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Scientific Concept of Rate of Doing Work

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An Overview of Rate of Doing Work

Work is said to be done when the application of the force causes displacement of the object. In other words, we can say that the rate of transfer of emergy is called power. In automobile companies, the power rating of different engines shows the speed of vehicles. Power is a scalar quantity.


Fundamentals of Rate of Doing Work

The rate of work done is known as power. We can calculate the power by dividing the work done in joules by the time taken in seconds to complete the work.


Mathematical Formula of Power

If an object does a work $W$ in time $t$, then

$\text{Power}= \dfrac{\text{Work}}{\text{Time}}\\ \therefore P = \dfrac{W}{t}$

The SI unit of power is $\dfrac{{Joule}}{{\sec }}$ which is expressed as Watt, which is denoted by W. This SI unit was named after Scottish inventor James Watt.

Power is 1 watt when 1 joule of work is done in 1 second or we can say that power is 1 watt when 1 joule of energy is consumed in 1 second.

$1Watt = \dfrac{{1\,Joule}}{{1\sec }}$

1 Watt = 1 Joule per second

The bigger unit of power is Kilowatt which is denoted as kW.

$1\text{ kilowatt}= 1000\,watt = 1000\,Joule/\sec $

$1 \text{ Megawatt} = 1000\,kW$


Understanding of Power with Examples

If we have a bulb of 60 watt, then we can say that the bulb consumes 60 joules of energy in 1 second or in simple words, we can say that the bulb converts 60 joules of energy into the light every second. Similarly, if we have a bulb of 100 watt, then we can say that it consumes 100 joules of energy per second.


Suppose, we have two bulbs. First bulb uses 1200 joules over 20 seconds and the second bulb uses 1600 joules over 40 seconds.

Case I:

$P = \dfrac{{1200}}{{20}} = 60\,W$

Case II:

$P = \dfrac{{1600}}{{40}} = 40\,W$

So, from the above discussion, we can say that the first bulb has a power of 60 watts and the second bulb has a power of 40 watts. So, the first bulb is more powerful than the second bulb.


Power may vary with time. That means the rate of doing work may be different at different time intervals. Thus, the concept of average power is required. Average Power is equal to total work done divided by total time taken.


Commercial Unit of Power

The commercial unit of power is kilowatt. The commercial unit of energy is kilowatt hour. One kilowatt hour is the energy consumed in 1 hour at the rate of 1000 Joule per second.

$1\,kWh = 1\,kW \times 1\,h = 1000\,W \times 3600\,s = 3600000\,J = 3.6 \times {10^6}\,J$


Solved Examples

1. Calculate the amount of energy required to glow a bulb of 15 watts for 2 hours.

Ans: Given, Power $P = 15\,Watt$

Time $t = 2hors = 3600 \times 2 = 7200\sec $

Here, we will use the relation $P = \dfrac{W}{t}$

$15 = \dfrac{W}{{7200}}$

$\Rightarrow W = 15 \times 7200 = 108000J$

$Therefore, W = 108\,kJ$

Hence, the amount of energy required is $108\,kJ$.


2. What will be the power of an electrical fan if the current drawn by it is $0.5A$ when connected to $200V$ supply.

Ans: Given, Current $I = 0.5A$

$V = 200Volt$

Here, we will use the relation $P = V \times I$

$Therefore, P = (200) \times (0.5) = 100Watt$

So, the power of an electrical fan would be $100\,Watt$.


Interesting Facts

  • CFL stands for compact fluorescent lamp. In a CFL bulb, the electric current passes through a CFL tube which contains argon and a small amount of mercury vapour. This generates ultraviolet light that excites the fluorescent coating inside the tube which generates visible light.

  • LED bulbs are made using light emitting diodes. They are semiconductors. When electrons pass through these types of semiconductors, they emit light.


Conclusion

So, we can conclude that power is also expressed as energy consumed divided by time. It is the ratio of the amount of work done and the time it takes to do that work. So, power is the rate at which a certain amount of work is done. It is the measure of the speed with which work is done on an object.

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FAQs on Scientific Concept of Rate of Doing Work

1. Define positive, negative, and zero work.

The work done is said to be positive when the displacement of an object is in the direction of applied force. So, the direction of displacement would be the same as the direction of the force. The work done is said to be negative when the object is displaced in the opposite direction of the force. In this case, the direction of displacement would be opposite to the direction of the force.


The work done is said to be zero when the object is displaced perpendicular to the force. The work done is also zero when no force is acting on the object or there is no displacement of the object.

2. Explain the disadvantages of incandescent bulbs and CFL bulbs.

Incandescent bulbs contain filaments made of tungsten. When an electric current passes through them, the tungsten filament gets heated up and it emits light. More than 95% of the electrical energy gets converted into heat energy and only less than 5% of electrical energy is converted to light energy. This is the reason why the incandescent bulb becomes really hot when it is switched on and we should be careful not to touch them at that time. CFL bulbs are energy efficient but they contain toxic mercury and so they are not environment friendly. These are the disadvantages of incandescent bulbs and CFL bulbs. 

3. Give some examples of electricity.

Electricity is useful for surgical operations. Doctors require a powerful light during an operation, we use electricity for watching television, to listen to music on MP3 players. Apart from that, we use electricity in home appliances like refrigerators, microwaves, electrical chimneys, and in many more appliances. Home heating and lighting devices like radio, television, and our computers depend on electricity. Electricity is required to construct buildings. Electricity is very helpful in the field of transport. It is used to charge electric vehicles’ batteries. Many commercial buildings like hospitals, schools, restaurants, government properties, and shopping malls use electricity.