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Thermodynamics - The word thermodynamics is derived from the Greek words therme, meaning heat and dunamis, meaning power. Thermodynamics is a branch of physics that studies the effects of changes in temperature, pressure, and volume on systems at the macroscopic scale by studying the motion of their particles. A system is the subject of study. Heat means energy in transit and dynamics relates to movement of particles; thus, in essence thermodynamics studies the movement of energy and how energy instills movement....   [tags: physics thermodynamics] 1559 words
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Understanding of Thermodynamics - Understanding Thermodynamics Through the Concepts of Absolute Zero and the Distribution of Molecular Speeds Thermodynamics is the study of work, heat, and the energy of a system (NASA, 2010). To help explain in more detail the properties of thermodynamics are the laws of thermodynamics. The first law explains that a system’s internal energy can be increased by adding energy to the system or by doing work on the system (Serway & Vuille, 2012). An internal energy system is the sum of both its kinetic and potential energies....   [tags: conceptr of absolute zero, molecular distribution]
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The First Law of Thermodynamics - ... Refrigerators - The second main application of 1st Law in which the objective of a refrigerator is to lower the internal energy of a body at low temperature and transfer that energy to the higher temperature surroundings [3]. It requires work to do this. The medium for the energy exchange is a working fluid that circulates in a loop through a number of devices. These devices exploit to increase and eliminate energy from the working fluid. As the refrigerant circulates around the loop, its internal energy is alternately raised and lowered by a series of device....   [tags: heat engine, converstion, energy] 650 words
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Thermodynamics - Thermodynamics is basically concerned with heat transfer, energy transfer and conversion between heat and work and is also applied to describe phase change of a substance, such as condensation and evaporation. 1.1 Determination of steam quality Saturated water is water in the condition in which any amount of energy put into the water or absorbed by the water can result in water-steam, two phase mixture, formed. In this case, latent heat, enthalpy of evaporation, is referred to as the energy required to change water into steam....   [tags: Energy] 1011 words
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Biology: The Thermodynamics of Protein-Protein Interactions - There are various methods that have been developed over these years to study protein-protein interactions (PPIs). PPI plays a big role in the cell-signalling cascade; for instance, dephosphorylation of glycogen synthase by protein phosphatase-1 results in glycogen synthesis. To know whether a specific protein binds to its partner, for example, whether TFIIH interacts with TFIIE or TFIIF to complete the pre-initiation complex in transcription, different methods such as co-immunoprecipitation (co-IP), glutathione-S-transferase (GST) pull down assays, yeast-two-hybrid (Y2H) assays, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), surface plasmon resonance (SPR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectros...   [tags: cell, cytoplam, chemistry, antibody]
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Thermodynamics - Thermodynamics is the branch of science concerned with the nature of heat and its conversion to any form of energy. In thermodynamics, both the thermodynamic system and its environment are considered. A thermodynamic system, in general, is defined by its volume, pressure, temperature, and chemical make-up. In general, the environment will contain heat sources with unlimited heat capacity allowing it to give and receive heat without changing its temperature. Whenever the conditions change, the thermodynamic system will respond by changing its state; the temperature, volume, pressure, or chemical make-up will adjust accordingly in order to reach its original state of equilibrium....   [tags: essays research papers] 948 words
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Thermodynamics - Thermodynamics can be defined as the science of energy. Although every body has a feeling of what energy is, it is difficult to give a precise definition for it. Energy can be viewed as the ability to cause changes. The name thermodynamics stems from the Greek words therme (heat) and dynamics (power), which is most descriptive of the early efforts to convert heat into power. Today the same name is broadly interpreted to include all aspects of energy and energy transformations, including power generation, refrigeration, and relationships among the properties of matter....   [tags: physics science] 1241 words
