In my chemistry class, we had a problem akin to the following:
If an object with mass bla and specific heat bla is placed into a bla g calorimeter with an initial temperature of bla and a specific heat of bla, and the temperature of the calorimeter rises to bla at the end of the experiment, how much heat was lost by the object?
I performed the calculations and got an answer of, let's say, $8 J$. When I submitted this answer, I was told that it was wrong, and the correct answer would have been $-8 J$. Wouldn't this response to the above question mean that the object gained heat?