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012 - Life Requires Free Energy

Paul Andersen describes how free energy is used by organisms to grow, maintain order, and reproduce. A brief discussion of the first and second law of thermodynamics is also included. Disruptions in the amount of free energy can cause death and disruptions to popultaions, communities, and ecosystems.

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Tagged under: free energy,life,thermodynamics,evolution,biology,ap biology,educational,tutorial,metabolism,energy pyramid

6 questions

1. Where does the "free" energy that living things need come from? (00:02:58)

2. How much of the energy available to your body is used by the nervous system? (00:02:59)

3. All energy ends up being eventually converted to: (00:03:38)

4. Why can the second law of thermodynamics be true while life on Earth is actually becoming more organized? (00:06:20)

5. Life requires free energy for a number of purposes. What is one of them? (00:08:35)

6. Why were the people of Easter Island "only holding on by a thread" after cutting down all the trees? (00:12:32)

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