By Daniel V. Schroeder
This article seems to be at thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. half I introduces thoughts of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics from a unified view. components II and III discover additional purposes of classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. all through, the emphasis is on real-world purposes.
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5-inch thickness of still air, then discuss whether these two numbers are reasonable. 59. Make a rough estimate of the total rate of conductive heat loss through the windows, walls, floor, and roof of a typical house in a cold climate. Then estimate the cost of replacing this lost energy over the course of a month. If possible, compare your estimate to a real utility bill. 6 MJ. In the United States, natural gas is billed in therms, where 1 therm = 10 5 Btu. 60. A frying pan is quickly heated on the stovetop to 200°C.
24 Chapter 1 Energy in Thermal Physics will escape as the gas is compressed and its temperature won't rise very much. * The difference between fast compression and slow compression is therefore very important in thermodynamics. In this section I'll consider two idealized ways of compressing an ideal gas: isothermal compression, which is so slow that the temperature of the gas doesn't rise at all; and adiabatic compression, which is so fast that no heat escapes from the gas during the process.
B. J. Fourier who invented Fourier analysis. To derive the Fourier heat conduction law, and to predict the value of k t for a particular material, we would have to invoke a detailed molecular model of what happens during heat conduction. 16. x. 7 Rates of Processes following subsection. For now, though, let's just take Fourier's law as an empirical fact and treat kt as a property that you need to measure for any material of interest. Thermal conductivities of common materials vary by more than four orders of magnitude.
An Introduction to Thermal Physics by Daniel V. Schroeder