# Current drain

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by tjjam2003, Apr 9, 2006.

1. ### tjjam2003 Thread Starter Member

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I have looked and looked in the all about circuits...This newbie is still stuck on 2 problems.

What formulas do I use if they are looking for a CURRENT drain if P=7.5 and E=120?
R is not known and I is not known.

I also am looking for the VOLTAGE required to cause a dissipation of 10W in a resistor when I through the resistor is 150Ma.

If some one can just show me how to solve for these I will be greatful !

2. ### paultwang Well-Known Member

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Again and again...
Use the simplified equation
Power = Voltage x Current

Hint: Current drain is current out of the battery/voltage source.

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150 mega amps?
Hint: Some prefixes are case-sensitive. M = mega. m = milli.

3. ### Papabravo Expert

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The problems you keep posting all assume that you can manipulate one equation for power and one equation for ohms law into the forms you need to solve various problems. You keep asking for the solutions to individual problems. Giving you those solutions does absolutely no good because you fail to use the specific solution to get your arms around the big picture.

FIRST RULE: If you have any two things you can find the third.

SECOND RULE: V(Voltage in Volts) = I(Current in Amperes) * R(Resistance in Ohms)

THIRD RULE: P(Power in Watts) = V(Voltage in Volts) * I(current in Amperes)

FIRST REQUEST: Do the Algebra
SECOND REQUEST: Solve the problem

If the algebra is beyond you then you need algebra help and not electronics help.

4. ### tjjam2003 Thread Starter Member

Apr 5, 2006
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Maybe I am dense but How do I use Watt's Law when they give P=7.5 and E=120 and I have to solve for I???

5. ### paultwang Well-Known Member

Mar 8, 2006
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P is power
E is voltage

Solve for I (current)

6. ### Papabravo Expert

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Code ( (Unknown Language)):
1.
2. P = E * I
3. Divide both sides of the equation by E
4. P/E = (E * I)/E
5. Cancel out the E's on the right hand side to get
6. P/E = I
7.
You really don't know any algebra do you?

7. ### tjjam2003 Thread Starter Member

Apr 5, 2006
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The 2 questions read: If a 7.5-watt light bulb were connected to a 120 volt line, what would be the current drain of this bulb. they came up with 62.5 m amps. I'm not sure how to set the formula up.
#2) What voltage is required to cause a dissipation of 10 watts in a resistor when the current through the resistor is 150 mA? they come up with 66.67 volts. How do I set up the formula?

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9. ### windoze killa AAC Fanatic!

Feb 23, 2006
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All the required information has been supplied.

P=E*I

With this formula and the transposition of it you can solve all your questions.

It seems as if you would like us to give you the answers which I for one won't. I am not trying to be derogatory but these are very simple problems and shouldn't take much to work out.

You have the P, I and they give you the E in their answer. It should be easy enough to work it out.

10. ### JoeJester AAC Fanatic!

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You said you reviewed the material, but I just looked at Calculating Electric Power, and what did I find ... the formula you are seeking was there in plain view.

11. ### Papabravo Expert

Feb 24, 2006
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I think we're being spoofed. I'm just incredulous at this level of discourse. There seems to be a low order of probability for any alternative.

12. ### tjjam2003 Thread Starter Member

Apr 5, 2006
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No, you are not being spoofed. I am very weak in trig and algebra. I am not trying to get the answers the easy way. I am trying to work out the problems myself. I was just asking for HELP. I am starting on a very BASIC level (which is not basic enough because of my math skills).
I realize that you are way beyond my questions but it's all new to me.
Sorry if I rubbed you guys the wrong way. I will try harder
Thank you guys for all your help so far.

13. ### windoze killa AAC Fanatic!

Feb 23, 2006
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tjjam2003, Pababravo gave you the formula in this reply. He even transposed it to the way it needs to be for you calculations. Power divided by Voltage = Current you just need to put in the figures you have. We are sorry but this is the simplest it can go with out giving you the answers.

14. ### thingmaker3 Retired Moderator

May 16, 2005
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Perhaps this will help:

http://www.algebrahelp.com/

Attempting to learn electronics without math is like attempting to cook without a heat source.

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