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Voltage from current across impedance

  1. Apr 16, 2008 #1
    So the power is S=VI*=ZI^2.

    the question is whether V=ZI* or just ZI. Using V=ZI when I calculate the voltage i get a negative answer.

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  3. Apr 16, 2008 #2
    Are you using the rms value for I? You'll need that. RMS (root mean square) cannot be negative here. Also, rms current is either greater than or equal to the DC current (mathematics of rms vs. average).
  4. Apr 17, 2008 #3


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    Thread moved from EE to homework help.

    Why would V = ZI* ? Once you have the complex Z and I, the complex V should just be the product of those two. There are times that you use the complex conjugate of a quantity, but I wouldn't think you would use it here....
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