# Questions tagged [power]

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### How much power in a lightning strike?

The Biblical story of 1 Kings 18:20-40 relates how a lightning strike ignited a bulls carcass, as well as a wood pyre, both of which had been thoroughly wetted with abundant water. Is there enough ...
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### Power in electrical circuits

Why does $P=i^2R$ apply only to transfer of electrical potential energy to thermal energy in a device with resistance while $P=iV$ apply to electrical energy transfers of all kinds?
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### Where to use $I^2R$ and $\frac{V^2}{R}$ for power [closed]

I was given the following question, Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct? (a) Resistance of the filament of the bulb is inversely proportional to the power of the bulb. (...
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### Power expression for a dynamic force

Given that: $$W=\int_{x_0}^x \vec{F}\cdot d\vec{x}$$ and assuming $F$ is time dependent, we get: $$\frac{dW}{dt} = \int_{x_0}^x \frac{d\vec{F}}{dt}\cdot d\vec{x}+\vec{F}(x,t)\cdot \vec{v}$$ ...
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### Does it make sense to compare mechanical wattages to electrical wattages?

A smartphone might produce 1 watt of power. A voltage of 1 volt producing 1 ampere of current over 1 second is 1 watt of power. (Did I do that right?) Or a kid pushing a toy block might produce 1 ...
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### Can the intensity of a sound wave in a minimum be greater than intensity in a maximum?

Suppose to have two speakers $A$ and $B$ one in front of the other, producing coherent sound waves with the same frequency $f$ and power $P$. In different positions on the line connecting the speakers ...
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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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### 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 the ...
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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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### 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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### Power statement is valid for MW Or KiloWatts? [closed]

If I can talk to someone and tell him that a new power plant inaugurated by Prime Minister will produce $60$ megawatts per hour, will it be true to use $\mathrm{MW}$ unit for Power?
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### Which expression to use for electrical power?

We know that electric power can be written as $P=VI$, or $P=\frac{V^2}{R}$, or $P=I^2R$. But when to use which one? Sometimes two different formulas give different results! Please explain with some ...
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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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### Is it true that a processor with a higher temperature uses inevitably more power in comparison with a processor with a lower temperature?

If a processor has a higher temperature, can you be sure it it consumes more power than a processor with a lower temperature? And is the reverse relationship true? A processorchip with a higher mean ...
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### How big would a Dyson swarm have to be to supply the whole earth's human population with power?

If human energy consumption per year is 150,000 Terrawatt-hours, and the energy output of the sun is about 380 Yottawatts, how much area would you need at a distance of 0.5 Astronomical unit, in order ...
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### Electric Power $P$

In my textbook there are 2 formulas for electric power: $$\begin{array}{cccr} P &=& E/t &\hspace{10pt} (1) \\ P &=& VI. &\hspace{10pt} (2) \end{array}$$ What is the ...
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### Power dissipated on internal resistance of short-circuited voltage source

Suppose we have a voltage source with an EMF of $\mathcal{E}$ and an internal resistance $R$. If we connect to it a perfect wire with zero resistance, we get a short circuit. The value of the current ...
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### When high voltage leads to low current in power transmission system how its not applicable for household voltages?

When high voltage leads to low current in power transmission system using transformers,how increase in voltage in household circuits from 220 volts makes the current increase damaging the appliances, ...
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### How to estimate energy of piezo igniter discharge?

Question for fun. We all know piezo igniters, these small friends, like following one: All of them are probably quite similar: same spring, same piezo, same hit force, and so on. Also I have some ...
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### In the electrical circuit/fluid analogy is there an analogy for power loss across a fluid resistance?

For the fundamental passive $RLC$ electrical circuit, analogies are often used to describe the physics of fluid flow where $L$ represents the inertance analogous to inductance, $C$ is compliance ...
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### How to convert RF absorption rate (SAR) values to electric field values?

I'm currently reading a bunch of journal articles that describe biological effects of electromagnetic fields. They often refer to the field in terms of specific absorption rate (SAR) values (W/kg). ...
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### Relative height or height from ground?

Ok so I encountered this question -> A 10 H.P. motor pumps out water from a well of depth 20m and fills a water tank of volume 22380 litres at a height of 10m from the ground. The running ...
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### infinite power from constant force?

P = W/t = Fd/t = Fv So, if we keep exerting a small constant force and the velocity keeps increasing to near infinite, we should be able to get near-infinite power from the small constant force. We ...
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### Wattage and wattage per hour discrepancy

Having moved to a new apartment recently, I checked the water heater and the boiler says that it has a 1500W heating unit, but the kWh said 2.5. Having only an extremely rudimentary in physics and ...
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### Isobaric process with non-boundary work?

I came up with a doubt on isobaric processes. Firstly, in any isobaric process, (irreversible or not) the following hold $$Q=n c_p (T_B-T_A)\tag{1}$$ $$W=p (V_B-V_A)=n R(T_B-T_A)\tag{2}$$ Is that ...
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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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### How to determine which bulb will be the brightest in the series and parallel connection?

I stumbled upon these sentences while studying and this seems to be horribly confusing. resistance is proportional to the inverse of the power of the bulb in series connection and so the bulb with ...
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### Does density of light power (w/m²) increase after passing a convex lens ?

Does density of light power (w/m²) increase after passing a convex lens ? and if so i need the equation that represent that increase
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### Power dissipated, different formulas, zero resitatance

Power dissipated on an electrical element can be given by: $$P = VI = I^2R = \frac{V^2}{R}.$$ When we have a battery with zero internal resistance, it means that the power it provides (or the power ...
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### Is there an RMS value for power delivered to an inductor?

My textbook defines power delivered to an inductor as: $$P= V_{L\rm\ peak}I_{\rm peak} \cos ( \omega t) \sin( \omega t)$$ where $\omega$ is angular frequency. but makes no mention of $P_{RMS}$. It ...
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### Crate pulled on an incline with constant speed. What is the total work done?

A rope is attached to a 50.0-kg crate to pull it up a frictionless incline at constant speed to a height of 3-meters. Note that the force of gravity has two components (parallel and perpendicular ...