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Le Châtelier's principle vs. Lenz's law

  1. Aug 24, 2006 #1
    Is it just me or is these two laws somewhat similar to each other in a sense? Is that just a strange coincidence?
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  3. Aug 25, 2006 #2
    Yes, they are similar, but that's because they're both derived from the definition of stable equilibrium. Stable equilibrium is a state of a system in which it has minimum energy. Hence, from the definition of energy, any deviation from a stable equilibrium would create a force that would drive the system back to equilibrium.
  4. Aug 25, 2006 #3
    Something interesting is that they were living in about (loosely) the same time period. Wonder what would have happened if scientists didn't read or became interested in each others work. I wouldn't want it any other way that it is today. Thanks for that! :smile:
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