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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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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How does the heat death looks like from inside the system?

As this answer points out, any human would first freeze rather than experience the heat death. However, assuming hypothetically that we could make some robot live at such low temperature (or even ...
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Maximum theoretical efficiency of internal combustion engine

This Wikipedia article states that: Most steel engines have a thermodynamic limit of 37%. Is it correct? If so then it is not clear where this number comes from. Is it derived somehow from ...
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Rapid/ Slow Expansion in Gases

How is rapid expansion of gases different from slow expansion?
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Can I measure the volume of a locked room by pumping gas through keyhole and measuring its entropy?

Suppose that I have a locked room and a keyhole in the door and I want to measure the room's volume. Suppose also that I have some "magical" "artificial" inert gas A that doesn't interact with ...
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Water enclosed in a vessel

Suppose I am taking water in a glass or metal or even something else. It s air tight and (so it is water tight). Now imagine, if I keep it heating and none of its molecule escapes from it, what am I ...
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Find Solution to the Heat Equation with Bessel Functions and Initial Values

I'm trying to find the time dependent solution to the heat equation in a very long cylinder (the problem only depends on radius, r, and time, t) with the initial value $T(r,0)=T_1$ and the Dirichlet ...
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Understanding the Carnot cycle

My textbook explains the Carnot cycle as follows: Heat is added to the boiler, where the steam inside expands isothermally at high temperature (T(High))--(both valves closed). The intake valve is ...
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Which function denotes the energy of thermal motion within a system?

In thermodynamics, the heat $Q$ is defined as a type of energy in transfer, and is not a state function, which function denotes the energy of thermal motion within a system? 1) $TS$, (there is a ...
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Should the weaker of two air conditions be switched off?

We have two airconditioning systems in the office. For the sake of this question, let us assume the following current conditions: AC1 (old) outputs air of 26°C AC2 (new) outputs air of 18°C Office ...
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Two glass bottles of water warming by different temperatures

A friend posed a question to me yesterday: if I have two glasses of 60 F water, would they heat at a different rate if one were in a 70 F room and one were in a 90 F room. Myself having some ...
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Newton's law of cooling for the heat equation boundary condition

Newton's law of cooling says the temperature of an object satisfies $$ \frac{dT}{dt} = -k(T(t) - T_0),\tag{1} $$ where $T_0$ is the surrounding temperature. See these HTML notes for example. Now if ...
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What is $vdp$ work and when do I use it?

I am a little confused, from the first law of thermodynamics (energy conservation) $$\Delta E = \delta Q - \delta W $$ If the amount of work done is a volume expansion of a gas in, say a piston ...
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Refrigeration and thermal science

What happens to the weight of the vegetable after keeping it in fridge for few hours? Does it gain the weight or lose the weight?
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Gibbs free energy intuition

What is Gibbs free energy? As my book explains: Gibbs energy is the energy of a system available for work. So, what does it want to tell? Why is it free? Energy means ability to do work. What is ...
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Buying books that are out of print [migrated]

I've just returned the book Principles of Modern Thermodynamics, by Bimalendu Narayan Roy* to the library. It is a terrific book which gave me a much greater understanding of thermodynamics than I ...
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How do we measure thermal energy?

My textbook says "The amount of thermal energy is found by measuring the temperature of the substance." However, how is this true? Temperature measures only the average kinetic energy of the particles ...
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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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Distinguishing Isentropic Process; Are all things in an insulated cylinder considered reversible adiabatic?

How much work is necessary to compress air in an insulated cylinder from 0.20m^3 to 0.01m^3. Use T1 = 20C and P1 = 100 kPa. I don't need to solution or the answer. I already have it. But I think ...
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Are the electrons at the centre of the Sun degenerate or not?

Trying to find an answer to this question, I came across two different methods of determining whether electrons at the center of the sun are degenerate or not. The first method, used here, calculates ...
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Help recognizing partial differential equation

I would be very grateful if someone could tell me something about the following partial differential equation: $$ \frac{\partial U}{\partial t} = K * (\frac{\partial^2 U}{\partial r^2} + ...
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Calculating the coefficient of thermal expansion in liquid

I am trying to write a matlab function that calculates the coefficient of thermal expansion of water from a given temperature. From what I understand the thermal expansion coefficient is calculated as ...
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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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How does one solve this problem(IOAA 2014, data anlysis)? [on hold]

http://prntscr.com/7nwjrt http://prntscr.com/7nwjvf This problem is from IOAA 2014, second problem from data analysis. I can't connect height with time without velocity or maximum height, which I ...
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Why do turbine engines work?

