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Study of the relationship between energy and the utilization of energy.
As organisms effectively are energy-transducing "machines", a basic understanding of thermodynamics is important towards a basic understanding of both bioenergetics and metabolism more generally.
Typically thermodynamics is broken down into a number of basic laws. Included among these laws are what is known as the first law of thermodynamics and also the second law of thermodynamics.
The science of thermodynamics was originally invented towards understanding as well as improving upon the functioning of steam engines.
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