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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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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Does the rate of heat dissipation slow as the temperature differential between the heated object and the surrounding environment decreases?

Does the rate of heat dissipation slow as the temperature differential between the heated object and the surrounding environment decreases, or is it constant? To put this into context, picture the ...
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Is the zeroth law of thermodynamics always observed to be valid?

Is there any examples of failures or violations of the zeroth law of thermodynamics or the law of conservation of energy?
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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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Why does the coefficient of performance need to be calculated with $W + Q$?

How much work must a heat pump with a COP of 2.50 do in order to extract 1.00 MJ of thermal energy from the outdoors (the cold reservoir)? The first formula that came into my mind after reading ...
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General relation between power density of any engine and dissiapation rate and temperature

Many years ago ( before my university studies ) I read that renewable resources are fundamentally limited by laws of thermodynamics to produce energy very slowly (low specific power or power density) ...
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Violently shaking object

Would violently shaking something cause a temperature change? For example, if a container of water was shook violently enough; would it be possible to make it boil?
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What happens to a body, initially at 300K, kept in isolated space? Will it's temperature drop to 0k?

With regards to Thermal Radiation, given a stable body initially at 300 Kelvin placed in isolation, after continuous Thermal Radiation will it's temperature gradually reduce to 0 kelvin ...
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What will be the final temperature of water when heating at a a rate 10J/s?

If I supply heat of rate 10W to water of mass 250g and initial temperature of water is 29 degC then what will be the final temperature of water when steady state is reached. **Water is heating in open ...
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Thermodynamics thought experiment

There is some ideal gas in a container moving with some velocity on a smooth surface and you suddenly stop it( say by using your hands) , will the temperature of the gas increase? It seems to me that ...
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What exactly is heat?

Is it energy? Is it energy per unit volume? Is it energy per unit time i.e power? What is it?
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Using Maxwell's demon alongside quantum mechanics to contradict 2nd law of thermodynamics

Suppose we have a steady state universe with a gas chamber resembling that of Maxwell's demon that is used to power this hypothetical heat engine as molecules transfer to their respectable sides based ...
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COP of Stirling engine

If we consider the theoretical maximum of COP for a heat pump, we will see that it is possible to make it infinite by approaching the temperatures of each source to each other. Yet, in a real engine ...
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In the Leidenfrost effect why dropplets of water can travel uphill?

The Leidenfrost effect is a phenomenon in which a liquid, in near contact with a mass significantly hotter than the liquid's boiling point, produces an insulating vapor layer keeping that liquid from ...
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Water as heat source in a heat pump

Consider we have water flowing in a pipe, which is working as a hot source for a heat pump. We are able to know the temperature of the water in both ends of the pipe, yet we don't have information ...
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Does a negative line tension in a 3-fluid immiscible interface make sense?

This question is inspired by this question/answer pair: Is this formula for the energy of a configuration of 3 fluids physically reasonable? Consider three immiscible fluids forming contact surfaces, ...
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Heat flow in a hollow cylinder

Consider a hollow cylinder of different outer radius and inner radius and two different temperatures are maintained at the outer and inner surfaces such that inner temperature is higher. Because of ...
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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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Can sound frequency create more ideal conditions for fire?

You may have seen the recent story of a device that engineers claim can extinguish flames using sound frequency. An older article loosely explains the theory behind how this works: Sound travels ...
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The potential profile of two batteries in series

I would like to know the potential profile in two batteries in series, like the battery in the attached image.
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Considerations and questions for a DIY heat pipe; how to choose a working fluid? [on hold]

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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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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What is the fastest way to heat my car?

During the winter months I often have to drive in a cold car and I want to warm up as fast as possible. What is the best setting to put the air on in order to warm up the entire cabin in the least ...
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Does radiating heat to outer space through the atmospheric transparency window have any impact on heat loss?

I was reading this article: Passive radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight The authors are improving upon the age-old idea of reflecting incoming sunlight while ...
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Thermodynamics phase change question

Why is specific volume of saturated water greater at 1 MPA than at 0.1 MPA during the phase change process? check out the T-V diagram here in the link. ...
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Thermodynamics and Axioms and the like

Can thermodynamics and any important related information be expressed as a set of axioms with various 'rules of manipulation'?
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Why is $\int_{s} \mathbf{h}\cdot \mathbf{n} da = - \dfrac{dQ}{dt}$ & not $\int_{s} \mathbf{h} \cdot\mathbf{n} da = - \dfrac{dQ}{dt} .{dt}$?

I was reading the Lectures of Feynman about surface integral where a situation in which heat is conserved has been dealt. Let there be $Q$ heat energy present inside a body. Now, if there is net heat ...
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Why is black the best emitter?

Why are emitters colored black better emitters than other colors? Why is white a worse emitter?
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If it is sunny and 25 degrees [on hold]

If it is sunny and 25 degrees outside, What is the temperature inside a van? Will food stay cold?
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Does tea stay hotter with the milk in it?

A little thought experiment, similar to this one: Imagine you are making a cup of tea when the door bell rings. You've poured the boiling water into a cup with a teabag in it. As you're just about to ...
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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 [closed]

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 ...