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Second Law of Thermodynamics - The second law of thermodynamics involves the concept of entropy, an idea that explains disorder in our world. The concept of entropy associates useful matter and waste with low entropy and high entropy, respectively. In order to look at entropy, we must first define the system of interest. For the remainder of this paper, the system will be Earth. Many people believe that everything we use up can be recycled and reused if we can develop the appropriate technology. However, the Second Law makes it essentially impossible to achieve complete recycling....   [tags: Chemistry] 431 words
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First Law of Thermodynamics - First Law of Thermodynamics The first law of thermodynamics is shared with most of science; it is one of the fundamental principals that have shaped our understanding of the working world. TOTAL ENERGY OF THE SYSTEM AND IT'S SURROUNDINGS IS CONSTANT or ENERGY IS CONSERVED, Brings back that long established idea that nothing can be created or destroyed. How do we know this. This is an empirical law, which means that we know that energy is conserved because of many repeated experiments by scientists....   [tags: Papers] 968 words
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What is Electrolycis? Chapter 1 of Research - Chapter 2 2.1 OVERVIEW OF ELECTROLYSIS According to the Free Online Dictionary, electrolysis can be defined as chemical decomposition which is produced by passing an electric current through a liquid or solution containing ions. Although everybody has a feeling of what energy is; it is still difficult to give precise definition for it. Energy can be viewed as the ability to cause changes. The first law of thermodynamics is simply an expression of energy principle, and it asserts that energy is a thermodynamic property....   [tags: Thermodynamics, Current, Energy] 2728 words
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Developing an Engine that Repurposes Waste Energy - The fact that our engines waste our fossil fuels by only using only about 30-45% of the energy from gasoline would create an outrage among the people that want to maximize the use of out fossil fuels as they begin to run out. They would call it pure insanity. What will anger them more is that the wasted energy goes off as heat into the atmosphere. Increasing the efficiency is upsettingly and depressingly, near-impossible. What can be done is that we repurpose that heat into something useful. The best solution is to use an engine that takes this waste heat and converts it into some energy....   [tags: heat, efficiency, thermodynamics] 701 words
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How does Heat Transfer Works - I chose the topic of heat transfer because I find it really intriguing to learn about. I wanted to look further into how heat from two substances reacts with one another through another material that was placed between them. I will be looking at how to calculate the rate of heat transfer in a one dimensional space. This means that I will only be focusing on two temperatures, one hot and one cold, and a medium of which the heat will pass through. External factors such as other temperatures and time will not be used as they are for three dimensional spaces....   [tags: temperatures, thermodynamics, heat]
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The Road of Evolution - Evolution is the process by which different kinds of living organisms are thought to have developed and diversified from earlier forms during the history of the earth. “Dictionary.com” The first person to supposedly “discover” evolution was Charles Darwin. Charles Darwin was a naturalist. He spent most of his time studying the environment. Most naturalists of his time believed that animals came into existence around the same time the earth did but Darwin believed otherwise. Darwin that believed because the appearance of animals changed depending on their location, they had slowly evolved from other basic animals....   [tags: natual selection, thermodynamics, DNA] 2319 words
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Energy Demand - 1. Introduction Due to the economic growth, the energy demand of the world increase every year. In the energy conversion process in power plants and small engines, energy efficiency is a key factor. The equipments with higher efficiency, the more work output. Therefore, a number of researches studied on thermodynamics of efficiency, irreversibility and exergy in both spark-ignition and compression-ignition engines were found during the last century. The thermal efficiency and the energy loss in the system are normally calculated from the 1st law of thermodynamics, while the maximum work output or exergy is characterized by the 2nd law of thermodynamics....   [tags: Environment, Thermodynamics] 587 words
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The Physics of Cooling Techniques - There are many reasons for wanting to cool things, but whatever the reason, the Second Law of Thermodynamics dictates that cooling something will take effort (sorry, no spontaneously cool sodas). Different techniques have been developed to address this issue, each having its own limitations and ideal uses. The most commonly used method of cooling is with vapor-compression cycles, because it is fairly easy to construct a cooling device employing this method and the cost is low. In fact, conventional refrigerators use this method of cooling to keep your leftovers and drinks chilled....   [tags: thermodynamics physics refrigerator] 2370 words
