# Power (Physics)

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**Power (Physics)**as edited by DavidB4-bot (Talk | contribs) at 15:42, June 29, 2016. This URL is a permanent link to this version of this page.In physics, **power** refers to the rate of transfer of energy respect to time.^{[1]}

Mathematically, average power is expressed as:

P = *W* / Δt

Therefore, power at any instant can be determined by the equation:

P = lim_{Δt->0} *W* / Δt = dW / dt

Since d*W* = F dx and v = dx / dt follows that:

P = F · dx / dt = F · v

The usual units for power are Watts ( W = J/s ) and horsepower ( hp = 746 W )

## References

- ↑ Serway and Beichner,
*Physics For Scientists and Engineers*, Fifth Edition