Rectified Voltage Waveform

Machodog

1. Homework Statement
A sinusoidal voltage waveform is rectified so that it becomes a half-wave waveform (i.e. the bottom half has been "chopped off"). Determine:

i) The average p.d.
ii) The RMS p.d.
iii) The heat dissipated in a 200ohm resistor in 100s

2. Homework Equations
$P_{avg} = \frac{(V_{rms})^2}{R}$

3. The Attempt at a Solution
I'm not sure, but I would guess that the average p.d. is the line that cuts the rectified waveform in such a way that the area above and below is the same. I have a vague recollection about it being $\frac{2}{\pi}$ times the peak voltage.
I am also quite uncertain about the RMS, how would the voltage being zero half the time affect this value? I'm guessing it will no longer be $\frac{\sqrt2}{2} V_{peak}$.

Please could anyone give me some clues on how to work out the RMS and average values?

EDIT:Oops sorry I did not mean to post the same thread twice...just ignore the other one!

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Delphi51

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I don't know of any formula for the half-wave signal. I rather think you will have to find out what "root mean square" means and work it out from the definition - no doubt you will be integrating over a full wavelength (the V = zero part will be easy!).

The average potential will be the same sort of thing, the area divided by the time.

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