# Homework Help: Power dissipation in resistors

1. Jan 14, 2012

### charger9198

Calculate the power dissipated in R1, R2 and R

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Previously i worked out the Current I1, I2 and I3 so i planned to use this to calculate the power dissipated;

For current i got;

I1= 0.8409 A
I2= -0.4545 A
I3= 0.39 A

I used I^2/R to get the following answers

R1 = 0.8409^2 / 1 = 0.7071 W
R2 = -0.4545^2 / 2 = -0.4131 W
R3 = 0.39^2 / 3 = 0.4563 W
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2. Jan 14, 2012

### Jobrag

3. Jan 14, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

A negative real number squared gives a positive result!

4. Jan 14, 2012

### charger9198

Of course............

R1 = 0.8409^2 / 1 = 0.7071 W
R2 = -0.4545^2 / 2 = 0.2066 W
R3 = 0.39^2 / 3 = 0.4563 W

Am i on the right lines with this?

5. Jan 14, 2012

### Jobrag

You were right first time I should have checked but your notation fooled me / usually means divide * is multiply.

6. Jan 14, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

First, the power is p = V2/R or p = I2R. Since you are using currents and resistances the second equation applies here. So you should be MULTIPLYING the square of the currents by the resistance values, not dividing as you've indicated. Recheck the results with this in mind.

7. Jan 14, 2012

### charger9198

so

p=(I^2)R

thus

(0.8409^2)*1 = 0.70711 W
(-0.4545^2)*2 = 0.41314 W
(0.39^2)*3 = 0.4563 W

Hopefully thats it!

8. Jan 14, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

Yes, that looks good for the given resistances and currents.

9. Jan 14, 2012

### charger9198

10. Jan 16, 2012

### stemurdo

charger, can you show me how you worked out those currents?

11. Jan 16, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

Discussion of this circuit in this thread.