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Tom Stoppard's Arcadia - Tom Stoppard parallels the Second Law of Thermodynamics with the human experience in his play Arcadia. The parallelism suggests truths about the evolution of science and human society, love and sexual relationships, and the physical world. The Second Law drives the formation of more complex molecular structures in our universe, the diffusion of energy, such as heat, and is inhibited by the initial energy required to unlock potential energies of compounds. Stoppard takes these concepts and explores human genius and the sexual interactions of people, with an eye towards universal human truth....   [tags: Second Law of Thermodynamics]
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Where's Reality Going? - Where's Reality Going. In Layman's terms the first and second laws of Thermodynamics state that there is a finite amount of energy in the universe and as this energy is always reorganizing itself a certain amount always becomes less organized. Therefore, the rate of disorganization is always greater than the rate of organization. The universe is constantly becoming less and less organized. At this rate the dissipation, the disorganization of all energy is inevitable. Though these laws ensure our bodily death the eternity of our energy is also guaranteed....   [tags: Thermodynamics Humanity Essays] 1049 words
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Experimental Study of Force Convective Heat Transfer of CuO/water Nanofluid in a Microchannel Heat Sink - Technology progresses in the fields such as: electronic industries, high power engine and optical device that produce high heat flux is in a way that conventional methods are not able to remove the heat generated by these devices and need to advance cooling methods. There are two ways to improve the cooling processes. The first way is design of new cooling device with smaller channel dimensions that causes enhanced convective heat transfer coefficient due to increased fluid velocity [1, 2]. The use of microchannel as a cooling device for dissipating heat from silicon integrated circuit was first proposed by Tuckerman and Pease [3]....   [tags: thermodynamics and technology] 661 words
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Ways of Transmitting Heat: Conduction, Convection and Radiation - Conduction, convection and radiation are the three methods through which heat can be transferred from one place to another. The (www.hyperphysics.com) first method is the conduction through which heat can be transferred from one object to another object. This process is defined as the heat is transmitted from one to another by the interaction of the atoms and the molecules. The atoms and the molecules of the body are physically attached to each other and one part of the body is at higher temperature to the other part or the body, the heat begins to transfer....   [tags: physics, thermodynamics]
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Thermodynamic Optimization of Flow Over an Isothermal Moving Plate - Boundary layers are thin regions next to the wall in the flow where viscous forces are important. The above-mentioned wall can be in various geometrical shapes. Blasius [1] studied the simplest boundary layer over a flat plate. He employed a similarity transformation which reduces the partial differential boundary layer equations to a nonlinear third-order ordinary differential one before solving it analytically. The boundary layer flow over a moving plate in a viscous fluid has been considered by Klemp and Acrivos [2], Hussaini et al....   [tags: Scientific Research ]
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Sadi Carnot - Sadi Carnot was a French engineer (one of the few engineers that history remembers) who contributed greatly to the development of the field of thermodynamics. Although he only published one paper, which went largely unrecognized during his life, a testament to the influence of his ideas is the fact that his ideal heat engine is well known to modern day students of thermodynamics. Sadi Carnot was born in France in 1796. His life took place during turbulent times; France endured thirty-five years of war, revolution, and unending political turmoil....   [tags: physics biography bio thermodynamics] 1231 words
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Thermodynamic Elements of Engines - The Little Heat Engine: Heat Transfer in Solids, Liquids and Gases The question now is wherein the mistake consists and how it can be removed. Max Planck, Philosophy of Physics, 1936. While it is true that the field of thermodynamics can be complex,1-8 the basic ideas behind the study of heat (or energy) transfer remain simple. Let us begin this study with an ideal solid, S1, in an empty universe. S1 contains atoms arranged in a regular array called a "lattice" (see Figure 1). Bonding electrons may be present....   [tags: Engineering] 1770 words
