Glossary Definition for W

Glossary Term: W 

Definition

Watt (W) is the unit for measuring power. In physics terms, one watt is one Joule of energy transferred or dissipated in one second. Electrical power is calculated as:

  Watts = Volts x Amps x Power Factor

The power factor can be disregarded for DC circuits or for AC circuits with a resistive load (it is 1 in those situations).

Synonyms
  • Watt

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