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Environmental science is the science of the interactions between the physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment, including their effects on all types of organisms but more often refers to human impact on the environment.

Goal(s) of Environmental Science
• The primary goal of the Environmental Science program is to provide exposure to and a broad knowledge of environmental problems and issues using an interdisciplinary approach. This is achieved by completion of core courses and additional courses taken with
• Specialization in one of three emphasis tracks.
The core curriculum spans six departments and three colleges and tracks are housed in the
Department of Biology, Department of
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• Thermodynamics is a branch of physics concerned with heat and temperature and their relation to energy and work. It defines macroscopic variables, such as internal energy, entropy, and pressure, that partly describe a body of matter or radiation.

• Energy is transferred from one object to another when a reaction takes place.
Energy comes in many forms and can be transferred from one object to another as heat, light, or motion, to name a few. For the blue ball to move to the position of the green ball, energy must be given to the blue ball. This energy would be in the form of motion, with the person lifting the blue ball to a higher level. This form of energy is called kinetic energy.

Laws of Thermodynamics

The four laws of thermodynamics define fundamental physical quantities (temperature, energy, and entropy) that characterize thermodynamic systems. The laws describe how these quantities behave under various circumstances, and forbid certain phenomena
(such as perpetual motion).

The four laws of thermodynamics are:

Zeroth law of thermodynamics: If two systems are in thermal equilibrium respectively with a third system, they must be in thermal equilibrium with each other. This law helps define the notion of temperature.

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