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Homework Help: Is a car alive?

  1. Jan 23, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    1. A car can move automatically using the energy stored in covalent bonds. Can we say the car is alive? Why?

    2. Relevant equations

    no equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I think the keyword in this tutorial disucssion is alive. Being alive means to have the ability to reproduce and have its own metabolism/adapt to its own surroundings etc.This question is kind of open-ended. Hope to have more people sharing their views on my homework question. Thanks in advance.
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 23, 2009 #2
    It does seem to be an open ended question and it looks like your attempt is going in the right direction.I suggest you make a list of all of the main characteristics that living things have and compare and contrast these to the characteristics of the car
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