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Why are GPS transmitting signals made so weak?

Twice this year, my car's GPS receiver got totally lost. It seemed the cause of this was heavy cloud, (because I can't think of any other reason), and the GPS stayed in "Recalculating" mode, until ...
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Finding electric power generated using heat transfer

I'm working through an example I have been given to study. Suppose I have a 2m X 4m photovoltaic panel on my roof that is irradiated with a solar flux of $G_s = 700W/m^2$. Given: $\alpha_s = 0.83$ ...
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Does a switched on power socket consume electricity? [on hold]

Lets say I have a TV and a power socket but the TV switch is off however the socket switch is switched on, so will it consume electricity?
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Formula connecting Force and Power

Is there such formula? There probably is of course, but i would like a very concise description of how to derive it, in order to better understand myself. Thank you in advance.
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Calculating the force applied by an electromagnet on a ferromagnetic object

I know how to calculate the force applied on a magnetic object by an electromagnet at $n$ metres distance using $$F = \frac{(N \cdot I)^2 \cdot k \cdot A} {2 \cdot g^2},$$ but how would one calculate ...
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Ohmic Heating in Wires

please could someone tell me why Ohmic losses are always referred to as $I^2 R$ losses? Here is my problem. If the power coming from a power station is fixed then you can either deliver this power as ...
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Why is 1 horsepower=746 watt? [closed]

We solve a lot of problems using horsepower, where we use the conversion factor of 1 h.p. = $746 watt$. But, I want to know, from where did this value came? Is there a specific derivation for this ...
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Work done by flow of a fluid

I'm looking at the power a flow of steam when used by a turbine. I originally assumed that the kinetic energy of a moving section of steam was equal to (let $V$ be volume, $\rho$ be density, and $v$ ...
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relationship between voltage and current

I know that this question had been asked many times but I think it will be a new info in Ohm’s law: $$R = V/I$$ So Voltage is directly proportional to Current In Electric Power’s law: $$P = ...
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Power dissipated in series versus in parallel

Do two resistors in parallel dissipate more heat per unit time for an applied voltage when compared to two resistors in series?
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No need Power to fly ? Paradox [duplicate]

I would like to know how much power I need for magnetic levitation. $$P = Fv.$$ $F = F_g \approx \text{mass} \times 10$, okay. But $v = 0$! I can't believe I need no power to keep an object in the ...
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Power of a wave in a string

My text of physics, Gettys', shows how the energy, both kinetic and potential, of a small element $\Delta x$ of a string, through which a wave (whose wave function is $y:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}$, ...
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Negative power measurement of transformer short-circuit test. What happened?

I have a dissectible transformer, made up of two 120-turn coils. I connect a function generator to the primary side, set the AC voltage to be constantly 10V, and short circuit the secondary side. And ...
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Which thermoelectric effect is better?

I am doing an experiment which requires the thermoelectric effect. I know about the Seebeck and the Peltier effects. Well, from what I have found till now on these topics is that they both can produce ...
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When driving uphill why can't I reach a velocity that I would have been able to maintain if I started with it?

Consider these two situations when driving on a long straight road uphill: Starting at a high velocity $v_h$, which the car is able to maintain. Starting at a lower velocity $v_l$, and then trying ...
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Which power equation to use: P = (I^2) * R or P = V^2 / R

Ideal max voltage V = 200V and max current I = 5A (these are both given) Therefore ideal resistance R = V/I = 200 /5 = 40 ohms Therefore Ideal max power P=IV = 5 * 200 = 1000W 1st power equation: P = ...
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How is power of a water pump related to amount of water delivered from pipe?

My book says: Suppose a pump motor is used to deliver water at a certain rate from a given pipe. To get n times the water from same pipe in same time the power must be increased by $n^3$ ...
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Why do people with bigger hands/wrists have bigger torque advantages in arm wrestling?

I have arm wrestled people with less strength than me who win simply because they have thicker wrists, or larger hands. It has nary to do with having better technique either, because their wrist size ...
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How power lines use high voltages with a low current?

I've read that power lines use high voltages and low currents to reduce power loss due to resistance. Looking at the formula for power - P = VI So to increase P, you increase V rather than I for ...
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Why does power loss in pure metal caused by temperature is calculated base on $P=I^2R$ but not $\frac{U^2}{R}$

$$P=I^2R=\frac{U^2}{R}$$ The metal's resistivity is temperature dependent, neglect the change in size by temperature. The power loss of a pure metal when it drop form temperature $T_1$ to $T_2$ is ...
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Optimal speed for the water wheel

The hydroelectricity plants extract the potential energy of highly deployed massive object (water) as it falls down. Without turbine, all that energy would be converted into speed (kinetic energy) at ...
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Engine fuel consumption vs power

Something that has bother me for a long time is why a 600 hp engine uses more fuel per kilometer than a 80 hp engine. Let pretend I have two equal cars (same shape same weight etc) except for the ...
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How big is a 1kW fire?

What is the size/scale of a wood fire that is producing 1kW? I'd like to improve my ability to conceptualize various power scales.
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Saturn V F-1 engines and beyond

I read that the F-1 engine from the 1st stage of the Saturn V rocket is the most powerful engine ever created by mankind, delivering ~200 gigawatts of power. Thus, I have got two questions: Will ...
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Why do power lines sag when they are heated up?

I was reading some information about the 2003 power blackout in the Northeastern US. Beginning early in the afternoon of August 14, 2003 big transmission lines began to fail in First Energy's ...
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How to Calculating power using smart phone?

