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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Existance of gusts of wind, an anamoly?

Enthusiast + Student, not a pro, so pardon my ignorance. How can wind possibly flow in gusts? The way I understand it, a gust is a pocket of air which hits you at slightly higher speed. But how ...
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How is $P = P_{ext}$ derived, for reversible processes?

I know that for a reversible process the inexact differential of $Q$ must be equal to $TdS$ because the total entropy of the universe must remain constant. Is there a way to formally derive that the ...
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Is equilibrum condition consequence of second law of thermodynamics?

Equilibrum state is generally stated to be most stable state. Is equilibrium state consequence of second law of thermodynamics at microscopic level. i.e a system tends to reach the equilibrium state ...
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in which part heat travels faster [on hold]

A room has one wall made of concrete, one wall made of copper, and one wall made of steel. All of the walls are the same size and at the same temperature of 20°C. Which wall feels coldest to the ...
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Entropy of loops in the PV plane

The change in entropy of the Carnot and reversible cycles is said to be 0. Several other loops are supposed to have a non-negative change in entropy. This presents 2 problems which I cannot ...
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How can heaters using the same type of fuel be more or less efficient than each other?

I can understand there being a cost difference if you used gas vs electricity to heat your home. But for heaters using the same energy source, how can they be more or less efficient than each other? ...
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Why is entropy in a heat flow process always positive? [on hold]

Entropy in a quasistatic heat flow process is given by $$\Delta S=C_1\ln(\frac{T_f}{T_{10}})+C_2\ln(\frac{T_f}{T_{20}})$$ Where $C_1, C_2$ are heat capacities at constant volume, $T_{10}<T_{20}$, ...
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How water anomalies affects the Mpemba effect?

I understand basic explanation of Mpemba effect like this: Distant molecules are easier to realign into new formations. But if we compared two bottles of water like in Mpemba effect and one of them ...
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Physics of the electric hot plate

For an electronics experiment, I began wondering about the electric hot-plates (specifically the temperature dependence over time). If I were to measure the given temperature over time, I assume that ...
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What is the smallest engine theoretically possible?

Is there some law of physic forbiding small engines that use say petrol? I would like to know of some analogy between electric motors and heat engines. In the latter we can make a motor so small that ...
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Enthalpic Excess - Regular Solution Upon Mixing

My professor, in his handout, says the following about this diagram : For $\beta>+2$ there are two minima and phase separation occurs driven by unfavourable enthalpic interactions. I ...
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Can super heated air be used to drive a turbine driven engine? [on hold]

Air a mixture of gases is ever trying to expand. By accelerating this property can air be used as a fuel in a turbine driven engine which can give sufficient output to be used in an automobile.
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Activation energy as a function of defects

Electrical conductivity has a form of Arrhenius equation. It is assumed that activation energy decreases with defect density in the insulating state and becomes zero in the conducting state. Can one ...
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How can it be that the beginning universe had a high temperature and a low entropy at the same time?

The Big Bang theory assumes that our universe started from a very/infinitely dense and extremely/infinitely hot state. But on the other side, it is often claimed that our universe must have been ...
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Calculating/estimating heat transfer losses for hot air balloon (lantern)

I'm trying to build a flying lantern / hot air balloon that flies as close to hovering as possible (as opposed to up-up and awaaay). To see if this is feasible I'm trying to simulate as much as I can ...
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What are the various physical mechanisms for energy transfer to the photon during blackbody emission?

By conservation of energy, the solid is left in a lower energy state following emission of a photon. Clearly absorption and emission balance at thermal equilibrium, however, thermodynamic equilibrium ...
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What materials are used in non thermal plasma?

While reading about non-thermal plasmas, I came across their ionization potentials(~1%), and other capabilities, such as their non Maxwellian energy distributions. At what temperatures, and pressures ...
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Why does most of the heat transferred on Earth come from the infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum?

Why does the most of the heat transferred on Earth come from infrared part of electromagnetic spectrum?
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Fall in temperature due to expansion

The following lines are from my book. The gas is heated and allowed to expand at such a rate that the fall in temperature due to expansion is less than the rise in temperature due to the heat ...
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Energy conservation of permanent magnets engine

How to explain the fact that magnet can attract an object (apply a work W) without losing a (significant) part of its internal energy? How to apply the energy conservation principle? Please think to ...
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Can energy be extracted indefinitely from a mass dipole/mass negative mass pair in perpetual motion?

Some days ago I have read this short piece of article by Hammond which caused me to revisit the theoretical properties of negative mass. It is known that a pair consists of ordinary mass and negative ...
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Is it possible to tell time within a steady state?

(Inspired from this question (A) which unfortunately the link in the selected answer is now 404 broken (which might have contained my answer), thus cannot read any deeper than that) From the above ...
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Why does this derivation of the dependence of free energy on pressure not work?

It is well known that the Gibbs Free Energy of a gas depends on the pressure via the following formula: $$G_m(p) = G^\circ_m + RT\ln{\frac{p}{p^{\circ}}}$$ Where $G_m$ is the molar gibbs free energy ...
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Are there any equations describing solid, liquid, or plasma containing the gas constant $R$? [on hold]

The gas constant $R$ relates so much to Boltzmann constant $k_B$. Boltzmann constant= gas constant divided by the Avogadro constant. For example, $R$ can be used in Nernst equation. So, $R$ is not ...
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Is there a portable method of preventing all IR radiation from being emitted?

Me and some friends were recently disuccing "How cool it would be to be invisible", from a military viewpoint, I said that Camouflage, when done correctly, works surprisingly well, so invisibility was ...
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How to prove R value for insulation?

