## Delta U

$\Delta U=q+w$

Abigail Menchaca_1H
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### Delta U

When calculating the internal energy of the system how do you know when to change the sign of q/w?

DarrenKim_1H
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### Re: Delta U

Multiple factors indicate whether to change the sign. For example if work is done on the system it is positive and if it is done by then it is negative

Diana A 2L
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### Re: Delta U

Also, if heat is released, q is negative, and if it's absorbed, q is positive. Then you use the delta U= q+w equation to determine if overall internal energy is positive or negative.

Ayushi2011
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### Re: Delta U

Depends on whether work is done or work is being done on the system.

Owen-Koetters-4I
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### Re: Delta U

you examine if work is done on or by the system

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