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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Why are exothermic reactions easier than endothermic?

If we talk about electric heating then we have simple elements in which we apply electrical energy which gets converted into the kinetic energy of the electrons which heats it up. But while cooling, ...
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Ingredients of the internal energy

Suppose we place a jar of gas in a gravitational field. Should we regard the net gravitational potential energy as a part of the the internal energy (in addition to the kinetic and potential energies ...
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Calculate the entropy per atom in Bohmian Mechanics

Bohmian mechanics description of a large number of interacting atoms would require a large phase space due to the large number of classical degrees of freedom. The entropy per atom is given as the ...
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Solidification by the application of heat

When you add heat to a liquid (or a fluid), can it be solidified? If not, why in the world does an egg's stuffs become solid (or at least no more a liquid) when you 'boil' it in water?
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Why is Helium so hard to liquify?

By the end of the 19th century all gasses had been liquefied apart from helium (He). What is it about helium that makes it so hard to liquefy compared to the other gases? And why does it need to be ...
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Coupling constant for an object in a photon gas

I want to model a photon gas as a bath of harmonic oscillators, and examine the effects of this bath on a system which is also a harmonic oscillator. The trouble I'm having is in relating the ...
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Do gases have phonons?

A phonon is a quantized unit of sound; they are encountered when quantizing lattice vibrations in solids. Now, even an ideal gas supports sound waves, but in such a case, interactions between atoms ...
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Calculation of water bulk modulus using equation of state

I simply want to calculate the bulk modulus of water at 50C and increasing pressures. I think I am correctly calculating the new specific volume from the original conditions at (25C and 1atm) to 50C ...
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Thermodynamic equilibrium - will the piston move?

Friend asked me this question and I didn't manage to solve it with basic thermodynamic reasoning. I believe this problem is easly solvable via numeric methods by choosing specific systems, though I ...
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How did my candle wax crawl up the sides of the jar?

I have an Ikea candle which has sat on my bookshelf in the sun for >5 years. Aside from an hour or two shortly after I bought the candle, I have not burned the candle regularly (in fact, the wick is ...
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Otto cycle efficiency described in pressure ratio (instead of compression ratio)

The Otto cycle's thermodynamic efficiency is often described using the compression ratio: $$\eta_{th} = 1 - \left( \frac{1}{CR} \right ) ^ {k-1},$$ (where CR is the compression ratio, and k the ...
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Is liquid helium expensive because of its rarity or because of its low liquidification temperature?

I once argued with my roommate about this problem. Of course it is rare. But presumably the low liquidification temperature makes the cost high too. So which is the primary reason?
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Integrated Boltzmann equation for dark matter

In Dodelson's book, the equation for a scattering process $ a + b \Leftrightarrow c + d $ is given as \begin{align} a^{-3} \frac{\mathrm d (n_a a^3)}{\mathrm d t}&=-n^{\text{eq}}_a ...
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Cooling down to absolute zero by radiation

Consider a system consisting of a gas, it is put in a container which is permits transmission of all kinds of electromagnetic waves. If this system is isolated and put in a perfect vacuum, and left ...
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Heat loss by radiation reference

In our lab practice, we measured the rate of heat loss of a copper plate in atmospheric pressure and the rate of heat loss of the same plate in high vacuum ($\sim 10^5 torr$). So all I could find for ...
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How does covering a hot bowl of soup prevent heat losses?

Recently I took out some soup to eat and got a call from a friend. I covered it with a plate and when i came back later, it was still hot. While i was eating, i wondered how does covering this hot ...
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probability of striking the circular ring by gas molecules

In kinetic theory we use probabilistic case to derive pressure, no. Of molecules having speed c to c+dc or in such cases.and to derive such equations we introduce a term called "SOLID ANGLE" I come ...
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In a Monte Carlo NVT simulation How do I determine equilibration

I'm running an NVT (constant number of particles, volume and temperature) Monte Carlo simulation (Metropolis algorithm) of particles in two dimensions interacting via Lennard-Jonse potential ($U = ...
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If we feel it's hotter when humidity increases, then why do we feel it's colder when inside water?

When the humidity in the air is high, we sweat more and feel it's hotter than when the humidity is lower. So why don't we feel it's hotter when we go inside water, where the water content is much ...
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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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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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How does the dissolution of salt affect the solution density?

Suppose you have a container of water as a solvent and you a certain amount of salt as a solute sitting at the bottom of the container that has yet to start dissolving. Supposing temperature and ...
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How cold does this ice have to be to freeze this water bottle solid?

We are at sea level in a room that is 21 celsius. We have 1 liter of sterile water with a temperature of 21 celsius in a normal plastic bottle. We have a 20 liter bucket of ice cubes, consisting of ...
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How to calculate the energy transfer between working coil and working piece and dissipated energy of working piece in induction heating?

For who don't know how does induction heating work, a short description can be found here. However, my question is about physics. Assume I have a coil inductor calculated carefully 50 uH as below: ...
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How much faster are airmolecules going when the temperature raise from 15 to 25 degrees C?

