A few laymen can get _some_ kind of understanding of thermo. The anchor of NPR for example, has figured out how to avoid saying stupid things on the subject.
But if most people try to fake knowledge of thermo, they will out themselves in a few lines.
Here it's one line:
You have any reason for thinking that it wouldn't scale?
Of course not.
That's because you thought you could fake a tech background.
Sorry, Charlie, that ain't gonna happen, certainly not with thermo.
Now, if you don't want to get a Pell grant or work your way through college or even go to the library and read up on thermo, then go back to reading your Harliquin romance novels.
"Show your calculations"