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Homework Help: How does life violate the 2nd law of thermodynamics?

  1. Sep 30, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    How does life violate the 2nd law of thermodynamics?

    2. Relevant equations
    The 2nd law states that with ever energy transformation entropy increases.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I am not sure where to begin with this. All I can think of is as we evolve our system becomes more orderly and complex and we carry out more reactions. but still the more reactions we do the more entropy is created in our surroundings and it becomes more disorderly...
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  3. Oct 1, 2008 #2


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    Re: Thermodynamics

    Life doesn't violate 2nd law, as you have correctly pointed out changes happen in our surroundings to compensate for the "local violation".
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