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Homework Help: Power dissipation due to temperature change

  1. Aug 4, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Heater dissipates 500W when applied potential diference is 110V and wire is 800C. How much power would it dissipate if the wire temperature were held at 200C?

    2. Relevant equations


    Rf=R0(1+a(T-T0) where R is resistance after temp change
    R0 is initial resistance
    a is coefficient of resistivity

    3. The attempt at a solution





    I'm sure it is just a silly mistake I have done somewhere only just started electronics today after a 2 month university break!

    Answer should be 610W

    Thanks for any help
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  3. Aug 4, 2011 #2


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    The method is correct and the calculation is correct. Unless you are expected to use something other than a linear dependence of resistance on temperature (which would be more realistic for a temperature change as big as 400 degrees), the correct answer should be what you have. How do you know the correct answer is 610W?
  4. Aug 4, 2011 #3
    Cheers for the reply, that is what the answer says but it has been known to be wrong sometimes.

    I'll double check with my lecturer, he my have just wrote the wrong answer down.

    Thanks again
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