Equation for Work


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Ellis Song 4I
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Equation for Work

Postby Ellis Song 4I » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:49 pm

Is the equation for work always negative even if we are calculating work done on the system?

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Re: Equation for Work

Postby 705302428 » Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:00 pm

Yes I think so.

Michael Nguyen 1E
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Re: Equation for Work

Postby Michael Nguyen 1E » Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:01 pm

Yes, the equation will still have a negative sign in front. When work is done on the system, the change in volume is negative. This negative cancels with the one in the equation, resulting in a positive value for work. This makes sense because when work is done on the system, the value should be positive.

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Re: Equation for Work

Postby Pegah Nasseri 1K » Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:18 am

Yes, when calculating the work always use the equation W = - (P*deltaV) and make sure to include the negative sign. If work is done on the system, then you know a compression will occur which means the volume will decrease. If the volume decreases due to compression, then the change in volume will be negative since the smaller final volume is subtracted by the larger initial volume. The negative change in volume when plugged into the equation will cancel out the negative sign in the equation, making the calculated value of the work positive.

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