Problem: The heating element of an electric dryer is rated at 4.1 kW when connected to a 240 V line. (a) What is the current in the heating element? Is 12-gauge wire large enough to supply this current? (b) What is the resistance of the dryer's heating element at its operating temperature? (c) At 11 cents per kWh, how much does it cost per hour to operate the dryer?

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Power:

P=VI=V2R=I2R

Energy:

E=P·t

(a)

P = 4.1kW (1000W/1kW) = 4100 W

V = 240 V

I = P/V = 4100/240 = 17.08 A = 17.1 A

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The heating element of an electric dryer is rated at 4.1 kW when connected to a 240 V line. 

(a) What is the current in the heating element? Is 12-gauge wire large enough to supply this current? 

(b) What is the resistance of the dryer's heating element at its operating temperature? 

(c) At 11 cents per kWh, how much does it cost per hour to operate the dryer?

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