THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS
Thermodynamics is the study of energy transformations.
- The first law of thermodynamics states that energy may be transformed from one form to another, however it cannot be created or destroyed.
- The second law of thermodynamics states that during any energy transformation, some of the energy is converted into an unusable form, mostly thermal energy that cannot be passed on.
- Each transfer of energy results in a loss of energy from the system.
- Therefore, in each step of a chain of transformations energy becomes less available.