Chapter 8

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Living organisms increase in complexity as they grow, resulting in a decrease in the entropyof an organism. How does this relate tothe second law of thermodynamics?

A) Living organisms do not obey the second law of thermodynamics, which states that entropymust increase with time.

B) Life obeys the second law of thermodynamics because the decrease in entropy as theorganism growsis balanced by an increase in the entropy of the universe.

C) Living organisms do not follow the laws of thermodynamics.

D) As a consequence of growing, organisms create more disorder in their environment than thedecrease in entropy associated with their growth.

E) Living organisms are able to transform energy into entropy.



Answer:

D) As a consequence of growing, organisms create more disorder in their environment than thedecrease in entropy associated with their growth.



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