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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Adiabatic Surfaces in thermodynamics

In some lecture notes on thermodynamics there is a discussion as to whether by assuming the first law of thermodynamics alone we can prove the existence of a adiabatic surface in three dimensions. To ...
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Is the $\mu VE$ ensemble possible to formulate?

I have recently learned about ensembles in statistical mechanics, and I've seen multiple applications and interpretations of the EVN (microcanonical), TVN (canonical), $\mu$VT (grand canonical) and ...
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What is the relation between scattering amplitudes, fluctuations, response functions and correlations in macroscopic equilibrium systems?

In Kardar's book Statistical Physics of Fields, he mentions that that correlations at different length scales can be measured by scattering. If its electric correlations, you would scatter light and ...
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Does a cooler, submerged in water, keep beer colder, longer?

Looking around the web, I see some submerged bucket-like things, without insulation, and some floating coolers, where the actual cooler is not submerged. Given that your water temperature is lower ...
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Fermi Level: chemical potential vs. electrochemical potential

In solid-state physics it is understood that the Fermi-Level is the electrochemical potential. The Fermi-Level is defined to: However, in thermodynamics this formula is referred to as the ...
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How to make two equations dimensionless?

I recently got set this problem and am having trouble scaling the resulting equations. Any help would be appreciated. An incompressible thermal conducting fluid is contained between two infinite ...
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Entropy reversal in magnets

Entropy is an irreversible phenomenon without any energy supplied to reverse it. I was reading about paramagnetic substances and how dipoles align inside them on application of magnetic field. My ...
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Application of surface tension in thermodynamics

I'm writing a paper about surface tension, and have problems with finding literature about application of surface tension in measuring some thermodynamics quantities. Can you help me? Thank you
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Flow between two infinite plates [on hold]

I recently got set this problem and I was wondering if anyone would be able to give me some hints/intuition on how to solve it. Thanks. An incompressible thermal conducting fluid is contained between ...
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How much does a light heat the air around it?

My dad told me to turn off the lights when I'm not using them because it will keep the house cooler. I don't think he is correct that a light can heat up the room. How much of a difference in the ...
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Does work done require interaction between system and surrounding?

There's no work done for a person climbing upstairs because the energy is converted to PE within system only. The person is the system. How true is the above statement?
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Why is Cv used in the adiabatic expansion of Carnot Cycle to calculate internal energy

When I took this class years ago, I simply accepted it as fact. However, now that I'm teaching it, the following bugs me....a lot. Why do they use Cv to describe the change of internal energy during ...
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Open systems (Conservation of Energy): is a temperature change possible if a tube is thermally isolated?

Full question: consider an perfectly thermally isolated cylinder. Water is flowing through this cylinder from the entry to the exit. Is it possible for the water flowing through the exit to have a ...
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Can some one explain about m theory? [on hold]

I am very new to m theory and string theory. I am very through with classical physics and little bits of quantum mechanics. Will you be able to explain why the fact that gravity is a week force being ...
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Removal of heat from a closed system using electricity

I was thinking this morning about how heat could be removed from a system in such a way that it is stored for future use. My ideas are a form of thermo-electric system that converts heat into ...
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Definition of stress at the microscale

Take, for simplicity, a Lennard-Jones fluid below the critical temperature, which is to say that there is a phase separation into fluid and gas and thus an interface is formed. The macroscale picture ...
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If heat can't be transformed into other forms of entropy, why do hot things radiate electromagnetic waves?

The laws of entropy says entropy can only increase. On the other hand, if I take a hot object, it will naturally convert its heat into EM radiation. How is this possible? Does EM radiation count as ...
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Thermo - Plotting constant pressure and temperature on a Pv and Ts diagram

I was just curious what the saturation curve for water (plotting pressure versus specific volume) would look like if you drew both a line of constant pressure as well as constant temperature. I am ...
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How much energy in form of heat does a human body emit?

How much energy in form of heat does a human body emit at rest level?
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Do magnetic fields cause ionisation of gases?

I am doing my final year engineering project on Magnetic Field Assisted Combustion and was curious to see what people thought about it. Companies sell rare earth magnetic arrangements to be attached ...
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Does the radius of the Universe correspond to its total entropy?

