The Thermodynamic Definition of Work
Thermodynamic Definintion of Work:
Work is done by a system on the surroundings if the sole effect on everything external to the system could have been raising a weight.
The dashed line represents our system boundary (the imaginary surface that separates the system of study from the surroundings). The region of space inside the dashed line is our closed system and everything else is considered the surroundings.
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