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Energy consideration in processes of transition to equilibrium state

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ABSTRACT

A calculation of the energy loss due to a transition from non-equilibrium to equilibrium state is given. Three different physical systems are considered in this study: connecting an uncharged capacitor to a charged capacitor, emission of a photon from an excited atom, and releasing an object from a compressed spring. In this study, it is shown that a specific fraction of the total energy stored in a non-equilibrium system should be consumed to reach the equilibrium state.

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Al-Jaber, S. and Abu-Labdeh, A. (2011) Energy consideration in processes of transition to equilibrium state. Natural Science, 3, 136-140. doi: 10.4236/ns.2011.32019.

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