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Electrolysis: Chapter 1 Alternative Energy - CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 1.1 BACKGROUND OF PROJECT Alternative energy can be defined as a form of energy derived from a natural source, such as the sun, wind, tides, or waves which also called as renewable energy [1]. It is becoming more important in the ever increasing energy cost faced by the world today especially into automotive industry. There are two or three main objectives for people who create automotive devices - increasing the fuel consumption (Miles per Gallon – MPG) performance and reducing the harmful emissions are the top two priorities, while running the vehicle on water alone is the aim of a few people....   [tags: Introduction, Circuit, Thermodynamics] 921 words
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Thermodynamic Properties of Solid Solutions in the System Ag2S Ag2Se - Thermodynamic Properties of Solid Solutions in the System Ag2S – Ag2Se 1. Introduction This paper is about the calculation of standard thermodynamic properties of the four solid solutions in the phase diagram of Ag2S – Ag2Se. They calculated these properties using the model of regular and subregular solutions. The four solid solutions are: a restricted fcc solid solution (γ- Ag2S-Ag2S1-xSe (x<0.3)), a complete bcc solid solution (β- Ag2S – Ag2Se), monoclinic solid solution (α) from Ag2S to Ag2S0.4Se0.6, and a orthorhombic solid solution (α) from Ag2S0.3Se0.7 to Ag2Se....   [tags: solution model, analysis] 1236 words
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Pinch Analysis: Entropy and Future Retrofit - Today, global energy supply, economy of productions and environment regulation controlled industry around the world. This defined a demand to save energy, reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment for the next generation. Due to that, engineers start to come up with tools and innovations to decrease the used energy. Pinch analysis is a tool used to design heat exchanger networks (HEN) with less energy usage. This paper will focus on pinch analysis and applying the second law of thermodynamic....   [tags: law, thermodynamic, study, energy, steam] 1297 words
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Thermodynamic Optimization of Flow Over an Isothermal Moving Plate - The system of equations 7 and 12 with their boundary conditions has been solved numerically with Shooting method where the results were in best agreement with previous studies [3]. Moreover, for the first time, an equation for generated entropy is presented and minimized inside the boundary layer over a moving flat plate. Having considered the concept of λ, the problem is studied for λ<0, λ<1 and λ>1. It is worth mentioning that we have assumed that in Eq.20,〖 θ〗_∞=2, Re=1000, Pr=1, Ec=0.01. Fig.1 shows velocity profile for a moving plate in opposite direction to free stream velocity, i.e....   [tags: Scientific Research ]
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The Transfer and Flow of Energy in the Ecosystme and Its Benefit to Humans - The definition of energy is the capacity to do work, and it takes work to maintain the organism. (Mader and Windelspecht et al., 2010, p.4) The principle of conservation of energy, is that the total amount of energy in a closed system remains always the same, none being lost or created in any chemical or physical process or in the conversion of one kind of energy into another, within that system. (Biology Online, 2005) Sun is the main source of energy in the biosphere, solar energy can be converted to many different forms of energy, likes chemical energy, kinetic energy, electrical energy, thermal energy and so on....   [tags: thermodynamic analysis] 846 words
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Mimicking a Double Skin Roof Experiment - ... The heat flux is recorded. The temperature of the exiting air is recorded. Exiting air velocity is recorded for every 0.5cm height. 15min time interval is required for each adjustment. 3.3 Problems in Experiment There were some problems which encountered in the experimental period as follows:- There were some disturbance of airflow in natural convection due to the closing & opening doors in laboratory and movement of people near to the equipment which could be caused the temperature has about 2º difference....   [tags: thermodynamic analysis]
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A Technical Definition of Entropy - Introduction One of the most important concepts in thermodynamics is entropy. In thermodynamics, a system is any region of space that is to be studied. Entropy is a thermodynamic property of a system just like the temperature, pressure, and composition. Specifically, entropy is a measure of the randomness of a system and has units of joules per kelvin. A joule is a measurement of energy and a kelvin is a measurement of temperature. A system whose members are highly randomized is said to be highly disordered and therefore has higher entropy....   [tags: Scientific Research ]
