## Work Done

$w=-P\Delta V$
and
$w=-\int_{V_{1}}^{V_{2}}PdV=-nRTln\frac{V_{2}}{V_{1}}$

Parsia Vazirnia 2L
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### Work Done

If we have say for example -300 J of work done but also have another value of -200J of work done. Why is -300J more work done? Why is the sign convention irrelevant?

Ara Yazaryan 1E
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### Re: Work Done

Because the negative sign signifies that energy is released from the system. I think you were under the impression that this was akin to a number-line sort of scale, which is not the case here. -300kJ realized by a system is thus more work than -200kJ. Hope that helps, cheers.