I'm writing a smart phone app and one of it's functions is to calculate power of the vehicle that the phone is travelling in. The user enters the total weight of the vehicle and the app uses the ...
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Calculate acceleration from power [closed]

I am currently programming a simple computer space ship simulation. This is just for fun to train my programming, 3D graphics and a little bit of physics skills. What I want is the user to pick a ...
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Is it possible to build a thermoelectric nuclear power plant?

Current nuclear power plants are essentially an enhanced version of a kettle, which seems like a stupidity caused by a lack of other options. We heat the water which turns to steam which rotates the ...
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How to improve the power output of an AC motor without changing its characteristics [closed]

I have an AC motor at 230V/50Hz and 2.2 KW power that will power a drilling bit for cutting wood. The motor has 3000 RPM, but if I attach the drilling bit (8 cm wide, 15 cm long and with a step of 8 ...
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Nuclear based wireless power?

I would like to ask if there is any Nuclear process which can be used to produce a wireless power ? Is there any nuclear process can be radiate to the environment with no harm to human beings? ...
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Why don't modern spacecraft use nuclear power?

The Voyager 1 & 2 spacecraft launched in 1977 with Plutonium as their source of electricity. 34 years later they claim these two spacecraft have enough power to last them until at least 2020. That ...
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Can I convert Power to Force?

I just realized that I have some issues with physics: I cannot just convert Power to Force (different units), $P = F * v$. But am I not able to calculate the force on a car that accelerates with a ...
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Power to suspend a mass in air

How much power is needed to suspend a mass in the air? The four parts below deal with the same problem. I post them all here, should there be some subtle things I didn't see. The textbook problem A ...
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Does the power of the resistor change when the battery is changed?

Wanted to know whether the changing of a battery (potential difference)affects the change of power consumption of a resistor of a bulb. please tell me how the change will occur?
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Can a nuclear reactor meltdown be contained with molten lead?

If lead can absorb or block radiation, would it be possible to pump molten lead into a reactor core which is melting, so that it would eventually cool and contain the radiation? Is there something ...
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why aren't there nuclear powered aircraft?

I know this might sound like more of an engineering question that about physics, and it probably is, but bear with me: i'm still not sure if the answer to my question lies in the physics or in the ...
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Deduce v(t) from power and torque

I'd like to know if this is possible to draw the highest curve of $f : t \longmapsto v(t)$ of an accelerating car based on power and torque curves like this one (EV) or this one (TV). I assume we ...
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Relation between power & thickness of the filament

Tell me what relationship is used to solve the question given below. There are three bulbs of power 60, 100 and 20; which one has thickest filament for same source? (a) 100 (b) 20 (c) 60 ...
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Ratio E/B and power in rectangular cavity

I would like to know if the relation $E=B*c$ still holds in a rectangular cavity Let's consider this rectangular cavity where the wave is travelling along the z direction ...
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Converting Langley to Watts

I'm reading a really old paper which looks at estimating the surface energy fluxes for The Great Lakes. They show all of their values as Langleys per day. Can this be converted to Watts per meter ...
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Power of several focused laser beams on a small surface

After viewing this: My Homemade 40W Laser Shotgun Will the initial 40W power of the diodes beams be roughly transferred to the targeted surface where the 8 beams are focused, or will there be a power ...
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According to calculations why the current of a battery of a mobile is high?

If you pay attention to the features of your mobile's battery the voltage would be around 3-4V and power is 4-5 Wh (14400-18000 Ws) and with calculating the current you can find a very high ...
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can a power supply with high voltage value and some current be split into multiple small voltages of same current?

For example: if I have a source that can give an output of 10,000 Volts with some unknown current value, now, can i make that 10,000 Volts to 50 (need not be 50 exactly but maybe more than 30) of 200 ...
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How power spectral density in time domain can be understood?

I got some data which basically gives me the variation on the time of a PSD measured across specific frequency bands ranges, for instance [10Hz-30Hz]. However I have not found any good explanation ...
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Why is a 1mW laser dangerous?

In our Physics lab we have a 1 milliwatt (0.001W) helium neon laser. Despite the low power, we were cautioned not to even look at reflections of the beam as it could cause permanent eye damage - why ...
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Free Body for object on vertical wall, Applied force, Torque required for motion [closed]

I am trying to understand how to create a correct Free Body diagram and understand formula used to forces acting on object (i.e. a robot with 4 wheels) that is "placed" on vertical surface such as a ...
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Power and velocity?

If $P=Fv$, power is constant and the power is the rate of change of kinetic energy, i.e. $$P = d(mv^2/2)/dt,$$ what must $v(t)$ be to satisfy this equation?
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Normalizing values in dB scale

I'm doing some experiments with optical power through a glass fiber. The power is measured in dBm. For the graphs that I make (Power in dBm vs time), I normalize the values relative to the initial ...
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Non-linear relationship between power supplied and perceived brightness in a filament lamp?

I was expecting the relationship between these two to be linear, but after conducting an experiment my data fits almost exactly on the curve, $y = 2800.2 x^{2.0173}$, where $y$ is the brightness in ...
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What does it mean when we say that power of a bulb is 10 W? Since $V/I=$ resistance is a constant, how can power $=VI$ be a constant?

My question is simple. In Ideal situation, at constant temperature, we know that normal appliances like a filament bulb has straight Voltage vs Current graph, meaning its resistance is constant or ...