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DC Power

Power in DC circuits is calculated in the same way as Apparent Power in AC circuits:

Power = V I

= Voltage * Current

Units are Watts (W)

This equation can be combined with Ohms Law to give an expression for the power dissipated in a resistor as:

Power = I2 R

= (Current through Resistor)2 * Resistance

Units are Watts (W)

This is derived as follows:

Power = VI

V = I R (from Ohms Law)

Combining these gives Power = I I R

or Power = I2R

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