## system vs surroundings

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Ekayana Sethi 2K
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### system vs surroundings

if a beaker has a reaction taking place the system is the reaction but is the surroundings the beaker or the atmosphere? also if the beaker was immersed in a water bath the system will still be the reaction but what will the surroundings be? Is it the water bath or the beaker?

Sabrina Dunbar 1I
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### Re: system vs surroundings

The surroundings are everything else in the universe except for the system. So with you interpretation the system as just being the reaction, then the surroundings are equal to the entire universe minus that reaction system.

Jaewoo Jo 2L
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### Re: system vs surroundings

If the system is the reaction and the surrounding is the beaker, there isn't a word left for everything else. if the reaction is the system, then the beaker and the atmosphere is the surroundings.

Miguel Velasco 2J
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### Re: system vs surroundings

Your reaction is the system, leaving the beaker and the atmosphere as your surroundings.

aaron tang 2K
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### Re: system vs surroundings

If the surroundings is everything except the system, then the system is the reaction and the beaker and everything else is the surrounding.

Kaelie Blanes-Ronda 2L
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### Re: system vs surroundings

The only system is where the reaction occurs where as everything else in the universe is the surrounding which includes (both the beaker and the atmosphere).

Simrina Desar Dis 1H
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### Re: system vs surroundings

Just remember that the system + surroundings = universe. So whatever you label as your system, the rest will be surroundings.