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Applying the First and Second Law of Thermodynamics

Provide an explanation of the meaning of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Then using the second law, explain why a barrel of oil can be used only once as a fuel source, why can we not recycle high-quality energy resources.

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The first law of thermodynamics as stated by Clausius is quoted as "In all cases in which work is produced by the agency of heat, a quantity of heat is consumed which is proportional to the work done; and conversely, by the expenditure of an equal quantity of work an equal quantity of heat is produced." This is another version of the law of conservation of energy. The meaning of ...

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The solution discusses the 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics. It also explains why high quality energy sources cannot be used more than once.