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The first law talks about the conservation of energy, so therefore it makes sense that in an isolated system, the change in internal energy is 0. However, in open and closed systems, internal energy can change, because matter and energy or just energy can be exchanged between the system and its surroundings.
We use the first law a lot in class-- it applies to open and closed systems as well as isolated systems in the way that energy cannot be created or destroyed. If an open or closed system loses energy, that energy is transferred to the surroundings-- it doesn't just disappear. Hope that helps!
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