# Questions tagged [power]

The time rate of change of energy

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### Why do power lines use high voltage?

I have just read that using high voltage results in low current, which limits the energy losses caused by the resistance of the wires. What I don't understand is why it works this way. Does it have ...
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### Is Ohm's law obeyed in power transmission?

We learnt in high school that according to Ohm's law $V/I=R$. We also learnt that during power transmission in an electric line $P=VI$ and that in order to minimize loss voltage is raised. As a ...
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### An Ideal Transformer

In a transformer assumed to be transformer, power in the primary is equal to power in the secondary. So in a sense, the power in the secondary is 'fixed'. Output voltage in the secondary is also fixed ...
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### What happens to $P = F × v$ for a car moving on a frictionless surface and in vacuum?

I'm considering a scenario in which a car with an engine capable of producing maximum power of 200 hp is moving on a frictionless surface and in vacuum. Since no work is lost due to friction or air ...
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### Could a civilisation contact us by laser from 50 light years away?

The Kepler Space Mission has discovered over 1,000 planets. These discoveries may increase the confidence of some people that other civilisations exist. That is an opinion issue, and not what I want ...
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### Finding power in series circuit

A resistor of resistance 12 ohms is connected in series with a cell of negligible internal resistance. The power dissipated in the resistor is P. The resistor is replaced with a resistor of resistance ...
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### Mechanics Question: Energy, Work and Power

I'm a pure mathematician by trade, and have been trying to teach myself A-level mechanics. (This is not homework, it is purely self-study.) I've been working through the exercises and have come up ...
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### Why do we need more power to do a job fast? [closed]

Let's assume we have two identical electric trains. One has a big electric motor (high power) and the other has small motor (low power). Let us assume the electric motors are of the same brand and ...
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### Is there any significance to 1.21 GW?

In connection with a related question on Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange page: does this number 1.21 GW make any sense? What is 1.21 GWatts? With what can you compare it? Can the ...
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### Boiling water reactor

What are the typical power densities in conventional boiling water nuclear reactor per cubic centimeter of fission material?
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### How Much Power Is Required to Hover?

Suppose I have a spaceship that weighs 1,000 kilograms. I take it to the surface of the planet with a gravitational acceleration of 10 meters per second-squared. The planet has no atmosphere and I'm ...
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### Is a Microwave oven without a faraday cage a health hazard?

Microwave ovens have something of a Faraday-cage/shield to keep from leaking (emitting) EM radiation. What would happen if the shield or the door was removed? No doubt it would be less efficient as ...
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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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### Why does discharging a capacitor give a higher power output than using a battery?

Let's say you charge a capacitor with a 10V battery. The capacitor will have a potential difference (pd) of 10V once it is fully charged. If you then connect a light bulb to the capacitor, the pd ...
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### Does a rocket engine apply more power as the rocket's speed increases? [duplicate]

To clarify my level of knowledge, I'm a high school student all the way through AP Physics C: Mechanics. So, let's imagine that there is a rocket travelling through the vacuum of space (ignoring ...
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### What is the relation between Work and Power? [closed]

If I lift 40 kg 6 times 60 centimeters, is that 40*6*0,6*9,82 Joule? And then if I take the time into account, I will know the Watts? Or did I misunderstand? The background is that I read that you ...
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### Why is power dissipated in a circuit maximum when external resistance is equal to the internal resistance in the circuit? [closed]

[![question 24][1]][1]Suppose in a circuit the battery has emf 6V and internal resistance 3ohm. It is connected to an external resistance = R ohm. According to my ...
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### Power vs. Speed - Indoor rowing

In the sport of indoor rowing (and probably others) I know that to double your speed you must increase your power output by a factor of eight. I am wondering why this is the case. The indoor rower ...
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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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### 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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### Why are large batteries described by their power?

Reading about renewable energy sources, I came across the idea to use huge batteries as a temporary storage to be able to deal with the fluctuations that e.g. solar panels might produce. The most ...
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### Measuring energy when no work is done — comparing push-ups to planks

tl;dr Is there any meaningful (physical) way to compare the energy expended in the exercise of doing $x$ pushups in $t_1$ seconds, vs the exercise of doing the plank for $t_2$ seconds? I'm confused ...
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### Can wireless power transfer harm organic life by anyway?

Now, humanity can beam 50-60 watts power through 10 centimeter-thick concrete block. Can such wireless power transfer harm us by anyways?
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### Do Alkaline batteries, $\mathrm{NiMH}$, rechargeable alkaline, Lithium $\mathrm{AA}$, all have similar MAX POWER?

So in physics, one smart teacher told me, $$V = IR$$ or $$I = \frac{V}{R}$$ but it is not always true, because $P = VI$ and each power supplying device (such as battery) has a "maximum power" it ...
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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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### Different locations of a pump in a tube

I'm confused about pumps in fluid dynamics. As far as I understand, the basic effect of a pump which deliver a power $\mathcal{P}$ can be described with modified bernoulli equation between a point $A$...
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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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