Re: Request for Comments

Ryan D Pierce (rdpierce@midway.uchicago.edu)
Wed, 25 Jun 1997 21:26:35 -0500


Adam Haberlach said:

> On the other hand, out of fairness, I would like to see the
>cumulative stats be used, as this was not a demonstration of
>computing speed, but computing POWER. Power is force multiplied
>by time.

Nope, not even close. By that definition, power would be measured in
newton seconds. That's the units for impulse, not power.

Power is the rate work can be applied. It is measured in newton meters /
second, also known as watts.

A 1 horsepower motor can do work at a given rate: lifting 550 lbs a
height of 1 foot in 1 second. If you have the thing on all the time,
it's 1 hp, and if you have it just run for a few second, it's still 1 hp.

Then again, I'm one of those people who just wishes that the electric
company would measure electricity used in joules, and forget that
kilowatt-hour garbage. Sorry for being too literal. :-)

Ryan