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In a process, 701 J of heat is absorbed by a system and 394 J of work is done by the system. What is the change in internal energy for the process?

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According to the first law of thermodynamics,

ΔU = q + W (i)

Where,

ΔU = change in internal energy for a process

q = heat

W = work

Given,

q = + 701 J (Since heat is absorbed)

W = –394 J (Since work is done by the system)

Substituting the values in expression (i), we get

ΔU = 701 J + (–394 J)

ΔU = 307 J

Hence, the change in internal energy for the given process is 307 J.


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