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The time rate of change of energy

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Calculating the mechanical power of a water pump

Say I want to pump water from one container to another. The water levels are 3 meters apart, and I want to pump 10 litres per hour. I figure the mechanical power necessary, assuming no losses, is: $$ ...
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Which speed can an electric scooter reach on a given slope?

Electric scooters are always "given" as "working with slopes up to xx%", but what does it mean? Given motor torque and power, scooter+driver weight and wheels diameter, how can I determine at which ...
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For a real battery, why is two identical bulbs in parrallel slightly more dim than just one in series

Image for reference: $$\begin{align} &r = 0.8\,\Omega\\ &\mathscr{E} = 1.5\,\mathrm V\\ &A = B = 6\,\Omega. \end{align}$$ The current when the switch is open, the only other resistor is ...
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Significance of the ion Hall parameter

For an ionized Helium gas, for example, MHD Hall generators rely on the mobility ratios between electrons and ions to function and produce a Hall current. As far as I can tell, intuitively, increasing ...
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Is the net power of an open system always equal to zero?

Are the following statements, line of reasoning all correct? I'm particularly interested in the last bullet. For a closed system energy is conserved and constant. For an open system energy is not ...
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Is there a difference between joules of energy per coulomb and volts?

There is a question in my textbook: A current of $7\ \mathrm{A}$ goes through the heating element in a hair-drier. The voltage of the heating element is $240\ \mathrm{V}$. b) How many joules ...
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Why is the lamp with the lower power rating brighter in the series circuit?

If I have two lamps, both of them have different power values, and voltage value is constant , I've been told that the lamp that has less power would be brighter and make more light than the lamp that ...
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Are large scale optical power delivery systems feasible?

I am attending an introductory course of optics and photonics and we just started to study optical fibers for digital communications. However, I have started wondering about using optical fibers to ...
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Won't the Power be dissipated in the first quadrant of this graph?

In the following picture: In the first quadrant of the V-I graph(for an Independent Current Source, where the voltage supplied is positive on the top) won't the power be dissipated instead of being ...
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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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Cooling induction current generation

We know that conducting materials can be heated by electromagnetic induction. Is it possible to generate current using a cooling process?
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Minimum Power Required

Here is a question, I found two methods to solve it, differing in the answers and I'm not sure why a method is incorrect. Question: A fire hose of cross section area ...
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How to understand the thermal radiation?

I am studying the thermal radiation (Stefan–Boltzmann law) by myself $$P = \epsilon \sigma A T^4$$ here $\epsilon$ is the emissivity, $\sigma$ is Stefan-Boltzmann constant, $A$ is the surface area ...
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Sound intensity and space/things in the way

Suppose you have two stationary people, A and B, who are equally effective in terms of hearing ability, and A emits a sound that is heard by B at a certain intensity. If they remain stationary, and B ...
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What are the properties and impediments of a liquid air fueled engine?

I recently came across a very interesting article that suggested the possibility of using liquified gases like air, nitrogen, or oxygen as a power source for cars. It appears that this company is ...
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What is the physics behind the vibrating feeling you get when you touched an inducted metal surface?

When I was last working on the highway, I stopped to help a motorist parked under high tension power lines. I'm driving a large Ford Transit van, fairly box shaped. My van was parked 90 degrees (...
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Electric power and resistance dependance

According to the equations, $$P=VI =I^2R\,\text{ and voltage } V=IR$$ it seems clear that when the resistance is lower by fixing the voltage at constant, the current is therefore, higher, generating ...
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Power in a wind turbine

An wind turbine starts turning by a wind speed of $v_b$ and it stops turning (rated wind speed, to prevent overloading) by a wind speed of $v_g$. By wind speeds between $v_b<v<v_g$, the power ...
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Why does an alternator slow down when the 3 phases are shorted?

I'm designing a small wind turbine and noticed that when i short the three wires coming out of the alternator, the alternator is breaking and the blade RPM is dropping. What is the explanation for ...
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How to apply conservation of energy to active noise-cancelling headphones?

Active noise-cancelling headphones add the opposite waveforms of the ambient sound in order to cancel out this ambient sound by destructive interference. I do not understand why adding more power in ...
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Estimating the battery capacity using current power consumption and battery percentage

I want to estimate the current maximum capacity (in kWh) having the current power consumption (in kWh) and the state of charge of the battery (in %) available in a time series. I do not have a full ...
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Solar plants and energy conservation

I'd like to apologise if this question is stupid or if it was asked ten thousand times - I haven't found an answer to it. Quite possibly due to mediocre English or abominable knowledge of physics. So,...
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Calculate signal strength received by an Ultrasonic Transducer [closed]

Below is an image showing transducer A transmitting a signal with an amplitude of 3000mV, I am trying to calculate the amplitude of the signal received by transducer B in mV, I understand that there ...
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Eddy Currents: Relationships between thickness and deceleration

This is probably a question with a very simple answer, but I want to make sure before I write too much. I'm doing an investigation on Electromagnetic fields, in particular eddy currents and how they ...
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Energy stored in a battery?

