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The time rate of change of energy

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What does $P = Fv$ mean?

The engine of a car is developing a power of 90kW when it is moving on a horizontal road at a constant speed of 100 km h−1. Estimate the total horizontal force opposing the motion of the car. I ...
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Question for power and Ohm's law [on hold]

I have two questions specifically. Can the usage of Ohm's law be utilized to predict current, voltage in circuits such as parallel, complex and series? How would I explain this? How does the power ...
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How do Calories (kcal) relate to watts?

In thinking about exercise and "burning calories" it occurred to me that there should be some fairly intuitive correlation between the biological energy conversion going on in a person's body with the ...
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Power formulas? [duplicate]

Are different power formulas in circuits used for different reasons? For Example Power = V^2/R Power = I^2/R Power = VI
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Is it possible to approximately know the wattage/luminosity of a lamp knowing distance and using a DSLR?

I'd like to know if it is possible to approximately know the wattage/luminosity of a lamp knowing distance and using a DSLR (digital single lens reflex camera) mounted on tripod. Maybe, when shooting ...
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Why is the proposed Hinkley Point nuclear power plant so expensive? [on hold]

The proposed dual-reactor nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in England is projected to cost some 35 billion dollars. Why is so expensive? The linked article just says because nuclear power plants ...
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Why do people say that 'power flows' into or out of a component in an electric circuit?

Currently, I am learning about electric circuits, and how to apply the basic concepts of physics, like work and energy. But I keep running into the same phrase--on Wikipedia, my textbooks, ...
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Nuclear to Electricity Energy Conversion

Currently nuclear power generates heat, which heats water into steam that turns conventional turbines. The energy conversion is as follows: photonic->heat->kinetic->electric This would result in low ...
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Which power equation to use: $P = I^2 * R$ or $P = V^2 / R$?

Given are ideal max voltage $V = 200\;\mathrm{V}$ and max current $I = 5\;\mathrm{A}$. Therefore: ideal resistance is R = \frac VI = \frac{200 \;\mathrm{V}}{5\;\mathrm{A}} = 40 ...
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Rankine Cycle Reheat Mass Flow Rate

Having worked through many examples on the rankine cycle both non-reheat and reheat, i just have one question. Can the mass flow rate of steam be calculated given only the data below? Boiler ...
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How is the dot product a generalization of multiplication?

I've seen an interesting explanation for lots of what I previously thought were unmotivated definitions in Newtonian mechanics, namely that power is always defined as effort times flow. But when ...
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Why does the Stefan-Boltzmann law work for power absorbed?

The setup is as follows: There is a body of emissivity $e$ and surface temperature $T$ whose surroundings have a temperature $T_s$ and may be assumed to be a black body. The body radiates at a ...
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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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Is power still consumed when we switch off the lights?

I was having heated discussion with one of my friends. We were discussing Earth Hour and its role in saving electricity, and creating awareness. He stated that even if you turn off the lights, the ...
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power of an engine with wind

I know the power of an engine to overcome air drag is $1/2 c_d ρAv^3$. If the speed of the car $25\ \mathrm{m s}^{-1}$ (relative to the ground) and it travels in opposite direction to a wind at a ...
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What exactly is average power?

This question arises due to a problem I'd been solving recently: The question was to find the average power supplied by the water over the six hour period. Now I have read this post which ...
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$P = \frac {v^2}{R}$ derivation confusion [duplicate]

I have always had a confusion of why we use $P = V I$ or $P = I^2 R$ and not $P = \frac {V^2}{R}$ for relating to power loss due to heat in high tension lines. I know there are a lot of ...
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Could we use solar energy with endothermic reactions to fight global warming? [duplicate]

Im in holidays in Malaysia and it is god damn hot. You cannot leave your hotel/car and go out. All this because of the sun. I we were to capture all the heat (solar panels, ...) would this help make ...
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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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Conceptual Doubt regarding the calculation of the Solar Constant

The Solar constant is the intensity of the solar radiation in the upper atmosphere. It's value is about $1400$ $Wm^{-2}$. Now we begin by stating that the Power radiated by the sun is about ...
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Power dissipation in AC RC circuit [closed]

Can anyone help me with this question? A 20 A peak-to-peak 60 Hz current passes through a 0.01 µF capacitor which is in series with a 33 Ω resistor. What is the power dissipation? I have ...
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High Voltage Powerlines - clarification of energy loss

I've been having a bit of trouble understanding the High-Voltage powerlines. If I was sending power from $A \rightarrow B$, we have: Ohm's law $V = IR$ Power lost in the form of heat $P = I^2 R$ ...
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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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Relationship among heat generated, power, current and voltage

Can you help me understand the relationship between current, voltage and heat generated? I tried two sets of heated gloves. One uses a battery which generates 7.4 volts x 2 amperes (14.8 watts of ...
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Would a thinner atmosphere (such as high altitude) yield better solar panel energy generation?

I am curious. If you were to put a solar panel up in high altitude or on the surface of the moon, both of which have much less atmosphere to reflect/refract light, would that solar panel produce more ...
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In 3 three power system, can damage occurs from incorrectly connected phases?

