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I am confused as to what exactly an isolated system is. The definition states that it can exchange neither matter nor energy with its surrounds but why is this system studied/useful if we cannot determine any changes from it? Thank you!
Especially if you want to know how a system changes over time (ex- thru a reaction) without being influences by any surroundings or outside factors, isolated systems are incredibly useful. Measuring equipment can be put inside of the system to properly gauge a change in some characteristic of the system. It's also good for preservation.
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