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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Increased pressure of Liquid Pitch and Limestone (Bitumen/Asphalt) @ approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit

If liquid pitch and limestone (20/80 mostly limestone) is pumped (appx. 5 gpm) out of a nozzle that restricts the flow compared to the flow that would be achieved straight out of the pump ( no ...
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Electromagnetic cooling

Heat means stored kinetic energy in matter. Microwave owens and induction heaters works on increasing kinetic energy on matter. Is it possible to make inverse of this heaters like cooler. We can ...
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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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Entropy of radiation emitted into space

In several papers I see something equivalent to the following expression for the entropy of radiation given by an astronomical object such as the Sun (assuming the object can be approximated as a ...
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What do physicists mean with “classical critical behaviour”?

What do physicists mean with "classical critical behaviour"? As far as I am concerned it should be "power law behaviour" of some quantity close to the critical point but I ask here to be sure.
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Why is air a poor conductor of heat?

Today, I was reading an article How Thermoses Work It goes on to explain all three processes of heat transfer: Conduction Radiation Convection In Convection, It states, If it weren't for ...
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Specific heat capacity for constant volume and constant pressure

I have seen in some exercises that the specific heat capacity for constant volume, $c_{vo}$ and the specific heat capacity for constant pressure, $c_{po}$ , where the $o$ indicates that we are ...
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Different materials have different temperatures?

Why do two materials, under the same weather, have different temperatures? I have a small clue about it. For example, iron and wood supposed under the sun's radiation, and if we touch both of them, ...
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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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Changing the melting point of ice

Myself and a friend have been stuck on this problem for a while now. We know that we should end up with an answer of $-0.007K$ however, cannot get to this solution. Help with the method we should use ...
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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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derivation qm canonical ensemble

In classical mechanics the canonical ensemble can be derived from the microcanonical ensemble of two systems in weak interaction. Is a similar thing possible in quantum mechanics? Is there any good ...
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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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Entropy Change in an irreversible process

I have just started learning thermodynamics and the concept of entropy confuses me. Suppose I have a gas in a cylindrical container fitted with a piston. I take it through an adiabatic irreversible ...
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Specific heat at constant volume

Me and my friend came across this derivation is some lecture notes of our thermal physics module. We have been trying to calculate the partial differential of the internal energy but cannot get the ...
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Work done by a gas in an expansion [duplicate]

1) Consider a gas expanding quasistatically and reversibly from $V_1$ to $V_2$ at constant temperature. I want to calculate the work done. So by convention work done by a system is a negative quantity ...
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What is the heated added and changes in internal energy? thermodynamics

A piston + cylinder initially contains 2 x 10-3 m3 of helium gas at the pressure of 1.01 x 105 Pa and with a temperature of 60'C. The gas is heated allowed to expand at a constant pressure until its ...
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Heat energy question [on hold]

An aluminium block of mass 1 kg is heated by an electric heater for 3 minutes and a temperature rise of 15 °C is recorded. If the electric heater is connected to a voltmeter which gives a reading of ...
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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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Classifying solutions of equation of state as functions of temperature [on hold]

I've got an exam in 2 days and the past papers don't have solutions. I'm given this equation of state: $$ p + a\frac{N}{V} = \frac{Nk_BT}{V-bN}$$ and asked to classify the solutions as functions of ...
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Find the velocity of the escape of the bullet

A gun has a muzzle 0.8 meters long and with a diameter of 0.006 m. A bullet with mass 0.002 kg is initially 0.01 m away from the end of the muzzle. As a result of a gunshot, the pressure of the gas ...
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what is the temperature (and pressure) of the oxygen inside an oxygen bottle?

In the hospital or in a lab, one can see the huge oxygen bottles. A question is, what is the temperature of the oxygen inside the bottle? And what is the pressure inside? We know the critical ...
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Find the molar specific heat for each gas [on hold]

A mixture of two ideal gases, the first one atomic and the second two atomic are put in normal conditions in a calorimeter with volume 1 liter hermetically closed. After it is given 10J thermal energy ...
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Find the time needed to warm the water to a temperature [on hold]

An electrical resistence has a power of 1 kW. It is put inside a container that has 10 liters water. The water is in temperature 20C with pressure 1 atm. Find the time to warm the water to the ...
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Compute convective heat transfer coefficient for a condensing steam

I have a question about convective heat transfer coefficients. I am trying to figure out how much steam I can condense in this specific heat exchanger. Steam at 9 MPa is condensed in a 1 shell pass, ...
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Show that change in internal energy equals zero for an adiabatic process with incompressible fluid

I have a problem when solving an exercise in thermodynamics. I am supposed to show that when we have an open system, where the process is adiabatic with an incompressible fluid, it follows that the ...
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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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How does enthalpy help us to find the state of equilibrium?

