Identifying Positive Potential Energy


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Identifying Positive Potential Energy

Postby Jake Ney lecture 1 discussion 1F » Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:25 pm

In problem 8.3 air in a bicycle pump is compressed by pushing in the handle. According to the solutions guide this work is positive with respect to air in the pump. This seems counter intuitive because work is being done on the system. Can somebody please explain how to identify when the work with respect to a system is positive or negative. Furthermore does positive work always entail that the energy of a system is also positive?

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Re: Identifying Positive Potential Energy

Postby PriyaKohli3B » Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:30 pm

The work is being done by pushing the pump and internal energy is equal to heat plus work so if the work being done is positive the internal energy will also be positive! hope this helped!


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