Work

$\Delta U=q+w$

melissa_dis4K
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Work

How can you determine whether work was done by or on a system? Thank you.

Lauren Ho 2E
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Re: Work

If energy leaves a system, the system does work on its surroundings. If energy enters a system, work is done on the system.

Jessica Tsui 1H
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Re: Work

When work is done on a system, w is positive. When work is done by a system, w is negative.

Millicent Navarro 1I
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Re: Work

Personally, what helps me the most is by looking at the keywords the problem is giving me. For example, if I see "work being done", I automatically assume it is positive because there is energy being entered on a system.