I heard a claim that due to holographic principle, the surface area of the cosmic horizon corresponds to the universe's total entropy. As such the initial state had zero surface area and later ...
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What is the relationship between entropy and work? [on hold]

Can someone explain the relationship between entropy and work? I've been reading my textbook and looking online but I feel like I'm missing something. Can someone explain it in layman's terms :)
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Pressure and Temperature in a few-body system

This question is very much related to this other one, and the introduction is the same. If we want to define intensive properties for few-body systems it is not straightforward. I am referring ...
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What is the overall rate of heat conduction through two pipes of different dimensions if the thermal conductivity is not constant?

I am trying to work out how I would find the rate of heat transfer through two pipes made of the same material that are joined at their ends but which have different cross-sectional areas and lengths. ...
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Questions on Carnot's theorem

This article on Carnot's theorem states that All heat engines between two heat reservoirs are less efficient than a Carnot heat engine operating between the same reservoirs. However, it only ...
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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 ...
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How do greenhouse gases trap heat?

I am looking for a molecular-level understanding of the greenhouse effect. What is it about the carbon-dioxide molecule (and methane, and water, etc) that is different from other gasses ...
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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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Adiabatic cooling in a closed system

Please forgive me ahead of time if something I say isn't correct, I've just started to read about thermodynamics ever since I developed a fascination for the anti-griddle (by the way does anyone know ...
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Is heat supposed to bounce on an insulator or slowly go through it?

I have a simple flat electric heater at home, fixed on a wall. 50% of the energy is absorbed by the wall !! What would happen if I put some isolation material between the heater and the wall ? Would ...
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Non-extensivity in a few body system

Thermodynamics finds application in many areas of physics, many of them sharing the feature of fluid-like or many-body like behavior. However, small systems or few body systems have been studied too ...
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Thermodynamics problem

If water is heated between 273 K and 277 K by providing it heat, a part of heat is used to increase the internal energy of water and rest is done as work. But water's volume decreases between the ...
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Loss of temperature of a sphere [on hold]

I am trying to get an intuition of whether it theoretically seems possible for a living cell (a yeast for example) to regulate its own temperature. Let's consider a spherical living cell which radius ...
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What does temperature coefficient of resistance depend on?

I tried looking up on Google if there was an expression for the temperature coefficient of resistance(TCR) of a material in terms of other fundamental factors, but couldn't find any. Specifically I am ...
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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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Heat Transfer and Thermal Energy

Some hot water radiators have a single pipe connected to them. The steam comes to the radiator and the water leaves in the same pipe. The steam and the water are both at a temperature of 100°C. Where ...
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p=aV+b, finding Q and L [on hold]

I must find L and Q from p=aV+b. I calculated the L like: ...
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Double Pipe Heat Exchanger Flow Hot Cold

Based on sources I referred, I got to know that a double pipe heat exchanger operates in a way where hot water flows in a pipe and comes out as cold water and cold water flows into another pipe and ...
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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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How does the hot cup of tea cool down? [duplicate]

I am not sure about my answer. I think that the cup of tea cools down by the following modes: Radiation between the surface of the tea and the air molecules. Conduction between the tea and the cup ...
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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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Really how does the entropy of the universe increase?

Universe means the system along with its surroundings. I have always got this statement while studying the second law; be it a thermodynamics book(Sears, Salinger) , physical cihemistry book(Atkins, ...
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Heat from opposing mirrors

Is it possible to increase the amount of heat drawn from one mirror pointed to the sun by another mirror opposed to it?
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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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Is there a local canonical ensemble partition function for a Bose-Einstein gas?

The grand canonical partition function for a Bose-Einstein gas is $$ Z_{\text{grand bos}} = \exp \left( \sum_{j=0}^{\infty} -\ln \left( 1-e^{\beta(\mu-\epsilon_j)} \right)g_j \right) $$ where $\beta$ ...
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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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How does statistical mechanics predict that hot air rises?

Does hot air rise -- from a statistical-mechanical viewpoint Question #6329 asks whether and why hot air rises. The consensus answer is straightforward: - hot air is less dense than cold air - ...
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Understanding mechanical equilibrium

In this site, mechanical equilibrium is defined as when there is no net force between the system and the boundary, it is in mechanical equilibrium. Now, what does it mean by net force? What would ...
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Calculating stable orbital resonance and other factors into orbits

Firstly here is a brief summary of what I trying to accomplish. From a predetermined total solar system mass , star count in that system, per-star classification and mass I am building a system of ...
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Difference between Isothermal and Free Expansion

I just don't get the exact difference between isothermal expansion and free expansion: in free expansion there is no work done since there is no external external pressure. As to the case of ...