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Calculating Horsepower

  1. Sep 11, 2005 #1
    Hello! I'm working on some physics homework (obviously :smile: ) and I'm stuck on a certain problem.

    I need to calculate horsepower, but I'm not sure how I do that. I know the weight of the moving object, how far it moved, and how long that took. I'm not asking anyone to do the problem for me, just tell me how I go about solving it.

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  3. Sep 11, 2005 #2
    Horsepower is a unit of power obviously, and power is gauged by how much work is done per unit time

    Power = Work/Time, with unit Watts. 1 Horsepower is 746 watts.
  4. Sep 11, 2005 #3
    Thanks so much! My book wasn't very clear on the topic and I was confused. That clears things up a lot.
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