The Martian: Heating Problems
  • Physics → Thermodynamics → Second Law

When Mark loses power on Mars, he scavenges the Rover 1 to double his battery life. It is freezing cold, and he is faced with a dilemma: use the heater to stay warm and burn through half his battery every day, or slowly die from the cold to save battery life.

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  1. Which specific law(s) of thermodynamics does Mark refer to?
  2. Mark says that he will be slowly killed by the laws of thermodynamics. Is this true? Why or why not?

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    Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that the transfer of thermal energy when two c...

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