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The Laws of Thermodynamics in the Rainforest

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Please explain, based on the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, how energy flows through the rainforest.

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This solution explains the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics in relation to energy flow through the rainforest.

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'The Rainforest and the Laws of Thermodynamics'
(How Energy Flows 'Downhill' Through the Rainforest)

By measuring the energy conversions that occur in systems, Joule's work led to the development of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. The ability to bring about change and /or to do work is called energy. This energy comes in many different forms, namely heat, light, electric and chemical energy. This study of energy is called thermodynamics.

According to the First Law of Thermodynamics, energy can be changed from one state to another. However, it cannot be created or destroyed. As such, the total amount of energy and ...

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