Units for Work


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Sara Pena 1I
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Units for Work

Postby Sara Pena 1I » Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:14 pm

When do we use the conversion factor 101.325 (or 101,325) or divide by 1000 in our calculations? I'm a bit confused on the units we're suppose to be using throughout the calculation for work

Christina Pham 3H
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Re: Units for Work

Postby Christina Pham 3H » Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:06 pm

So sometimes when you find work by multiplying external pressure by change in volume your answer may be in L*atm. In order to convert to Joules you would have to multiply by
In regards to dividing by 1000, when you have an answer in Joules and want to convert to Kilojoules, you divide by 1000.
Regarding work, you want your units to be in either Joules or Kilojoules

Sonia Perez 1G
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Re: Units for Work

Postby Sonia Perez 1G » Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:09 pm

When solving for work we use the formula
W=P (V final - V initial), after solving the units should be in atm and Liters. By using the conversion factor of 1 atm x liter is equal to 101.325 J, our final answer is in Joules.

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