Conserving Energy: It's Not Just a Good Idea, It's the Law Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Conserving Energy: It's Not Just a Good Idea, It's the Law
An argumentative essay on the conservation of energy and its relation to the various laws of nature.
# 149221 | 918 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2011 in Environmental Studies (Recycling) , Biology (Ecology)

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This argumentative essay provides an overview of the the production of energy and heat and how these various laws are a product of nature. Using this metaphor of the law, the essay looks at the conservation of energy from an environmental stand point. The lead argument throughout the piece is that since all biological organisms abide by this universal law, mechanical transfers of energy, or man-made producers of energy, should abide by the law as well.

From the Paper:

"This is directly related to the first law of thermodynamics, which states that "the change in internal energy of a system is equal to the heat added to the system minus the work done by the system" (Nave 2005). One very clear example of this is the internal combustion engine found in the majority of the world's automobiles. The engine works by compressing liquid fuel (i.e. gasoline), which forces certain molecular bonds apart and causes a chemical reaction. The energy stored in these bonds is not destroyed by the combustion process, but rather is converted into kinetic energy which moves the pistons of the engine and, through other mechanical interventions, creates the forward motion of the car. But this forward motion does not account for all of the energy that originally existed in the chemical bonds of the fuel--a large amount of this energy is converted to heat by the process. This is why cars have radiators, to draw this heat away from the engine and other vital parts of the car. The total amount of energy from the fuel does not change, but is changed into work (motion) and heat."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carter, J. (1996). "Photosynthesis." Accessed 25 May 2009.
  • Kyrk, J. (2008). "Krebs cycle." Accessed 25 May 2009.
  • Nave, C. (2005). "Hyperphysics: Heat and thermodynamics." Accessed 25 May 2009.

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