A three phase generator, no grid involved, phase 1 connected to phase 3 on the load, and phase connected to phase 1 on load, what is going to happen?
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Opposing currents in a Ciruit

If I have two currents flowing in opposite directions in a wire where both currents are equal magnitude and their is a bulb on the same wire does the bulb light up at all or is it bright/dim ?
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Power output of electrical hotplate

This sounds simple but i need some clarifications. I am using a hot plate to heat a solution in an oil bath. The power rating and maximum temperature of the hot plate is 1520 W and 500 oC ...
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In which direction should flow of electric current be taken while solving problems?

Consider a simple circuit with a battery of $\theta\ \text V$s, and two resistors of $R_1 \ \Omega$s and $R_2\ \Omega$s connected in series. Let us assume that $R_1$ is connected nearer to the ...
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What is the power given by centripetal force?(in circular motion)

A particle of mass $m$ is moving in a circular path of constant radius such that the centripetal acceleration is varying with time as $a_c = k^2rt^2$ where $k$ is constant. The power given to ...
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Voltage and Current in transformers

In transformers, the ratio of the voltages equals the ratio of the turns - so double the output coil's turns and the output voltage doubles. Then, in order to conserve energy, current halves. This ...
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Laser power consumption vs power output [closed]

I have a 5 mW laser pen powered by a 1000 mAh 3.7 volt battery that takes over 2 hours to recharge. It drains it in 15 minutes. Why is it only called 5 milliwatts output if it is consuming 14.8 W?
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How much power can nuclear power plants produce? [closed]

I looked at the power plants with the highest capacity and hydroelectric plants seem to dominate the list. Surely nuclear plants could be far more powerful? I assume they are limited because of ...
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What is the relation between power and photocurrent? [closed]

Question: A clean lithium surface is illuminated by 1.0 mW of light of wavelength 400 nm. The ejected photoelectrons, which have a maximum kinetic energy of 0.70eV, produce a photocurrent of 30 µA. ...
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Voltage and reactive power

Why are reactive power and voltage related? When the control system of a generator increases/decreases the current of the rotor, voltage and reactive power are increased/decreased.What is the relation ...
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If energy of a wave is proportional to frequency, why are higher-powered lightbulbs brighter?

E = hf. Got it. P = dE/dt, right? Not seeing an amplitude anywhere in the formula, so shouldn't the power rating on the lightbulb only be driven by the color? Is it a problem with the way the ...
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power in an ac circuit - difference between in series and parallel

In AC-circuits, we have different kinds of power: active power $P$, reactive power $Q$ and apparent power $|S|$. Let's say we have a circuit with a resistor $R$ and an inductor $L$. My understanding ...
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Resistance vs Power experiment - not linear relationship? [closed]

Ok, so I have been performing a lab experiment in class involving resistors. We were asked to set up 3x 47Ω resistors in 6 different combinations in a circuit with a 6V power supply. We also attached ...
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Sound frequency and power

Although I have studied physics I am not clear on this question: Given that two (or more) sound waves have the same amplitude does the power they carry depend on frequency? What about electrical AC ...
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$P=VI$ and $P=V^2/R$ [duplicate]

How come equation a) $P=VI$ says if you double voltage, power is doubled while according to equation b) $P=V^2/R$ says power quadruples? Which one is correct?
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Power and friction [closed]

An object moves with a constant velocity of 10m/s on a rough surface with frictional force of 50N. What is the power of the object? And why do we use force of friction instead of the force provided by ...
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Can an Oven being set to a different temperature cause electric board to go off?

Basically: the electrical system kept going off (when light goes down in a division due to too many electrical appliances on at a time, or their combined power consumption). My roommate said it was ...
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Flux linkage inside of a conductor

Can someone explain to me why the flux linkage inside of a conductor is dependent on the cross sectional area of the conductor? My book says that d$\lambda$ = $(x/r)^2\phi$ where $\phi$ is the ...
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Are there alternatives to steam in thermal power stations?

'A thermal power station is a power plant in which heat energy is converted to electric power. In most of the world the prime mover is steam driven. Water is heated, turns into steam and spins a steam ...
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How does the energy remain conserved in a transformer?

The induced voltage in the secondary coil of a transformer is given as $\frac { { N }_{ S } }{ { N }_{ P } } *{ V }_{ P }$ (where ${ N }_{ P}$ and ${ N }_{ S }$ are the number of turns in the primary ...
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When heat loss is more than energy generated [closed]

Suppose a electric power station produces 200W of electricity @ 200V. Now instead of stepping it up, it decides to transmit it as 200V to a city 20 km away. The transmission cable has resistance per ...
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Why Neutral and Ground Wire are Thin As Compare to 3-Phase Line Wire?

in 3-phase 4-wire systems line wires are big as compare to neutral wire. as per law , so,area of neutral wire is low ,then resistance of neutral wire is high. so, heat loss is more. as per ...
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Can we make a “Gravity Mill” based on principle(s) of Newton's cradle?

DISCLAIMER: Newbie/Wannabe Physicist. What's to stop us from making a "Gravity Mill" which is a bar/rod attached with weights on both ends and pivoted at the ...