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Maxwell's Demon - Not a Perpetual Motion Machine - Maxwell's Demon - Not a Perpetual Motion Machine Entropy is not a difficult concept to just take at face value, but it is a difficult topic to gain a good understanding of. To do this some background must be given such as the first and second law of thermodynamics. The second law of thermodynamics states that any event that occurs spontaneously must result in an increase in the randomness of lhe syslem. This means that as an ice cube melts the water molecules that it is composed of will progress toward a less ordered arrangement....   [tags: Physics Essays] 725 words
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Lord Kelvin, or William Thomson - Lord Kelvin, or William Thomson, was destined for greatness at birth. He was born June 26, 1824 in Belfast, Ireland. His father was a prestigious mathematics professor at Glasgow University and his brother later became a professor of engineering (Webster 2). Both William Thomson and his older brother, James, were homeschooled by their father, also named James Thomson, in their early years. Their father encouraged them to discover and pursue all academic possibilities. While living on campus at Glasgow University, the family often visited the Netherlands and Germany....   [tags: Biography, Contributions to Science]
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Sociology of Crime -   1. Walker’s Proposition 14 states “Fear-based deterrence programs do not reduce crime”. Fully discuss the theory of deterrence, the problems from theory to practice, and the failure of these programs. The basic definition of deterrence is an act of preventing from crime, by having something, such as punishment, as a threat. A deterrence theory underlies in criminal laws and justice system to restrain from crimes. Corresponding to the definition, a deterrence theory itself simply means more strict and definite punishments will decrease the rate of crimes, including violent crimes, robbery, burglary, and even drunk driving and possessing drugs....   [tags: Walker's Proposition, Wedding Cake Model]
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Overview: Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon - Postmodern novel as a genre is mainly intertextual because it often goes beyond the paradigm of literature and borrows its material from different fields of study like science, geography, history, astronomy and so on to make a collage of different theories and citations for shaping a literary text in a new dimension. Thomas Pynchon was a student of Engineering Physics at Cornell University. It is therefore not surprising that he uses science as a background for the interpretation of literature. His main aim is to interpret the postmodern condition where life has taken a new dimension in the midst of enormous influence of science and technology....   [tags: postmodernism, science, philosophy]
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Pynchon’s Vision of America in The Crying of Lot 49 - ... As Oedipa delves deeper into the investigation she begins to question her own sanity. The mounting evidence affirming the Tristero’s existence, like the prevalent sightings of its emblem, a muted version of a post horn, is inextricably tied to Pierce’s estate holdings. Thus, Oedipa has to confront her growing sense paranoia that suggests the whole investigation is either a figment of her imagination, or (far worse) a manipulative ruse being imposed upon her by some unknown external entity (Pierce....   [tags: entropy, conspiracy, system, society] 724 words
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Solar Cell Electricity - In order to competently compare photosynthesis and semiconductor-based solar cell's production of electricity i.e. solar cell electricity, they both must be defined. Photosynthesis is defined as, (Biology Online, 2010) “The synthesis of complex organic material using carbon dioxide, water, inorganic salts, and light energy (from sunlight) captured by light-absorbing pigments, such as chlorophyll and other accessory pigments.” According to Thomas gale, ( Thomas gale, 2006), solar cells create electrical energy by converting sun light into electricity by using photovoltaic effect....   [tags: Energy]
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A Model-Based Methodology for Spray Drying Process Development - A Model- Based Methodology for Spray Drying Process Development Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation September 2009 Volume 4 Issue 3 This paper describes a novel methodology based on fundamental engineering models as well as process characterization techniques to ensure that the spray drying process is efficient and requires minimal time and API. Spray drying methods use rapid drying kinetics to produce solid amorphous dispersions, excipients, and encapsulation. Spray drying dispersions are used to increase bioavailability of poorly soluble APIs....   [tags: engineering models, process techniques]
