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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how much heat will be produced when air is compressed to liquid air [on hold]

I understand about 700 litres of ambient air becomes 1 litre of liquid air. I want to know how much heat will be dissipated when this happens. I appreciate any help.
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Would neutronium emit heat?

Since accelerating a charge creates EM radiation, and there are no charges in neutrons to be accelerated, would that mean neutronium emits no radiation? Consequently, to preserve the second law of ...
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Why do high altitudes have larger diurnal temperature variation than lower altitudes?

It seems like the lack of atmosphere should not be playing a role in the diurnal temperature variation because that's what makes it colder. Mountains are not that dry, usually.
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Where is the flaw in this machine that decreases the entropy of a closed system?

I was thinking about a completely unrelated problem (Quantum Field Theory Peskin & Schroeder kind of unrelated!) when the diagram below sprang into my mind for no apparent reason. After some ...
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Dr. Pierre-Marie Robitaille: On the Validity of Kirchhoff's Law

Lately I've been researching about the black-body spectrum and the historical development of Planck's Law. I mainly wanted to understand a little bit more why many different objects (Stars, Hot ...
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What is the heat sink in an internal combustion engine?

I believe that the heat source is the spark plug because it heats up the fuel-air mixture and that the working substance is the fuel-gas mixture. Then, I know that the explosion created by the fuel ...
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Why is absolute zero considered to be asymptotical? Wouldn't regions such as massive gaps between galaxy clusters have temperatures of absolute zero?

Why is absolute zero considered to be asymptotical? Wouldn't regions such as massive gaps between galaxy clusters have temperatures of absolute zero? I just do not see why our model must work the way ...
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Final temperature of water+ice+water Mix [on hold]

I found this physics question: In a container there is a mixture of water at $ T = 0°C$, mass $m_w = 300g$, and ice, mass $m_i = 600g$. More water is added into the container, mass $m = 1100g$ at ...
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Body that both cools (proportionally to temperature difference) and heats with constant power

This is almost more of a math question, and a simple one, but I can't figure it out, and I haven't been able to find a solution online since I don't really know what words to search for. There is a ...
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Air pressure in balloon

I have to calculate the air pressure inside of an hot air balloon. After some searching I found out that I can use the ideal gas law: PV = nRT (from Wikipedia) So to get the pressure in the balloon I ...
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Why does the Nusselt Number for a Constant Surface Temperature, Thermally Fully Developed Circular Pipe Converge To a Constant of 3.66?

I have flow in a pipe with a constant surface temperature boundary condition. The velocity profile is fully developed and the temperature profile is also fully developed. In my textbook, it says that ...
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Why does a cloud form around ice cream?

Everyone have probably seen the phenomenon as one opens a cool ice cream from its pack, a white cloud begins to flow around the ice cream surface, and it constantly spreads out until the ice cream ...
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Physics-based derivation of the formula for entropy

I am looking for a derivation of the formula $$S~=~-\Sigma_ip_i \log (p_i).$$ for entropy, from first principles. I only wish to assume the laws of physics, and without involving concepts in ...
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Why is the entropy of most systems not infinite?

We can define a microstates as follows: Definition 1: A complete specification of the six coordinates of each molecule of a system, within the limits of the dimensions of the cell in which its ...
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Why does cold metal seem colder than cold air?

(I apologize for this elementary question. I don't know much about physics.) Let's say that I put a metal pot in the refrigerator for several hours. At this point, I guess, the pot and the air (in ...
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Why temperature of liquid drops after spraying thru a nozzle?

We have tested in our lab as mentioned in the picture. We connected hot water at 130degree F at 40Psig to a nozzle(bottle sprayer).we measured the temperature differences inside tank and after ...
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Melamine dish cools beyond ambient temperature

I have observed a phenomenon that I find hard to understand. A plastic, melamine like dish is filled with food (spaghetti, chile, soup, etc.) The dish and food is heated in a normal microwave oven ...
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Will water vapour rise in vacuum?

If I put water vapour in vacuum, will it behave normally like a gas? Will it rise up in the vacuum?
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Best thermal (heat) radiation barrier (insulator)? [on hold]

Which material provides best insulation from thermal (heat) radiations? In other words, which material blocks most of heat radiation from escaping?
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Boundary conditions for a radiative heat transfer problem

Consider the heat equation $$ \frac{\partial T}{\partial t} - a\Delta T + \mathbf v \cdot \nabla T = S $$ where $S$ is a source term dependent of the radiation intensity $I$ and the temperature $T$. ...
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Boltzmann Distribution of Electrons in Confining Potential

I have a particle simulation wherein many non-interacting electrons are trapped in a electric potential well. I would expect, and therefore I initialize according to this, that the electrons would ...
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$ \Delta H = C_p \Delta T $

The definition of enthalpy as a function of heat capacity and temperature change. $ \Delta H = C_p \Delta T $. Does it only apply at constant pressure? In my discussions on this board and also with ...
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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 ...
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Storing ice for HVAC

Apologies if this question is outside of the scope of the site. Assume my home is a $20 \textrm{ ft} \times 40 \textrm{ ft} \times 10 \textrm{ ft}$ block. Further assume that it has continuous ...
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why we use Gibb's free energy concept in Ehrenfest's theory of Phase transformation?