I ran some tests on different types of insulation. I heated water, and placed it into an insulated box. The temperature was recorded every minute, for the water, as well as the air. The insulation ...
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Energy under constant pressure and temp

Conceptual problem: let A + 2B -> C + 2D be a reaction under constant pressure P and temp T, that goes all the way towards the products. A,B,C,D are ideal gases. let $\Delta H$ be the molar enthalpy ...
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Simplest way to analytically determine whether a claimed heat transfer process obeys the second law of thermodynamics?

I want to find the simplest method to determine whether a proposed heat transfer process violates the second law of thermodynamics. Specifically I am looking for a method that meets the following ...
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Determination of “Heat transfer coefficient” between block of aluminium and air

I need to build a temperature control system for a hot plate of aluminium, which I intend to heat with an electric cartridge, and the temperature I would be measuring with a PT100 to close the loop. ...
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Comparison between isobaric, isothermal and adiabatic expansion

Please check if my understandings of these terms are right because they are a bit confusing to me. For all three types of expansions, a change in volume means work is done by the system to the ...
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An interesting question on the mass of a droplet of liquid experiencing the Leidenfrost Effect

Background and Inspiration: I have seen numerous demonstrations of the leidenfrost effect, both on the internet and in my mother's kitchen. But I started wondering about a general case after having a ...
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Entropy change of mixing

$dU = Tds - PdV$ definition of internal energy $dU)_{V} = TdS$ internal energy change at constant volume $-C_{v} \Delta T = T_{1} \Delta S$ integrating, assuming that $C_{V}$ is invariant through ...
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What is an expression/physical law that relates high frequency thermal fluctuations to gas pressure?

When a gas is compressed the 'ideal gas law' can predict what the increase in gas temperature will be. But that's just a mean temperature, right? At a quantum level the frequency of molecular ...
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Why does Air Pressure not Matter in Phase Equilibrium?

So long as we are in the ideal gas range, the presence of air does not affect the liquid/solid-vapour equilibrium in any way (such as equilibrium vapour pressure, melting point etc.). Is there a ...
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Does Expanding Universe conflict with the Thermodynamics 3rd Law? [duplicate]

I know that thermodynamics 3rd law states that if a system in equilibrium is at zero temperature, its entropy is minimum. Expansion of the universe made a transition from radiation dominated era ...
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Efficiency of a real engine

Can anyone tell me what is wrong with the following argument? Consider a Carnot engine and an engine $X$ whose efficiencies are $\eta_c$ and $\eta_x$ respectively. Let us assume that ...
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Entropy - does Heat Death occur in a closed system

Does heat death occur in a closed system? (Assuming you can theoretically have some sort of "closed system".
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Distinguishable, Indistinguishable Paramagnetic Ideal Gas

In the canonical ensemble, the partition function for an ideal gas is given by: $$\frac{Z}{N!}$$ The factor $N!$ accounts for the indistinguishability of the particles of the ideal gas. What ...
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Refrigeration Apparatus flow meter location [on hold]

What would be the reasoning for locating the flow meter in it's location in the following refrigeration apparatus (from a thermodynamics perspective):
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Considerations and questions for a DIY heat pipe; how to choose a working fluid?

I plan to build a DIY heat pipe! For more info on what a heat pipe is, see Wikipedia. I would like to use it to cool a desktop graphics card I have. I am having trouble deciding how to choose the ...
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Simple estimation of the critical temperature of water

I'm trying to develop fermi estimation skills and I came up with a question for which I don't even know where to start from. Here goes: Is it possible to estimate the critical temperature (say in ...
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Why the breath sometimes warm and sometimes cold? (2 different explanations!)

If you blow air against your hand with your mouth open, you feel warm breath. If you do with with your lips closed except for a small opening, you feel cold breath. One explanation from here says ...
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Why is my breath hot when i open my mouth all the way, but cold if I blow like a whistle? [duplicate]

I observed this as when I want to cool my soup I blow like a whistle and when I want to warm my hands I open my mouth more as my breath is warmer now.
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An equation to describe a process of heating one room using hotter air from another room

There are two rooms completly isolated from the outer world (a closed system, no heat losses). They are connected with each other through a ventilation tube. Temperature in room A is 32 degrees ...
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Why does my fireplace shoot flames out the front until I open my backdoor?

I have a natural gas fireplace with fake logs in it. I open the flue, turn on the gas for a couple seconds, and throw a match in. The flames kind of go up and out of the flue, but most of the flames ...
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Thermodynamics - Efficiency of an engine [closed]

I am taking a mathematical physics course and got stuck on this rather simple problem Consider a thermodynamic cycle of monoatomic gas () I want to calculate efficiency of this cycle I know that ...
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How does the second law of thermodynamics follow from low entropy of early universe?

One of the explanations of the second law of thermodynamics is that it goes back to the low entropy in the early universe (How do you prove the second law of thermodynamics from statistical ...
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Is the gas constant really a constant?

For ideal gases we have $$ C_p-C_v=R $$ now the left hand side of this equation is temperature dependent, so how is it possible that gas constant $R$ is temperature independent?
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Does placing a cold bottle next to an incubator cool the incubator through convection or radiation?

Context for question: My girlfriend who is studying to be a nurse asked me to explain the difference between radiation and convection in context of the above question. My answer: Radiation is the ...
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Is using molar terms with maxwells relations misguided?

My professor wants me to do a lot of derivations using maxwells relations. One of the things he wants me to prove is that from the Van der Waals equation of state one can say: $\Big(\frac{\partial ...