YOUR ANSWER: 250 watts.
Again, the values given here, current flow at .5 ampere through a resistance of 500
Let's see how we solve this problem.
a. Use the correct formula: P - I2R.
b. P =.5 X.5 X 500
We arrive at the formula P - I2R by using a variation of Ohm's law. P = E x I in our basic
power formula. E = IR in the variation of Ohm's law. Substituting IR for E in our power
formula, we get P = IR x I or P = I2R.
Return to frame 8B and solve for the correct answer.
YOUR ANSWER: Ohms.
True. But you seem to be forgetting that heat is generated when current flows through
a resistance. Heat being energy, it must have been created in this case by the conversion of
electrical energy to heat energy. How much heat the resistor can consume before it will char
or crack depends a lot on its physical size, especially with the carbon resistor; the larger it is,
the more heat it can absorb and give up. So not only do we have to know the ohmic value, but
we much also know how much current and voltage it will handle, since P = E x I.
With this in mind, return to frame 18A.