W=-P(deltaV) sign


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Jack Papciak 2F
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W=-P(deltaV) sign

Postby Jack Papciak 2F » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:37 pm

Why is there a negative in front of V? I know it has something to do with work done on the system/surroundings but I am confused which sign goes with what.
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Emily Glaser 1F
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Re: W=-P(deltaT) sign

Postby Emily Glaser 1F » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:39 pm

p delta V?

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Re: W=-P(deltaT) sign

Postby Jack Papciak 2F » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:47 pm

Sorry it should be a V not a T

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Re: W=-P(deltaV) sign

Postby ZoeHahn1J » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:19 pm

If there is an increase in V, work is being done by the system, so w will be negative. When work is being done on the system, there will be a decrease in V, so work will be positive.


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