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Personal Student Letter Regarding Academic Performance - This fall semester I was taking Genetics, Thermodynamics, Moral Ethics, Introduction to Public Health, and Psychology of Race, Class, and Gender. Due to illness, my second semester put me in academic probation and after talking to Dean Rome I was recommended to drop Genetics and concentrate on my other four classes. I performed very well in all my classes but Thermodynamics, which I had trouble with. I believed I would receive at least a C but unfortunately received an NC. I took CHEM 330 with Professor Stratt, which I later discovered has very difficult exams, and to make matters more difficult, my class, was majorly freshmen that had taken AP Chemistry and scored the highest scores on exam...   [tags: Anemia, Illness, Fatigue] 801 words
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Apllication for Mechanical Engineering - One of the happiest moments in my life was when I cleared my engineering entrance test, and got an admit at PES Institute of technology for Bachelor’s in Mechanical. Having been part of this institution has given me a strong foundation in Core Mechanical subjects such as Dynamics and Kinematics of Machines, Solid and Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Manufacturing Sciences and Vibrations. It was my dream to be a mechanical engineer since the time I experimented with a Simple Pendulum in my high school Physics lab....   [tags: machines, science, dream, school] 972 words
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The Necessity of Positive and Normative Economics - The Necessity of Positive and Normative Economics Keynes once wrote: “The object of a positive science is the establishment of uniformities, of a normative science the determination of ideals.” (Blaug, 122) This is the dichotomy that economists recognize when approaching their field of study. The social scientist must recognize both positive and normative distinctions, means and ends, as important factors of fruitful research. Secondly, they must clearly express the conditions and assumption which theories holds in order for economics to be useful for society....   [tags: essays papers] 1127 words
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Saving the Environment: Future Model of Transportation - From the beginning automobiles have run from various different fuel systems, from steam to the current fossil fuel. As we begin to move towards a more environmentally friendly society, you begin to wonder what will the future hold for the future of transportation. In order to get from point A to point B, typically you need to drive a automobile, “60% if the US transportation emission come from cars and light trucks,”(Union of Concerned Scientist, 2014). Fossil fuel is used to produce the gasoline which powers automobiles in the United States; it is leading form of power supply for transportation....   [tags: fossil fuel, electricity, supply]
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Should Evolution be Taught in Schools? - Evolution has been taught in all public schools for as long as many can recall. Though the process of evolution is not the only theory, schools have been teaching it as if it is the complete truth, ignoring other aspects and only focusing and targeting on Darwin's theory of Evolution. However, there are still many other ideas that the students should be informed of as well because all are theories, all are hypothetic. Teaching of the evolution theory have yet to be proven reliable and confirmed by all scientists, thus it should not be taught in schools and should be left for students to wonder and discover by themselves....   [tags: Evolution, public schools, ] 753 words
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I Want to Pursue My Master's Degree at Texas A&M University - “An innovator is one who does not know it cannot be done” - R.A. Mashelkar These splendid words of Dr R A Mashelkar have made a deep-rooted impact on my mind. He rightly states that great leaders fearlessly tackle challenges; they believe that nothing is impossible. These leaders are actually innovators who have immense passion in them to envisage solutions for perplexing problems. As a young, aspiring engineer, I find Dr R A Mashelkar’s philosophy, that the innovators have compassion in their heart and passion in their belly, very inspiring....   [tags: statement of purpose] 980 words
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The Scientific Debate of Creation - One of the biggest issues facing Christianity in terms of apologetics is the scientific debate of Creationism. This is a very interesting debate because rather than trying to prove a different points such as the “Big Bang Theory” or evolutionary theory, they instead accept all other hypothesis as scientific fact and start with the assumption that Biblical science can never be accurate. Here are some of the argued points regarding Creationism, summarize from the Not So Deep Thoughts website (Pettit): I. The Problem of Creationism Stated as a logical dilemma A. Source of Evidence 1. Creation Science is based solely on the Bible 2. The Bible is full of inaccurate facts (even shows differing Cre...   [tags: evidence, logical dilemma, bible]
