Energy is the ability to do work, and power is the rate at which energy is used.
Power ( ) is a certain amount of energy ( ) used in a certain length of time ( ), expressed as follows:
Where ( ) is power in watts (W), is energy is joules (J), and is time in seconds (s).
Note that an italic is used to represent energy in the form of work and a nonitalic W is used for watts, the unit of power. The joule (J) is the SI unit of energy.
Energy in joules divided by time in seconds gives power in watts. For example, if 50 J of energy are used in 2 s, the power is 50 J/2 s = 25W.
One watt (W) is the amount of power when one joule of energy is used in one second.
1.0 Formula in Action
An amount of energy equal to 100 J is used in 5 s. What is the power in watts?