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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Thermodynamic Internal Energy Reference States

The internal energy, $U$, of a given thermodynamic state, $\boldsymbol{R}$, as introduced in thermodynamics textbooks like Callen seems to be defined as: $U (\boldsymbol{R}) = \Delta U ...
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How to use the first law of thermodynamics for simple mechanical systems?

I'm confused about what exactly is $Q$ and $U$ and their signs. Consider a block initially having some kinetic energy which we stop and we want to find by how much amount its temperature increases. ...
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Rayleigh-Taylor Instability dependence on acceleration direction

I'm trying to bolster my understanding of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, and I've gotten stuck on the point of which fluid (more or less dense) is being accelerated into the other. Cases of uniform ...
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Why does the bathroom become hot after a bath?

I have noticed many times that whenever I enter into the bathroom just after someone else bathed the temperature inside it would be high. Is it that the body heat comes out when we pour a lot of ...
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Is it theoretically possible to reach 0 kelvin?

I'm having a discussion with someone. I said that it is -even theoretically- impossible to reach 0K, because that would imply that all molecules in the substance would stand perfectly still. He said ...
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why the direction opposite to the heat energy of sound energy? [on hold]

The experimental studies of thermoacoustic cooler, shin-ichi sakamoto, the direction opposite to the heat energy of sound energy.
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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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Turning ice into water in a calorimeter with steam? [on hold]

So there's this question I've been having trouble with here it is: A 0.050-kg copper calorimeter contains 0.050-kg of ice at -10°C. What mass of steam at 100.0°C is required to convert the ice to ...
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Heat diffusion equation with time dependent specific heat capacity

What is the correct form of the heat diffusion equation in 1D if we take into account the temperature dependency of specific heat capacity? $$ \rho\frac{d(cT)}{dt} = ...
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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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Heat Engines and Thermal Pumps [on hold]

A steam engine is to have its thermal efficiency improved from 8.00% to 10.0% while continuing to produce 4500J of useful work each cycle. a) Does the ratio if the heat increase, remain the same, or ...
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Model for temperature and pressure inside a heated vessel with liquid being pumped into it

I am working on a problem where a pressure vessel is pressurized by heating the vessel to a high temperature and then injecting a liquid into the vessel that boils and hence increases the pressure in ...
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Timescales for isothermal processes

My understanding is that processes in ideal gases need to take place over relatively long timescales to be idealised as "isothermal" such that the gas temperature can be assumed not to change. For ...
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What are the implications for the AdS/Cft program if AdS is unstable?

To my understanding recent progress in the study of the non linear stability of AdS spacetime suggest that $AdS$ might be unstable. If this is true, what are the physical and mathematical ...
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On Thermodynamics of Spontaneity of the Reduction-Oxidation Chemical Reactions

According to the first and second law for a closed system containing different chemicals we have \begin{align} &\delta Q - \delta W = dU = T dS - p dV +\sum_i \mu_i d N_i\\ ...
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Landau theory of phase transation

In his article http://www.ujp.bitp.kiev.ua/files/journals/53/si/53SI08p.pdf, Landau defines probability distribution $\rho$ which is related to symmetry of crystal. If crystal has certain symmetry ...
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How to calculate liquid pressure regardless of the gravity?

Assume we have a balloon in a tank filled with a liquid , without any gravitational forces: We just know the Temperature, V0 and V1 I want to calculate the pressure exerted from the liquid on the ...
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Chemical potentials for multicomponent solids

I have a problem understanding how to deal with the chemical potential when two thermodynamic systems are in contact. For simplicity, let us consider $T=0\ K$. We have a system that is composed of two ...
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What would it be like “inside” a star?

This question was triggered by a discussion regarding the computer game Elite: Dangerous, where spaceships routinely operate in close proximity to stars (two or three light seconds away), at which ...
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Is it possible to efficiently extract phonons from a lattice?

The population inversion generated in lasers occurs in multi-level atomic systems. As an example, the Nd:YAG energy diagram is shown below. The pump pushes the Nd ions up to the upper levels, and ...
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Pressure change with adiabatic compression problem [on hold]

So, I have to solve this problem: 2 moles of a perfect gas are compressed from $p_1=10$kPa to an unknown pressure, $p_2$. Throughout the process the temperature changes from $T_1=273.15K$ to ...
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Why is the Specific Heat of Helium 36 times greater than Xenon?

Given that these are single atoms, why should the specific heat difference be so great? And more specifically, why does it take 36 times as much energy to raise the temperature of a given mass of ...
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design of the heat exchanger…in chimney

I want to design a heat exchanger in a chimney in order to utilize heat from chimney. I have done several experiments, but I could not determine the exact length of tube (carrying water), such that ...
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How does antarctica stay frozen? [migrated]

Antarctica is receiving heat from the Sun everyday, so how does it stay frozen? I have made some thoughts about the answer but unsure of whether it is correct I hope people here can clarify. The ...
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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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first law of thermodynamics ATMOSPHERIC HEAT' [on hold]

my system directly draws heat from the atmosphere and produces energy. my system according to the theory would provide energy continuosly. can anyone give me assisstance in solving my problem
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Which one will come to the room temp. faster? [on hold]

Suppose there is a bottle of water at 10 degrees C and ice at -10 degrees C both in a room, where temperature is 0 degrees C. Which one will come faster near the room temperature?
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Which is a more effective cooling method?

