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I think the fish tank would be an open system meaning that the system involves the transferring of both matter and energy between system and surroundings. If there are fish in the fish tank then food(matter) would be going in and out of the fish tank. As well as if the system was heated up it would also warm anything around or touching the tank making it an open system .
I think it would be considered an open system because matter and energy can be transferred in and out of the system. I guess it depends on the experiment being performed in the fish tank or what aspect you're looking at.
Liam Maxwell 2E wrote:what actually constitutes the difference between an open and closed system?
In an open system there is a transfer of both mass and heat, but in a closed system there is only a transfer of heat.
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