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A Research on Inventory Management - Inventory management is a topic that has been captured the attention of academic and business communities for long time. Of the most important points that investigated by academicians and practitioners for decades is the selecting of the Economic Order Quantity (EOQ). As the name suggests, EOQ is the order quantity that minimizes total inventory cost. Despite the many variants of the EOQ that have appeared in the literature to fine tune it to reality, it still has limitations. A major one is that it does not take into account the hidden costs inherent in inventory systems....   [tags: production, thermal systems] 1943 words
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Time's Arrow by Martin Amis - Time's Arrow by Martin Amis The human being is an analytical creature. From scientists to philosophers to star-crossed teenaged lovers, the human is internally motivated to understand the world around him. That world provides countless puzzles for the human to solve, whether these puzzles lie in the forests of the heart, the laws of mathematics or the annals of history. However, some of the most unfathomable aspects of this world have been entirely created by humans. The Holocaust is one of the most unfathomable events in human history....   [tags: Time's Arrow Martin Amis Essays]
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Arrow of Time: Towards a New Epistemology of Science - Arrow of Time: Towards a New Epistemology of Science ABSTRACT: Humanity has tried to comprehend two fundamental events since time immemorial: the birth of the universe and the emergence of life. Recently, it is claimed that these events can be understood comprehensively by means of a metaphor: the 'arrow of time.' The purpose of the present paper is twofold: (1) to build an epistemological structure that underlies the principle of time's arrow; and (2) to pursue the unity of science in a novel fashion....   [tags: Scientific Philosophy Philosophical Papers]
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A Brief Introduction to the Pinch Analysis - The economics of industrial production, limitation of global energy supply, and the realities of environmental conservation are an enduring concern for all industries. Wherever you turn, there’s another entreaty to save energy, reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment for posterity. Pinch analysis is a tools used to design a heat exchanger networks (HEN) that reduce the energy usage. This paper will be about brief introduction for the pinch analysis, application of the second law of thermodynamics in design heat exchanger network Pinch Analysis: Pinch technology is the technology that provides a systematic methodology for energy saving in processes and total sites....   [tags: energy saving in processes] 938 words
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James Prescott Joule - James Prescott Joule was born December 24, in 1818. James Joule was born into the wealthy brewing family of Benjamin and Alice Joule. In 1847 James Joule married Amelia Grimes, a daughter of the Liverpool Comptroller of Customs. James Joule and Amelia had three children: Benjamin Arthur (born 1849), Alice Amelia (born 1852) and a son who died in 1854 along with his wife during child birth. In 1843 James Joule read his paper to the British Association, entitled "On the Calorific Effects of Magneto-Electricity and on the Mechanical Value of Heat." This paper described the physical constant that showed that heat was a form of energy....   [tags: biographies biography bio] 1284 words
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Creationism and the Classroom - Creationism and the Classroom The American classroom is suffering from a major deficiency. The science curriculum supports one theory of evolution and no other theory as to how the existence of the universe has come to be. This narrow-minded approach has kept many young minds from seeing a very broad picture of this world. Scientific creationism should be included in our public school curriculum because it is paramount to the progress of modern science. Duane Gish, who has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Berkeley, says, “…neither creation nor evolution may be referred to as scientific theory since neither can offer eyewitness evidence of what happened in the past.” Gish further states, “B...   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Statment of Intents for MS Program in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering - ... This is where I grew to finally understand that mere fascination is not enough. Rather than fascinate me, I must say that my time as a trainee there had humbled me. Computational methods, for the lack of perfect analytical solutions, were the key to designing any engineering product, for which safety and cost effectiveness are critically important. I had become involved, along with other students hailing from different parts of the country, in a mini project that aimed at designing a supersonic nozzle using the method of characteristics....   [tags: goal, education, extra-curriculars ] 1448 words
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