# Calculating Power of a Solar Panel

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In summary, the question is asking for the total power captured by a solar panel with a surface area of 1.4 m2 and 12% efficiency, when it is oriented along the vector wˆ=(0, 1, 4)/sqrt(17) and receives sunlight with a power density P along the direction of the unit vector -vˆ=(4, 3, 5)/sqrt(50). The solution involves taking the dot product of -vˆ and -wˆ and multiplying it by P*1.4*0.12. The negative sign in front of the dot product represents the direction of the sunlight going into the panel, which is specified by the orientation of the panel along

## Homework Statement

If at some particular place and time the sun light is incident on the surface of the Earth along
a direction defined by the unitary vector – vˆ , where vˆ =(4, 3, 5)/sqrt (50) and with a power
density P, what is the total power captured by a solar panel of 1.4 m2
and with an efficiency
of 12% which is oriented along the vector wˆ =(0, 1, 4) /sqrt(17) ?

## Homework Equations

The dot/scalar product equation.

## The Attempt at a Solution

I took the scalar product of -v and w, this gave me -23/sqrt(50*17), then multiply this by P*1.4*0.12, but my question is that the overall answer I get is negative due to the dot product. Is this possible as total power ? and am I doing this correctly ?.

eehelp said:
which is oriented along the vector wˆ =(0, 1, 4) /sqrt(17) ?
You want the component of sun light going into that panel, so you'd better use the dot product of ##-\hat{v}## and ##-\hat{w}##.