The lessons of entropyand the second law of thermodynamics are ones that can be applied to everydaylife.
The second law of thermodynamics states that heat itself neverspontaneously flows from a cold object to a hot substance. Heat can only flowfrom a cold substance to a hot substance of work is done. This idea can also beapplied to heat engines.
In heat engines the law basically says that when workis done some of the heat is used and the rest of it is expelled. Anotherexplanation of the second law is that high quality tends to transform into low-qualityenergy. This restatement practically says that order tends to disordernaturally unless work is done to reverse this. Entropy is the measure of thetotal amount of disorder in any one system.
Entropy can increase and decreasedepending on the disorder. Based on these explanations entropy and the secondlaw of thermodynamics can be applied to anyone’s life. Throughout our lives we can see different examples of thesecond law of thermodynamics and entropy play out. In every day little thingslike opening a door or grabbing a cold drink the second law is in play. Whenyou grab a door knob to open a door heat flows from your hand to the cold doorknob with little effort.
The same idea goes for the cold drink where whencontact is made between the bottle and your hand, heat spontaneously flows fromyour hand to the bottle. The lessons of entropy and the second law ofthermodynamics can be adapted into my life in multiple ways. Knowing howentropy works and the fact that order tends to disorder is extremely important.This idea helps my understanding in why my room gets messy and my possessionsget cluttered up unless I put in the work and clean up. The second law is alsohelpful to me as it pertains to heat engines. Cars are a big part of my life,especially classic cars, and I interact with those types of cars almost every day.So understanding how a heat engine works and why it does what it does helps meget a feel for how the engines in cars work.
Whenever my car hood heats up I nowknow that heat is being expelled and that it’s nothing to be worried about.Entropy and the second law help me understand what goes on around me better. The lessons I learned about entropy and the second law ofthermodynamics have been a part of my life and can be applied to countless ofactions I perform every day. Even in the most little of actions the second lawand entropy have been seen throughout my life. Now that I know the lessons andthe actual law itself I see how it works wherever I go and whenever I touchsomething. When I see my stuff get messier as the week goes on I understandthat what’s happening is a natural process and won’t change unless I do work.Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics are lessons that are extremelyuseful that everyone should know and apply to their everyday life.