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Covers the study of (mostly homogeneous) macroscopic systems from a heat/energy/entropy point of view. Consider also using tag: [statistical-mechanics].

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Expanding on the last point by @KevinZhou, temperature is most properly thought of as the "willingness" of the system to transfer heat. It is, in fact defined as $\frac{1}{T} = \frac{\partial S}{\pa …
answered Aug 14 '15 by gleedadswell
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If the room is isolated (can't exchange heat with the rest of the universe) then the air conditioner must be "part of the room" and only able to draw in air from the room and expel air to the room. A …
answered Aug 13 '15 by gleedadswell
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For any sample of atoms in a gas they have a range of speeds. The likelihood of any atom having any particular speed is given by a probability distribution called the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. …
answered Aug 18 '15 by gleedadswell
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The question you are asking is actually a very complicated one, so I'll give a partial answer and some pointers to where you can find out more. It might be more productive to work in terms of "partia …
answered Aug 10 '15 by gleedadswell
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Fundamentally it is that the $1/N!$ for the classical system only correctly compensates for overcounting of indistinguishable states if the particles are always in different states. For a system of B …
answered Aug 12 '15 by gleedadswell