Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:50 am
Can someone give an example of each of the types of thermodynamic systems? (For example, in discussion, we talked about how a closed thermos is an example of an isolated system)
Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:56 am
An example of an open system: an open beaker, since matter and energy can exchange with the surroundings. A closed system: a closed beaker, since only energy (in the form of heat) can exchange with the surroundings. It's hard to find an example of a perfectly isolated system, but like you said, a closed thermos can be considered an isolated system since neither matter nor heat can exchange with the surroundings.