by hitting the ...
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Does wrapping a wet paper towel around a glass bottle really speed up the cooling process?

There are claims like this one that you can improve the cooling speed of beverages when you put them wrapped in a wet paper towel inside the refrigerator/freezer. I've just tried it by myself and ...
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Heating a black body

By definition, Black body has absotivity=emmisstivity=1. This means the black body radiates all energy it accepts. Does this mean the black body cant be heated?
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How to solve the heat equation for compound materials with different heat conductivities numerically?

I'm solving the heat equation with time dependent boundary conditions numerically in a 2D system using the ADI scheme. For the purpose of this question, let's assume a constant heat conductivity and ...
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Time for which a drop stays in the leidenfrost point

Is there any way to find out the time required for a drop of given dimensions to vaporize after attaining Leidenfrost point?
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Thermodynamics, chaperones : How to model polymer fragmentation

Living polymers are well described by equilibrium statistical physics. Now I would like to consider a case were living polymers undergo fragmentation due to chaperones. I can think of a kinetic ...
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In what forms do fire energy transfer in common situations

Yesterday I was standing by the campfire. I used to think that campfire heat carried to me only by air. It was heating my face too much, so I blocked it with my hand just like blocking the sun. Then ...
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Thermodynamic relations

I'm asked to establish the following relations: $\left( \frac{\partial C_V}{\partial V} \right)_{T,N} = \frac{T}{N} \left( \frac{\partial^2 P}{\partial T^2} \right)_{V,N} $ $\left( \frac{\partial ...
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Quantum Fourier Transform and Entropy

QFT is a nonlocal unitary transformation and so can generate entanglement in a system. It means a separable pure state can be converted into an entangled pure state. Now since the presence of ...
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Could water physically makeup the core of a planet or otherwise large celestial mass?

Knowing very little about the nature of water, wondering how it might behave at the centre of a planet or centre of an another massive gravitational body. Could water take such pressures or might it ...
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Energy Analysis of Niagara Falls in Linus Pauling's “General Chemistry”

I just started reading Linus Pauling's "General Chemistry" and the first example confuses me. He writes: Example 1-1. Niagara Falls (Horseshoe) is 160 feet high. How much warmer is the water at ...
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Is there an analogue to the role of vapor in liquids and gases, but for solids and liquids?

It seems common for an ordered phase to have some amount of disorder present. For example, the average moment of a ferromagnet is less than maximum except at T=0 due to the presence of fluctuations. ...
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How to increase temperature of small mass using large mass of lesser temperature?

I know that heat flow from higher temperature to lower temperature, but theoretically, is it possible to build heat pump that can move energy from ocean which are at ~295 kelvin to a small boiler ...
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Why aren't we surrounded by Black holes?

The Bekenstein bound is a limit to the amount of entropy a thermodynamical system can have. The bound is given by the following expression: \begin{equation} S \leq \frac{2 \pi k R E}{\hbar c} ...
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How much electricity can be produced by my thermoelectric generator?

I am using a thermoelectric cooler from a pc's heatsink to produce electricity. Its size is 30mm by 30mm. I will cool it on one side at -10 degree Celsius and the other at 24 degree Celsius. Can ...
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Time to heat/cool a room

So, I have a basic, very basic, understanding of thermodynamics. I don't take it until next semester. I'm attempting to write a program which plots a temperature over time graph of a room being ...
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Natural refrigeration

I have an electricity-free pot-in-pot refrigerator that uses evaporative cooling to keep the inside cool. However, I live in a very humid place, so the rate of evaporation will be low and hence this ...
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Heat transfer and temperature difference of 2 liquids

We know that heat transfer is calculated by equation $Q$=$m$×$C_p$×$\Delta$$T$. Let's perform 2 experiments- Imagine I have 2 cups with water with same masses(volume). 1 is at 100 degree C and other ...
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Which thermoelectric effect is better?

I am doing an experiment which requires the thermoelectric effect. I know about the Seebeck and the Peltier effects. Well, from what I have found till now on these topics is that they both can produce ...
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Question regarding temperature as a property of a system

This is probably silly question but I got stuck while reading “Lectures on Theoretical Physics-Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics” by Sommerfeld. In the first chapter it says : Temperature ...
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Could CP violation be exploited to violate the second law?

I don't understand well CP-violation, but since it introduces a microscopic irreversible process, couldn't it be somehow exploited to decrease entropy? For instance, if we could somehow use it to bias ...
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Camp Fire Crackle

I was sitting around the camp fire and there was a periodic sound of cracking and pieces of the burning wood flew off. My question is what is the mechanism for the cracking of the wood? I was thinking ...
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Can a thermometer really measure the temperature of a substance?