I want to calculate the energy lost from a battery to heat, and the energy stored in a battery. Are these formula's correct? $ E_b$ = $I$$V$ x $t$ $ E_H$ = $I$$R$$^2$ x $t$ $E_b$ = energy stored in ...
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Numerical: Work Power Energy [closed]

A particle moves along a straight line. A force acts on the particle which produces a constant power. It starts with initial velocity 3 m/s and after moving a distance 252 m its velocity is 6 m/s. ...
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Does a 27 hp engine output the same amount of energy as lifting a 1 ton stone block almost 3 meters per second?

I’m trying to get a sense of how much energy a 27 horsepower engine outputs. 27 hp $=$ 20 133 watts (joules/second). Potential energy can be calculated as $E = mgh$ where $g = ~9.8\ m/s^2$ on earth. ...
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How to calculate fuel consumption of car (mpg) from speed and accleration knowing mass, drag coeff and rolling resistance?

How can I calculate the current (instantaneous) mpg of my car if I know the speed and acceleration of the car? From reading various answers for the "car going level or up/down hill" question asked ...
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Finding power with Drag Force equation

The mass of the car is 1500 kg. The shape of the body is such that its aerodynamic drag coefficient is $C_D=0.330$ and the frontal area is $2.50 m^2$. Assuming that the drag force is proportional to $...
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Total power consumption of electric device

For some electric devices, like a fan or air conditioner, I read about their power consumption in watts on their specification guide. Does it tell about the power at normal or full speed? or Does the ...
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Why doesn't using more appliances at home decrease the electricity bill? [closed]

I know that at home the electric circuits are parallel, and this explains why if one appliance (eg bulb) fails, everything else continues to work, but if more devices are added in parallel to each ...
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Why does a 60W bulb glow brighter than a 100W bulb in a series?

In my physics class I have this problem that shows two lightbulbs, one 60W and one 100W in series, connected to a 120V battery. The problems are: Which bulb is brighter? (A: 60W) Calculate the ...
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How do electrical devices suck electricity?

If the electric potential is 220V and some device needs 1500watts then how does it suck exactly that amount of electrical energy from outlet?
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Will Earth Hour do damage to power supply system?

There is always a debate around Earth Hour every year, and the opposite side of Earth Hour usually claims that The (sudden) decrease and increase of the power usage in the start and end of Earth ...
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How does Ohm's law apply to superconductors?

As radio amateurs we've all learned the various relationships of power, voltage, current and resistance as expressed in Ohm's Law. My question relates to the following simple circuit showing an ideal ...
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Confusion about P=VI and V=IR

If we look at $P=VI$, we see that if the current doubles then the potential difference is halved but this doesn't seem to make sense according to $V=IR$. If we look at that equation, since the ...
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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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Why do coal power stations not directly use combustion to turn the turbines?

Why do coal power stations run by creating steam rather than from the expansion due to combustion? I understand that in order to generate electricity in a coal power plant, steam is usually produced ...
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why countries can't make nuclear bombs? [closed]

Somehow when I google about the nuclear bombs I find a lot of books and resources that seem to explain everything about how those bombs are made. But sometimes I often hear that countries that want to ...
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Why doesn't a phone charge faster, rather than slower when it is in use

In Physics class, we were building parallel circuits, and as more lights were attached in parallel, they got brighter (as more power was being provided to the lights, and the resistance decreases). So,...
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Does gravity matter when calculating work done horizontally?

My teacher gave the following question: A 212lb running back can complete the 40yd dash in 4.53s. What time would a 198lb running back have to post in order to be more powerful? My teacher says that ...
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Is there a way to express stream power for an entire watershed?

Fluvial geomorphologists describe stream power, $\Omega$, as the 'rate of energy dissipation against the bed and banks of a river per unit downstream length'. It is expressed as a function of water ...
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Couldn't high gear ratio replace need for high torque engines?

I've noticed that there is a correlation between displacement and torque, so trucks, SUVs etc. have large displacement engines to produce lots of torque to move heavy loads. Sports cars have lower ...
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Electric power for current density

The electric power produced by a current $I\in\mathbb{R}^+$ and a voltage $V\in\mathbb{R}^+$ is $$ P = IV. $$ Now the current is given as an (alternating) current density $J(\mathbf{x},t)=\Im(e^{i\...
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If mass is doubled, how much more power is needed to sustain the same speed?

My problem involves an object completely immersed in a fluid, moving at some speed, using a certain amount of power to sustain that speed. It could be an airplane or a torpedo, among other things. (...
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Dependency of temperature acquired by a resistor on power

A nichrome heating element across 230V supply consumes 1.5kW of power and heats up to 750*C. A tungsten bulb across the same supply operates at a much higher temperature of 1600*C in order to emit ...
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What does the equation $P=\vec{F}\cdot \vec{v}$ really mean?

Let's say that we have a car travelling at a constant velocity (V) on a flat plane , let's assume that it's applied force or the force applied from its engine ( Fapp ) balances the frictional force ( ...
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Relation between power and energy

If I have an expression for the 'rated generator power' of a wind turbine, call it $P(t)$ how is the energy, that the wind turbine generator generate, related to the power $P(t)$? So: $$E(t)=\...
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Different interpretations of the power in a resistor law?

On this KhanAcademy article, under the Power in a resistor heading, it states three equations, all of which can be derived from $V=iR$ and $P=iV.$ They are: $P=Vi$ $P=i^2R$ $P=\frac{V^2}{R}$ Then ...
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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 ...