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There is a question in the textbook that describes a high quality thermos as an isolated system. Why would this be considered an isolated system instead of a closed system if it is possible for the thermos to lose heat over long periods of time?
While an argument could, in theory, be made to say that a high quality thermos is a closed system, we ultimately would choose to consider to be an isolated system because the insulation of the thermos captures the heat to a fairly strong degree. Therefore, very minimal heat, if any, is lost from the system.
In this case it is saying it is the best example of an isolated system. While we know that over time it does lose heat, it in theory (if it is a quality thermos) acts as an isolated system that does not exchange heat or matter.
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