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Homework Help: The work of a gas

  1. Sep 26, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Question: The volume of an ideal gas is compressed from 4.0L to 2.0L under a constant pressure of 850 Pa. How much work is done on the gas?

    2. Relevant equations

    W=-P(Change in volume)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I keep coming out with -1.7 which I know is incorrect.
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 26, 2010 #2
    1.Don't forget the unit of work.
    2.Do you think that the work done on the gas is negative or could it be positive?
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