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During the first oil crisis of the early 1970s, a business entrepreneur placed an expensive full-page advertisement in the New York Times, appealing to "the ingenuity of the American people." He offered a cash reward to any inventor who could "raise the temperature of a metal rod by cooling a second rod" and then "generate power by tapping the difference in temperatures."

Use your knowledge of thermodynamics to explain why nobody ever won the reward. Be specific.

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This solution explains how something in nature could not be conducted according to the laws of thermodynamics.

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The laws of TD state that heat would flow from a hotter rod to a cooler one. It is not spontaneous to cool a rod by making another rod hotter without supplying some external energy. Even if you ...

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