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In a combustion chamber, the total internal energy change produced from the burning of a fuel is -2573 kJ. The cooling system that surrounds the chamber absorbs 947 kJ as heat. How much work can be done by the fuel in the chamber? [CH 4B #7] I was a little confused with this problem because I thought if something was being absorbed it was a + value. I understand that delta U = -2573 and I thought q= + 947 and the equation to figure out w is w=delta U - q, but inputting my values I got the wrong answer and having a -q value gave me the right answer, so does absorb not mean its a positive q value?
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