When we measure the temperature of a substance by using a thermometer and waiting until the two come into thermal equilibrium, the thermometer will not display the original temperature of the ...
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A real gas with gravitation-like interaction

Consider a system (a gas) of point-like particles with a gravitation-like interaction (potential) $V(r) \sim \frac{1}{r}$ between pairs of them. One can rule out statistically that two particles will ...
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requirements for hydrogen fusion

What are the requirements for hydrogen atoms to go through fusion? Is it a ratio of heat to pressure or are there specific heat and pressure values that must be met (per atom or per mole?) Are there ...
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Restrained expansion of a piston/cylinder

Suppose an ideal gas in a piston cylinder has some initial pressure $p_1$, volume $V_1$, and temperature $T_1$. A pin, which holds the piston in place, is suddenly removed, and the gas quickly ...
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Thermodynamics First Law Question - Expansions

Two thermally iso- lated cylinders, A and B, of equal volume, both equipped with pistons, are connected by a valve. Initially A has its piston fully withdrawn and contains a monatomic gas at ...
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How can point-like particles in an ideal gas reach thermodynamical equilibrium?

Having learned that the particles of an ideal gas must be point-like (for the gas to be ideal) I wonder how they can reach thermodynamical equilibrium (by "partially" exchanging momentum and energy). ...
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VdW Gas Entropy/Enthalpy/Gibbs Free Energy of Mixing in 2 Chamber Experiment

What are the equations for $\Delta S_{mix}$, $\Delta G_{mix}$, and $\Delta H_{mix}$ for a real gas? Explanation: In one of the most well known experiments in thermodynamics, two chambers are ...
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What exactly is temperature in the Gibbs free energy?

In equation of Gibbs free energy change $(\Delta G) = (\Delta H)-T(\Delta S)$, is $T$ the system's or surrounding's temperature? Edit:Oh sorry I am not clear earlier now I get clear question.I know ...
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What is Fermi energy and Fermi level? [duplicate]

What is meant by Fermi level and Fermi energy? And what is the difference between the two?
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Fuel and heated iron?

If I have a pile full of fuel (gasoline) - and I also have heated iron ( very very hot - color orange) and I put the Iron in the pile , Would the gasoline will burn ? I mean - does gasoline need ...
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Carnot Engine Work from Heat Exchanger between Two Gas Streams

To be clear, this is not a homework question, but it is something I am studying for an exam. The question is about a hilsch tube which separates a stream of high pressure air to a high temperature ...
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What will happen to water at $0^\circ$ Celsius kept in large evacuated chamber

Suppose some water is kept at $0^\circ$, in a glass (ideal container, if necessary). Now it is placed in a large evacuated chamber. What will happen? I think some water will vaporize, some will ...
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Nonequilibrium thermodynamics in a Boltzmann picture

The Boltzman approach to statistical mechanics explains the fact that systems equilibriate by the idea that the equillibrium macrostate is associated with an overwhelming number of microstates, so ...
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Why must the particles of an ideal gas be point-like?

Why is a gas of elastically colliding hard balls of finite size not ideal? Respectively: Why is it essential that the particles of an ideal gas are point-like? Especially: Which ...
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Why a much more water vapour is released when the heating source is turned off? [duplicate]

This question is related to a very simple experiment and I've never been able to find an explanation. Try to heat some water at the maximum power allowed by your cooking installations, either in a pot ...
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System in mechanical but not thermal equilibrium

Let's say there are two systems which can interact by a moving wall but cannot exchange heat. Then the system will be in mechanical, but not necessarily in thermal equilibrium. The maximality of ...
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Immediately after the Big Bang, was the universe in a state of extremely low or extremely high entropy?

Phase space theory suggests that the largest course-graining region, $p$, in a phase space, $P$, is the point in the phase space with the highest entropy. As such, it is in thermal equilibrium with ...
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Why is the Gibbs Free Energy $F-HM$?

With magnetism, the Gibbs Free Energy is $F-HM$, where $F$ is the Helmholtz Free Energy, $H$ is the auxiliary magnetic field, and $M$ is magnetization. Why is this? Normally, in thermodynamics, we ...
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Adiabatic Expansion with expanding control volume

I have a tube with a length "L" and diameter "d" that is open on 1 side . At a certain point ( say "x" ) from the closed end of the tube, I have a gas with a high pressure. At this point, "x", there ...
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Aerodynamics and thermodynamic [closed]

Why can we refer an object as being aerodynamic but we can't refer an object as being thermodynamic, and if an object is thermodynamic what does it even means?
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Ideal gas system with diathermic piston externally manipulated

I wanted to ask about the following problem: An ideal monatomic gas is separated into two volumes $V_{1}$ and $V_{2}$ through a diathermic piston, such that each volume containing $N$ atoms and the ...