Electrical Power

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Steve1992

Joined Apr 7, 2006
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eq 1. P = I^2R
eq 2. P = V^2 / R

V = 250V
I = 10A
P = 2kW

I get different answers using eq.1 and eq.2. when making R the subject:

eq 1. R = P / I^2
= 20 ohms.

eq 2. R = V^2 / P
= 31 ohms.

:confused:
How do I know which equation to use, when they are suppose to give the
same answer?

Steve
 

Dave

Joined Nov 17, 2003
6,970
Your problem is your numbers:

Remember P = VI

Therefore P = 250 x 10 = 2500W

Whereas you have P = 2000W

If P = 2500W then R = 25 Ohms

This can be verified by: R = V/I = 250/10 = 10 Ohms

Dave
 
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