Electrical Energy and Power

In summary, the three equations P= I \Delta V, P= I^{2}R, and P= \frac{\Delta V^{2}} {R} all calculate power, but each one may be used in different situations depending on the information given or what is being solved for. For example, P=VI is used when the current and voltage are known, while P=I^2R is used when the current and resistance are known.
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Can someone please explain the difference between these three equations? I'm having trouble understanding their meanings and have no idea when I should use each one. Thanks.

[tex]P= I \Delta V[/tex]

[tex]P= I^{2}R = \frac{\Delta V^{2}} {R}[/tex]
 
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they all gives you power P. depending of the situation, you may be given or could work out only two of them and not all. for instance, if you know a battery is pumping 0.3A into a circuit and across its terminal it is 3V then power the battery is providing is P=VI=0.3x3=0.9W. for another instance, you may want to calculate power dissipated at a load of resistance R, then if you know the current through it, you can work out P=I^2 R.
 
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P= \frac{I^{2}} {G}


Sure, I would be happy to explain the difference between these three equations. All three equations represent the relationship between electrical energy and power, but they differ in the variables that are used and what they represent.

The first equation, P= I \Delta V, relates power (P) to the current (I) and voltage (ΔV). This equation is known as the power formula and is used when you know the current and voltage of a circuit and want to calculate the power being consumed or produced. Power is measured in watts (W) and is a measure of how much energy is being transferred per unit of time.

The second equation, P= I^{2}R = \frac{\Delta V^{2}} {R}, also relates power to current, but this time it includes resistance (R). This equation is known as the Ohm's Law formula and is used to calculate the power dissipated in a circuit when you know the current and resistance. This equation is based on Ohm's Law, which states that the current in a circuit is directly proportional to the voltage and inversely proportional to the resistance.

The third equation, P= \frac{I^{2}} {G}, relates power to current and conductance (G). This equation is known as the conductance formula and is used to calculate the power dissipated in a circuit when you know the current and the conductance (the inverse of resistance). This equation is based on the concept of conductance, which is a measure of how easily electricity can flow through a material.

In summary, all three equations relate power to different electrical quantities and are used in different situations. The power formula is used when you know the current and voltage, Ohm's Law formula is used when you know the current and resistance, and the conductance formula is used when you know the current and conductance. I hope this explanation helps you better understand these equations.
 

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