Why do we use the concept of Gibbs's free energy in Ehrenfest's theory of phase transformation ? Why don't we use Helmholtz free energy concept?
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Equipartition Theory at room temperature.

I read a statement about participation theory. The equipartition theorem is generally valid only at high temper- ature, so that the thermal energy is larger than the energy gap between ...
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What is the maximum level of heat that can be reached? [duplicate]

Heating is what everyone knows about . But does it have any limits . How much hot can anything become?
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What is the relationship between entropy and work? [closed]

Can someone explain the relationship between entropy and work? I've been reading my textbook and looking online but I feel like I'm missing something. Can someone explain it in layman's terms :)
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chemical thermodynamic [on hold]

Calculate U and H for each of the following changes in state of 2.50 mol of a perfect monatomic gas with CV,m 1.5R for all temperatures: (a) (1.50 atm, 400 K) → (3.00 atm, 600 K); (b) (2.50 atm, 20.0 ...
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What ice pack formula can hold the largest energy difference?

I recently bought some Freez Pak brand ice packs. The label advertises: "Colder Than Ice". I realize now that it's just a stupid marketing claim, but at first, it got me wondering if they had some ...
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Why is the outside run of high presure line on a ductless mini-split airconditioner insulated?

On every ductless mini-split air conditioner I've ever seen, both the high and low pressure lines are insulated between the compressor and the building. It seems like the liquid refrigerant coming ...
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Temperature rise during friction

Why the temperature increase when the load increase during friction ? Why the temperature increase when the contract time increase during friction?
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What the effect of thermal diffusivity on temperature rise during friction

If we have two material in friction wich metal will produce the temperature?the metal with lower diffusivity or with higher diffusivity will be the source of temperature
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Emulating changes in building temperature

I need to emulate what happens to the temperature in a building when turning the heating on and off, for a kind of computer simulation. I don't even know where to start, so I hope you can help me out. ...
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Temperature increase during friction

There is pin made of Asbestos and two disc material Aluminum and steel in first experiment i used Aluminum disc with asbestos pin in wear test the disc is rotating and the asbestos was in frictional ...
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How does pressurized gas constantly push?

If a gas, such as hydrogen, is pressurized into an air tight container, a force in terms of pascals (or whatever unit you want to use) is exerted, correct? That is what pushes against every surface ...
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Can someone explain about M-theory? [closed]

Can someone explain about M-theory? I am very new to M-theory and string theory. I am very through with classical physics and little bits of quantum mechanics. Will you be able to explain why ...
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What causes a heat generating source to stabilize at a certain temperature? (Answered by myself, I think)

For example, we out a heat sink on a microprocessor to keep it cooler. I understand that if we run 100 watts of electricity through the microprocessor, it will generate 100 watts of heat, or 100 ...
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Does work done require interaction between system and surrounding?

There's no work done for a person climbing upstairs because the energy is converted to PE within system only. The person is the system. How true is the above statement?
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Is the MaxEnt “interpretation” of statistical mechanics the current mainstream approach?

I've only recently started studying statistical mechanics and I'm quite confused with the MaxEnt and anti-MaxEnt ideas. I'm looking for a concise answer, if it is possible, not really a description ...
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What is the pressure of a charged gas?

I have $N$ ${\rm H}^+$ gas molecules in a sealed, electrically insulated container. What equation can I use to accurately calculate the pressure of the gas? It seems to me that $PV = nRT$ will not ...
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Does it matter which blanket I take below and which one above when I cover myself with the two? [closed]

If I take two blankets together, one is more insulating and the other less insulating, to cover myself, does it matter which one I take below and which one above? Will there be the same amount of heat ...
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Why the air is more compressed near to the ground

I'm studying the adiabatic effect of the air on the atmosphere but i can't understand why the compression near to the ground is higher, is something relate to the higher pressure caused by the earth ...
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Range of thermocouples

Why do thermocouples have a restricted range of temperature that can measure, say for example some go from –200 °C to +268 °C, what makes them to be useless below or above?, I know above may become ...
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Finding electric power generated using heat transfer

I'm working through an example I have been given to study. Suppose I have a 2m X 4m photovoltaic panel on my roof that is irradiated with a solar flux of $G_s = 700W/m^2$. Given: $\alpha_s = 0.83$ ...
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Flow between two infinite plates [closed]

I recently got set this problem and I was wondering if anyone would be able to give me some hints/intuition on how to solve it. Thanks. An incompressible thermal conducting fluid is contained between ...
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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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What causes a eutectic point?

What causes the melting point depression known as a eutectic point? The temperature depression of a eutectic point can be calculated from the enthaplies and entropies of fusion of the two ...
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How to reduce cooling time of hot aluminum casting / block? [on hold]

I am doing project on "reduction of cooling time of hot Aluminium casting/block". Aluminum casting / block temperature is 250degree C (532 K), size diameter 600mm x 150mm and weight 25kg. In order ...
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first law of thermodynamics change in internal energy

Change in state {for example from liquid to gas} is an isothermal process but the change in internal energy is not zero in this process isn't this contradictory?