Work done on or by system


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Sophia Kim 1C
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Work done on or by system

Postby Sophia Kim 1C » Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:41 am

If there is an increase in volume is the system inside always doing work (so therefore negative work) and if there is a decrease in volume the system inside is it always getting work done on it (so work is positive)?

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Re: Work done on or by system

Postby Troy Tavangar 1I » Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:47 am

If work is negative, it is done by the system. If work is positive, work is done on the system.

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Re: Work done on or by system

Postby Katelyn B 2E » Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:09 am

For irreversible expansions, keep the equation w=-PΔV in mind. If there is an increase in volume (+ΔV), work will be negative, meaning work was done by the system. If there is a decrease in volume (-ΔV), work will be positive, meaning work was done on the system.


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