Monday, October 20, 2008

Entropy

Do you know what entropy is? Very simply stated, entropy is the measure of disorder in a closed system. And very simply stated, the 2nd law of thermodynamics says that unless you put energy into a system, it will always tend toward chaos, or in other words, the entropy will increase. (Easy as duck soup. That's, like, the one thing I learned from Leslie P. Leifer in p-chem. That, and never sit on the aisle and never wear a hat to class). Not convinced? Take a look at your junk drawer, or closet, or storage room, or garage, or yard, or even your relationships. Unless you put energy into maintaining anything, it will become more and more disordered over time. Our home is a prime example of entropy. Unfortunately, in order to bring order to our system, I need to overcome another physical property, inertia, which says a body at rest tends to stay at rest and a body in motion tends to stay in motion, unless acted on by an outside force :-)

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm... we had the energy of 4 boys in our house this weekend. Two 6 year olds and two 3 year olds. We are talking nuclear fusion type energy. The more of that type of energy introduced to the system, the more chaotic things got. Our living room system was a disaster area during the high point of introduced energy.

    If only we could harness that energy for neatness rather than for messiness.

    You realize if we come visit you guys, that is 5 boys. Holy cow!

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