## Work

$\Delta U=q+w$

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### Work

When is work positive/negative

Jessica Castellanos
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### Re: Work

When a system does work, work is positive
When work is done on a system, work is negative

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when something is being compressed, work is done by the system, so it is positive. When something is expanding, work is done on a system, so it is negative.

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Positive would occur when the work is actually able to be done. When there is work being done on the system itself, the work would actually be negative.

Matthew Chan 1B
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When there is work done on a system, the work is negative. However, when the system itself does work, then work is positive.

Matthew Chan 1B
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Matthew Chan 1B wrote:When there is work done on a system, the work is negative. However, when the system itself does work, then work is positive.

Sorry, I meant it the other way around haha! Work is negative when the system does work. When the system has work done on it, then work is positive. Sorry about the typo!

Eesha Sohail 1D
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In relation to gases, work is done on the system when compression occurs, and the system does work when expansion occurs. The former is positive and the latter is negative.

Keya Jonnalagadda 1A
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In thermodynamics, work is the energy transferred from the system to the surroundings. So, when the system transfers energy to the surroundings by doing work, the work is negative. When the surroundings transfer energy to the system by doing work on it, the work is positive.

Hussain Chharawalla 1G
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An exception to the expanding concept is when the external pressure is 0. Then, a system can expand without doing any work (w=0)

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When work as done on a system it is positive (because its like taking in work potential by having work done on it). When a system does work then the value is negative (because there is an output of work, like when a reaction is exothermic and releasing heat and the heat or enthalpy value is negative).

Juana Abana 1G
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When a system does work then work is positive, but when work is being done on a system then work is negative.

Jesse Anderson-Ramirez 3I
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Work done on the system is positive. Work done by a system is negative.

Ian Morris 3C
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on system= positive, by system=negative

Anish Natarajan 4G
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If the system is doing work on the surroundings, like when the volume of something is expanding or heat is being released; but if something is being compressed or heat is being put in, then the surroundings are doing work on the system.

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Work done on system is positive, work done by the system is negative.

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