For an adiabatic system with constant external (generalized) forces, in a state out of equilibrium we have: $$\delta H\leq 0 $$ If I understand correctly, derivation of this inequality does not rely ...
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Struggling with whether its $\pm p dV $

I am struggling to understand when calculating the work done by a gas whether it is postive or negative p. It my notes and in many other notes sometimes it is $-pdV$ and sometimes it is $pdV$. I ...
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Chemical potentials of SM particles at high temperatures

Recently I've heard the statement that chemical potentials of SM particles on $T > 1 \text{ GeV}$ are very small, so that Gibbs potential reduces to free energy. How to prove this statement? Does ...
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Why do lightbulbs continue to glow after the light is turned off?

I've noticed that whenever I turn the lamp off in my room at night, the lightbulb seems to continue to glow for a minute or so after that. It's not bright though; the only way I even notice it is if ...
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clausious inquality

Take a reservoir which gains a heat Q irreversibly at temp T from a surrounding at temp T0 then the entropy change of reservoir is given by Q/t and that of the surrounding is -Q/T0...How is this ...
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Does time stand still at a phase transition?

For second order phase transition thermodynamic properties can be described in very general terms by their critical exponents. So at every transition the correlation length $\xi$ should diverge as ...
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entropy change during irreversible heat loss [duplicate]

When a thermodynamic system gains heat if the heat gain is irreversible then there is a entropy generation along with the entropy transfer..so is there a similar entropy generation associated with ...
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Superficial velocity as a function of position along flow path

I am wanting to estimate the superficial velocity of a fluid as a function of position. The system I'm trying to evaluate is as shown below: A cylinder of porous media with the source acting on ...
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Why the heat capacity doesn't diverge in the Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) phase transition?

The KT transition has a special properties that, during the phase transition the heat capacity stay finite (so the behaviour of the heat capacity cannot reflect any critical behaviours). However, the ...
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Helmholtz Free Energy vs Gibbs Free Energy in Landau Theory

When I was studying thermodynamics potentials for the first time, I learned that keeping the pressure and the temperature constant, the Gibbs Free Energy is a minimum, also, if we maintain the ...
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Hysteresis and dissipation

Hysteretic phenomena are often linked to dissipation. When there is an hysteresis loop, the dissipated energy can usually be computed as the area of the cycle. For example, in ferromagnetic ...
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Internal energy of a molecule and bonding strength

I had a lecture on thermodynamics. I was told that the bond strength, $\epsilon$, is related to the latent heat of sublimation, $L_s$. $L_s\approx L_f+L_v$ if the melting and boiling points are close, ...
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Crash course in classical thermodynamics

I've been working on some projects lately where it would be very handy to know more about thermodynamics than I do, but sadly I never had a chance to take a proper thermodynamics course in college. ...
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How does temperature relate to the kinetic energy of molecules?

In ideal gas model, temperature is the measure of average kinetic energy of the gas molecules. If by some means the gas particles are accelerated to a very high speed in one direction, KE certainly ...
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Thermodynamics : Work done on gas inside container by the force due to pressure exerted by external atmosphere

Suppose a container is fitted with a massless and frictionless piston lying on a table such that pressure due to gas is greater than pressure due to external atmosphere. Hence piston will move. Now ...
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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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What is the resolution to Gibb's paradox?

This question is essentially a duplicate of Gibbs Paradox - why should the change in entropy be zero?. The question concerns the following situation: I have some gas of identical particles and they ...
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Best way to solve P-V-T Question

Typically in an exam or problem set we have a problem that's like this: Determine the specified property at the indicated state of water. Locate the state on a sketch of the T-v and P-v diagram. p= 3 ...
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Gibbs Paradox - why should the change in entropy be zero?

The Gibbs paradox deals with the fact that for an ideal gas with $N$ molecules in a volume $V$ seperated by a diaphragm into two subvolumes $V_1,V_2$ with $N_1,N_2$ particles in each subvolume, ...
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Modelling multiple heat sources?

I am working on a project to model heat transfer in a data center. I have basic models for a one dimensional heat transfer using conduction and convection. Such as, taking a server and modelling the ...
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Definition of Entropy in thermodynamics

In most textbooks, the definition of entropy in reversible processes on a system $S$ is given simply as $$d S=\delta Q/T.$$ It seems to me this definition is insufficient since it does not specify ...
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How to understand the indeterminate process in thermodynamics?

Consider a closed composite system with an internal movable adiabatic wall. If we release the piston, thermodynamics cannot determine the final equilibrium state (the temperature cannot be ...
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What liquid would wick away heat most quickly?

I've read and seen on various "life hack" websites that if you've forgotten to chill drinks, wrapping them in a wet paper towel and sticking them in the freezer for a few minutes rapidly cools them ...