Assume I have a refrigerator at 0C and I put a can of soda at the center of the refrigerator. The temperature inside the refrigerator will be increased to 5C after I put the soda in, but will go back ...
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Entropy change in an irreversible process between 2 equilibrium state

Calculating entropy change in an irreversible process between 2 states requires computing the change in entropy for any reversible process between the 2 same states, but why? If someone could provide ...
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When to use h = Cp∆T or u = Cv∆T

I'm getting myself confused on when to use h = cp∆T or u = cv∆T where cp is the specific ...
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Work needed to pump the balloons

Let's suppose that we want to pump the balloons underwater from the initial volume $V_0$ to the volume $V_1$. The pressure there equals $p_1$ and the atmospheric pressure is $p_0$. It is claimed ...
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Comparing work required at compressing gas & pumping liquid

In one of online lectures comparing Vapour compression cycles (conventional refrigerators) with Thermal compression cycles (absorption chillers) it was said that former required more 'high quality' ...
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Maxwell Relations in Thermodynamics - Specific Heat [on hold]

I am not able to solve that question: Using Maxwell relations and the fact that $C_p = T \dfrac{\partial S}{\partial T}\Big|_p$ $C_V = T \dfrac{\partial S}{\partial T}\Big|_V$ Show that I can ...
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Calculating phase diagrams (Calphad)

I am calculating the phase diagrams for Li-Mg binary alloy with reference to the following text: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=5600701 In the equation used in the above ...
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How do I calculate temperature diffusion in a gas contained in a heatsink?

To simplify the problem, consider a sphere with a diameter of $25\mathrm{mm}$ inside an infinite heatsink at $300\mathrm{K}$. At $t=0$ I instantaneously raise the temperature of the gas in the ...
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Is the diffusion coefficient time-dependent?

It is known that in the partial differential equation: $$u_t=au_{xx} $$ within the limits $0<x<1$ and $a>0$, the diffusion coefficient, arises in the mathematical modelling of a process of ...
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Liquid Column “Recoils” in a Sealed Cylinder When Hit by a Piston — Is it Possible?

Consider a cylinder filled partially with a liquid (e.g. water). The cylinder is sealed, and is at held at room temperature (e.g 298K). At equilibrium (or when no external disturbance is imparted to ...
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Why is there water coming out of a car’s tail pipe?

I notice yesterday that my neighbor’s car had water coming out of the exhaust pipe in the morning. My first response was since the hot exhaust is hotter than the cold tail pipe, heat is transferred ...
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Convection and radiation heat transfer

It's been some years since my last physics exam and I really need a refreshment in this. I'm stuck in getting a rough estimation of heat exchange between 2 objects separeted by air: let's say object 1 ...
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Do some of the laws of Thermodynamics break down in Quantum Mechanics?

I do not know if this is a stupid question as i am not an expert in thermodynamics and certainly no expert in QM. So,we know that the laws of thermodynamics are laws based on statistics.thus require ...
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Can inefficitiencies of electrolysis be overcome using batteries charged by alternators? [on hold]

We know that you cannot create a perpetual motion motor. But, what if you could produce a two stage motor. A battery that begin the electrolysis of water providing a combustion engine with burnable ...
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Spin correlation function identity

The correlation function G between two spins is usually defined as $$ G=\langle \sigma_a \sigma_b\rangle - \langle \sigma_a\rangle \langle\sigma_b\rangle $$ The $\sigma$ are the value of the spins ...
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Water Electrolysis Calculations

From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_electrolysis#Efficiency): The electrolysis of water requires a minimum of 237.13 kJ of electrical energy input to dissociate each mole. Each ...
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How fast do I have to dry myself for a hot shower to heat my body?

I am not a physicist. I would like to know how fast do I have to dry myself after taking a hot shower to get more heat from the shower, than lost because the water on my skin increasing heat exchange ...
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Is the Gibbs-Duhem equation always valid?

The derivation of the Gibbs-Duhem equation from Wikpedia uses: As shown in the Gibbs free energy article, the chemical potential is just another name for the partial molar (or just partial, ...
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Why does burning magnesium explode when sprinkled with water?

Magnesium powder burns extremely well and reaches temperatures of 2500°C. However, attempts to extinguish such a magnesium fire with conventional water (e.g. from a garden hose) only make it worse: ...
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Why does wet skin sunburn faster?

There is a popular belief that wet skin burns or tans faster. However, I've never heard a believable explanation of why this happens. The best explanation I've heard is that the water droplets on the ...
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Does the heat flow vector depend on the proximity of isotherms?

Suppose, there be two isotherms at varying temperatures. Heat energy will flow from higher temperature isotherm to the lower; thus we can assign vector to each point & it will tell about the rate ...
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Are there laws/equations regarding how a specific material heats up above ambient?

I'll preface this question by saying that I have limited knowledge of physics, especially in thermodynamics, so please bear with me. The goal I have an electrical resistor, like the one below (nice ...
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How is the Joule normalised?

Apologies if this question is a duplicate, I tried searching for this question both on Google and here, but was unable to find an answer. A Joule is defined in various ways, some of them being: ...