Thermodynamics in the Work Field

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Eva Guillory 2E
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Thermodynamics in the Work Field

Postby Eva Guillory 2E » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:43 pm

I'm just curious, what are some common applications of thermodynamics in the work field? In addition, are there any specific examples of thermodynamics in relation to life sciences?

Edit: To clarify, I meant "work" in reference to occupation, not work in the thermodynamical sense.
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emily gao 1C
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Re: Thermodynamics in the Work Field

Postby emily gao 1C » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:48 pm

heat is released/absorbed in any rxn-- it matters more w gibbs free energy calcs bc delta g tells us if a rxn will be spontaneous or not. delta g= delta h - t delta s
this matters for things like atp hydrolysis.

Bijan Mehdizadeh 1B
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Re: Thermodynamics in the Work Field

Postby Bijan Mehdizadeh 1B » Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:05 pm

Besides research in the field of thermodynamics, I believe there are also thermodynamic engineers as well as physicists that deal more specifically with either the theory or application of thermodynamics. I don't know about many life science applications since thermodynamics tends to focus on chemical and physical science math principles, but I suppose life science researchers might focus on or at least take into account the entropy of population systems while those in the field of medicine might use thermodynamic principles in a more complete understanding of illness and why one feels hot or cold due to certain conditions.

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