Energy and Thermal Physics

Musical thermodynamics

Stories from Physics for 11-14 14-16 IOP RESOURCES

Flanders and Swan wrote a song about the first and second laws of thermodynamics that contains the verses:

You can’t pass heat from a cooler to a hotter.
Try if you like, you far better notter,
‘cause the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a ruler,
‘cause the hotter body’s heat will pass to the cooler.

Heat is work and work’s a curse
And all the heat in the universe
Is gonna cool down
Because it can’t increase.


appears in the relation ΔEΔt>ℏ/2 ΔQ=mcΔθ E=hf E ∝ A^2
has the special case Photon Energy
is used in analyses relating to Emission/Absorption Spectra Phase Change
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