I know roughly how a turbine engine (let's say a gas turbine producing no jet thrust) is supposed to work: The compressor forces fresh air into a combustion chamber, where it reacts with fuel to ...
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Why does hitting a cold bag of water freeze?

About 24 hours ago, I bought a box of 30 pieces water ice. I put them in the freezing compartment and when I came from work I was expecting a nice chilling ice. But when I opened the freezer, I saw ...
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Is air infiltration a type of convective heat transfer (convection)

I have a building / physics question... A major source of heat loss in homes and buildings is infiltration through cracks (warm air from inside seeping out). Wondering if this falls in the category ...
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Pressure vs Volume Calculation for air

I have 1 litre of air in a sealed container at atmosphere pressure (approx 15 psi absolute). I want to reduce pressure in the container by 1 psi ( 14 psi absolute or -1 psig). If I understand ...
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Is a venturi pump feasible at very low pressure?

I need assistance (or experience feedback) in estimating if a Venturi pump would work at low pressure. A boiler under vacuum (10% atmosphere) will produce steam (at a given speed depending on the ...
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Why does specific heat increase with temperature?

Except for monoatomic molecules, specific heat increases with increase in temperature. Why?
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Can the entropy of a part of a closed system become less than the initial entropy of the entire system?

I am reading Sir Roger Penrose's book "What came before the Big Bang?". Here, I came across a chapter where he talks about how sunlight provides us energy in low entropy and how through various ...
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Is Isochoric compression or expansion possible?

Stirling cycle is made of two isothermal and two isochoric processes. Heat is added isothermally, expansion and compression takes place isochorically, as given by the book. How can a gas be ...
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Interpretation of systems in different state of matters BUT almost identical configuration

For a start, let me clarify that by "almost identical configuration" I mean same volume, temperature and number of molecules (but different pressure). One could for instance take two identical systems ...
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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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Can the Sun's core be treated as an ideal gas?

I know that a gas behaves more like an ideal gas at higher temperature, and that is very well achieved in the Sun's core. But also low pressure is needed for a gas to behave like an ideal gas, and the ...
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Mixture of Gases in kg-mol; Find Temperature [on hold]

A one cubic container contains a mixture of gases composed of 0.02 kg-mol of oxygen and 0.04 kg-mol of helium at a pressure of 220 kPa. What is the temperature of this ideal gas mixture in degrees ...
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Will my induction hob be powerful enough? [on hold]

I'm looking to buy an induction hob to heat some water and I would like to know if its going to be powerful enough. If so, can it be done in, say, 1 hour? Additionally, what power rating could I go ...
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What is the work done in isobaric expansion?

I'm really confused now... I thought the equation was $ W = \int PdV = P\Delta V $ since P is a constant and can be taken outside of the integral. But on the other hand, $ P = \frac{NkT}{V} $, so if I ...
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How do I determine the heat conductivity of a material? [on hold]

I have a cup. I want to determine how much heat is transferred between the inside contents (boiling water) and the outside surroundings. What kind of information and how do I determine how to ...
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Entropy and Gibbs Free Energy

I've been struggling with the notion of entropy and gibbs free energy for almost three days now. Different sources on and off the internet say different things about entropy. Gibbs Free Energy is ...
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Preventing Heat Escape

Is is possible to completely prevent heat from escaping from a closed container? Here is a diagram of vacuum flask, which tries to implement the design - Vacuum Flask prevents heat from escaping ...
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Hot water from a faucet

Why does hot water come out of a faucet cloudy white? The cold water comes out clear, but if you turn the hot water tap on, it'll be clear until it gets hot and then turns a cloudy white colour. ...
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Heat equation with heat loss to surroundings

I am trying to model one dimensional heat diffusion within a uniform copper rod with insulated ends. In addition, I am including a term that models the heat loss to the surroundings from the lateral ...
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Prove that negative absolute temperatures are actually hotter than positive absolute temperatures

Could someone provide me with a mathematical proof of why, a system with an absolute negative Kelvin temperature (such that of a spin system) is hotter than any system with a positive temperature (in ...
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Is temperature the speed of electrons?

Back in the middle school (which I guess was about 10 years ago) I remember being taught that the temperature of an atom is basically the speed of electrons circling the nucleus which kinda made sense ...
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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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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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Why do vapour cones form around jet fighters?

Apparently this phenomenon has nothing to do with jets breaking the sound barrier and has something to do with the Prandtl-Glauert singularity as described on Wikipedia. But, the Wikipedia article ...
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What is the difference between thermodynamical equilibrium and statistical equilibrium?

I am trying to understand what is the different between thermodynamical equilibrium and statistical equilibrium, for example, between photons and electrons at the early universe. (I read through paper ...
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