## work on the system or by the system

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### work on the system or by the system

How can you determine if work was done on the system or by the system given heat values ?

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Niharika 1H
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### Re: work on the system or by the system

W is positive if work is done by the system, and it's negative if work is done on the system.

Jessica Katzman 4F
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### Re: work on the system or by the system

if work is done on the system, w is positive because the system is gaining heat. If work is done by the system, w is negative because it is giving heat.

Zoya Mulji 1K
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### Re: work on the system or by the system

if you use deltaU=q+w then w is negative when work is done by the system and w is positive when work is done on the system (if you are taking the perspective of the system)

Ashley Nguyen 2L
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### Re: work on the system or by the system

If work is done by the system, then w should be positive (system is gaining heat). If work is done on the system, then w should be negative (system is losing heat).