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Unformatted text preview: otating shaft shown in Fig. 7–22. This time the energy of
the molecules is completely organized since the molecules of the shaft are
rotating in the same direction together. This organized energy can readily be
used to perform useful tasks such as raising a weight or generating electricity.
Being an organized form of energy, work is free of disorder or randomness
and thus free of entropy. There is no entropy transfer associated with energy
transfer as work. Therefore, in the absence of any friction, the process of raising a weight by a rotating shaft (or a flywheel) will not produce any entropy.
Any process that does not produce a net entropy is reversible, and thus the
process just described can be reversed by lowering the weight. Therefore, energy is not degraded during this process, and no potential to do work is lost.
Instead of raising a weight, let us operate the paddle wheel in a container
filled with a gas, as shown in Fig. 7–23. The paddle-wheel work in this case
will be converted to the internal energy of the gas, as evidenced by a rise in
gas temperature, creating a higher level of molecular disorder in the container.
This process is...
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