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conservation of energy
in physics


The First Law of Thermodynamics applies conservation of energy to thermodynamic systems.
  physics:  the fundamental principle that the total energy of an isolated system is constant despite internal changes
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Conservation of energy says energy within a system cannot be created or destroyed. It can only be converted from one form to another.
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  • The First Law of Thermodynamics applies conservation of energy to thermodynamic systems.
  • In accordance with the law of the conservation of energy.
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  • The physical organization, its decay, the indestructibility of matter, the law of the conservation of energy, evolution, were the words which usurped the place of his old belief.
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