With respect to the laws of thermodynamics, is potential
energy on the same footing as kinetic energy? That is, if a potential
source performs some action through some conversion to kinetic energy,
will a portion of its originally potential energy be lost as entropy? An
example might be the strong bonds within a hadron or meson. Also, are
fumdamental particles subject to the same idea? Thanks.
Thermodynamics describes the statistics of large numbers of particles
with a large number of degrees of freedon. It doesn't make sense to
try to apply it to individual particles or very simple systems.
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