A typical flying insect applies an average force equal to twice its weight during each downward stroke while hovering. Take the mass of the insect to be 10 g, and assume the wings move an average downward distance of 1.0 cm during each stroke
Assuming 100 downward strokes per second, estimate the average power output of the insect. Answer must be in watts!
The Attempt at a Solution
watts = work joules in a second
100 downward strokes in a second.
work= force x distance
force = (2*10*100)
d= .01m * 100
work= 2000j in a second
answer= 2000 watts