The Laws Of Thermodynamics Will Be Explained

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In this paper the three laws of thermodynamics will be explained and how these laws apply to energy use, energy conversions, and the need for energy efficiency. In addition, the advantages and disadvantages of energy types including fossil fuels, nuclear energy, solar energy, wind power, water (hydro) power, and biofuel will be described. In order to combat our growing energy problems the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was signed into law to help create tax incentives and loans for conservation and use of alternative fuels. Two provisions of the Act, promotion of US nuclear construction and the addition of ocean energy sources will be described and how these provisions can help the United States meet energy use goals.
Thermodynamics is a large scale study of energy and how heat and temperature behavior together. Heat is quantity of thermal energy stored or transferred from a hot and cool system that come into contact, whereas temperature is the measurement of kinetic energy of all the molecules within a system (Khan Academy, n.d.). Energy exists in various forms such as electrical energy, light, heat and chemical energy and cannot be created or destroyed; but can be changed from one form to another and its energy remains a constant. This is the first law of thermodynamics (conservation). It means that all energy has to go somewhere and this amount can determine the efficiency of a system or what is lost as waste heat. The second law of thermodynamics states disorder in the…
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