As far as I know the temperature of the air depends on how fast the airmolecules are moving. But what is the increase of speed (in km/h) of those air molecules?
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Do gravitational waves have entropy?

We know, according the current understanding of black holes and General Relativity, as well as quantum fields in General Relativity, that black holes have an entropy proportional to the area of the ...
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After what speed air friction starts to heat up an object?

I understand that air friction cools off an object at low speeds. For example, if you blow on a spoon of hot soup, it cools off. Or if you swing a hot frying pan in the air, it cools off faster. But ...
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Why do liquids exist? [on hold]

This post asks why matter exists in three phases. Most of its answers explain the existence of liquids with some variant of the following: liquids happen when thermodynamic conditions, temperature ...
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Blocks releasing heat energy [on hold]

If you had two blocks, two different sizes yet the same temperature. Which one would release the most energy in the shortest amount of time and why?
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Entropy of the cosmological constant and the laws of thermodynamics?

Convention The convention being used is: $ A_{C} = $ The classical variable Premise Consider the following toy-model universe: A universe with a positive cosmological constant. Basic ...
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A system with temp T is in contact with a reservoir of temp T. Would the system ever take in energy and expand (do work) in this situation?

The context is explain a Carnot cycle and how to get work from a system. Its starts by saying the system is in equilibrium with its surroundings, but then it take in some energy Qin. How does ...
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Why does stagnation pressure reduce across a normal shock?

I am seeking an explanation for this graph where the subscript "1" refers to the supersonic region and the subscript "2" refers to the subsonic region present beyond a normal shock. The static ...
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What is the nature of equilibrium between water and air in a sealed container that is heated above 100C?

In the case of a single substance (water), looking at the phase diagram is enough to conclude what happens upon heating: (source: WolframAlpha) But what if I have water and air (or some other gas) ...
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How much time it takes to boil water in a rigid body?

I have a question that bothers me. If we have a rigid container containing water at $P_1 = 1$ $atm$ and $T_1 = 25$ $°C$. If we add an electric resistance to heat the water inside, we go through ...
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How to calculate fluid's temperature change in a pump?

To calculate the pressure at the outlet of a pump we use pump performance characteristics i.e. charts giving pump head as a function of volumetric flow. When the fluid flows through a pump, it's ...
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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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Dissipation and first law of thermodynamics

Consider the following situation: a certain gas is contained in a well-insulated cylinder with a well-insulated piston head. Now, in this case the piston is not frictionless. In order for the piston ...
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Specific heat capacity at constant volume VS constant pressure

For an ideal gas, why is the specific heat capacity at constant volume lower than the specific heat capacity at constant pressure?
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Why is the net entropy change of an irreversible engine positive?

In a Carnot engine the net entropy changein a cycle is zero. But in an irreversible engine operating between two temperatures the net entropy change in a cycle is positive. As I have understood, this ...
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Maxwell velocity distribution, in 1D or otherwise

I learned from my textbook that Maxwell's velocity distribution gives: $$v_{rms} =\sqrt{\frac{3kT}{m}}$$ $$v_{avg} = \sqrt{\frac{8kT}{\pi m}}$$ Presumably this is for a three dimensions. This confuses ...
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Gibbs' Free Energie

What terms are needed to consider to create a rabbit out of nothing and place it in the classroom? Does this caption answer the question?
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Is the concept of work only defined in mechanics?

I'm studying energy and work, so far it looks like work only makes sense in kinematics (objects that move), but energy makes sense in many other ways (electric, thermodynamic, mechanic). Is work a ...
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Is this definition of work right?

My thermodynamics textbook defines work as follows. Work is motion against an opposing force. But this definition of work doesn't imply that work is done in accelerating a body does it? So is ...
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Inward heat flow

Firstly, is inward heat flow the same as inward heat flux? and which types of substances (e.g solid , liquid, gas) can inward heat flow occur in when the temperature remains constant?
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Why did the microwave oven only heat my coffee half as much as expected?

A sticker on my microwave oven states its output effect to be $750\ \mathrm W$, which is $180$ calories per second. This means that heating $250\ \mathrm g$ of water by one degree Celsius would take ...
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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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Entropy of unattended music streaming and other useless processes

I just realized that on my work pc, I had an internet music streaming service turned on for the last week, but muted (=useless). I was wondering how much entropy in excess was generated by ...
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How exectly does Molecular potential energy change in change of state?

I have learn some basic knowledge of Heat in my class, and I got confused when dealing with the change of state. Basically, what the textbook say is that the molecular kinetic energy keeps constant ...
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Are all diffusion-like processes described as wave-like in relativity-compatible formulations?

Citing from Wikipedia's article on relativistic heat conduction: For most of the last century, it was recognized that Fourier equation (and its more general Fick's law of diffusion) is in ...
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What is the relationship between liquid-gas expansion pressure and surface area to volume ratio?

If a set volume of liquid is heated above its boiling point, how does the pressure that that volume of gas generates relate to the surface area of the medium in which it is enclosed in. For ...